CTSI-Global was named a Top-100 Logistics IT Provider again in 2020, and the reasons are clear. A cutting-edge toolset that’s entirely seamless, a focus on people at the heart of our technical roadmap, and 60 years of reliability that refuses to rest on its laurels.
Each Spring, Inbound Logistics editors honor 100 logistics IT firms that epitomize logistics excellence. Editors compare shippers’ fast-changing needs to the capabilities of selected firms. We recognize firms demonstrating leadership of the supply chain industry by how they meet the needs of Inbound Logistics readers for scalability, simplicity, fast ROI, and smooth implementation. – Felecia Stratton, Editor, Inbound Logistics
A Single Integrated Toolset is How CTSI-Global Leads the Way in Supply Chain Technology
Most of the time, a logistics IT provider does not have a single toolset that is a solid TMS, freight audit platform, and business intelligence tool in one. Those tools in most ecosystems are fundamentally separate. But we’re looking at the big picture.
Technically, the purposes of a TMS are fundamentally separate from freight audit, but that’s not how it actually works on the ground.
CTSI-Global’s Chief Technology Officer, Trey Willis, says, “Continuity is a priority for us. Forethought has therefore been key to creating seamlessness where, for most firms, it’s anything but. Our forward-looking suite of solutions is, therefore, something I’m really proud of.”
The way our technology is presented has a very deliberate intention and purpose. Our clients get an integrated technology solution in a suite of SaaS applications that allow them to connect data and workflows from various points in their supply chain. With this toolset they:
- Identify trends
- Monitor changes
- Extract insights
- Engage in strategic planning
Most supply chain technology firms add components years apart, as they grow into more lines of business. The sheer effort and expense to tear down and rebuild the tools to work together with no friction is just too great, so they don’t do it. Every addition is a ‘patch’ on what was there before, and most of the TMS solutions are white-labeled 3rd party tools that don’t integrate with a firm’s existing software. When you ask for some integration, the answer ranges from a nebulous ‘someday’ to a flat ‘no,’ because they don’t actually own the tool. Any integrations, therefore, require permission and cooperation from the application developers to produce.
Our TMS was developed at CTSI-Global with the entire supply chain operation in mind.
CTSI-Global understood conceptually, from the beginning, that we were building a platform for tools that we needed to consider all phases in the life of a shipment: planning, prep, scheduling, optimizing, tracking, paying. The result is a platform that feels elegantly thought out ahead of time.
CTSI-Global Put People (Clients and Employees) the Center of Its Technical Roadmap
Thought is key, because it points directly to the people doing the thinking. People who live and breathe supply chain technology are part of our secret sauce. Just as the technology experience with CTSI-Global is seamless, the professional experience is refreshingly personal. We prioritize recruiting people with purpose and giving them room to build tools that require vision.
Art Saisuphaluck and Mani Krishnamoorthy have been with us for a couple of decades. They’ve been a cornerstone of our innovation as a logistics IT provider, along with a host of people who support that effort. The creative freedom they enjoy has meant a particular level of commitment and loyalty to what they’ve built.
Culturally at this business, we’re a tight-knit, close group of folks. That’s throughout the business, not just in IT. We share barbecues and birthdays. And the high level of autonomy that people discover at CTSI-Global has meant opportunities to create an ecosystem expressing keen foresight, the ability to take on interesting new and interesting challenges the industry presents, achieve global growth, and for each team member to continue to learn and grow as a professional.
When You Combine Cutting-Edge Tech with 60 Years of Reliability, You Get Something Special
Sixty years of executing on a full range of supply chain functions have made us simultaneously “old faithful” and bleeding edge in technology and services. Our end-users can operate more efficiently, and, with our CTO’s leadership, we’re continually modernizing, automating, adapting new tools so that our roadmap stays two steps ahead of client needs.
Our efficiency serves client efficiency. Outsourcing commoditized functions like hosting infrastructure lets us provide a higher level of service—leveraging a powerful data center, cloud integration tools, and transforming the way we can focus on the tools we develop. The customer is the point, and this lets customers focus on their own daily functions predicated on our twin value propositions of being at once reliable and cutting edge.
Being recognized by Inbound Logistics feels like a thank-you from an industry that still has lots of room for innovation and exceptional growth. CTSI-Global intends to be there in another 60 years, still leading the way. As a Top-100 Logistics IT Provider, we always put our clients at the top.
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