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SONAR SCI (Supply Chain Intelligence)

SONAR SCI (Supply Chain Intelligence) is a groundbreaking data and analytics platform with all of SONAR’s features and data – and more. SONAR SCI subscribers have access to existing SONAR data, including $80 billion of paid freight invoices to aid in mitigating freight market volatility. These invoices are submitted every evening and are what shippers actually pay carriers, not self-reported data. They are also broken down by industry-specific cohorts. Our proprietary inverse-weighted algorithm balances the specifics of the lanes you run with the most recently available trends in transportation pricing. The result is a rate that most accurately reflects what you can expect to see on your specific lanes, instead of weeks or months old data from 'vaguely similar' lanes. This data complements SONAR’s near-real-time freight contract tender data, which is why SONAR Is the most accurate and representative freight analytics platform on the planet.

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SONAR Supply Chain Intelligence

Get real-time contract freight rate data.

Subscribers to SONAR SCI (supply chain intelligence) will also receive new data and features, including first-time access to actual paid rates (paid data sources valued at $80 billion that are leveraged inside the platform). The SONAR SCI release can certainly help brokers and carriers, but should be of particular use to shippers. Also, SONAR SCI’s datasets are focused more on the contract freight market rather than the spot freight market.

When users upload their historical shipment data via a pre-formatted CSV file or integrate their transportation management system (TMS) via API, key data is pushed into the SONAR SCI ecosystem, allowing users to look at lane-by-lane data in overview or within a drill-down functionality via the SONAR SCI UI or in their own screens in ways never before available. 

SONAR SCI helps users benchmark, analyze, monitor and forecast their freight spend when conducting freight contract negotiations for longer-term freight RFPs. And for the first time, subscribers will be able to benchmark their data more comprehensively against their peers.

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Improve opportunity visibility.

Over time, rates can become misaligned with market conditions, either because of lack of maintenance or inability to gauge how the market has changed. SONAR SCI subscribers can take a more active and targeted approach in managing how they spend their money or gain validation for their decisions with the Summary and Opportunity views.

The primary purposes of these views are the following:

  • Summarize lane data and group the biggest risks and opportunities with tangible financial results in the form of variance in spend to market. 
  • Show the amount of spend the SCI subscriber is potentially overpaying in lanes in which carriers have less optionality. (Cost savings) 
  • Identify those lanes in which the SCI subscriber is paying less than the market rate because carriers have elevated optionality or leverage. (De-risking, which also leads to long-term cost savings)

The two main data sources used in generating these outputs are: FreightWaves’ tender data, which measures compliance and capacity conditions; and invoice data, which is used for benchmarking in over 700,000 lanes. 

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Summary View

The Summary View is divided into three sections. The top line simply sums the potential freight spend, load count, miles and carbon footprint. This allows an SCI subscriber to make sure the data is in line with what is expected. 

The second section summarizes the total freight spend risks and opportunities. The overpayment box is a sum of the freight spend (load count x miles x subscriber-provided benchmark rate) in those lanes in which shippers have relatively favorable capacity conditions but are paying more than the market average rate. The market rate is based on FreightWaves’ database of nearly $100 billion of settled contract invoices from the past four and a half years. 

The third section is data visualizations. The map shows an SCI subscriber’s freight network or shipping patterns, while the other visual tool is an interactive distribution map showing the subscriber how much of the freight spend is above or below market.

SONAR SCI Supply Chain Intelligence Summary View
SONAR SCI Supply Chain Intelligence Opportunity View

Opportunity View

The Opportunity View allows a SONAR SCI subscriber to see the “low-hanging fruit” with more granularity. 

This view highlights your most optimal cost-savings opportunities by identifying where you’re overpaying by the largest deltas against the market on high stability/attractive lanes via SONAR proprietary composite scoring algorithms.

In addition, you can see where your supply chain network route guide compliance is most at-risk & identifies opportunities to increase service levels by pinpointing where you’re underpaying against the market in low stability/unattractive lanes. 

Benchmark with Lane Acuity.

SONAR SCI’s Lane Acuity can show how a user’s targeted benchmark rate compares to the industry, the overall market, peers, and at a pricing level.

Both SONAR and SONAR SCI contain proprietary data that comes from actual load tenders, electronic logging devices and TMS, along with dozens of third-party global freight and logistics-related index providers like TCA Benchmarking, Freightos, ACT, Drewry and DTN. 

Confidential and proprietary data from industry peers – including paid data valued at $80 billion – is a key component of SONAR SCI. This data is not available anywhere else.

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Deeper insights with Lane Acuity.

SCI’s Lane Acuity provides users deeper insights into a lane. Users can score, measure and benchmark Lane Stability and pricing, handle existing RFPs or those out-for-bid, and stay strategic in terms of  lane execution inside of a supply chain. Lane Acuity looks at a lane by mode inside a transportation sector. 

Using the lane upload feature, a user inputs a target benchmark rate, which is the impetus for nearly all the scores that SONAR SCI provides. 

In regard to analytics, Lane Acuity scores a lane by pricing, competition and mode; that score will evolve over time (at launch, 1 to 100). A lower SCI score, such as 30, indicates to the user how difficult it will be to get a lane covered at the user’s desired benchmark rate, whereas a higher SCI score, such as 70, indicates to the user that it is more likely to get that lane covered at the desired benchmark rate target.

Quick facts about rate data.

  • Several hundred shippers
  • More than 11,000 carriers
  • 2 trillion pounds of freight
  • 75 million unique shipments
  • $80 billion of paid freight spend
  • 38 billion miles of transit
  • Date is broken down into industry cohorts called “peers”
    • Example: An auto manufacturer has a different supply chain than a big box retailer. With SONAR SCI, users can compare specific industry rate and demand dynamics instead of using a general market overview.
    • When the data is combined with SONAR’s tender data, the map of the market and industry-specific dynamics become immediately visible.
  • Rates are calculated by combining data from multiple shippers and carriers
  • Individual Transaction and Lane Data provided to us is thoroughly anonymized and kept confidential
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Guidance for RFPs and existing bids.

Using a number of proprietary data sources, SONAR SCI provides critical information to help guide day-to-day, short- and long-term RFP decisions, as well as identifying issues within existing bids. It shows benchmark rates from peers/cohorts, market rates (from SONAR) and the shipper’s/user’s historical rates when SONAR SCI is connected to a system that has their rate data, such as a TMS.

Key advantages for shippers.

SONAR SCI provides unique methods for shippers to gain visibility into their transportation spend – and to manage it more effectively. By using SONAR SCI, subscribers can identify issues inside existing lanes, as well as guiding RFPs. SONAR SCI will particularly benefit shippers in specific industries like automotive, CPG, retail, manufacturing, and more. This unique platform can change how shippers view operations and make decisions. And while SONAR SCI contains massive amounts of data, it is presented in an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand dashboard. 

SONAR SCI provides near-time data (less than 24 hours old) at “rocket speed.” In addition to  near-time data, SONAR SCI provides context regarding rates by lane. Users can benchmark, monitor current rates, analyze historical rates and enhance performance, market intelligence and service levels.

Built for same-day use by every shipper.

Using a number of proprietary data sources (including first-time access to paid data sources valued at $80 billion that are leveraged inside the platform), SONAR SCI generates critical information to help guide RFP decisions. It provides data from the market via SONAR, industry peers and the freight party’s historical data ingested by SONAR SCI through manual upload of shipping data via a pre-formatted CSV file. When a subscriber signs up for SONAR SCI, it can be used immediately. The beta release also has an API option.

Sophisticated but simple, SONAR SCI empowers its users with actionable, near-real-time data, insights and intelligence at a speed currently unavailable in the industry, updating nightly based on new data. SONAR SCI provides a new realm of performance and operations management. 

SONAR SCI provides critical data regarding lane volatility at both origins and destinations. It also provides historical data on tender rejections, seasonality and overall market size (volume).

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