Optimize your retail freight transportation network with better data and intelligent RFPs

Reduce spend and boost service with lane-by-lane market data for improved retail logistics

Challenges Facing Retailers

Navigating the dynamic landscape of retail comes with its set of challenges, emphasizing the imperative for retail manufacturers to enhance their strategies through better retail data insight utilization for:

  • Demand forecasting
  • Transportation cost management
  • Maintaining service through the cycle

What's the SONAR ROI?

Use our calculator to find out.

By increasing the number of loaded miles per day your drivers drive by 1% and your rate per mile by $0.03 you will make more per week #WithSONAR.

#WithSONAR you can save up to per week through better bid negotiations and more effective management of your routing guide.

#WithSonar you can add 1 more load per person each day and increase $5 margin per load, earning your company an extra per week.

Disclaimer: Every company’s circumstances are unique. Fixed and variable expenses, market conditions and operational factors vary. Unforeseen events may also affect results. Calculated potential results reflect the consensus expectation of FreightWaves’ experts. Actual results may vary.

SONAR Retail Supply Chain Solutions and Intelligence for Shippers

SONAR’s data intelligence benefits shippers in all modes of transportation. Tackle day-to-day business decisions with more confidence. SONAR’s best-in-class data and analytics help shippers monitor carrier networks to optimize transportation spend and improve operational performance. Utilize SONAR data intelligence to develop a more accurate and dependable supply chain strategy and forecast disruption. Stay on top of supply and demand dynamics across all modes of transportation.

Improve performance with multimodal demand, capacity and price data

Retailer manufacturers save millions of dollars in transportation costs while making their networks more resilient by using third-party freight data to improve their freight procurement and RFP strategies. With high-frequency granular data points on rates, capacity and volumes in multiple modes, retailers can respond quickly to cyclical inflections and reprice their lanes to achieve the desired balance between service and cost. 

SONAR produces the fastest truckload, intermodal and ocean container data, collected at the point of booking, to give retail supply chain leaders an edge:

  • Price, volume and capacity trends in ocean container, rail intermodal and trucking.
  • Dwell times and delays at the market and lane levels.
  • Automatically identify opportunities in your network for cost savings and service improvements.
Screenshot of SONAR Container Atlas navigation dashboard
Freight Waves dashboard for improving retail logistics

Procure transportation capacity intelligently

FreightWaves SONAR provides a multimodal view of freight market dynamics so that retailers can plan inventory replenishment and freight bidding cycles with the fastest retail data insights available on the market: 

  • Ingest rates built from contract and spot transactions in the last 24 hours.
  • Use market-level tender acceptance data to hold your carriers accountable.
  • Build custom pages for your network.

Quickly visualize geospatial transaction data to get a clear picture of your network performance

Gain visibility of your operations with a clearer picture of your retail freight, carriers and performance.

Summary View

Summary View provides a control-tower-level dashboard of all uploaded lanes and summarizes:

  • Potential freight savings
  • Load count
  • Carbon footprint
  • Miles
Screenshot of a SONAR dashboard displaying supply chain intelligence (SCI)

Opportunity View

Opportunity View outlines total freight spend risks and opportunities:

  • Highlights lanes with favorable capacity conditions
  • Pinpoints lanes contracted at higher or lower than market average rates
  • Identifies “quick win” options
image of a SONAR SCI list

Want to learn more about using SONAR SCI to improve network reliability and control costs?

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