AEB and SHIPSTA deliver freight procure-to-pay solution
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AEB and SHIPSTA deliver freight procure-to-pay solution

Cloud software companies AEB SE and SHIPSTA are partnering to offer shippers an end-to-end solution for digital freight cost management.

Benefits at a glance

  • Integrates best-of-breed freight procurement and freight settlement products
  • Brings end-to-end solution for freight cost management with rapid time to value

Freight procure-to-pay at its best

Cloud software companies AEB SE and SHIPSTA are partnering to offer shippers an end-to-end solution for digital freight cost management. The integration between best-of-breed freight procurement platform SHIPSTA and freight settlement solution provider AEB allows logistics teams to rapidly digitise the entire freight cost management process chain in order to eliminate manual processes, unlock cost-savings and improve visibility.

Amid extreme volatility and capacity shortages in the shipping industry, logistics teams are under enormous pressure to control costs. However, a dependence on manual processes and disconnected systems makes it difficult for businesses to manage freight spend effectively and cost-saving initiatives often incur a considerable administrative burden.

The complete procure-to-pay offering from AEB and SHIPSTA brings together the trusted products of two best-of-breed cloud software companies so logistics teams can rapidly digitise all of their freight cost management processes. The benefits of this combined procure-to-pay solution include greatly accelerated procurement and RFQs, simple freight cost calculations, fully automated invoice auditing and instant visibility of costs, rates, and shipping volumes.

SHIPSTA has rapidly emerged as the platform-of-choice for digital freight procurement. Launched in 2019, its customers already include some of the world’s largest chemicals, pharmaceuticals and automotive companies. Meanwhile AEB software supports the global trade and logistics processes of 5,500 businesses across 80 countries.

“At SHIPSTA we are committed to making our platform as powerful and accessible as possible for logistics teams. As such, we are delighted to be partnering with a leader in freight settlement software to offer a complete and fully integrated solution for digital freight cost management,” comments Christian Wilhelm, Founder at SHIPSTA.

“Every transport service provider has its own rates an cost models, so calculating freight costs and checking freight invoices for accuracy is not only very time-consuming, it’s also highly error-prone. Our solution allows businesses to largely automate these processes and there is often enormous potential for cost savings,” explains Christel Mittelbach, a product manager at AEB. “The partnership between AEB and SHIPSTA is already bearing fruit and the experience on the ground has been entirely positive.”

Additional information on key benefits

Greatly accelerated RFQs and procurement

SHIPSTA’s powerful freight sourcing and procurement platform automates the entire bidding process, so generating requests for quotes (RFQs), comparing quotes and making procurement decisions can be done with a few clicks. Its customisable algorithm instantly analyses bids from hundreds of carriers to identify the optimal supplier, or combination of suppliers, according to the specific needs of each shipper.

Simple freight cost calculations

The software from AEB SE handles freight cost calculation. The solution draws upon the rates negotiated with freight forwarders and parcel services, combined with the consignment data from shipment management or ERP systems, to determine the costs of any given shipment. These costs can then be charged to customers or other parties. The data can also be pooled with cost data from spot contracts to generate various post-shipment reports and identify cost drivers.

Fully automated invoice auditing

AEB software uses the freight costs calculated for a particular shipment or negotiated spot contracts to automatically audit incoming freight invoices and balance any differences. Furthermore, it automatically allocates the settlement line items to the appropriate cost center based on defined business rules, so the data can be passed directly to Financial Accounting.

Seamless end-to-end solution for enhanced visibility

The joining of forces between AEB and SHIPSTA gives shippers an integrated, cross-system solution for end-to-end digital freight cost management. It easy to access the underlying data of negotiated rates and spot contracts. Shippers also benefit from a uniform dataset that provides greater visibility of costs, rates, and shipping volumes.