Driving Global Supply Chain Performance

Qiva is poised to release the next iteration of its Global Logistics Control System suite.

Supply chain management software maker Qiva Inc., of San Francisco, will announce on Tuesday the next iteration of its Global Logistics Control System suite.

Version 3.0 of Qivas GLCS is the culmination of the companys July 2001 acquisition of Capstan Systems Inc., which provided import/export supply chain software, as well as the addition of new capabilities from Qiva.

The main thrust of 3.0 is a common data model between Qiva and Capstan. That shared framework provides a platform for integration and collaboration across a users enterprise that can be extended out to participants in a companys business network.

At the same time, all Qiva modules now interoperate.

The idea behind the upgrade is to help global companies drive the performance of their extended supply chains across partners and regional operations, officials said.

GLCS essentially provides control over the lifecycle of orders and shipments through integration with partners, partner collaboration and configuration order types.

Version 3.0 provides order through delivery process and event management, tactical logistics execution, and cross-border trade and security management within the common framework, for managing data, business rules and business intelligence.

The order control extends into the visibility of in-transit inventory through the systems event management and reporting framework.

Upgrades to the 3.0 suite include extended multi-modal capabilities, including ocean, air and small parcel; expanded export management, including filing and license management; expanded import management, including assist tracking; and enhanced document management capabilities.

Finally, GLCS 3.0 integrates rule management, screening technologies and logistics tracking into a central trade security framework to help companies deal with an increasingly stringent trade environment, officials said.

The GLCS applications include supply chain visibility and event management, multi-mode logistics execution, import and export management and trade security to enterprise shippers.