Horizon Services Group, the logistics technology unit of CSX Lines formed last year, said it introduced a new phase of its ocean shipping management tool it calls Captain Suite. Its original suite of software products was introduced in May.
The new phase of software includes functionality in several areas. It allows users, such as marketing departments, to manipulate content on websites with greater ease. It has a sales management tool, a function to send EDI messages to railroads, a program to reconcile rail moves, and a routing system that assigns routes for truck, ocean, barge and rail moves based on preset criteria. It also includes a system for tracking automobile shipments. Separately, Horizon recently contracted to design logistics management software for Microsoft's .NET XML based development technology.
The original suite of Horizon software contained functionality for monitoring hazardous-materials shipments, managing less-than-truckload shipments, filing shipper export declarations electronically with U.S. Customs, and assigning intermodal moves to third parties, among other uses.