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Troup, K.; D. Newton; M. Wolfe; and R. Schaefer
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In 2007, as part of the U.S. DOT Electronic Freight Management (EFM) Program Initiative, a prototype EFM system was implemented through a collaborative body called the Intermodal Freight Technology Working Group (IFTWG). Evaluation of the prototype EFM was conducted by an independent evaluator to examine impacts of improved supply chain visibility and data sharing on the productivity and effectiveness of selected international air-freight supply chain partners. Findings from the initial evaluation, entitled Columbus Electronic Freight Management Evaluation Report, were published by the U.S. DOT in 2008 and also reported in the U.S DOT ITS Knowledge Resources database. During initial testing, which included a six-month test period, more than 850 freight consignments were tracked using EFM technologies between Columbus and Hong Kong. Overall, early findings indicated the EFM system, which included a Service Oriented Architecture and 21 Web services, simplified communications and information sharing between partners and improved freight tracking across the board.

Subsequently, as a supplement to the Columbus EFM prototype testing, additional analysis was conducted to further examine industry-wide benefits and lessons learned from additional case studies. Highlights from the follow-up report are documented below.
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In 2007, as part of the U.S. DOT Electronic Freight Management (EFM) Program Initiative, a prototype EFM system was implemented through a collaborative body called the Intermodal Freight Technology Working Group (IFTWG). Evaluation of the prototype EFM was conducted by an independent evaluator to examine impacts of improved supply chain visibility and data sharing on the productivity and effectiveness of selected international air-freight supply chain partners. Findings from the initial evaluation, entitled Columbus Electronic Freight Management Evaluation Report, were published by the U.S. DOT in 2008 and also reported in the U.S DOT ITS Knowledge Resources database. During initial testing, which included a six-month test period, more than 850 freight consignments were tracked using EFM technologies between Columbus and Hong Kong. Overall, early findings indicated the EFM system, which included a Service Oriented Architecture and 21 Web services, simplified communications and information sharing between partners and improved freight tracking across the board.

Subsequently, as a supplement to the Columbus EFM prototype testing, additional analysis was conducted to further examine industry-wide benefits and lessons learned from additional case studies. Highlights from the follow-up report are documented below.
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U.S. DOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration
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1104
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Columbus Electronic Freight Management Evaluation: Achieving Business Benefits with EFM Technologies
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