FREIGHT

Sleek Technologies and Propero Consulting Automate Freight Procurement for Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) Users

Sleek Technologies | June 23, 2022

Sleek Technologies and Propero
Sleek Technologies, the leader in freight procurement automation,  announced its strategic partnership with Propero Consulting. Propero, an Oracle Partner, designs and implements innovative supply chain solutions that improve operational efficiencies. Together, Sleek and Propero will help OTM customers uncover resilience, sustainability, and cost reduction opportunities related to transportation management.

“This strategic alliance supports our push towards freight procurement automation, OTM users will now have the ability to dynamically source compliant carriers through an AI-powered, self-regulated freight marketplace that eliminates waste such as brokers and RFPs.”

-Mike Nervick, CEO of Sleek Technologies.

Sleek Technologies uses proprietary AI and machine learning algorithms to dynamically match shipper loads to compliant carriers at the right time, location, and market price. Data seamlessly flows between Sleek and OTM, so customers gain a complete snapshot of truckload activity for stronger, data-driven decision making.

”Over the last 24 months, many shippers have identified the need to automate important supply chain processes and improve overall carrier capacity, Transportation management remains at the top of the list. This automated solution we’ve developed for OTM with Sleek turns the static freight procurement process into a dynamic real-time process, reducing truckload cost while improving on time delivery.”

-Mauricio Ramirez, Managing Director of Propero Consulting.

With a heightened focus on digital transformation, and a need to remain resilient especially during times of unknowns, innovative shippers have realized the old, antiquated way to procure freight no longer works. From dealing with outdated fixed pricing to waiting hours on load acceptance, freight procurement has been in desperate need of a revamp for decades. And innovative technology is proving to help overcome these long standing operational hurdles.

About Propero
Propero Consulting is an Oracle Partner that specializes in Oracle Supply Chain Applications such as Oracle Transportation Management (OTM), Global Trade Management (GTM), and Oracle Warehouse Management (WMS). Our mission is to deliver tangible value to our clients through best-in-breed supply chain solutions and best-in-class service. To learn more please visit our website.

About Sleek Technologies:
Sleek Technologies is the market leader in freight procurement automation. With AI-powered technology and 100% data transparency, Sleek Technologies uncovers resilience, sustainability, and cost-reduction opportunities that empower customers to always deliver products on time, at fair market cost. To join other shippers who have automated freight procurement, please visit the website.

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In the import-export industry, you can use your individual competitive advantages to serve as a matchmaker or middleman for companies in your locality.Being an import-export merchant means buying merchandise from a manufacturer – foreign or domestic – then reselling those goods around the world. Although this kind of venture might seem complicated at first, one can efficiently build wealth from it given that he/she posses the right skills and knowledge about international trade.As soon as an import-export business starts operating internationally, there are many additional factors which can have a big impact on its success. Exporting and importing goods are not just the backbone of any large, successful companies; it is actually the core that helps national economies grow and expand.To run an efficient and successful import-export business, there are some pitfalls which you need to be aware of. To find out what these pitfalls are, check out this infographic from Excelsior Worldwide Logistics which discusses the common mistakes in import and export business.


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In the import-export industry, you can use your individual competitive advantages to serve as a matchmaker or middleman for companies in your locality.Being an import-export merchant means buying merchandise from a manufacturer – foreign or domestic – then reselling those goods around the world. Although this kind of venture might seem complicated at first, one can efficiently build wealth from it given that he/she posses the right skills and knowledge about international trade.As soon as an import-export business starts operating internationally, there are many additional factors which can have a big impact on its success. Exporting and importing goods are not just the backbone of any large, successful companies; it is actually the core that helps national economies grow and expand.To run an efficient and successful import-export business, there are some pitfalls which you need to be aware of. To find out what these pitfalls are, check out this infographic from Excelsior Worldwide Logistics which discusses the common mistakes in import and export business.

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