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Transentric expands TranXML software solution


Transentric July 23 released 10 additional schemas for TranXML, Extensible Markup Language (XML) software designed to establish an industry standard for the procurement and delivery of transportation and logistics services.
The schemas include railroad waybills, car handling requests and responses, shipper car orders, switch lists, advance shipping notices, warehouse stock transfers, receipts, warehouse shipping advice, and inventory adjustments.
Since TranXML's March launch, Transentric has offered or added the following schemas for rail and motor carriers: load tendering, delivery, freight billing, reconciliation, scheduling/forecasting and equipment ordering.
TranXML is designed as a vendor-neutral, open standard, with user licenses available from Transentric at no charge.
The XML software would help implement new trading-partner relationships between point-to-point, application service provider models or e-marketplaces.
TranXML also is designed to support interoperability between traditional Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) users, as well as enable companies without EDI infrastructure to form new trading-partner communities.
Transentric currently is sponsoring the creation of, a non-profit, independent organization and Web site designed to provide a collaborative forum to develop and maintain a transportation industry procurement and delivery standard.
The collaborative effort would comprise carriers, shippers and third-party logistics firms to help provide savings to trading partners by reducing supporting application data interface maintenance and development costs.

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