MELVINDALE, Mich., May 03, 2021—Evans Distribution Systems, a leading provider of third-party logistics and supply chain solutions, launched a new business intelligence tool: evans365. The tool provides warehouse customers a holistic view of their account activity based on real-time data.
“As a logistics service provider, we are always trying to add value to our customers,” says John A. Evans, President and CEO. “Data is the new business currency. We understand the need to give customers not only access to their data, but access to business intelligence tools to enhance decision-making.”
The idea for the proprietary tool was generated from a customer focus group. Participants have guided the project through development. “Our customers identified a need for a data insight tool that shows trends in their inventory and transactions,” Evans says. “The evans365 tool provides our customers with robust functionality to support their success.”
Evans365 accesses and analyzes data sets from Evans’ warehouse management system and other data sources and presents findings graphically. The interactive dashboards allow customers to spot trends and understand activity on multiple levels.
“Based upon feedback from our focus group, we incorporated key data points that will provide the most value to our customers. We also accounted for the variables in our customer accounts to allow full manipulation of the visualizations considering time frame, facility, SKUs and inventory units,” Evans says. Dashboards allow customers to export the raw data into Excel and export the graphs as pdf, jpg or png files.
Immediately upon launch, Evans’ customers and internal users are providing feedback and suggestions to further enhance the tool. There have been major expansions already, including the addition of handling and storage efficiency dashboards.
“This is only the beginning. We will continue to improve evans365 by integrating additional data sources and providing even more valuable metrics,” Evans says.
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About Evans Distribution Systems
Evans Distribution Systems, headquartered in southeast Michigan, was founded in 1929 as the Central Detroit Warehouse Company. The company has evolved into a full-service, third-party logistics provider offering warehousing, transportation, fulfillment, value-added and staffing solutions to the automotive, manufacturing, food and beverage, consumer goods, paper and hazmat industries. Evans currently employs more than 300 associates and operates more than 3 million square feet of space in Metro Detroit and across the U.S. Find more information on our website www.evansdist.com. Visit the 3PL Insights blog for the latest industry news and follow Evans on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram at @evansdist.