Q: What is xChange Connect?
A: xChange Connect provides the framework to interchange data automatically between your system and xChange. It is built in a flexible manner and can handle modern APIs, legacy EDI connections and ODBC standards. xChange Connect is used to decrease the level of human interaction for certain repetitive tasks, hence decreasing transaction costs and saving you working time on a daily basis. It is associated with an increase in opportunities, hence an increase in revenue and utilization of your fleet. Read more on that below!
Q: Why should I use xChange Connect?
A: Without using xChange Connect, existing data from your system must be entered manually over the xChange web interface or uploaded as a .xls or .csv file. You can reduce or even completely eliminate that time consuming, and therefore costly process, by automating the data transfer. In addition to reducing the effort of overtyping, always-on data increases the number of matches and deals closed and therefore your businesses revenue. More on the benefits below.
Q: What data are we talking about?
A: This depends on your specific use case. The more granular, the better our algorithms can match for you. The synchronization of inventories is usually the minimum requirement for successful digitalization. Furthermore, we can provide fresh and relevant data directly into your system: event-based deal info, tracking data of your whole fleet, depot gate-movements, ETAs and more. We are happy to help you in deciding to which degree you want to integrate with us.
Exemplary data set of an inventory line item:
- Container number
- Equipment type
- Container condition
- Available for sale?
- Available for one-way?
Q: I am a Container-Trader, what can xChange Connect offer me?
A: Most traders using xChange Connect, like to offer their full grounded fleet on our marketplace for sale. Whether you choose to offer your whole inventory or just a selection is, of course, up to you! Both ways will boost your potential business revenue while reducing the manual effort by a great amount. By establishing a link with xChange Connect it is possible to offer with ease the same containers additionally for one-way leasing, increasing the overall container utility. After closing a deal, xChange Connect provides you with the relevant contractual details and further tracking events directly into your software.
Q: I am an NVOCC or Freight Forwarder, what can xChange Connect offer me?
A: Using xChange Connect lets you benefit both as a supplier and as a user of containers at the same time. As a container supplier, you profit in the same way from xChange Connect as the trader, deciding out of your system to offer a container for sale or one-way leasing, based on your own business processes. As a user of containers, you can profit even further: you can create automatically requests out of your software or we suggest balances based on your stocks, resulting in an enhancement of the matchmaking. Upon a successful deal, both as user and supplier, we are happy to provide you with details of the deal and tracking data directly into your software. You are interested in keeping an eye on your whole container fleet? We provide you with detailed live tracking data including ETAs, current location and more! Find MyFleet here.
Q: What about security?
A: All our servers are located in Frankfurt, Germany, obeying the highest standards of data protection and security, the communication between your software and our servers will always be end-to-end encrypted. To ensure this promise on our side, we perform penetration testing of our systems by external experts on a regular basis. Furthermore, your data will never be shared with other parties other than for purposes you agree on.
Q: What prerequisites are necessary to use xChange connect?
You are an enterprise customer? We are happy to tailor a custom data integration right on your needs within less than a month!