Logistic Objects


Monitoring & Alerting draws upon data from the various systems of all your supply chain partners and consolidates this data in one central location. This makes it possible to integrate all the participants of a logistics network.
To do this the Monitoring & Alerting platform uses the following logistic objects.



An Order contains the information about a sale, it usually has a supplier and a buyer.

Some information a Order can contain:

  • Sales & Purchase Number
  • Customer
  • Handover location
  • Unloading location
  • Order items

Order item

An Order item contains information about a specific item that was ordered as part of an Order.

Some information a Order item can contain:

  • Material
  • Quantities
  • Prices
  • Conditions




In the API shipments are usually called Consignments.

A Shipment contains information about goods that are transported from a shipping point to a consignee.
Shipments are usually used to ship goods in order fulfill an order.

Some information a Shipment can contain:

  • Consignee
  • Shipping point
  • Forwarder
  • Shipment items
  • Shipping units
  • Transports

Shipment item


Consignment item

In the API shipment items are usually called Consignment items.

A Shipment item contains information about a good that is part of a shipment.

Shipping unit


Handling Unit

In the API shipping units are usually called Handling units.

A Shipping unit contains information about a physical shipping container that is part of shipment.
For example this could be a carton, an EUR-pallet, an intermodal container...


A Transport has the information about a transport that ships goods from A to B.
For example this could be a ship that goes from Hamburg to Shenzhen or a truck that goes from Stuttgart to Munich.

A Shipment can consist of multiple transports, e.g. a truck transports the goods to the harbor and from there another transport with a ship is loaded.

Some information a Transport can contain:

  • Start Location
  • Destination Location
  • Departure Dates (planned, expected, effected)
  • Arrival Dates (planned, expected, effected)
  • Means of Transport

Physical Transport

Assuming two shipments are using the same transport from A to B, for example both were loaded onto the same truck at the ramp.
A physical transport represents this transport by the carrier.

If a carrier sends an event, because the truck is delayed for example, it does not send multiple events. In this case the physical transport is updated from the message from the carrier, which then updates all the transports that are part of this physical transport, so the system knows multiple transports are now delayed.