Defining a Commodity is a way of grouping items together that have something in common, which is generally used for assigning equipment. For example, you could have a commodity called Frozen Vegetables, and in that commodity have Peas, Corn, Broccoli, and Cauliflower. Since OTM uses commodity definitions during equipment selection, one of the things that it should have in common is the equipment type that the items can be transported in. Using the Frozen Vegetables example, not only are all the items frozen goods and vegetables, but they also must always be transported in frozen containers or trucks.
The flexible commodity option allows you to build a profile of items, that may or may not share similar qualities, but will be classified the same when it comes to rating.
Besides linking commodities with equipment types, you can also select transportation modes for commodities, as well as specific temperature controls. In addition to this, you can specify whether a commodity can ship with another commodity. For example, if you have a commodity called Explosives, you can say that it cannot ship together with the commodity called Fuses.
Commodities can be included with a rate offering or rate record. By doing this, the commodity profile (including all profile attributes created in the Material Manager) is included in the shipment rating process.
This page is accessed via Order Management > Material Management > Commodity.
Enter a commodity ID.
Enter a commodity name.
Select the Temperature Control check box if you want OTM to enforce the values indicated by the temperature control ID. If you want OTM to check order-to-order and order-to-equipment temperature compatibility, then select the Temperature Control check box.
Use the Temperature Control ID field to assign temperature information to this commodity. This includes minimum and maximum temperatures.
Choosing a Mode Profile from the drop down list ensures that this commodity is only shipped on this mode of transportation.
Use the Equipment Group Profile ID to ensure that a certain equipment type is only used to transport this commodity.
Enter a commodity incompatibility. The Commodity Incompatibilities field is used to specify what other commodities cannot be shipped together with this commodity.
Click Save for each commodity incompatibility you specify.
Assign a Commodity to an Item
Assign a Commodity to a Rate Offering/Record
Create a Flexible Commodity