Benefits of a Shipping Software

Benefits of a Shipping Software

Jan 07

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Feature packed yet easy-to-use, an effective shipping software provides a big ROI from freight and time savings. The other benefits further enhance your ROI. They are as follows -

a) Rate Quoting & Easy Comparisons -

With an effective shipping software you can quickly compare the freight costs and transit times of all your LTL, truckload and expedited carriers. You can view details, forward them to others, or save them for future reference or updating. Flexible business rules can be set-up to control which carriers are available under various criteria such as lane, product type or shipment size.

b) Tracking, Visibility & Reports -

With an effective shipping software to track any shipment with any carrier. You can enter your sales order or other control number to get your shipment information. An end-to-end visibility lets you monitor your orders, and flag problem shipments. You can even drill down into an order, write notes and assign shipments to others for handling or review. An easy-to-use report generator lets you create custom reports and export them quickly into Excel.

c) Shipment Routing & Tendering -

Speed up your shipment routing and tendering process. Reduce freight costs by making better routing decisions and more options. With an effective shipping software you can do advance planning or manage as you go. The software allows you to enter an order, compare all options & choose the best carrier, create a bill of lading & labels, and notify your carrier to pick up. Order consolidation and multi-stop route building gives you further opportunities to save money.

d) Freight Bill Management -

Your CFO will love an integrated shipping software because it makes managing freight invoices easier, faster and more accurate. Freight bills can be automatically matched to the proper PO, SO or TO. Invoices can be quickly audited for errors and additional charges, etc. Your billing can be accelerated on Prepaid & Add sales by using accurate estimates generated, or get actual charges for most shipments the following morning.

e) Claims Management -

An effective shipping software’s step-by-step claims process makes it easy to report, file and keep track of your freight claims. You can even make it easy for others in your company to report loss or damage directly, and then flag it for follow-up.

f) Inbound & Drop Shipment Management -

Using an effective shipping software to manage your inbound and drop shipments is superior to routing guides, or letting your vendors choose the carrier. You can now pre select the best carrier for each shipment & note the routing on the PO, or have them call you when the order is ready for shipping. You gain total control and have complete visibility of your product or material from PU to delivery, to save money and control material flow.

g) Collaboration -

For most companies the logistics process involves a series of department-to-department handoffs. For example your company’s process may begin with Sales needing freight cost estimates, and end with Accounts Payable paying the invoice. A shipping software provides a single platform for everyone, giving each department the tools and information they need for their part of the process and pass on to others. An easy to use report generator lets you create custom reports for analysis, and can be easily exported to Excel.

h) Manage Multiple Locations -

If your company has branch locations or warehouses a shipping software is the ideal logistics platform for your company. It’s ease of use makes it easily adoptable, while powerful features such as privilege control and routing rules can be applied company wide, or to specific locations. You can even monitor activity at each location and step in at any time to help them on shipments.

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