The days of handbills for airways and pre-printed shipping labels are over. Is your company able to work efficiently and run error-free in the shipping department with carrier-provided shipping technology or software from a third party provider?
Shipping remains inefficient in most industries when shipments are moved on to delivery. After the package has been sent out and the gate is closed, your shipping department will no longer monitor the order. Most companies aren’t aware of steps the shipping companies are taking to get shipments delivered on-time which can lead to significant delays.
Transport should not be a barrier and the introduction of more workers isn’t necessarily the right path to increased productivity and performance. Taking a few simple steps to automate operations and get complete shipment visibility with Multi-Carrier Shipping Software can improve overall performance and eliminate costly delays.
Five principal ways shipping software can help your company with simple automation to overcome manual tasks are:
Data exchange: Data exchange between the delivery code and the network on which orders are entered can be simple, but tends to get more complex as more orders are entered. Additional data requires more precision, which can lead to more instances of failure. Capturing important shipping data when order is placed with automated system saves time and reduces shipping mistakes.Achieving this can be as easy as tagging the vessel as a commercial supply or branding the order as ‘ free freight’. Shipping software can also be integrated into the order ship by generating an add-on program. For instance, UPSGR can be used for UPS Ground, FedEx Priority Overnight may be used for residential delivery and FDX1S+ for Saturday Delivery.
Billing the Customer Account: Customer accounts are typically billed manually and can be ignored when the shipper depends on handwritten notes preceding the paperwork. If the customer asks for shipments to be delivered directly to their account number using its preferred carrier and to have the cargo paid, this is because they would monitor the price of the freight and would have a higher rate than the company negotiates.So how can this process be automated? One way is to capture the account number and forward the data to the shipping software when ordering. Another way is to flag order and then automatically add the billing options using saved information in the delivery software. ShipConsole includes an integrated table to store the customer number and billing address that can then be matched to the customer number on the order being processed.
Automate Multi-Carrier Shipping
Implementing Multi-Carrier Shipping Software at your company can make your life easier by automating your shipping process and reducing shipping costs. ShipConsole offers a number of tools built to help your shipping department get shipping done fast. Request a demo to see how ShipConsole can be implemented at your organization.
Pavan Telluru works as a Product Manager at ShipConsole. He brings over a decade of experience to his current role where he’s dedicated to conducting product demos to prospects and partners about how to organizations can efficiently manage their shipping execution process. He also leads marketing efforts at ShipConsole.