Software Audit Freight Bills

Use our Software to Audit Freight Bills to prevent freight cost variances

It is estimated that 5% to 10% of all freight invoices contain inaccuracies use software to audit freight bills. Typographical mistakes on weight, misclassification or improper reclassification and the addition of accessorial charges that were not or need not be provided, there are also reweigh errors. How does this happen and how can you prevent it? The answer is, while you can’t always prevent them, you can correct them, if you contact the carrier as soon as you find out. The wrong time to find out about an increase in cost is when the freight bill arrives.

With ShippersEdge, continuously monitoring your shipment as it moves through an LTL carrier’s system, you will be alerted whenever your estimated charge, actualizes into a higher charge. When you get notification promptly, so you can rectify it promptly. Take the case of a reweigh increasing the cost of your shipment (you don’t usually see them go down) and you know that you scaled the shipment at your shipping point. The origin terminal weighs the shipment on their forklift scale and makes an increase in the weight, substantially increasing its weight. You can contact the carrier and have their destination terminal reweigh the shipment to verify the increase, before the shipment delivers. Reweighing shipments is big business at LTL carriers.

Would you do this on all reweighed shipments? Probably not, but at some tolerance level it is cost effective to challenge the higher weight. Most people set a tolerance. If it’s a reclassification, this is probably more important to challenge so you can either amend your system with the correct freight class or convince the carrier, they are applying the wrong classification(s). Once the shipment is delivered it is usually too late to prevent the overcharge.

Finally, there are accessorial charges sometimes added that just isn’t so. Liftgate or inside delivery come to mind immediately as some carriers may add this charge if they’ve never been to this destination before. Any unforeseen accessorial charges should be investigated as they tend to become permanent based on a delivery address. In ShippersEdge, once you know the delivery point accessorial charges, you can add that to the address book for that customer and the requested service will be added to your freight rate estimate and just as importantly put the requested service on the bill of lading thereby preventing expensive redelivery charges.

ShippersEdge is a full featured TMS for small to midsized businesses. It is affordable shipping software that pays for itself easily and saves time. Our powerful rate generator allows you to compare freight rates, track shipments and freight charge changes in real time.

ShippersEdge also provides reporting so you can monitor which of your carriers are creating the most exceptions and use that data in rate negotiations and carrier selection criteria, after all what good is the lowest rate carrier if they’re always increasing the weight on your shipments?

There is much more to ShippersEdge. Talk to ShippersEdge 952-777-4421 or read more about ShippersEdge

Accurate Freight Accruals

Accurate Freight Accruals and how to provide them

Transportation and Logistics managers face a daunting task at many companies, providing accurate freight accruals to the accounting department every month. What if it wasn’t hard at all. ShippersEdge users have an advantage. ShippersEdge knows what freight invoices are outstanding at the end of an accounting period. Moreover, since ShippersEdge is constantly updating freight charges, even on shipments where freight costs change, ShippersEdge is there, retrieving the updated charges throughout the lifecycle of a shipment.

ShippersEdge through constantly interrogating freight carrier’s servers is also updating transit times and knows which shipments have delivered and which shipments are still in transit. Using shipment delivery as the standard for recognizing a freight cost, ShippersEdge can do a simple compare algorithm and generate a report for accounting. Now a task that is generally inaccurate and time consuming is reduced to the simple touch of a button.

ShippersEdge is more than just a shipping management system. It can be used as standalone Transportation Management Software of be configured as fully integrated Transportation Management System.

ShippersEdge is freight rate comparison software combined with freight tracking software. It offers dynamic reporting capabilities and end-to-end supply chain visibility. Freight consolidations are easily created along with proper parent/child bills of lading. ShippersEdge has an easy to use freight bill auditing feature which flags any freight bill out of tolerance with estimated costs. ShippersEdge automatically stores less than truckload quotes and works similarly with truckload rate comparisons and storage of truckload quotes. Say goodbye to spreadsheets and hello to technology that makes logistics software easier.

Talk to ShippersEdge 952-777-4421 or read more about ShippersEdge

Supply Chain Visibility

Supply Chain Visibility

When companies source a Transportation Management System (TMS) some think of it as a way to save money on their shipping by comparing rates or orders and selecting a low-cost carrier. There is another important use of a TMS and that is Supply Chain visibility. Obviously your customers want to know where their shipment is but you also want to know where your incoming shipments are as well.

What about shipments routed by my vendors

Even on vendor routed purchases, a TMS can provide end-to-end visibility into the location of your incoming materials giving you peace of mind that your supply chain is flowing smoothly. ShippersEdge can connect to your freight forwarder to lend Supply Chain visibility on your international shipping.

ShippersEdge is a highly affordable

Supply chain software used to be very expensive with legacy systems costing hundreds of thousands of dollars to install and monthly contracts in the high five figures. ShippersEdge is a highly affordable Transportation Management System. We serve small and midsized businesses along with very large customers. We bring modern day technology to streamline shipping processes.

Other features

Compare less-than-truckload (LTL) rates

Compare Truckload Rates

Compare Sport Market Rates

Optimized consolidations

Electronic shipment tendering

Track your shipping

Allow customers to track their shipments

Provide accurate freight charges to accounting

Allow sales department to obtain their own freight quotes

Match freight invoices to sales and purchase orders

Provides for optimization of shipment consolidations

Dynamic reporting and custom reporting

Provides variance reports

Very fast return on investment (ROI)

A hosted TMS solution

ShippersEdge is a hosted TMS that since 2002 has been providing web browser based transportation management software. We offer standalone systems up to fully integrated and custom configurations. We’ll talk to any mode of shipping domestically and internationally. Talk to ShippersEdge 952-777-4421 or read more about ShippersEdge

Shipping Software

Shipping Software

ShippersEdge Shipping Software, puts you in control and eliminates hours of wasted time. Gone are the days of individually logging in to each of your LTL carrier’s websites, entering the shipping data and then cutting and pasting those numbers into a spreadsheet. ShippersEdge shipping software, will get you all of your rates in less time than it took to read this.

Our shipping software is more than multi carrier rating software, it electronically retrieves actual costs if the carrier reweighs, or reclassifies your shipment. More than that it alerts you when a shipment delivery date is going to go past the expected delivery date. The powerful LTL rate comparison engine is the heart of the system. You can print your bills of lading and label. It even prints loading instructions for multi shipment consolidated truckloads.

When the freight bill comes in, you can use ShippersEdge freight bill auditing software to compare the estimated cost against the charges invoiced. We store all rate quotes for your convenience and to use when calling a carrier about a rate change.

ShippersEdge works for you to compare truckload shipping prices either direct from your carriers or even a third-party provider. ShippersEdge can track truckload shipping so you don’t have to.

There’s more in ShippersEdge than you would expect from an affordable transportation management system. Call 952-777-4421 and see what power is in store for you.

Will a TMS arrange freight consolidation

Will a TMS arrange freight consolidation

A powerful feature of ShippersEdge TMS (Transportation Management System) is its ability to arrange freight consolidations. By showing the lowest cost LTL rate, you can quickly build cost effective consolidations and know your savings before you ship. Consolidations also have the advantage of bypassing break-bulk centers and reducing the potential for loss or damage.

With ShippersEdge just point shoot and click your way to meaningful saving on your freight costs. Another advantage offered the best Shipment Management Software in the business. We were the first hosted Transportation Management System and we’re always improving.

Its About Time

Its about time, saving time. ShippersEdge Multi-Carrier Shipping Software is about saving time getting rate quotes without have to go to each transportation company’s website to find out the lowest cost carrier is for your shipment. Imagine being able to use software to compare freight rates in one place. ShippersEdge has a powerful rating engine and it stores the rate quotes online for you. It even works to compare truckload rates and the transportation spot market.

Finding the lowest cost carrier has been a tedious task and when time runs out the lowest cost freight provider is sometimes not found. Companies that always use the low-cost provider can save up to 20% on their shipping costs.

ShippersEdge has more features than just hosted rating software, it can print bills of lading and labels. It will provide comprehensive reporting including a report if the lowest cost carrier was not used and the reason why. All reports are exportable to a spreadsheet.

ShippersEdge provides electronic shipment tracking, freight bill audit and will store transportation documents online. It can work as a standalone hosted shipment management system or as a fully integrated Transportation Management System (TMS).

 

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Transportation Management System

Transportation Management System for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses

ShippersEdge TMS is specifically designed as an affordable Transportation Management System for small to mid-sized businesses. Our Enterprise Edition Shipping Management Software includes features normally found in expensive Transportation Management Systems meant for large shippers yet is attractively priced starting at only $499.00 per month.

Here are the features in our Enterprise Edition TMS:

Multi-Carrier rating system to present all of your available carrier freight rates

Bill of lading creation

Label creation

Powerful address book with detailed destination information

Freight Rates directly from carrier servers

Electronic tendering to send a pickup advice to carriers

Automated tracking of all of your shipments

Freight cost change notification if carrier’s actual charges vary from their estimate

Full or limited integration to all ERPs and WMS

Unlimited users

Unlimited locations

Customization to your specific needs

Ability to upload rate tables for carriers who do not offer server integration (very small carriers)

Automatic email shipment notification to your customers with tracking link

Powerful LTL rating system

Ability to handle custom rate tables, pallet rates and other specialty rates

Ability to provide connectivity and rating for small carriers

Ability to rate truckload shipments either rate table or bidding

Ability to source spot market bids on truckload shipments

Ability to source spot market bids for partial (volume) LTL shipments

Ability to track both truckload and large spot market LTL Shipments

Ability to import, upload of hand key shipment information

Powerful reporting capabilities and custom reports as required

Route optimization for multi-stop truckloads

Variance reporting if low cost provider not used

Reason codes for not using low cost provider

Multiple profiles available to limit data set presented to various users

Deploy in transportation management, customer service and sales (if required)

Ability to send routing instructions to vendors complete with bill of lading and labels

Automated report generation and distribution via email

Advance freight bill auditing capability

Ability to be integrated with freight bill payment providers

Electronic document storage

Detailed carrier manager

Immediate ROI due to affordable pricing

Gain visibility and control of your freight spend

Easy sell to management with our ROI calculator

Shipping Software for Small Business

Shipping Software for Small Business

ShippersEdge has a product specifically designed as affordable Shipping Management for small business. Our Professional Edition includes features normally found in sophisticated Transportation Management Systems meant for large shippers yet is attractively priced at only $199.00 per month.

Here are the features in our Professional Edition:

Multi-Carrier rating system to present all of your available carrier freight rates

Bill of lading creation

Label creation

Address book

Freight Rates directly from carrier servers

Electronic tendering to send a pickup advice to carriers

Automated tracking of all of your shipments

Freight cost change notification if carrier’s actual charges vary from their estimate

Unlimited users

Unlimited locations

Here are additional features not found in competing products:

Ability to upload rate tables for carriers who do not have server integration (very small carriers)

Automatic email shipment notification to your customers with tracking link

Ability to handle custom rate tables, pallet rates and other specialty rates

Ability to provide connectivity and rating for small carriers

Ability to rate truckload shipments

Ability to source spot market bids on truckload shipments

Ability to source spot market bids for partial (volume) LTL shipments

Ability to track both truckload and large spot market LTL Shipments

Powerful reporting capabilities

Ability to upload shipment information

Variance reporting if low cost provider not used

Reason codes for not using low cost provider

Multiple profiles available to limit data set presented to various users

Ability to send routing instructions to vendors complete with bill of lading and labels

More than just a basic address book with detailed destination information

Automated report generation and distribution via email

Electronic document storage

Detailed carrier manager

Seamlessly upgrade to Enterprise Edition with integration, full or partial and customization

ShippersEdge is the Shipping Software for Small Business

Replace third-party logistics provider with software

Can I save money on freight if I replace third-party logistics provider with software?

Third party logistics providers [3PL] became mainstream in the 1990’s by implementing then expensive transportation management systems [TMS] and spreading the cost by using those systems for multiple shippers. By economies of scale, the could justify high six figure spends on software. Today shipment management software is available at a very small fraction of the price of the legacy large scale systems.

What about the LTL rates, will I get to keep my LTL rates? In a nutshell, yes. LTL carriers have gotten away from blanket discounts and have moved to shipper specific rates so through talking to your LTL carriers you should be able to keep your rates or decrease your freight rates and eliminate 3PL freight markup your 3PL charges over and above the actual freight carrier’s rates.

How much can I save by using software to replace my third-party logistics provider? 7% to 20% is the typical savings by replacing your 3PL with transportation management software. But my 3PL provides automated tracking and tracing can a TMS provide automated tracking and tracing? Yes, a ShippersEdge transportation management system has automated tracking and tracing and can even feed that data to your CSR or directly to your web similar to when you track your order through Amazon.

I use a freight bill payment company can a TMS provide freight bill auditing? ShippersEdge TMS provides its own freight bill auditing and can feed freight payment information directly to your ERP. Alternatively, ShippersEdge can send shipment data to a freight bill payment company of a freight bill auditing company.

If I replace my third-party logistics provider can I compare LTL rates and select lowest freight rate.  Yes, ShippersEdge TMS will find the lowest LTL rate in one place. You will not have to log into multiple carrier websites to retrieve rates simply to find the lowest cost freight charges.  Electronically tender shipments and electronically track freight. To save money on freight our shipment management software is the way to go.

There is more to ShippersEdge, find out at www.shippersedge.com/info and request a demo.

TMS Buyers Guide Insource my Third Party Logistics

Save money on freight

Can I save money on freight by replacing my third-party logistics provider?

Third party logistics providers [3PL] became mainstream in the 1990’s by implementing then expensive transportation management systems [TMS] and spreading the cost by using those systems for multiple shippers. By economies of scale, the could justify high six figure spends on software. Today shipment management software is available at a very small fraction of the price of the legacy large scale systems.

What about the LTL rates, will I get to keep my LTL rates? In a nutshell, yes. LTL carriers have gotten away from blanket discounts and have moved to shipper specific rates so through talking to your LTL carriers you should be able to keep your rates or decrease your freight rates by eliminating the markup of your 3PL charges over and above the actual freight carrier’s rates.

How much can I save by using software to replace my third-party logistics provider? 7% to 20% is the typical savings by replacing your 3PL with transportation management software. But my 3PL provides automated tracking and tracing can a TMS provide automated tracking and tracing? Yes, a ShippersEdge transportation management system has automated tracking and tracing and can even feed that data to your CSR or directly to your web similar to when you track your order through Amazon.

I use a freight bill payment company can a TMS provide freight bill auditing? ShippersEdge TMS provides its own freight bill auditing and can feed freight payment information directly to your ERP. Alternatively, ShippersEdge can send shipment data to a freight bill payment company of a freight bill auditing company.

If I replace my third-party logistics provider can I compare LTL rates and select lowest freight rate. Yes, ShippersEdge TMS will find the lowest LTL rate in one place. You will not have to log into multiple carrier websites to retrieve rates simply to find the lowest cost freight charges. To save money on freight our shipment management software is the way to go.

There is more to ShippersEdge, find out at www.shippersedge.com/info and request a demo.

TMS Buyers Guide Insource my Third Party Logistics