Is an off the shelf TMS right for me?

Transportation management systems (like ShippersEdge TMS) are a common-sense investment for many companies. A fully features and customizable Enterprise Level ShippersEdge TMS is a considerable investment for most shippers and there are now options for entry level systems that can give you the basics on a budget, but are they right for your company. Here are things to know before investing in any TMS and a more advanced system like ShippersEdge TMS.

Is an off the shelf system enough for me?

An off the shelf TMS is better than nothing. A TMS of any sort is a powerful piece of software. Buying a budget system with limited customization may end up costing you more than having something tailored specifically for your needs.

ShippersEdge also offers a basic economy version of its software that is easily upgradable

ShippersEdge Professional Edition

Here are questions to ask: 

What are your goals regarding adding an advanced TMS like ShippersEdge?

  • What cost are you trying to manage?
    • Soft (people) costs
    • Hard dollar transportation spend
    • Freight loss and damage claims
    • Customer late delivery penalties
    • Compliance issues
  • Are you trying to source lowest cost capacity?
    • Spot market or contract
    • Less-than-Truckload LTL
    • Transit time importance
    • Lowest cost provider
    • Exception visibility
  • Are your rates competitive?
    • Do you have lane intelligence
    • Price (cost) change visibility
    • Do certain customers or vendors cause higher than normal freight costs
  • Is too much time being spent on managing compliance?
    • Insurance compliance and monitoring
    • Contract expiration and compliance
    • Freight bill auditing
  • Do you need corporate visibility on decision-making?
    • Are freight provider selections being monitored 
    • Are certain constituents preventing use of low cost provider
    • Can you quantify the dollar value of not using the low cost provider and the reasons for not using them
    • Are low cost providers actually accepting tenders

What can a more advanced TMS like ShippersEdge TMS do that an off the shelf budget TMS cannot?

ShippersEdge TMS is a software tool that assists in the planning, execution and analysis of logistics. As a more advanced ShippersEdge TMS can automate functions and decisions normally done by people and point out exceptions needing further management.

  • Do you have a must deliver by date on your sales order?
    • ShippersEdge TMS points out published transit times and compare requirements
    • If published transit time and required delivery date mismatch
    • Will your TMS point the above out as an exception
    • Can your TMS acquire advanced shipment tracking information
  • Is your freight damage sensitive
    • Does your TMS monitor damage
    • Can your TMS provide damage KPI information
    • Can your TMS be set to avoid high damage carriers
    • Can your TMS use business rules when determining carrier selection
  • What other special requirements do you shipments have
    • Are there special arrangements needed for delivery
    • Could those processes by automated or assisted
    • Do you need advanced tracking
    • Do you need dwell (delay/detention) time information on deliveries
  • How do you monitor and audit spot quotes?
    • Do you have a centralized methodology of getting spot quotes
    • Can you audit spot quote freight invoices automatically
    • Do you have a special place to retain all shipment notes
    • Can you message a carrier within your TMS for load specific messaging visibility
    • Can you monitor tender acceptance on spot quotes 
  • Do you need dock management?
    • Do you have a software enable dock scheduling tool
    • Can your system allow (if desired) carriers to set their own appointments
    • Do you need carrier on time arrival KPI metrics
    • Can you measure dock/shipment labor productivity
    • Can your carriers schedule appointments through a carrier portal
  • Do you need a carrier portal for truckload/volume LTL shipments?
    • Would you like to have automated auditing on sport quotes
    • Do you need provider uploaded invoices and other documents
    • Do you need in shipment in portal messaging
    • In portal bidding, tendering acceptance and tracking
    • Can your carriers schedule appointments through a carrier portal
  • Do you need EDI invoicing?
    • Most LTL carriers and larger truckload carriers have EDI
    • Will you want advanced freight charge auditing of EDI invoices
    • Can you adjust tolerance levels of freight cost exception management
    • Do you want to go paperless
    • Are other documents (such as signed bills of lading) need to be stored
  • Do you need advanced and automated reporting and notification?
    • Do your customers require advance shipment notices (ASN)
    • Would automating the ASN reporting save time
    • Would non ASN customers want notification a shipment has been shipped
    • Would an email with a tracking link be helpful for customer satisfaction
    • Does your shipping manager need a tomorrow’s activity report
    • Do purchasing managers need enroute shipment reports or visibility
    • What weekly/monthly reports are now manually compiled

How much does ShippersEdge TMS Cost?

Depends on what you want it to do. There are free TMS systems out there but when the service is free, you are the product. The answer lies in the number of shipments managed, advanced functionality requested and any customization. The range is about $2.00 per shipment on small installations to less than $0.50 per shipment on very large installations. 

The budget should be set on your expectations of savings. Those savings are 

  • What savings should I expect?
    • Hard dollar savings against a well-run operation 1%-5%
    • Soft dollar savings typically exceed hard dollar savings
    • Freeing up management time can lead to additional hard dollar savings
    • Having visibility, both historic and real-time improves decision making
    • Improving constituent satisfaction is priceless
    • Prevention of small problems becoming big problems; incalculable

What Systems can ShippersEdge TMS integrate with?

As a cloud-based ShippersEdge TMS can connect systems from providers – carriers, brokers, warehouse operators, vendors and receivers in one location. Custom and stock dashboards keep you informed of exceptions and other data. 

Can ShippersEdge TMS integrate with a WMS?

ShippersEdge TMS can be integrated with your warehouse management system to manage inbound and and outbound inventory flow. If your warehouses are being supplied by disparate vendors, ShippersEdge TMS can alert shipment delays thus preventing shortage of product. 

Can ShippersEdge TMS be customized?

Entry level, off-the-shelf systems come with limited functionality and customization is probably not be possible. An advanced TMS like ShippersEdge TMS offers near unlimited customization and can be further customized as a need is seen. An advanced ShippersEdge TMS is also modular so you don’t pay for functionality you don’t need. 

A commitment to keeping your ShippersEdge TMS up-to-date

Since ShippersEdge TMS is cloud based, enhancements to our technology are constantly being rolled out. When ShippersEdge TMS was first available on the web in 2002, the database contained 32 million rate pairs. Today, most of that is replaced by API technology but we still support rate tables for the providers that have not evolved their technology and we support non-standard rating, like unit prices or pallet rates. 

As new technologies come on the market ShippersEdge TMS is ready to integrate and communicate with them. 

What other advanced features does ShippersEdge TMS have?

Safety monitoring, carrier score-carding, ELD tracking, vendor compliance monitoring, business rule effectuation of complex or simple routine execution. Probably almost anything you want but can’t get out of your ERP. Vendor Portals, Customer Portals, Yard Management, Carrier Portals, Optimization Basic and Advanced, ASN connectivity

How much does a TMS cost?

How much does a TMS cost?

Sourcing a full featured TMS can be a daunting task. You have to weigh costs per shipment vs. capabilities. Costs can vary by the amount of additional modules required. ShippersEdge takes a tiered service approach starting at 250 shipments per month to upwards of 20,000 shipments per month ranging in cost from about $2.50 per shipment on small volumes to $0.40 per shipment for shipments in excess of 20,000 per month. 

ShippersEdge offers modules that can be added ala’carte

ShippersEdge offers modules that can be added ala’carte or if volume warrants, bundled in our Enterprise Plus version for shipping volumes approaching or above 1,000 orders per month. Certain modules are resource intensive and are priced separately and example is our telematics module which is resource heavy.

Configuration, setup and training are additional (typically) one-time expenses that are priced independent of monthly subscription charges. ShippersEdge was built to be highly configurable with that ability to have triggers, alerts, exception management based on business rules and a host of other high level functionality features to automate even the most labor intensive tasks. 

Configuration and setup is priced through a one on one scoping

Configuration and setup is priced through a one on one scoping series of interviews and fact gathering sessions typically of 30 minutes in length each. We work hand in hand with you to make certain all bases are covered and thought through. We also typically divide baseline functionality from nice-to-have features into phases. A walk before you run strategy that helps you ease into your TMS and prevent disruptions. 

Training can typically be done over the phone. On site visits can be allowed for but due to its designed ease of use user interface, nearly everyone “gets it” in short training sessions. If you’ve used UPS WorldShip or FedEx Manager, you can use ShippersEdge in short order. ShippersEdge is also a fully managed system. You do not need a super-user. Training in super-users can be expensive and if you have turnover, doubly so. Our help desk is always staffed so you do not need to plan personal leave of a super-user into your backup systems. 

Configuration, setup and training can vary but starts at about $5,000 and can range up to $100,000 or more in very diverse complicated installations. 

For more information contact the undersigned. 

Tim Taylor 

Timothy.taylor@shippersedge.com

Strategy Leads Tactics

Ready, Fire, Aim is not a good strategy

In logistics management as in all things having a strategy leads to tactics. Getting cheapest freight rate is a tactic, it may be part of a strategy but if it leads to freight claims, customer dissatisfaction with delivery expectation or a failure in your supply chain that shuts down a line, it wasn’t really a great strategy.

Having a goal leads to strategy

How does one go about creating a strategy? Goals is first and foremost. Goals in and of themselves are strategies of a sort. A plan to attain those goals is developed through analytics and the harnessing of data. Acquiring data is paramount to developing strategies to achieve goals.

This is where a TMS helps dramatically, first in acquiring, reporting and analyzing data. If the goals are to smooth out bumps in the supply chain, having the data to know specifically and empirically where the bumps are, who are the players (vendor/transportation provider/purchasing agent) you get a statistical analysis that will show a developing pattern. 

Likewise, in deliveries to customers, patterns emerge, typically with the transportation provider but sometimes they are confined to a specific region or locality of a transportation providers. A couple of years ago a major transportation provider had a hub in Denver that service any western states. They also sustained an acute reduction in available labor due to newly legalized recreational marijuana. Many of our client suspended them until things settled down. 

Patterns emerge

Over a given period of time, patterns emerge and then tactics can be deployed to mitigate the problem. You may want better visibility on your retail deliveries to avoid penalties. Maybe the problem is lack of visibility on incoming shipments leading to uncertain labor planning. Vendor compliance and vendor timeliness is also important and can be managed, if seen and historically evaluated. 

Giant data warehouse

A solid Transportation Management System is a giant data warehouse, one you don’t have to ask IT for access to. Custom dashboards, alerts, reports should be easy. ShippersEdge TMS is affordable high technology that assists you in your execution of strategies and gives you the analytical tools to identify opportunities and execute the tactical moves that follow. 

3PL Logistics Management From ShippersEdge

ShippersEdge has completed our 3PL management version of our award winning TMS. 

Features include:

Fixed or variable markup

Integration with any accounting system

Customer Vendor Portal for managing incoming freight

Consolidations one customer or many

Consolidation cost allocation by business rules or manual override

Invoicing (batch or individual) 

EDI invoicing or file transfer

Settlement Module including proper paperwork check

Czar-Lite Support

Non-standard rating (pallet, lineal or cubic feet or rate tables)

Cost change (while enroute) visibility

Accept carrier EDI 

Transmit Carrier EDI

LTL carrier API integration

Freight bill auditing

Exception management and notification

Truckload Tracking cell phone or direct connection

Geofencing

LTL tracking 

Scalability for multiple accounts

Highly affordable monthly costs

Ability to customize for you or your clients

Client/Customer Portal

Carrier Portal with or without bid boards

Electronic load tendering through system email or portal

Service Confirmations through portal or system email

Carriers can upload their freight invoices and documents through the portal or via system email

Instant messaging through portal retained in shipment record

Lane histories

Shipment history logging

Ability to import orders or integrate with your client’s ERP

These are the basic features. We can customize for you. 

Using Ancient Technology to Manage Freight Is No Way to Run a Railroad

The old days

This was how we used ancient technology to move freight. You may be aware that in the old days, we used machines like the one above to communicate with railroad computers. A Telex machine could transmit at 66 words per minute and Telex network time was expensive. To keep the cost down, you preset your message by using a paper punch tape. Once complete you snapped the tape into the reader dialed up the receiver and pushed send. Later we got TWX machines that could transmit 120 words per minute.

This was the technology until about 1980 when fax arrived to the masses and we could transmit pages at the remarkable speed of 2 or 4 minutes (higher quality at 4 minutes). Plain paper fax arrived in the early and mid-eighties. Fax cards for PCs came about in about 1990. They were expensive. New technology breakthroughs are generally expensive.

Mid-Eighties

TMS or Transportation Management Systems mainly originated in the mid-eighties written languages like COBOL and Fortran. They ran on mainframes and cost millions. Prices on technology always fall over time to innovators. New computer languages and modern cloud computing servers have dropped the prices on next generation TMS platforms to level affordable by companies of any size. Starter out of the box systems start at about $200.00 per month.

Today

ShippersEdge TMS offers a starter system called our Professional Edition which borrows most of the technology of our Enterprise Edition. It is a highly capable TMS and has advanced features you won’t find on Freightview and Kuebix. It does offer customization and advanced reporting. It offers shipment and document storage and you can receive electronic invoicing. (Yes we do EDI where needed) It offers file uploading to capture shipment information so your orders are in the system quickly and accurately. You can use the reporting features to export data to your other software platforms.

And Tomorrow

As your company grows we can add extremely advanced functionality, customized for you and fully integrate with any software platform for real time updating. Plus, you’ll be able to use the same interface you’ve been using and add the “I wish I had a button that does that does this and another one that does that” plus add functionality for all of your departments.

ShippersEdge is the most affordable full featured TMS on the market today.

Contact ShippersEdge email timothy.taylor@shipperesedge.com or by phone at 952-777-4421 or visit us on the web at www.shippersedgetms.com

Visibility isn’t the Problem

Visibility isn’t the Problem

Visibility isn’t the problem, it’s having visibility of the problem, that’s the problem

Visibility of your supply chain is good, right? Having visibility isn’t the problem, it’s having visibility of the problem, that’s the problem. Let’s face it, you need answers to questions, questions like, has my supplier shipped or is the transportation provider on time. How about before it’s shipped, is the mode of transport selected adequate to get the shipment to your facility at the right time.

It could be about saving your production line.

When loading your TMS, you need data from your production facility and your sourcing department and then when your vendor ships, you choose the most economical mode for the circumstance. It’s not always about saving money, it could be about saving your production line.

ShippersEdge can be taught to present the question or even alarm you if your vendor is late in shipping. We know the transit times, we can present a solution. If your vendor hasn’t logged on to the vendor portal to ship the shipment or we don’t see it in your account at your transportation provider, we can tell you.

Advanced transportation management systems have this capability but most don’t present the problems and the possible solutions very well. There’s endless data presented but not in an organized or easily interpreted fashion. Mind boggling and mind numbing gridded presentation screens hidden by layers of menus that seek more to present the sophistication of the software than help you identify and solve problems. ShippersEdge took a different view, literally, based on simplicity of operation and presentation.

ShippersEdge is a mid-tier TMS with outstanding power and customizable functionality. We built it with an eye for simplicity of training and use. We use business rules we develop together and apply them to your supply chain management software.

ShippersEdge, we’ll keep you running.

Contact ShippersEdge at www.shippersedge.com/info or call us at 952-777-4421 or email me directly at timothy.taylor@shippersedge.com

Can a 3PL use ShippersEdge?

Can a 3PL use ShippersEdge?

Yes. ShippersEdge can allow your client a direct portal to rate and book shipments. ShippersEdge would be branded to your company’s logo. We can work with shipper specific pricing or blanket pricing. We also work with rate tables if needed and can accommodate specialty rating such as pallet rates, dimensional rating (dim rates) and lineal foot rates.

One of the best parts of ShippersEdge is its ease of use. People can be operational in minutes rather than days. Training replacement workers is a snap. Clients and you are both alerted if a shipment price goes up due to weight, class or accessorial charges.

Paperless invoicing to your clients and from your carriers is available. Invoices are automatically audited against expected estimated charges. Exceptions are placed in their own tab for easy visibility. Original rating criteria, including rate quote number are saved. Easily link to the carrier’s website to review documentation.

Transit issue are flagged to get ahead of problems with minimal impact to your clients and their customers. An audit trail is created on transit time exceptions for use if ordering expedited services. Your customers can choose to send email alerts to others when an order is shipped complete with a tracking link for easy live tracing on the carrier’s websites.

Full reporting modules available for both you and your clients. Most reporting is into an Excel spreadsheet. The user can specify selection criteria(s) and which fields to export. Templates of common reports can be saved. Custom and automated reports can be set up by ShippersEdge. A handy dashboard can be customized for your clients and your firm.

Your clients can also use ShippersEdge to book their truckload shipments. You choose whether they can also communicate with other truckload providers through the system. You will always have visibility into the system on any client.

Integrations are common for us and we can integrate into almost anything. Integration can be as simple as file uploads in batch or API integrations if the software to be integrated with is capable. We also support OBDC.

Contact ShippersEdge today at 952-777-4451 or visit us on the web at www.shippersedge.com/info

How visibility in a TMS reduces costs

How visibility in a TMS reduces costs

Don’t know all the ways a TMS can help you? Read on.

Many people assume a TMS will save shipping costs but don’t know all the ways a TMS helps you manage your freight and where all this cost savings will come from. Most large shippers will tell you their TMS delivers approximately an 8% cost savings. How can that be? Most people ask. Hint it’s not all in the freight rates, to be sure, some of it is, but there are a number of opportunities unmasked when you have the power of data in your hands either for analytics or in real time for execution.

Keeping tabs on your carrier’s billing practices is a big monotonous job compounded by not always having the right tools. The fact is not all carrier’s rates are created equal. Accessorial charges differ, carrier to carrier, as do minimum charges, fuel surcharge, the number and intensity of reweight and inspections. Carriers are fighting a chronic driver shortage about to be compounded by mandatory ELDs come December 17, 2017. They are trying to enhance yields the way the airlines have done; yikes. If you’re trying to manage these variables past tense, you’ve already lost the war.

ROI-cost

Cost vs. Functionality

What can you do about it? The first thing is to identify and quantify the problem through harnessing your data in real time. A transportation management system that’s easy to use and is made for your size business is a tool that pays back in many ways. In addition to streamlining your processes which will give you time to work on a problem, a TMS provides objective data to analyze the problem.

In working with LTL shippers one of the big pain points is the number of reweighs. I also ask them about the intensity of reweighs, some cannot answer that question. One should assume that if one carrier is reweighing more often but another is causing larger increases in weight, that we’d know the economic impact of the two and manage it. When the carrier who is reweighing more often and with more intensity (greater weight changes) asks why you’re not using him as much, you can show him. Many people don’t or have only subjective knowledge based on assumptions. With a modern TMS the answer to both questions of frequency and intensity of reweighing could be had.

In addition to reweighing increasing the cost of a freight charge, it also creates a clerical component that didn’t have to occur. The root causes of the reweighs should or could also be examined. Maybe a part or a specific SKU has a greater incidence of reweighs. If so an investigation should be undertaken to validate the calculated weight against proclaimed weight certificates from the trucker. Did our pallet type or vendor change? Sometimes weights for given items were established years ago and never updated. Comparing rates on erroneous weights of shipments is never a good idea.

Delivering on time

Are your shipments delivering on time? Sometimes you choose a carrier or a carrier’s expedited service level and don’t get what you paid for. Our TMS can be programmed to keep track of the low-cost provider, compare that to the provider used and then to the expected service level and the actualized service level. If the service you paid for isn’t what is delivered, a variance is noted and if you selected an enhanced service level a claim for the differential can be made on the spot, automatically. Carriers on time efficiency can also be mapped over a period of time to be used in vendor discussions and selection.

Accessorial charges do vary

What about accessorial charges? Accessorial charges do vary carrier to carrier and they are negotiable. The same with fuel surcharge and absolute minimum charge by region. They vary and they’re negotiable and they add up. Having accurate data in hand at negotiating time is essential to having a goal and a measuring tool.

TMS Flowchart

Spot market quotes for LTL

Another point of on the spot negotiation is to get large shipment quotes not only from your regular LTL carriers but from spot market providers. Having a tool to first identify and then assist in getting a rate for your larger LTL shipments can have immediate cost saving benefits and sometime result in less damage by having the shipment loaded to ride. It may also result in fast transit times as the dwell time in breakbulk facilities is reduced.

1%-6% of LTL freight bills contain inaccuracies

A further point of remarkable savings is flagging exceptions such as freight charges that exceed the anticipated charge. Nobody likes to audit freight bills, even freight bill auditors complain about their work sometimes. If you only had to audit those invoices that do not match to an approved amount, life could be easier. It was recently reported that 1%-6% of LTL freight bills contain inaccuracies. It was not noted what the average dollar value of the discrepancy is.

Hand keying shipping information leads to errors

Inaccurate deliveries while rare, can create a problem with customer satisfaction and possible redelivery charges. Hand keying of orders with by your company or the freight company leads to typos and typos lead to mistakes. If you can positively pin it on the freight company fine but it took work and delayed the shipment, probably subjected it to further handling and made it damage prone. By using a TMS to electronically transmit the information to the carrier you eliminate a human touch. By integrating your TMS to your ERP or WMS you’ve eliminated two touches.

Timely notification of shipment exceptions is imperative

Timely notification of shipment exceptions is imperative to get ahead of problems. If a shipment has been reweighed, reclassified, had an unexpected accessorial charge applied the time to deal with, if you suspect the change is in error, is when the shipment is enroute, not after delivery when it is too late to have the carrier investigate. A TMS could be, as a for instance, programmed to automatically challenge reweighs above a certain tolerance.

Organize your RFPs

TMS is also a vehicle to organize your RFPs. Ah yes, the annual RFP and its concomitant analysis is now laid asunder by modern technology. A TMS can assess your RFP on the fly making it painless to source the low-cost provider in any lane. A TMS can also run a period’s historical shipping (providing it is in the system) against new bids and return a value of the cost saving or increase. It can also do this on a net basis by not only analyzing the provider previously used but possible the new low-cost provider. One should also flag spot market rates to be excluded from the analysis lest they be included at shelf rates in the study.

Consolidations are easy

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Certainly, not the last way a TMS can make you money but often not considered due to complexities and time constraints are consolidations. Consolidation opportunities can be identified by use of a simple optimizer and run against standard LTL charges and produce a yield for your consolidation. It can then produce a cost from your truckload providers and compare. When you consider consolidations don’t get reweighed, reclassified and are not subject to breakbulk risks of damage, the decrease in back office clerical disruption often makes a consolidation not just a cost saving adventure but a work of art.

Hand keying of paper invoices has a chance of error

There also is accounting, accounting’s job is to enter freight bills into a payment system, possibly get the recorded or appended to the order and do it all quickly and without mistakes. Any hand keying of paper invoices has a chance of error. Also, tying the invoice to the proper sales or purchase order is sometimes challenging at best. By integrating your TMS with your accounts payable you can assure accuracy and visibility throughout the transaction cycle.

Visibility does not end with management, visibility should be extending to the entire stakeholder chain. Suppliers, customers, sales and customer service can gain visibility properly restricted if required into the supply chain. By providing visibility, you gain back time wasted on interdepartmental information exchange and create self-serve satisfaction throughout the constituency. Many man hours are wasted running down information that can be accessible at the click of a button.

Identifying supplier routing errors

Identifying supplier routing errors takes time, or used to take time. Modern TMS technology can identify supplier routing errors and calculate the back charge automatically. Better yet routing links can be imbedded with purchase orders ensuring that your vendor uses the right carrier and creating a shipment notification to the purchasing department, receiving and production. Get ahead of the curve not behind the eight ball.

Implementation

Implementation of a TMS depends on the level of customization required for the build out. Training though in today’s easy to use user interfaces has decreased substantially. The operations screen of a TMS should not look like a spreadsheet on crack cocaine. Today’s mid-tier TMS products were built to be easy to use because they had to be. The developers knew that mid-tier TMS savings cannot be eaten up by laborious training and retraining.

How much

How much does TMS technology cost?  Fully integrated non-customized mid-tier TMS products can usually be provided under $2.00 a transaction for base level functionality and a modest to low five figure integration and setup cost. Enhanced functionality comes at a price but can sometimes increase ROI by multiples; think optimization and other enhanced features. Shippers have reported ROIs in the 30-day range and soft cost saving, meaning people’s time in the hundreds of man hours per person. Just gaining visibility alone is generally worth the cost of admission. The case for a TMS has never been clearer. The cost has dropped so as to be affordable by companies with only modest freight spends. The only question is why didn’t we do this sooner. Hint the technology is new.

At ShippersEdge we recommend a phased implementation. You can gradually retire an expensive legacy TMS or install one for the first time. Eventually all department can come onboard except engineers. I have nothing against engineers but I think they’d tell you how to build the thing. Just seeing if you were paying attention. Have fun.

Contact ShippersEdge

Contact ShippersEdge at 952-777-4421 or visit us on the web at www.shippersedge.com/info

Stand-Alone TMS for Shippers

Stand-Alone TMS for Shippers

Our Professional Edition

ShippersEdge has a stand-alone TMS for shippers. It’s called our Professional Edition and it has remarkable capabilities not found in competing products. What can ShippersEdge do that competing product will not do? Here is a partial list:

  • Ability to upload rate tables for carriers that do not do API rate exchange
  • Use it to receive freight bills electronically or upload invoices and documents
  • It can be configured to give your customers a tracking link in an email
  • It can also be configured to provide tracking for your website
  • It can be configured to provide shipping charges for e-commerce
  • It can provide a portal to your non-electronic carriers to update tracking
  • It has a built-in auditing function
  • It has consolidation and basic optimization built-in

ShippersEdge is an independent provider

 

ShippersEdge also offers all of the expected functionality like LTL rate retrieval from all of your providers in one place. It also will communicate with your spot market providers and store their quotes. No more emails and spreadsheets. It provides tracking and notifications of delayed shipments. It will monitor, in real time freight charge changes if a carrier reweighs, reclassifies, redelivers or any other change affecting your costs. It flags these changes in an easy to find tab on the home page.

 

Compare TMS products

You owe it to yourself to compare TMS products and watch for how these other products come up short in certain areas. ShippersEdge has been providing a hosted Logistics Management solution since 2002. We were the first to do so. We keep improving our products every day.

 

Check out ShippersEdge

When the time comes that you need an integrated solution and customization, we’re here and it is not that expensive. Check out ShippersEdge at www.shippersedge.com/info or call us at 952-777-4421 ShippersEdge, affordable and capable.

 

Advantages of insourcing logistics management

The advantages of insourcing logistics management

It used to be that outsourcing was in vogue and always the first choice among the learned business school elite. The trend is reversing as logistics management software has evolved and become highly affordable by mid-sized businesses. By using advanced and capable software more and more companies are insourcing logistics management and saving the markup of third party logistics providers.

While it’s true 3PLs did have their place in the market; they did so by procuring expensive TMS software. Now a new software revolution has come along and placed highly capable logistics management solutions into shipper’s hands and eliminated the need to outsource their logistics.

A typical actual 3Pl markup is 13%. How can you tell this? Read the income statements of publicly held 3PLs like CH Robinson, Echo Global, XPO and Hub Group just to name a few. In some cases, especially those who haven’t tightly monitored their outsourced logistics, that markup can exceed 20%. Even shippers with a modest freight spend can understand that with very little cap-ex and monthly subscription fees, they can save real money and probably enhance their customer’s experiences.

SaaS TMS Software has been growing rapidly and prices have dropped significantly. Specialized functionality is also available at a modest price. You can also job out things like RFQs and carrier qualification to create a stable of available contract carriers for truckload shipping. LTL carrier bids can be easily managed and displayed with competitive rates on the same screen in a modern TMS.

It is not that 3PLs can’t add value, the better question is, how can they make these high margins and retain your business? There is plenty of talent in the labor force to effectively manage your logistics. Many current employees of 3PLs would gladly leave the boiler rooms of their current employment for a steadier career at your company.

ShippersEdge has been providing SaaS logistics management software for over 15 years. Talk to us about how to insource logistics management. Call 952-777-4421 or visit us on the web at www.shippersedge.com/info for more information.