Know Least Cost Routing

We can do that. ShippersEdge, the original web based now cloud hosted Software as a Service [SaaS] Transportation Management System can keep track of the difference between using lowest cost provider and actual freight carrier selected. By logging information, we can report the difference.

State of the art, shipping management software has been proven to save 8-20% on your freight spend due to always knowing your least cost provider. There may be reasons why you wouldn’t, transit time selection is just one of the many reasons, dock space for a spotted trailer could be another. ShippersEdge can enable a feature that identifies a reason for deviating from least cost routing. We can report back to you what the net effect of each reason is.

Does your TMS identify your shipping rates and store variance from deviating and not using the least cost routing? It should. If not, you should be talking to ShippersEdge. We get it. More information at

When to source a volume rates on LTL shipments

Volume rates on LTL shipments are available through several sources. They are available directly through trucking companies, through brokers and do-it-yourself (more on that later).

The key is to set a threshold using mileage and gross dollars to set a trigger for your using your TMS to start making you money. One threshold might be when an LTL shipment exceeds $1.00 per mile. Assuming you are in a position to wait for a quote and possibly a day or so for a pickup (in the case of using a broker) you could see big savings.

Volume rates sometimes are referred to as “header rates” because they are often placed in the nose of the trailer. ShippersEdge TMS is freight planning software. Good shipping management systems will alert you to the possibility you should be looking for a volume rate, great logistics software will do it for you.

It’s all about the business rules. You make the rules so you decide. More information at

Fred Smith of FedEx wants 33 foot doubles

FedEx thinks they have a chance of getting twin 33 foot trailers approved un President trump. Twin 33’s have been tested in Florida where drivers say they are more stable. Generally speaking Less-than-Truckload [LTL] shipping uses floor space for pallets and shipments have gotten bulkier. The floor space increases by 18% vs. the currently used twin 28 foot trucks. Productivity and less trucks on the road are the main arguments made by those in favor of twin 33’s.

Naturally there are opponents to the increase in overall trailer length. The Truckload Carriers Association voiced its disapproval saying twin 33’s would give the LTL carriers too much of an advantage. They also pointed out that rail carriers are now equipped to accommodate the 28 foot variant and would have to retool to handle 33 footers. This they said would have the net effect of actually adding trucks to the highways.

If these changes are adopted and LTL carriers gain efficiency, expect to see more rigorous competition in at least medium haul lanes.

ShippersEdge route optimization

ShippersEdge route optimization

Whether you are contracting carriers or using your own private fleet for multi-stop distribution, you need route optimization. ShippersEdge now has the capability of optimizing routes, creating manifests and cost allocation. This exciting capability can take hours of laborious planning away from manual systems and Excel spreadsheets and turn it into minutes per consolidation.

Route visualization, including mapping is included along with visual rearrangement of stops with drag and drop capability. This is what you expect in Transportation Management Systems that costs well more than ShippersEdge shipment management software. We are the affordable TMS.

We offer full integration, partial integration or manual data entry using a stored address book. We are already integrated with all LTL carriers for rate, transit time and tracking. We also offer integrations and communication solutions for small carriers and brokers.

As always, ShippersEdge can also manage your Truckload (contract and spot market) and Less-Than-Truckload [LTL] shipping with multi-carrier automatic rating. ShippersEdge is the shipping management and logistics software that can grow with you.

LTL earnings reports for 2016 were at lower levels than the year before

YRC reported a $7.5 million net loss in the fourth quarter, or 23 cents a share, better than the $23.5 million loss, or 73 cents, in the last three months of 2015. Revenue was up 0.5% to $1.15 billion. “The impact of the economy and freight environment resulted in shipments being down on a year-over-year basis at YRC Freight and their regional carriers,” CEO James Welch said in a conference call. “With industrial shipments comprising approximately 50% to 60% of our revenue, we would have, obviously, liked to have seen growth in this part of the economy,”. At YRC Freight division, revenue dropped 0.5% to $730.3 in the quarter but rose 2.2% to $418 million in their Regional Transportation segment.

Old Dominion reported $68.5 million in profits, or 83 cents, down 5.1% versus the fourth quarter of 2015. Revenue rose 1.5% to $745.7 million. “The overall fourth-quarter operating environment was similar to what we experienced through 2016. We had a slow start to the quarter, but our revenue and tonnage marginally improved on a year-over-year basis, as the quarter progressed,” according to Old Dominion Vice Chairman and CEO David Congdon. “These trends, combined with the increase in LTL weight per shipment and other improving macroeconomic indicators for the fourth quarter, provided us with a sense of cautious optimism for an improved economy in 2017, which also concurs with economic forecasts or improved GDP”.

ArcBest posted net income of $1.58 million, or 6 cents a share, on revenue of $688.2 million. In the last three months of 2015, they earned $4.99 million, or 19 cents, on revenue of $648.1 million saying “we experienced higher average daily revenue resulting from increased revenue per hundredweight, positively impacted by freight profile changes”. “In the midst of a competitive but rational industry yield environment, our asset-based pricing remained disciplined”.

Saia’s net income dropped 9.1% to $10.3 million, or 40 cents, in the quarter. Last year, the company earned $11.4 million, or 45 cents. Revenue increased 4.4% to $300.2 million “depreciation and amortization expense was up 17.2% in the fourth quarter, a reflection of the significant investments we are making in our fleet, real estate and information technology,” according to Saia CEO Rick O’Dell.

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Affordable TMS new Professional Edition

Today, ShippersEdge a pioneer in web-based Shipping Management Software announced a new more affordable TMS with a new version specifically catering to smaller manufacturers and distributors. Shipment Management Software also known as Transportation Management Software or TMS for short is the next big thing for operational efficiency in logistics and transportation management.

ShippersEdge Professional offers less-than-truckload [LTL] rating, LTL rate comparison tendering (electronic request for pickup), shipment tracking and freight charge monitoring through direct contact with motor carrier servers. The professional edition will also compare truckload rates. Our logistics management software takes the pain out of manually sourcing freight rates through carrier websites because it will retrieve freight rates and present them all on one screen. This makes freight planning painless and quick.

A shipping management system is now more than just LTL rating software; it should do more than that and our does. Pricing plans starting at $199.00 per month with unlimited users.

For more information contact see our website or call us ShippersEdge 888-237-2465 or email us at

Software replace third party logistics provider

If you’re struggling with how to replace third party logistics provider [3PL] see what we have to say about it below.

If you presently engage an outside firm to manage your transportation, consider for a moment why. When you signed up, they had software; expensive shipping management software. If it was long ago, they may have had rates that were better than yours. Things have changed.

Today a TMS is highly affordable as is the integration to your back-office systems. Small, stand-alone Transportation Management Systems can be had for but a few hundred dollars a month and our Enterprise versions start at about $500.00 a month and goes up from there depending on shipment counts.

As far as rates, carriers have moved away from blanket discounts and into shipper specific pricing. You may not have noticed the change but your 3PL now knows you can take your rates with you. Consider the pricing above against a typical 7% and sometimes up to 20% is the typical 3PL management fee and you do the math and then contact us.

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ShippersEdge Again Named Top 100 Logistics IT Solutions Provider

ShippersEdge TMS shipping software was named to Inbound Logistics Magazine’s list of Top 100 Logistics IT Solutions Providers for 2015. This is the second consecutive year ShippersEdge has made the list. It is published annually by the logistics industry’s leading trade publication and is considered the premier recognition for providers of logistics technology. Each year the magazine surveys the market and invites organizations to apply for this recognition. They examine each company’s features and position in the market to create its Top 100 list. The list includes WMS, LMS and Transportation Management Software (TMS); sometimes referred to as “shipping software.” It is estimated that there are more than 1000+ Logistics IT solutions available in the market today.

“We are ecstatic and gratified to receive this recognition.” said Tom Taylor President. “It validates the quality of the product. When it comes to software to manage LTL & Truckload shipping, shippers and distributors of all sizes are realizing that ShippersEdge provides the best option for them in terms of price, features and flexibility.

About ShippersEdge

ShippersEdge TMS is logistics software originally developed in the early 2000’s as one of the first cloud-based TMS systems. It is the most affordable full-featured Transportation Management Software on the market. Offices are located in Burnsville MN. For more information see

About Inbound Logistics

Since its inception in 1981 Inbound Logistics’ educational mission is to illustrate the benefits of demand-driven logistics practices, give companies the knowledge to help them match the inbound flow of materials to their demand, and align their business process to support that shift. Inbound Logistics offers real-world examples and decision support to guide businesses to efficiently manage logistics, reduce and speed inventory, and offset rising transport costs, supporting business scalability across their value chain. More information about demand-driven logistics practices is available at