Visibility in Freight Management

“That which is monitored improves” a story was told to me long ago by a shipping dock supervisor about a study done by a big trucking firm which started to monitor it cross-dock pounds per man hour. This were folks with clipboards taking notes and they wanted to try something. So, they increased the lighting at the large facility and the pounds per man hour increased. Then they turned the lights back down and pounds per man hour increased again. They did the same with ventilation and so forth.

“That which is monitored improves” is the way it was explained to me so many years ago. If you want to improve your carrier selection, lower your freight costs, use ShippersEdge and you’ll get the visibility, the accountability and the means to monitor your freight costs and use lowest cost providers. Spreadsheets and sticky notes might have worked in 1985, they’re costing time and money today.

Transportation Management Software provides the visibility to the freight management processes and with visibility comes the ability to monitor. Visibility in freight management can provide you the tools to make better and more informed decisions.

Streamline your freight management carrier selection truckload, less-than-truckload and parcel. For more information contact www.shippersedge.com/info

Solve shipping problems

Solve Shipping Problems and actual inquiry from a customer.

Here’s a client wanting to solve shipping problems

We sell hospitality XXXXXXX and currently we ship anywhere from 100-300 LTL/truckload shipments per month.

We are always trying to get the best price from carriers, so our shipping manager is getting quotes directly online for each shipment, and he is spending a lot of wasted hours doing this. Once he has got 2-3 quotes from different carriers, he books the best option online.

What we ultimately want to achieve is get all the quotes from our top carriers in one place, and eliminate entering data multiple times for one order. Find the lowest freight rate easily using a TMS.

We would like to be able to see all of our shipments also and the tracking information that goes along with it.

ShippersEdge, now provides the tools to solve shipping problems, no sweat. For more information www.shippersedge.com/info

Five Important Features in TMS Software

Here are Five Important Features in TMS software found in ShippersEdge Professional Edition not found in other entry level web based freight shipping software.

There are many entry level Transportation Management Systems also known as Shipping Management Software on the market today. Most offer basic functionality like retrieving LTL carrier rates so you can compare LTL freight rates then select the best carriers and finally track your shipping. ShippersEdge offers an affordable logistics management system that goes far beyond the basics.

Here are Five Important Features in TMS software:

  1. Truckload rate management contract or spot market
  2. Spot market rate retrieval and management
  3. Route optimization for consolidated truckloads
  4. Ability to require reason codes for deviating from low cost provider
  5. Variance reporting on costs when not using least cost provider

ShippersEdge also flags exceptions, like reweighing and freight classification rate increases and transit problems. Our powerful address book allows for entering accessorial items such as lift-gate, inside delivery and residential delivery so you’re not surprised when the carrier’s invoice arrives. We communicate directly with LTL carriers several times each day, ensuring complete visibility of your shipping.

ShippersEdge offers a freight bill retrieval and audit function and can provide a freight accrual to your accounting department if required.

ShippersEdge is built for the future so as your business grows, we can grow with you, start with the Professional and as you grow, use our Enterprise Edition for even more value and capability.

For more information www.shippersedge.com/info or call 952-777-4421

TMS Overkill

There are some really expensive Transportation Management Systems that have been on the market for years. Some have been snapped up by hedge funds, venture capitalists and giant conglomerates. What happens next is development slows down and prices go up. Why? It is the only way to cash flow the investment. Is the TMS you’re reviewing or using part of this scenario?

When the first Shipping Management Software appeared on the market, it was made for the biggest of the big companies. Hundreds of thousands or maybe more than a million lines of code, teams of developers funded by extremely large organizations. Man-years (old school term) of development for what we now know is the easiest of tasks. Frankly most are a “horse by committee”.

ShippersEdge is different. It was built by people who spent years in transportation. It’s built on fresh technology, shrinking lines of code and making our product extremely nimble and customizable without sticker shock. The key differentiator is we’ve moved freight, we know the tricks and traps because we’ve done it.

If you want a TMS with a reasonable price, providing value without the overkill and bloated mythology of the well-known oversized legacy systems, right size your budget and talk to ShippersEdge.

 

For more info www.shippersedge.com/info

Finally, an Affordable TMS

In years past a Transportation Management System was reserved for the biggest of big enterprises. Those days are a relic due to the miracle of modern programming and cloud based computing resources. Finally, a TMS for shippers with a modest freight spend, an affordable Shipping Management solution.

It has been proven Transportation Management Software, aiding in the selection of lowest cost providers, can reduce the typical company’s freight costs by 8%-20% and pay for itself many times over each month. Simple stand-alone solutions can be had for as little as $200.00 per month for small shippers with Enterprise level integrated shipment management software costing around $1.00 per shipment for larger applications.

The days of logging into various carrier’s websites to retrieve rates, or using emails to obtain spot market and truckload rates are a thing of the past to the adopters of easy to use and now affordable multi-carrier shipping software. Pen, paper, Excel spreadsheets and email are a poor way to run an efficient shipping department and will cost money and time. It’s time to automate and centralize your shipping.

More information at www.shippersedge.com/info

ShippersEdge Development Meeting

At least once a week at ShippersEdge is an all staff meeting to discuss product development and customer specific customization. The first portion of the meeting is to review the past week’s accomplishments and challenges. ShippersEdge Enterprise Edition TMS is a highly customizable logistics management system. Our customers are unique and have client specific requirements suitable to their business models.

At ShippersEdge, we believe our clients should have what they want. The second portion of the meeting is new client requests for customization and with everyone in attendance these requests are discussed and addresses. With the help of our clients, prioritization is addressed as well as the possible need for further client discussion to crystalize the scoping of the project. Resources are then allocated and deadlines set.

The fun part in the marketing section of the meeting is new product development. Here is where we plan for the future to add features some clients don’t even know they need yet. By marketing attending the product development and customization requests, commonality of customization requests is assimilated and addressed as possible system-wide implementation to offer even more features to the universe of all of our clients.

More information at www.shippersedge.com/info

Freight invoices uploaded and stored

Think of ShippersEdge as your safe, electronic filing cabinet. Most brokers and small carriers will even upload the documents themselves and ShippersEdge can be set to ask them to do so. With most LTL carriers, ShippersEdge can retrieve stored freight invoices electronically through their web services. Let’s face it, paper invoices are so yesterday. Saving paper is the way of the future. ShippersEdge can help you compare quoted rates with actual charges to make sure they match and output freight accrual information to your accounting department for accurate payment and accurate monthly closes.

ShippersEdge is far more than an affordable shipment management solution, it is the wave of the future for transportation management software. Managing your shipping costs should not be a laborious manual task. Using multi-carrier transportation management software will streamline your processes, assure lowest cost carrier selection and save time.

Studies have shown transportation management software can reduce freight costs by 8%-20% and add accountability and reporting capability. Call or write ShippersEdge today. More information at www.shippersedge.com/info

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 www.shippersedge.com/info

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 www.shippersedge.com/info

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.