Mitigating the cost of motor carrier reweighs

Mitigating the cost of motor carrier reweighs
Similar to airlines, LTL carriers are constantly trying to improve their yields. One of the tools at their disposal is to reweigh shipments. Scales built right into the forklift itself has made the process of reweighing your shipment easy and lucrative. Some carriers will also charge you a fee if their scaled weight differs from what’s on the bill of lading.

Carriers don’t lower weights
The simple little truth is carriers don’t lower weights if the weight variance results in a scaled weight below what is on the bill of lading. So, it is a one-way street when it comes to shipment weight changes, always up; never down.

Intensity of the weight changes
Here’s where you can fight back. If you keep a record of weight changes due to scaling at the carrier’s dock, you can chart the number of weight revisions on your shipments. What to keep track of? Not only the number of reweighed shipments but the intensity of the weight changes. If carrier A) changed 10% of the shipments you tendered to them and changed the weight an average of 10%, that’s one number. What if carrier B) changed the weight only 8% of the time but the weight changes went up 15%.

Keeping track of weight changes
A transportation management system can keep track of weight changes and give you the analytical tools to see what carriers are creating the most increases in cost. If you don’t have one, you’d have to do that manually and what a laborious chore.

Fight back
Another way to fight back is to monitor weight changes while the shipment is in route and have the destination terminal weigh the shipment again if you believe there is an error. A transportation management system that is constantly interrogating the carrier’s server regularly and notifying you when a reweigh is entered into their system. Did you know that to remain accurate, forklift scales should be calibrated every twelve months?

ShippersEdge is an easy to use, value packed TMS that can pay big dividends through monitoring carrier reweighs and providing you the tools to make intelligent decisions. Contact ShippersEdge at 952-777-4421 or visit us on the web at www.shippersedge.com/info

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 www.shippersedge.com/info

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 www.inboundlogistics.com.