Shipment processing system and a data warehouse
Starting with the basics, a transportation management system is a shipment processing system and a data warehouse. Ultimately you take orders in, execute and optimize your transportation schema and update other internal systems and ultimately export out finished data including audited freight invoices. It should provide a document repository to efficiently store and retrieve important shipment data. Along the way, you make decisions, manage potential problems and inform constituents affected by actual problems. ShippersEdge can help you do that in most cases, automatically, and give you analytics to use to further refine and improve your transportation scheme.
ShippersEdge Enterprise TMS integrates with your ERP, WMS, EDI or Order management system. We’ve integrated with legacy AS 400 ERPs right up to the latest versions of all the popular Enterprise Resource Planning software [see list of most popular ERP integrations]. We sometimes provide data to constituents that isn’t easy or cost effective to get out of ERP software. We do all that with minimal intrusion upon precious IT resources because we’ve had to and we do it all the time.
Anything that makes a given location unique can be stored in our address book
ShippersEdge has a detailed address book to store location specific information. An example would be directions to a quarry or business hours. Other examples would be this location requires a lift-gate or appointment delivery is required. Just about anything that makes a given location unique can be stored in our address book. Business rules can then be applied to include accessorial charges or notations on the bill of lading. [screenshots?]
Similar to the address book, our items manager can store product specific information. It could be that a specific product needs temperature control in extremely hot conditions. ShippersEdge carrier selection would then present for tendering carriers that offer refrigerated service or if using the spot market request a refrigerated truck. Likewise, the bill of lading would also show temperature requirements. The items manger can also be used to calculate weight and cube for rating purposes. [screenshots?]
Manage your carrier base effectively
ShippersEdge carrier manager has all the tools to manage your carrier base effectively. You can use it to store and manage your carrier contracts, monitor carrier’s insurance if you desire and upload table rates if needed. You can also set tracking email intervals if the carrier cannot connect electronically. The carrier manager meets all requirements for ISO certification. [screenshots?]
ShippersEdge supports business rule defined tendering. Some businesses may say that cost is the only selection criteria while still others might say transit time or analytically derived on-time performance criteria. You can also use business defined rules and execute sequential tendering sometimes referred to as waterfall tendering.
Possibilities endless as our clients see a need
Software integrations also vary in scope and purpose. Sometimes they are required for ASN or advance shipping notification or into popular contact management or customer resource management software. We’ve also done custom work such as handling unit (racks, intermediate bulk containers, other specialty units) for handling unit management and condition tracking. Further possibilities endless as our clients see a need and we work with them to design a solution.
Our E-Commerce suite can place freight charges right into your website, whether you markup freight charges or not. Most companies can get parcel rates onto their website but what if you need LTL or truckload rates appended to your online ordering routine? ShippersEdge can provide that for you. We make it easy so business is not so hard.
Interdepartmental collaboration just got a whole lot easier. Sales needs to know where a customer’s order is while on an iPad at the customer’s site? Easy with our mobile enabled scaled sales interface, no app needed. ShippersEdge is so easy to use, your sales department can source their own freight quotes either in their native state or marked up. Customer service can also get in on the benefits of ShippersEdge. Accounting gets accurate freight accruals, and collections gets access to POD and other shipping documents. All user profiles can be limited in their functionality to suit their responsibilities and transportation skill level.
Information sharing does not stop at the office walls, information sharing can be offered to your customers in the form of advance shipment notifications (ASN) and tracking links imbedded in the ASN or independently. Customer satisfaction increases when you give them visibility into their order.
Import and export
ShippersEdge supports customs requirement for import and export. You can use it to prepare commercial invoices, NAFTA documentation, container numbers and seal numbers. ShippersEdge also supports other unique forms and screen layouts. ShippersEdge is highly customizable to suit the needs of your company. If you need a process developed or fields added, we can do that. ShippersEdge also makes it easy to adopt industry best practices.
ShippersEdge solves the cost vs. functionality dilemma by providing a cost effective, yet powerful application. Ten years ago, a system like ShippersEdge was unaffordable to all but the biggest companies. Today getting a TMS in your budget is easier and more affordable than ever.
Here is a partial list of advanced functionalities provided by ShippersEdge. Custom functionality can be developed for individual needs.