Are you responsible for the distribution of your manufactured/supplied products to your own end-customers?
As a shipper you are looking for efficient ways to distribute your goods, and you would typically engage a reasonably small group of carriers to distribute your goods. Selection of a freight provider is usually done based on who can provide you with the best service at the most competitive price - “Best value for your freight spend”. Most shippers also want to collaboratively share relevant information with their carriers so that the carriers can schedule and prioritize freight pickup, loading, and drop off.
Escalating costs and razor thin margins are creating ever increasing demands for you as a shipper to operate as efficiently as possible. In many cases, as a shipper you are looking at reducing costs. You may look at various options available in the market, such as freight consolidations, last mile deliveries, zone skipping, or multi modal solutions to deliver your freight. As a shipper, you either don’t have the experience or the know how to accommodate that type of distribution, or perhaps the current standard basic distribution software you have cannot accommodate more than one carrier per shipment.
Our Transportation Management Solution (TMS) offers a broad range of modules to accommodate the growing needs of shippers such as yourself who are looking for a software solution to manage their freight distribution needs. Our TMS delivers capabilities to assist you in all facets of your transportation needs and offers the ability to leverage other related tools and features, all within the same web interface.
Our solution equips you to execute faster, better, and more reliably while providing the real-time, detailed insight that minimizes problems and maximizes revenue generation and profitability. We empower you with automated tools to optimize the expertise of your people, reduce the amount of manual effort and inquiry, and exceed performance expectations.
Benefits of transportation management solutions for shippers
- Lower your transportation spend
- Better scale your business for growth opportunities as well as accommodate seasonal highs and lows
- Gain workforce efficiency while increasing your business to distribute clients’ goods
- Increase your options on how to distribute your goods, price may not be the only deciding factor
- Look for efficiencies on how to save money by consolidating shipments
- Access analytics and reports on costs by lane, mode, carrier, customer to identify where you could save money in distribution
- Ensure safety and compliance of the carriers that you contract for distributing your products
Examples of Vertical Market Specialization
Apparel Industry - A clothing manufacturer who is responsible for distributing their products to their store locations (B2B) from their own manufacturing locations or Distribution Centers (DCs). The cost for nationwide distribution of the products are absorbed by them, and they take advantage of regional suppliers and carriers to both fulfill and distribute the goods to the stores.
Furniture Industry - A commercial office furniture manufacturer who distributes their goods to customers’ office locations directly from a manufacturing location or DC. A sale of a set of office furniture for a new
office starts with the manufacturing process in most cases, and direct ships to the office location through the use of a specific set of carriers that provide transportation services. The distribution costs of those goods is solely absorbed by the furniture manufacturer. In their sales cycle, they may have negotiated a set price or an upcharge to accommodate a sale FOB the customer’s dock, but either way costs are absorbed by the shipper.
High Tech Industry – A computer manufacturer distributes their products to either their own retail locations, directly to customers’ retail outlets, or to consumers. The onus on paying for the distribution of these products falls to the manufacturer as pure distribution costs.
These examples of variable shipping destinations, are handled by the TMS.