They say good things come to those who wait. Yes, we are happy to announce that the waiting time is over! In fact, the wait time was over a couple of years ago, but you never heard of that. We are here to inform you of some incredible progress within the freight carrier that will make your life a lot easier. You can thank us later.
Lets face it, while most industries are developing rapidly, the shipping industry is not one of them - at least thats what most people think. Lack of information out there is probably the main reason many shipping agents have just given up and agreed with the archaic ways to do things even though it makes life hectic and difficult. Here are some of the biggest challenges facing most freight suppliers today:
Contact a number of trucking companies to get a quote
Compare each quote to find one that meets your budget
Inaccessibility to the driver when the freight is collected
Limited tracking for your shipment
Miscommunication of critical information
All of the above can now be avoided as there are actually automated platforms available on the market today that can do everything above and at the same time make your shipping life much more effective, guaranteed. If you are tired of the old brick in this industry, we can promise you that these platforms will be a worship service - you can stick to it.
Check out some of the amazing benefits of these platforms below:
Quote comparison and real-time prices
Thats right, no more price negotiations! The common practice of shipping ships at the moment is to contact each individual carrier out there to try and get a reasonable rate. This is an estimate and an extremely frustrating process and can be completely eliminated using an automated platform. With a touch of a button, you can access prices from hundreds of carriers that save you plenty of time to focus on other things. You know, like counting your money from all the extra business you do. Automated platforms are integrated with different carriers, so you can see prices in real time. That means what you see is what you pay. This gives price stability and very rarely would you see great price fluctuations.
When you buy products from suppliers, it is common for sellers to send them to you and then add shipping to the final invoice. Most times, suppliers add a mark-up to this shipping cost (additional cost). This can now be avoided! Some automated platforms allow you to arrange your own shipping from your supplier. All you need to do is arrange a download from your supplier, print a return label and send it to the seller to use. This way you have total control over how much you pay for shipping. Life change I know!
Like courier, would not it be great if we constantly showed our shipments in total? Well now you can. Like automated courier platforms, freight platforms also generate a tracking number that allows you to track your delivery from origin to destination. These platforms have very clearly marked transit times each time you make a shipment, so you can plan for storage, docks and everything in between.
In-house Support Services
Now we know this is not a necessity, but also iPhone, we still can not live without it! Internal operation and customer service are similar to iPhone in the shipping world. Its an invaluable resource when tracking just does not give you the little nugget of information to calm your nerves about your precious stool. This is just an example where a team of domestic experts can be very important. Lets just say this: internally the team is on the platform what Dr. Watson is for Sherlock Holmes.
Reporting of data analysis
The ability to run customizable reports for analysis is another great advantage of automated platforms. This is particularly useful for larger organizations with very large freight volumes.
Imagine that you do not have to handle all of these files, receipts and invoices daily. Only the thought of it is music in our ears. Additionally, no one else does it, so why are you? Well, some of the more robust platforms have very intelligently designed billing systems that allow shippers to get an invoice for all their shipping.
Not many platforms have services that span the entire continent, but there are some that offer services across Canada and the United States. I do not think we need to explain how incredibly good it can be.
There it is now, now you know what you have missed. More and more freight ships make the switch to an automated platform for convenience, speed, coverage and scalability, and weve given you many good reasons why you should also.