White Paper: How Shipping Software Will Boost Your Business
Consumer expectations today are shifting to instant satisfaction. People want to know if the item they want is available, where it’s coming from and how quickly they can get it. This puts a lot of pressure on retailers, distribution centers, third party logistics (3PL) providers and carriers as they all work together to achieve the same goal – getting orders out to customers as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Adopting the right shipping strategy can give companies a competitive advantage, while providing an outstanding customer experience. And if handled the right way, a company’s shipping function can be transformed from a cost center into a profit center.
However, cost-effective shipping is a challenge because each shipment can potentially involve multiple carriers with numerous levels of services and constantly changing rates. Intricate business rules and shipping restrictions for parcels that differ in size and weight, include anything fragile, hazardous or perishable, or are shipped outside of the country further complicate the process.