14th January 2021
When shipping high volumes of parcels across multiple sales channels spread throughout the world, managing and keeping track of shipments becomes complicated. However, with key systems integrated it is possible to gain control of your logistics supply chain.
As a 3PL company, you ship and track high volumes of parcels across multiple B2B and B2C sales channels from distribution centers spread throughout the world.
To succeed, you need full visibility of parcels moving throughout your logistics supply chain. However, when information is spread across multiple systems, managing and keeping track of shipments, providing accurate shipping data and providing a seamless delivery experience can be challenging.
By integrating your key systems, you can gain control, by managing your whole distribution network in a single, centralized online multi carrier shipping platform.
Managing all your customers and distribution channels in one centralized platform rather than separately can save you time as you don’t have to manually input data into multiple systems.
“Before we started using Consignor we coded our own labels for the different carrier products in our WMS system, which was time consuming due to continuous updates from the carriers. Today Consignor does all this. Instead we are able to focus on what we do best.” Peter Slatcher, Logistics Manager at 3PL company Prime Cargo.
Enhanced managing and tracking options
When your systems work independently of each other it just isn’t clear what the single source of truth is, which can cause delays when searching for orders.
Consignor integrates with any ERP, WMS or webshop solution and is always updated with the latest track & trace and carrier requirements. This provides an overview of all your customers, parcels, goods and shipping data in just one system allowing you to track orders wherever they are in your supply chain.
Also, when carrier updates are done automatically for your labels, you reduce the risk of transmitting incorrect data to your carriers which would result in delayed shipments and increased shipping costs. Additionally, this saves you time which you can use to optimize other areas of your business.
You can choose to let Consignor for Logistics work as a “black box” allowing your personnel to continue working in your current ERP or WMS systems when producing shipments, or you can choose to work in Consignor’s own production window.
Improved data quality
Manually entering data into different systems can lead to errors occurring which can potentially delay shipments.
With your key systems integrated, your staff don’t have to manually input data into different systems, as shipment data is exchanged automatically between systems improving data quality and minimizing the risk of data errors.
Gathering all your shipping data in one centralized system allows for a structured and comprehensive data suite, which you can use for analyzing purposes such as assessing carrier performance and comparing invoices. Also, you have the possibility for compiling data into reports so you can make informed business decisions.
Offer convenient delivery options
Having a lack of delivery options in the checkout can drive online customers away from webshops. That’s why displaying relevant and convenient delivery options is key to converting more customers.
By integrating with your ecommerce customers’ webshops, Consignor’s Ship Advisor feature can provide instant and personalized dynamic delivery options to online shoppers enhancing your ecommerce customers’ sales opportunities.
This article is the first in a series of articles around how to Gain Control of Your Logistics Supply Chain
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