last updated 02-17-2022
Shippers play an important part in the supply chain. They are responsible for sending the products to their end customers. In many instances, suppliers or manufacturers are referred to as shippers. Shippers are often responsible for delivering the products to the warehouse or retail locations, where the end customer buys the product.
For example: A car manufacturer may ship their cars to the port of Oakland, California. The shipper may also work with transportation companies to pickup the cars from the yard and deliver to the car dealer in Long beach, California.
Most logistics professionals would agree that efficiency in logistics is largely dependent on your ability to plan. A typical load planning involves getting order information from paper to email, from email to software, from one software to another software, then back to email and finally back to paper. These processes are sometimes repeated multiple times throughout the supply chain.
Shippers rely heavily on the trucking companies and other transportation companies to move the product through the supply chain. Some products require multiple mode of transportation such as road, rail, ocean vessels, barges and cargo planes. However this sort of planning and operations require extensive collaboration with third party logistics providers.
Needless to say, transferring information with third party transportation companies using paper can be very frustrating and time consuming.
Shippers who are moving products across multiple countries and ports often rely on freight forwarders. Freight forwarders handle the logistics and handle the transportation at the country of destination on behalf of the shippers. They are also known as shipper agents.
For example, a shipper in China would hire a freight forwarder in Seattle, Washington, to receive and forward the goods to the final destination. Freight forwarders will handle the logistics related paperwork and processes in the United States, for the shipper who might be in China.
Imagine having a load planner, where you can plan the entire process in a few clicks. The key to any planning is to keep it simple, and avoid any redundant steps. Of course nothing is simple in logistics, because there are many moving parts to it.
What if you could collaborate with other parties, whether they are in your own company, or a third party provider? How does it sound to give 3PLs access to information you want them to see and provide data you need from them? Think of all the time and resources you could save.
FreightPrint’s intuitive load planner achieves the goal of planning your logistics process without complicating it. You can automate your dispatching, enhance communication, facilitate carrier load matching, collaborate with accounting, provide track and trace, receive and send automated status updates for you and others, all without manually doing anything on your part.
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