How TMS Platforms Reduce Costs for Shippers
More and more, shippers today need more advanced shipping management than the pen and paper methods that used to get them by.
The trouble is, as an independent shipper, there’s seldom a strong enough need for transportation management to necessitate the purchase of technology to do so. As a result, your shipping department is run by people who’ve adapted to an old school method of managing all their shipments – through the use of excel documents or hand written notes.
Don’t believe me? Ask your logistics manager how they keep track of their shipments. Chances are, it’s some combination of spreadsheets and writing things down, or even just relying on their memory to know what’s coming and going.
That’s just not good enough anymore.
Why Outsourcing is a Win for Your Bottom Line
There can be a depressingly thin line between top line revenue and your operating costs. Profitability is sometimes dependent on things like marginal improvements across your entire fulfillment process.
With your logistics team having to keep track of your LTL or TL shipments manually, there’s multiple areas that can lead to decreased profit margins.
There’s the insidious loss of time due to manually tracking everything – sure, updating an excel spreadsheet only takes a minute, but when you’re handling 100, 200, or 300 LTL shipments a month, that’s hours lost each month just typing tracking information into a spreadsheet.
Now think about everything else that happens when you track things manually. Errors, lost orders, lost paperwork, missing information… Or what happens when the one person who kept track of everything in their head leaves? How will you handle changes in staffing? How much time can you spare to train new employees in the complex, handwritten, or manual date entry system with Excel?
Luckily for you, there’s a solution – and it’s simpler than you think. It also solves much more than your employees’ time management issue.
The solution to your logistics management problem is to bring in an experienced team to help.
Outsourcing your logistics management is an effective solution for multiple reasons. To start, working with a 3PL that’s genuinely dedicated to your business’s success is just plain a smart move. It’s an asset to your business – the 3PL doesn’t replace your team, it acts as a supplement, letting your logistics team perform better than ever.
They may not know what they’re missing, or what industry access that they could gain through partnering with a third-party logistics company.
Practical benefits to gaining access to TMS technology through your outsourced logistics provider:
Sure, it’s nice to say that partnering with a company to outsource your logistics management can do all these magical things, but really, what does your business stand to gain?
There’s some very, very practical benefits your team will realize from outsourced logistics management.
Have you heard enough yet?
If you’re ready to partner with a company that’s out to help your business succeed, not just generate quotes, let’s talk. Our experienced sales team can show you what our transportation management system is like – letting you see for yourself the abilities you’ll gain access to if you work with us.
Whether you're a company looking to improve one facet of your supply chain, your entire supply chain, or simply looking for a transportation and logistics consultation, we can help.