Consolidation of a number of small shipments for various customers into a larger load. The large load is then shipped to a location near the customers, where it is broken down, and the small shipments are distributed to the customers. This can reduce overall shipping charges where many small packet or parcel shipments are handled each day.
Topics: Outbound Consolidation
An LTL pricing decision whereby a shipper chooses to pay for an artificially-inflated weight due to the decreased per-pound rate at the next higher weight-break, rather than the rate for the actual shipment’s actual weight.
Topics: Deficit Rating
The weight at which a shipment will be rated at a lower per pound rate associated to a heavier shipment.
The constant price of a product at all geographic locations within the zone.
Topics: Weight Break
A Shipping Manifest is a document that is typically presented to the carrier outlining the individual shipping orders included in a shipment. The manifest will show the reference number of each shipping order in the load, the weight and count of boxes or containers, and the destination.
Pick-to-carton logic uses item dimensions/weights to select the shipping carton prior to the order picking process. Items are then picked directly into the shipping carton.
A Transportation Management System (or TMS) is a computer system designed to provide optimized transportation management in various modes along with associated activities, including managing shipping units, labor planning and building, shipment scheduling through inbound, outbound, intra-company shipments, documentation management (especially when international shipping is involved), and third party logistics management.
An Enterprise Resource Planning System (or ERP) is a class of software for planning and managing “enterprise-wide” the resources needed to take customer orders, ship them, account for them and replenish all needed goods according to customer orders and forecasts. Often includes electronic commerce with suppliers. Examples of ERP systems are the application suites from SAP, Oracle, Dynamics AX and others.
UPS recently announced several upcoming fee increases. In addition, effective June 4th, they will be assessing a new Shipping Charge Correction Audit fee if the average shipping charge correction is greater than $5 in an invoice week. If you are shipping packages that qualify for dimensional rating but a) do not provide dimensions, b) provide inaccurate dimensions, or c) provide inaccurate/estimated weights, this new fee could very well be assessed on your upcoming UPS invoices.
Whether your company is currently experiencing a growth spurt in orders, or you've been handling a high volume for quite some time, it's likely time to reevaluate your shipping strategies for more efficient and effective solutions. Here are a few to consider to maximize warehouse optimization.
If you are still using a carrier or third-party shipping system that has a shipping screen, why? Perhaps you’ve never considered this question, but redesigning your system to remove the need for a shipping screen could lead to significant cost savings, so it is worth evaluating your warehouse technology.