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.
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.
While same-day order turnaround combines the convenience of expedited access to products with the simplicity of online ordering, making a pledge to deliver on such a service commitment can come with challenges. Complex processes, warehouse inventory, and inadequate planning can greatly affect your ability to meet this level of service for your customers.
Here's what you need to know to improve same-day shipping, and how to manage inventory efficiently.
From the minor, like shipping a customer two pairs of socks instead of one, to the major, like shipping the wrong products to the wrong addressee, fulfillment errors are unpleasant. They’re also, to a degree, unavoidable.
As long as humans are involved in fulfilling e-commerce orders, human error is possible. You may not be able to eliminate all fulfillment errors, but you can and should implement warehouse processes and best practices to minimize them. Here are four suggestions to get you started.
You've undoubtedly noticed the changes at your warehouse. The days of large shipments containing dozens of SKU's seem to be passing. Less deliveries are going to retailers, and more and more small packages are going every day, assuming you and your team can keep up.
Whether good or bad, the trend is soon to become a traditional practice, as e-commerce sales are predicted to grow from eight to 12 percent in 2017 with little slowdown in sight. Let's discuss what warehousing and logistics changes are coming down the pike.
So, you're finally outgrowing your warehouse. That's great—right?
Maybe yes, and maybe no. Running out of room in your warehouse can be a sign of great growth for your business, but it could just as easily be a sign of storage mismanagement.
Before you rent another warehouse or pack up your current inventory to move to a bigger location, you must first determine the reasons why you are running out of space. This determination will help you make informed decisions about what to do next and how you can improve your warehouse operations.