Shrink Your Shipping Costs with a WMS Manifest System

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Page 2 PathGuide Technologies ● 22745 29 th Drive SE, Suite #150, Bothell, WA 98021 ● www.pathguide.com ● clientservices@pathguide.com today have expanded to handle inbound transportation scheduling and manifesting small parcel and less than load (LTL) for outbound shipments. These new logistics tools help achieve significant shipping cost savings for the company and its customers, adding to the overall ROI of the system. Integration is key to cost savings Manifesting systems generally integrate with shipping systems in the background to simplify tasks such as warehouse shipping, package tracking, and route management. These systems contain information about all the relevant carriers, automatically selecting the lowest available shipping rate (or the fastest option for rush orders). Other advantages of a manifesting system include the automated printing of hazmat or e- commerce labels, bills of lading, and third-party shipping papers. These systems can be used to provide multi-carrier compliance with major international and regional carriers, LTL shipments. Even billing can be simplified when the relevant data gets automatically transmitted to the appropriate carrier for processing. Recent changes implemented by FedEx, UPS and other carriers are accelerating the need for the adoption of a manifesting and shipping system in today's warehouse. These carriers are now utilizing a complex, dimension-based pricing model that increases shipping costs and makes them more difficult to calculate. This isn't just a problem for the shipper. It's also an issue for customers since they are now unable to calculate standard shipping costs through retailers' online tools. In many cases, retailers are absorbing shipping cost overages to maintain clarity for consumers, but this isn't a long-term solution. An extra dimension Whatever products or parts a company is shipping, the shipping problems are familiar. California-based Cascade Orthopedic Supply and Fisheries Supply in Seattle had similar shipping problems, both solved by a flexible manifest system integrated within a WMS. For Cascade, it had become nearly impossible to accurately quote shipping costs to its customers – particularly for items with irregular shapes. This lack of visibility into shipping costs also made it extremely difficult for the company to audit its expenses to ensure that it wasn't being overcharged. Cascade needed tools that would

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