Welcome to our new 3 Minute Explainer series. Here we undertake to
explain best practices, solutions or functionality in no more than
3 minutes. In this QAD Precision 3 Minute Explainer, we
discuss multi carrier shipping and its benefits.
What is Multi Carrier Shipping?
As the name suggests, multi carrier shipping means using more than
one carrier to deliver parcels. Multi carrier shipping software allows
Automatically switch between carriers
Compare rates, routes and transit times
Select the best carrier and service level for your needs
Automatically generate carrier compliant shipping labels, the
manifest and all necessary shipping documents
Track shipments from pick-up through to delivery
If you use one carrier for domestic shipments and another carrier for
international deliveries, that’s not multi carrier shipping.
Enterprises using multi
carrier shipping software can leverage a large network of
carriers. For example, an exporter based in Germany could use DHL,
FedEx, UPS, and DPD as well as regional carriers and postal operators.
Therefore, when a shipment needs to be sent out, logistics staff can
easily see which carrier will meet the promised delivery date at the
lowest possible cost.
How an Automatic Routing Guide Powers Multi Carrier Shipping Solutions
The real power of multi carrier shipping lies in the automatic
Automatic routing assigns shipments to a carrier based on
predetermined criteria and your business rules. These can include the
destination, the customer, or the package’s weight, size and
dimensions and so forth.
Our German exporter could decide that small parcel shipments of X
product bound for the US, should use only the global carriers DHL,
FedEx or UPS. The exporter might also decide these shipments must
reach the customer within 2 business days. The routing guide will
automatically shop between these 3 carriers. Then the solution assigns
the shipment to whichever carrier can meet the delivery deadline at
the best price.
In addition, our exporter could decide that all European shipments
are next-day delivery and can use any carrier in the network.
Therefore, the routing guide will shop between all the carriers that
deliver across Europe. Again, the solution will choose the lowest cost
service that will meet the delivery date.
The Benefits of Multi Carrier Shipping Software
Here are 5 benefits of multi carrier shipping:
Lower delivery costs
Global package tracking and exception alerts
Standardized shipping procedures
Protect customer relationships
Let’s look at these in more detail.
LOWER DELIVERY COSTS
As explained above, multi carrier shipping software chooses the
lowest cost delivery option. Therefore, multi carrier shipping
solutions help shippers control costs.
GLOBAL PACKAGE TRACKING
Multi carrier shipping software tracks all packages, with all
carriers in the same way from a single location. In addition, the
solution alerts personnel if a package is at risk of missing a
delivery deadline. Therefore, you can proactively take action to deal
With multi carrier shipping and automated routing, you don’t need to
switch between carrier interfaces looking for the best rates and
routes. The system does it for you.
In addition, the solution automatically generates all the
documentation needed to complete a shipment. This removes the need for
time-consuming manual processes.
STANDARDIZED SHIPPING PROCESSES
If you have multiple sites, either domestic or global, multi carrier
shipping allows you to standardize shipping across your enterprise.
You can apply the same business rules no matter where you ship from or
PROTECT CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS
Multi carrier shipping software allows you to accommodate customer
requests to use a particular carrier and service level.
Furthermore, multi carrier shipping allows you to serve your
customers even when things go wrong. If one carrier lacks capacity or
another has a route outage because of a weather event, you can reroute
packages to the carriers that can fulfill the delivery.
If customers can count on you to deliver their orders in a timely
fashion, it bolsters their trust in you.
Need More Information?
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Benefits of Integrating Compliance and Multi Carrier Shipping Solutions
Multi Carrier Shipping Software Benefits Global Manufacturers
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About QAD Precision – Trusted Global Trade and Transportation Execution
QAD Precision, a division of QAD Inc., provides industry-leading
global trade compliance, and multi carrier
transportation execution solutions from a single, integrated
platform. An ISO-certified company, QAD Precision assists companies to
export and transportation operations, optimize deliveries, and
increase logistics ROI.
QAD Precision’s scalable and extensible solution easily integrates
with existing ERP and WMS solutions. Industry leaders in every region
of the world rely on QAD Precision’s global support centers to
leverage thousands of carrier services and manage millions of global
trade and shipping transactions every day. For more information about
QAD Precision, visit www.qadprecision.com.