When you work across multiple sites and geographies, standardized,
streamlined processes may seem an impossible dream. It’s not. In the
latest QAD Precision Report we outline the four steps global
shippers need to take to streamline shipping across all their locations.
For global manufacturers, managing logistics across locations,
countries and regions, as well as carriers, is no easy task. Add to
that the fact that global trade is getting more complex. According to
Trade Organization, tit-for-tat tariffs between major economies,
turbulent financial markets and weaker global economic growth, all
negatively impacted trade in 2018. The WTO predicts that world
merchandise trade volume will grow just 2.6 percent this year. The WTO
may need to revise this already low forecast should trade tensions
between the world’s largest economies persist.
Geopolitical maneuvering is beyond the control of global shippers.
What they can do, however, is to standardize global trade operations
across all their sites. When you have multiple manufacturing locations
across the world, it can feel as though your enterprise is not one
organization, but a number of different companies, all using different
guidelines. With a standardized global shipping solution, all sites
operate adhere to the same procedures, workflows and processes.
This is a significant differentiator when building relationships with
customers and partners. It bolsters trust because they know that no
matter where they engage with your enterprise, they can expect
consistent service. Here we discuss the four steps of standardizing
shipping across your manufacturing enterprise.
Step 1: Automate Compliance
Global manufacturing and shipping comes with a number of compliance
regulations. Whether you ship containers or parcels, you must ensure
every shipment adheres to global trade policies.
Done manually, compliance would require spending hours of manual
labor. sifting through regulatory reports, denied party lists,
licensing agencies and other critical information. Automated
trade compliance streamlines this process.
Automation is the most reliable way of ensuring that no compliance
missteps occur. An automated compliance solution that is integrated
with your transportation execution solution speeds up processing time.
Furthermore, by automating compliance your company is not relying
upon the tribal knowledge of a few specialists to handle day-to-day
operations. Instead, global trade professionals and logistics managers
are free to concentrate on long term planning and strategy.
Step 2: Automate Documentation and Reporting
Global shipping involves a ton of customs and export reporting.
Manually creating all the documents needed to complete a shipment is
time-consuming. These may include accredited carrier labels, general
purpose shipping labels, address labels, packing lists, bills of
lading, dangerous goods notes, driver manifests and commercial invoices.
Incomplete documentation or license requirement errors will lead to
delayed shipments. Recurring delays lead to damaged customer
relations, and possibly cancelled orders. Automating
documentation and customs reporting streamlines the
international shipping process and reduces the possibility of hold-ups.
Step 3: Leverage a Global Multi Carrier Solution
Global manufacturers generally have highly complicated, intertwined
transportation needs. As a result, they may decide it best to rely on
a few carriers that they know and trust. Trust is of course critical.
But when you rely heavily on a handful of carriers, you are vulnerable
to higher pricing.
A global multi
carrier shipping solution could include local and regional
carriers as well as global ones. Some regions — such as Europe and
Asia — have dozens of carriers. It makes sense to include the ones
that offer the routes and services you most need. By leveraging a
multi carrier shipping solution, manufacturers can seamlessly switch
between carriers while still maintaining standardized shipping processes.
A multi carrier shipping solution should allow logistics managers to:
Find the best carriers: Instead of relying on a few carriers for
all global shipping needs, logistics managers should be able to
easily compare carriers to see which ones have the best rates and
routes for specific jobs.
Proactively resolve delays: Logistics managers should have
visibility across every step of the transportation and shipping
process, and receive
alerts should issues arise, allowing them to be more proactive.
Create standardized shipping processes: Instead of needing
multiple processes for different locations or carriers,
standardized global shipping processes make it easier to manage
carriers, compare prices and organize critical paperwork.
Reinforce customer and partner relationships: Efficiently
managing shipments will increase customer satisfaction, bolster
trust and build credibility for an organization.
Step 4: Ensure Ongoing Carrier Compliance
Leveraging multiple carriers reduces costs in the long run. However,
it can still be a challenge to remain compliant with each carrier.
Different carriers have their own requirements, and shippers must
comply with their labeling and electronic communication standards.
Carriers must enforce these standards in order to efficiently process
high volumes of shipments through their networks. When you use a multi
carrier solution, your provider is responsible for ensuring carrier
compliance standards remain up to date.
By automating trade compliance checks, automating export
documentation, transportation labels and customs reporting along with
a global multi carrier shipping solution, manufacturers can create
standardized export processes, reduce overheads, improve cycle times
and increase visibility into global shipping operations.
About QAD Precision – Trusted Global Trade and Transportation Execution
QAD Precision (Precision Software), a division of QAD Inc., provides
industry-leading global trade management, transportation execution and
multi carrier shipping software solutions from a single, integrated
platform. Preeminent industry leaders in every region of the world
rely on QAD Precision’s global support centers to leverage thousands
of carriers and manage millions of shipping transactions every day.
Our open architecture easily integrates with Enterprise Resource
Planning, Warehouse Management Systems and legacy solutions. An
ISO-certified company, QAD Precision assists companies to minimize
shipping costs, optimize first mile and last mile deliveries, automate
free trade agreement compliance, avoid customs delays and mitigate the
risks associated with dynamic trading environments to maximize their
competitive advantage. QAD Precision’s customers span multiple
industries including banking and finance, life sciences, high
technology, retail, industrial, automotive, higher education and
public sector as well as logistics providers. For more information
about QAD Precision, visit www.precisionsoftware.com.
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