How businesses can use smart software to better manage freight costs and what they need to look for when choosing such a solution - that's the topic of a new white paper from software developer AEB. The white paper provides practical advice for shipping managers and supply chain management strategists alike and can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.aeb-international.co.uk/freight.
Carrier terms and conditions are to supply chain managers what mobile phone plans are to the rest of us: varying price calculation models with all sorts of cost factors and service types weave a tangled web that few can comprehend. The lack of transparency and comparability among the tariffs makes freight cost calculations time-consuming and error-prone. Shipping departments typically work on tight deadlines, and time is a critical factor when it comes to evaluating new carrier charges. .
The only way to efficiently navigate this price maze is to deploy specialised freight management solutions, which manage the various tariffs, rate schedules, and agreements of the different forwarders and allow companies to calculate freight costs for any scenario, whether it's running a quick calculation to generate sales data or billing costs to customers.
Management of complex tariffs made easy
But choosing the right freight and transport management software is not an easy task. Tips on what to look for when choosing the right solution can be found in AEB's white paper "Navigating the Price Maze: Smart Freight Cost Calculation," which is available for downloaded from http://www.aeb-international.co.uk/freight.
The foundation for successful transport and freight management is the management of "quotes" - the agreements on freight charges negotiated between shippers and transport service providers. Freight and transport management software is specially designed to accommodate these often complicated agreements. Different solutions take quite different approaches to entering and managing such quotes. AEB's new white paper takes a closer look at essential requirements, options and benefits.
Versatile freight cost calculation
Here are some key examples of where freight cost calculations come into play:
- Calculating freight costs to facilitate the selection of a carrier
- Calculating the freight costs of a specific shipment
- Calculating freight costs for reallocation (to customers, for example)
- Calculating the freight costs of inbound transports