This is especially true for distributors who are trying to decide which carriers will provide the best price and value. As a practical matter, too many variables make it difficult to accurately compare rates using manual methods. Keeping track of ongoing changes in domestic and international shipping rates and service levels requires a robust rate shopping application.
“As part of an enterprise-level shipping management system, the rate shopping application works seamlessly within one interface to simplify outbound logistics. The software uses API tools to integrate with material handling equipment and the customer’s business applications for greater efficiency and accuracy,” states Rich Hite, President of QC Software, a leading provider of warehouse control systems in North America.
For ease of use, shippers can generally compare rates for multiple carriers and service levels from a single screen. The software receives ongoing updates on carriers to ensure that distributors have current information. This application uses complex logic to determine the best method for LTL and parcel shipments in domestic and international markets, taking into account weight, dimensions, delivery areas, discounts, fees, service levels, and company-specific business rules.
Utilizing this software, both small and large distributors have streamlined the shipping process, lowered costs and improved profitability. They have a competitive advantage since they can pass on cost reductions to the customer while maintaining a high level of service.
For over seventeen years, QC Software has delivered the results that help companies succeed. Their leading-edge software solutions provide the flexibility, visibility and control across warehouse operations that customers need to optimize resources and profitability. Through industry collaboration, customized training, and 24/7 support, QC Software ensures that each customer is fully leveraging their technology. In addition, QC Software helps customers develop a strategic focus to better manage new opportunities and future demands.