SOLVED Supply Chain Challenge? Providing Inbound Freight Visibility and Enhancing Savings When a client grappled with vendors that incurred excess freight charges, ARTC Logistics implemented a system that brought visibility and streamlined the inbound shipment process.
up saving almost $200,000 in the rst year. The system assigns a PRO number and stores the shipment information in the accrual le associated with CalcRate, ARTC’s TMS. Shipment notication is transmitted to the customer in advance, which helps with planned receipts and is also used to track and trace the shipments, giving our client visibility to their inbound freight for the rst time. The improved level
CalcRate Freightpay System Carrier Rate Database
When it comes to carrier selection for freight, shippers have control of their outbound shipments, using parameters like cost, transit time, dependability, and history of claims to make the optimal choice. Inbound freight is a different story with vendors selecting the carriers, often based on their own preferences, which may or may not align with those of the consignee. Our client has been generating
CalcRoute Shipment Consolidation Load Optimization
CalcPak Shipping Labels
CalcClaim OS&D Freight Claims Management
CalcBol Consolidated Bill of Lading
Dashboard/ Analytics Analysis & Feasibility Studies
Multimodal Carrier Negotiation Benchmark Analysis
TMS RFP Evaluation
Carrier Dispatch & Documents Shipping Tracking Freight Invoice
Warehouse Site Selection
inbound routing guides for their vendors based on shipment weight, origin, and our client’s inbound warehouse. Most vendors showed good compliance with the routing guides, but three vendors were notoriously poor with their routing, rarely matching the guide when shipping and generating excess freight charges of $40-50 thousand quarterly. THE SOLUTION Working with our client, we instituted ARTC’s Vendor Portal for inbound routing. Our client synchronizes their order le with the portal. When vendors are ready to fulll orders, either partially or fully, they log into the customer’s branded web page. The portal lists all
of detail was helpful in renegotiating inbound freight charges, further enhancing their savings. In addition, the inbound shipment costs were accrued in the freight payment system—streamlining
Freight Audit & Payment Third Party Pay
of the open orders for that vendor. The vendor selects any orders that are ready to ship and enters the number of items if the order is incomplete.
the subsequent freight invoice reconciliation/audit process.
The system then provides the preferred carrier and terminal
information and can even tender the load automatically. If the vendor does not use the system-selected carrier, a reason is required. The vendor can then be charged back the difference in freight costs if there is not a valid reason for rerouting the shipment. Initially, compliance was poor but after a few chargebacks, compliance increased to the point where they were no longer necessary. Our client ended
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