A Guide to Automating Common Supply Chain Logistics Management Processes

By AmstanOH on 15 February 18 Supply Chain Logistics

Supply chain processes can be a costly addition to an organization’s operations. It’s important to take the time to review supply chain logistics management costs and to find ways in which to consolidate costs for the coming years. Amstan Logistics has experience in this area of the marketplace, and in this guide, we focus on a supply chain logistics management processes that can be automated.

Shipment Tracking

One area in which companies are still averse to deploying automation tools is shipment tracking. But automating this process can help companies save thousands of dollars. Automated tracking means companies don’t have to use man-hours reviewing freight information and planning staffing. Tools can now be used to keep staff informed instantly of any shipment changes so they can respond adeptly when an issue arises.

Bill Management or Freight Pay and Audit

An area that is commonly overlooked is the management of the freight invoices.  The process of reviewing contracts and tariffs takes time.   With the cost of freight increasing, it is more important than ever to ensure that your freight bills are accurate.  Automating this process saves time and can have a significant financial impact.

Freight Quoting

A large portion of the admin work carried out by supply chain logistics management teams involves freight quoting.  Many times a logistics manager will visit several websites to find the best LTL rate or they will send an email blast to dozens of contacts looking for the best TL rate.  Simplifying and streamlining this process can allow your logistics team to spend more time working on more strategic initiatives.  Working with a freight quoting tool in your eCommerce platform can help save time for customers and provide you with clear details on freight before direct communication. It’s a process that also supports greater quoting accuracy.

Routing Services and Transportation Optimization

The route that is most cost-effective for trucking teams is the route that should be chosen and placed on the schedule for each delivery. But changes to delivery times, traffic patterns, and vehicles can alter plans and may mean the inefficient use of company vehicles. Working with an automated routing system is the ideal solution to this challenge. Automated routing technology helps plot out the most cost-effective route for freight deliveries in real-time, ensuring your organization cuts delivery costs and minimizes timelines.  Transportation Optimization allows for the opportunity to gain efficiencies across your entire transportation network while helping to reduce overall spend.  The ability to leverage all your locations and vendors to create multiple pick up or drop movements creates efficiencies throughout your network.

Our team at Amstan Logistics is here to guide you in saving money through automation. To discover more about our service options, call our team today.

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