Does Manual Shipping Really Cut It?

Avatar In 2014 shipping rates will increase by 3%! Why? Customer demands are continuing in the direction of free and fast shipping and visibility from order placement to order delivery. Drop-shipping programs will increasingly become a viable growth prospect as distributors become capable of managing fulfillment from major retail eCommerce store fronts.  What is this telling us? Shipping manually begins to look archaic and not a long-term strategy.

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Benefits of Automated shipping
Automated shipping provides tangible and intangible benefits in your distribution operations. Automation can erase many time consuming manual tasks e.g. Shipping workstations where people are:

  • manually weighing,
  • selecting service levels (rate shopping),
  • packing and printing labels for orders, and
  • manually entering tracking information into your order management system, 
These tasks can easily be automated, leaving out a lot of room for error when opposed to manual data entry mistakes are made - it hugely diminishes customer service levels. 

Employing individuals to manage shipping stations is costly. These individuals can better utilised, repurposed or do much more with less by having an intelligent system at their fingertips. Warehouse management system (WMS software) with integrated shipping, you can streamline shipping as part of your outbound order fulfillment process. Product dimensions and weight can be pre-loaded into the WMS system to tell your pickers what size box will be required to pick and complete the order. The system can determine the size and weight of the box (prior to the order being picked), and rate shop all available carriers at the desired service level (next-day, second-day, etc.).  Shipping labels can be pre-printed so pickers can pick directly into the shipping container, label ready.

Manage multiple systems at once can be very costly - integrating a shipping system can remove the pains of manually managing that system and centralise your shipping operations into a single user interface.


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