last updated 12-18-2023
Are you managing your inbound and outbound shipment manually?
Well, you're not alone!
Many supply chain professionals plan their logistics manually, ie, without using any automation. It creates additional work and clogs up an already full-time schedule.
An intuitive load planner that can help eliminate the need for manual dispatching. It can enhance customer service, since the shippers can focus more on the actual transportation process rather than dealing with manual paperwork.
A load planning is the process where which the logistics manager can create a shipment task, either pickup or delivery, assign it to the right team, and track it's progress in real-time, and notify the consignee or end-customer without having to do anything manually.
A typical dispatching process relies heavily on emails, spreadsheets, printing, and often scanning paperwork, and communicating and transmitting of paperwork and other information to the 3PLs, shippers and customers.
Shippers play an important part in the supply chain. They are responsible for sending the products to their end customers. In many instances, suppliers or manufacturers are referred to as shippers. Shippers are often responsible for taking the load and delivering the products to the warehouse or retail locations, where the end customer buys the product.
For example: A car manufacturer may ship their cars to the port of Oakland, California. The shipper may also work with transportation companies to pick up the cars from the yard and deliver them to the car dealer in Long Beach, California.
Most logistics professionals would agree that efficiency in logistics is largely dependent on your ability to plan. Load planner skills not only require knowledge of logistics operations but also constant education about new technologies.
A typical load planning involves getting order information from paper to email, from email to software, from one software to another software, then back to the email and finally back to paper. These processes are sometimes repeated multiple times throughout the supply chain.
Shippers rely heavily on trucking companies and other transportation companies to move the product through the supply chain. Some products require multiple modes of transportation such as road, rail, ocean vessels, barges and cargo planes. However, this sort of planning and operations require extensive collaboration with third party logistics providers.
Needless to say, transferring information with third party transportation companies using paper can be very frustrating and time-consuming. It also creates the need for additional jobs and the employees have to have a specific experience level and specific skills to do that.
Due to the complexity of the load planner processes, a lot of errors can occur, especially if you hired an entry level load planner specialist. All of this requires more budget allocated for load planning and transportation.
Shippers who are moving products across multiple countries and ports often rely on freight forwarders. Freight forwarders handle the logistics and handle transportation at the country of destination on behalf of the shippers. They are also known as shipper agents.
For example, a shipper in China would hire a freight forwarder in Seattle, Washington, to receive and forward the goods to the final destination. Freight forwarders will handle one part of load planner jobs with logistics-related paperwork and processes in the United States, for the shipper who might be in China.
Imagine having a load planner, where you can plan the entire process in a few clicks. The key to any planning is to keep it simple and avoid any redundant steps and hire more full time employees with a set of load planning skills. Of course, nothing is simple in logistics, because there are many moving parts to it.
What if you could collaborate with other parties, whether they are in your own company or a third party provider? How does it sound to give 3PLs access to the information you want them to see and provide data you need from them? Think of all the time and resources you could save.
FreightPrint’s intuitive load planner achieves the goal of planning your logistics process without complicating it. You can automate your dispatching, enhance communication, facilitate carrier load matching, collaborate with accounting, provide track and trace, and receive and send automated status updates for you and others, all without manually doing anything on your part.
Our customers have been moving thousands of loads by keeping everyone involved in the process happy.
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Are you managing your logistics operations either manually or using outdated and confusing software?
FreightPrint can help!
FreightPrint™ is a simple software and mobile app for logistics companies to track, organize, communicate and manage shipments efficiently.
We know that logistics is complicated and time-consuming.
Imagine delivering orders to your customers with consistency, accuracy and simplicity.
If you're looking to streamline your shipping and logistics operations, FreightPrint™ may be what you're looking for.
Read below to learn more about key features and benefits of FreightPrint™.
Imagine processing customer orders, automatically creating optimized routes, communicating with drivers and customers, all without spending any extra time.
Dispatch loads on the fly. Work with carriers, brokers, dispatchers and shippers.
Pick multiple shipments and create routes instantly. Assign drop numbers, edit or remove stops without contacting the drivers.
Assign a task or a route to a driver. Don't know who can do the delivery? Allow drivers to pick their loads, or broadcast loads to your carriers and have them bid on your loads.
Free up your phone lines and staff, while exceeding your customers’ expectations. Spend your precious time closing more deals and going on vacation.
Provide Shipment Tracking
While the FreightPrint™ app provides status updates and other useful information, it can also provide you with shipment tracking.
Collect Signatures, Pictures and Notes
Create an audit trail of shipment statuses with timestamps and location stamps.Receive Proof of delivery signature and pictures instantly.
Create and design your own shipping documents. Create templates for your customers to match their specifications.
Print QRCode Labels
Create and print QRcode labels. Add QRcodes to your shipping documents and emails.
Design and Customize BOLs
Create and design your own shipping documents.Create and design your own shipping documents.
No software is built perfectly, that’s why we allow you to customize it to your needs. FreightPrint is flexible to serve your needs.
Use API or Zapier, Request Customization
Create custom fields and custom checklists to ensure your team can track progress. Connect with SalesForce and OrderTime natively, integrate with your own in-house software using our API, or build automation with Zapier.
Download the free FreightPrint mobile app and start using it for free for 2 weeks. There is no need to enter your credit card details.
Request a Free Demo
We're here to assist you with your transportation software needs. Whether you are a small shipper or big transportation company, we'd be happy to give you a free demo of FreightPrint and answer your questions.