It is a cyclical problem, and you don’t need to worry! We all have heard of this at some point in our sales meetings. We are supposed to show positive numbers at the quarterly meeting, and the numbers are down. Experts pitch in with their analysis on the market. Sales reps have their own explanation of why customers are not buying. In short, the rhetoric goes like this: It is one of those cyclical trends in the market. We are in a market downturn. Consumer sentiment is low. People wanted to limit their spending last quarter. This is a cyclical behavior, so it shouldn’t worry us. We can make up for the losses in the next quarter.
Even though there is such a thing called cyclical change, many don’t care to ask questions such as: What has changed structurally? Why are consumers not spending? What is driving this change in behavior?
For example: If drivers are hard to find, why are freight rates getting lower? How can trucking companies make a profit if the rates are lower and the costs are higher? It can’t just be a cyclical problem. Robert Reich, former United States Secretary of Labor, made a statement about the economic crisis: “To me, this is a wrongheaded and dangerous view. What we are witnessing is not just a cyclical downturn but the culmination of many structural problems.”
A lot of structural changes have been happening in the supply chain industry. Many are positive. Technological progress is one of them.
In the past only larger companies could afford to implement and leverage technology in their supply chain businesses. Often these companies invest millions of dollars to leverage technology in their organization.
Times have changed. Technology is getting more advanced, popular and affordable. Most lower level employees now have access to technology at their fingertips 24/7. Data is no longer a magic metric of the corporate world; rather, smaller companies are utilizing advanced tools to optimize and increase efficiency.
Using a freight management software like FreightPrint allows small-medium sized shippers to gain competitive advantage in the market. For example: FreightPrint’s proprietary transportation management cloud software eliminates the need for carriers, brokers and dispatchers to rely on paper documents. Our electronic freight documents contain uniquely identifiable FreightPrints (QR codes). You can track different aspects of shipment seamlessly, without tying up your staff for creating, processing and storing paperwork.
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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.
Custom Fields, Checklists & Documents
Create custom fields and custom checklists to ensure your team can track progress. Customize your emails, documents and text messages.
Connect with CRM, ERP, API and Zapier
You can connect with SalesForce and OrderTime natively, integrate with your own in-house software using our API, or build automation with other thousands of software using Zapier.
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