The cost of transport will rise more than inflation as transporters pass along the new, much higher cost of trucks and fuel.  This cost is driven by their requirement to meet more stringent environmental restrictions to reduce global warming.  The high cost of new trucks may also drive some carriers out of business, again raising cost.  There are several cost restrainers to consider, especially for your less-than truckload (LTL) and parcel (USPS, UPS, FedEx) shipments.

  1. Use your transportation management module by setting your lanes and entering all loads.  You cannot manage if your report is not complete.
  2. Set due dates for pick-ups and deliveries then work the alerts.  Knowing late deliveries means you can demand reductions.
  3. Use consolidators to get near truck-load (TL) rates.
  4. Integrate with your freight auditor and payment provider to load the codes for all fields.  (More data, better analysis.)
  5. Pass through U.S. Customs on time.  Learn if your broker is always doing their job.

Improve your transportation Business-to-Business (B2B) connections by using the standard documents (X12, EDIFACT, and GS1) and consider the many rating schemes: CPUC, CzarLite, NATC, D83, and Middlewest.  You need to connect automatically to pull rates or pay too much for error prone manual entry.

Your business is unique, but patterns of LTL and parcel transport are not.  E-mail us at to  learn how our DCS EDI Specialists can help you reduce the complexity to cut cost and build thorough reporting for cost control.

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