The ongoing transportation management support services include everything that is needed to manage your transportation needs, except driving the trucks.
Ideally, we want to be your own transportation management department.
Minimize transportation costs.
Maintain the shipping service you promise to your customers.
Minimizing problems in your transportation management.
Handle any and all problems smoothly and efficiently.
1. Monthly Strategy Review
We generate and review a report of all processed invoices. Every week our client service manager will review your shipment data and reports. This allows us to provide you with specific suggestions to help you to further reduce and manage your freight expense. On a monthly basis, our management team and yours will dive into your company’s shipping KPIs and discuss further opportunities to reduce cost.
2. Carrier Negotiations
Negotiating with carriers is done on an on-going basis. Each year we will meet with company leadership, develop a new strategy/RFP, and issue it to the carrier community. Many times we can avoid any price increase. What we cannot avoid we will mitigate. We know the freight market well enough to know when to look for better pricing, and when to stay with what we have.
Our staff will conduct seminars to inform your buyers, marketing and accounting personnel on the impact freight carriers and costs can have on the bottom line. During these sessions, we will train your staff on logistics best practices.
4. Inbound Routing
We will also work as an in-house logistics department. If a new vendor starts shipping, we will review the vendor, the freight terms, the origin point, the commodity, and the bill of lading. The reasons for that exercise are obvious, but principally, we need to know how to best integrate that vendor into your supply chain. In given cases we may need to look for a carrier for just that one vendor.
5. Technical Audit and Data Capture
We will capture and audit all freight bills to make sure you are being charged the correct amount by your carriers.
6. Online Transportation Portal
We have a cloud based technology solution that helps your team ship products faster, easier, and with greater visibility. The tool provides best in class track and trace, freight optimization, and reporting capabilities.
7. Volume/Expedite Routing
Have a shipment that has to get off the dock after-hours? Does your sales partner sometimes have a valuable order that you need to pick, pack, and ship immediately? Our team will work on your behalf to make sure that shipment gets off the dock as quickly as possible in a cost effective manner.
8. On Call
As members of your team, our staff is always on call to handle any questions, issues, or service problems your team has.
9. Monthly Analytical Reporting
In today’s complex supply chain world, KPI’s are not one-size-fits-all. We will work with your staff to determine which metrics are most important to the efficiency of your business and work with you to track those on an ongoing basis. During our monthly management review, we will discuss how you’re tracking against the most important metrics for your business and offer solutions for your team to continue to improve.
Our operations team spends their days diving into your company’s shipment profile and looking for better ways to ship your inventory.
Establish works for you
We are completely unbiased and do not get any compensation or kick-back from anyone else but our customers. And that matters.
We are experts in transportation
Our transportation consultants have extensive experience from transportation management. We know the market and have the reputation to get things done
We have the tools needed to be efficient
Establish uses Mercury Gate, a leading, transportation management systems so you don’t have to invest in it. We also have other analytical and practical tools to best manage transportation.
For more information on our transportation consulting services and how Establish can help your company design or optimize your transport system that enables efficient and effective delivery of products to your customers, send us an email or call us.