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The 6 Biggest Challenges Faced by Shippers
ConnectShip Partner Perspectives | ShipConsole
The 6 Biggest Challenges Faced by Shippers
ConnectShip Partner Perspectives | ShipConsole
August 29, 2020
Today’s shippers understand the challenge of complexity. Many organizations are still using multiple systems for shipping, further complicating their shipping operations. ConnectShip and ShipConsole understand that a single, unified system saves organizations both time and money. Here are the six biggest challenges for the modern shipper.

Having Too Many Manual Processes
Many companies have a warehouse with multiple shipping workstations and no integration with an ERP system. This outdated setup results in each shipper having to manually enter data into a carrier’s shipping systems. Having to switch between multiple systems to print shipping labels, documents, and carry out other tasks is inefficient and places a lot of burden on shippers. With multi-carrier shipping software, shippers can use a single screen to process all of their domestic and international shipments. The same screen also provides them with the ability to carry out other standard shipping functions and review analytics. Managing shipping from a single interface doubles shipper productivity.

Not Having Access to the Right Shipping Options
Packages can be shipped from point A to point B in a number of different ways. Many shippers are simply unaware of the many different shipping options that are available to them. From small packages to full truckloads, shippers need to have access to multiple options and be able to choose the most efficient one. A multi-carrier shipping software lets you see all the possible shipping options for any given shipment. You can browse the options to choose the best carrier, speed, etc. or the software can automatically choose the best option for you.

Getting the Best Price
Finding the best shipping rates and transit times can be very time consuming as it requires shippers to navigate through multiple sites in order to compare shipping options. Failure to put the right tools in place for rate shopping can lead shippers to select services that overserve customer requirements and cost the company more than necessary. Using a multi-carrier shipping software will help ensure that you are getting the best rates on every shipment.

Having Issues with Package Dimensions
The changes to dimensional weight shipping that were implemented in 2015 have made packaging correctly more important than ever before. Shippers must be more conscious about the size of their packages. Organizations are increasingly making use of technology to automate the packaging selection process. More information about Dim Weight and how it is calculated can be found in this ConnectShip article. DIM Weight Calculations

Adhering to Constantly Changing Regulations
It’s difficult for shippers to keep up with constantly changing regulations. In many instances, one misstep can result in surcharges, delivery delays or customs holds for international shipments. Incorrect shipping labels and inaccurate documentation impacts on-time deliveries, which in turn increases shipping costs and reduces customer satisfaction. Having the right multi-carrier shipping software will ensure that shippers are made aware of the latest regulations and do not incur penalties.

Having Reliable and Accessible Shipment Tracking
Shippers often struggle to track shipments due to the fact that they need to visit multiple carrier portals in order to do so. Multi-carrier shipping software empowers shippers by giving them the tools to track shipments in real time all from one screen. This eliminates the time-consuming process of logging in to multiple carrier portals to gain visibility on shipments.

Optimize Shipping with Multi-Carrier Software
Shippers face many challenges that impact the cost, complexity, and overall customer experience of their shipping process. Choosing the right software for specific/individual shipping needs helps organizations overcome these challenges while lowering costs and increasing efficiency. Many organizations are implementing multi-carrier shipping solutions like those powered by the partnership of ShipConsole and ConnectShip to automate their entire shipping process.

Pavan Telluru
Product Manager ~ ShipConsole
Pavan Telluru has worked at ShipConsole for over 9 years. Currently, his role is to understand customer business requirements and propose relevant solutions. He is involved in implementing multi-carrier shipping solutions to automate shipping processes. He also plays a major role supporting sales and marketing teams in branding ShipConsole shipping solutions.