While regulatory issues, record-keeping and data security take up a lot of time and thought, they’re just a portion of what goes into shipping and supply chain management. It’s easy to overlook the physical work performed in warehouses and how a good Transportation Management Solution (TMS) can save your warehouse employees time and make their jobs easier.
Warehouses may handle hundreds, if not thousands, of units of inventory per day. It’s all too easy for items to go missing, be misdirected or get damaged. If multiple shipments arrive at the same time, this could cause confusion and delays, and if shipments are loaded or unloaded in the wrong order, this may also hamper operations and lead to bottlenecks. Hazardous materials or ones with particularly strict documentation or permissions requirements may be overlooked in a busy warehouse. An aggregated system can prevent confusion and delays by organizing the inflow of goods in a coherent and manageable manner.
Synchronizing carrier pick-up appointments is another key strategy for enhancing efficiency and compliance. By coordinating these appointments, warehouses can ensure that shipments are loaded and unloaded in the correct order. This synchronization eliminates operational hampers and avoids the creation of bottlenecks that can slow down the entire supply chain.
Using the Verizeal TMS, warehouse managers can optimize their part of the operation, automate order processing and streamline the flow of information for others involved with the process. Verizeal can improve the efficiency of your warehouse, cut costs and help avoid common issues that occur when warehouse staff are stretched too thin or ill-equipped to deal with the volume of work they’re seeing. Because the entire history of a shipment is recorded on the blockchain, if something does go wrong, there’s an accurate, searchable and immutable record of every interaction with that shipment.
Get an Insight Into Each Stage of Logistics Operation
If you’re currently using paper records or manual data-entry to keep track of shipments when they arrive at or depart from your warehouse, you’re missing out on useful information that could be used to optimize your supply chain. By combining a TMS with sensors and IoT technology, you can automate the process of logging shipments.
The Verizeal TMS can then integrate seamlessly with other IT systems within your enterprise, fueling analytics reports and giving you access to all the information you need at your fingertips.
Customer support is another area where software can help. When information about the status of an order is available in real-time, with just a click of the mouse, it becomes much easier for customer service agents to answer questions. Indeed, providing real-time tracking to clients can reduce the number of calls received by customer service agents, giving them more time to focus on more complex queries.
Eliminate Bottlenecks and Boost Productivity
If you regularly have issues with shipments being held due to incorrect documentation or even missing deliveries, updating your shipping platform is a good place to start. With both low- and high-volume shipments that require hazmat, compliance and or complex import/export documentation, it’s all too easy for things to get lost or held up due to innocent mistakes.
Providing your shipping and compliance team with directed workflows to ensure proper compliance, labeling, documentation and tracking of shipments, helps keep things running smoothly. If you’re not sure where to focus your efforts and financial investments when it comes to improving your export control compliance, take some time to track past shipments and see if there’s a common theme when it comes to where things go wrong such as delays, disgruntled customers, fines, and returned shipments.
By connecting Verizeal TMS to any ERP systems that you are already running, you can gain visibility, automate workflows, and accelerate productivity.