Are you making the most of your shipping workflow? For many shippers, they need to ensure that their workflows are efficient and accurate, as they must fulfill orders and send out shipments in a timely manner.
What's the most efficient shipping workflow for your business? The answer depends on the types of shipments you send out the door each day, your shipping volume, average containers in a shipment, and many other factors. It's also key to know whether your goals are to reduce shipping rates, improve warehouse efficiency, improve customer service, or balance all three key outcomes.
For many businesses, one shipping workflow might represent 50-60% of your shipping transactions but having flexible shipping workflows to adapt to all of your shipping needs will help you maximize shipping department efficiency and cost savings.
Here are a few things to do and consider:
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Balancing Automation with Flexibility
One popular workflow used with NetSuite and Pacejet is a combination of batch item fulfillment and batch shipment processing. Users can identify a set of sales orders in NetSuite and automatically perform "picking" in a batch to create item fulfillment records. When the batch of item fulfillment records are created, they are automatically staged on the Pacejet shipping workbench where users can submit batches for fully automated shipping.
Example 2: Pick, Pack, Rate-Shop, Ship
For businesses with mixed types of shipments, the Pacejet solution for NetSuite allows users to leverage complete pick, pack, rate-shop, ship steps or use part of the discrete processing steps and automate the rest for improved shipping department efficiency. For example, users might use packing to record the dimensions and weight of multiple shipping containers but then skip the rate-shop display and just use a predefined carrier or automatically choose the lowest cost option. Another variation can use the setup of an "auto packing" process to inspect items in a shipment and calculate required packages to help improve quoting accuracy or simplify shipping data entry tasks.
Example 3: Multiple Ways to Scan and Ship
Scanning provides an entirely new set of options for speeding up shipment processing and Pacejet again provides multiple choices. One of the most popular workflows is to use an inexpensive blue-tooth wedge scanner (less than $100 per device) on shipping stations to quickly scan order numbers to process shipments. More sophisticated workflows might use Pacejet alongside warehouse scanning or Warehouse Management (WMS) solutions to move picking steps to mobile devices while retaining the flexibility and speed of Pacejet packing, rate-shopping, and shipping.