Pacejet users ship a wide range of products from electronics to packaged food, a diversity that results in some interesting differences in seasonal shipping spikes. For shippers in retail, for example, spring-time is often very busy and the summer cools down. On the other hand, outdoor product shippers often send out thousands of shipments during the summer. Since many shippers seem to have some types of volume spikes to manage, we thought we'd spend the next few posts covering a few power-user features that might help you put the hammer down when you need a productivity boost.
Calculating the cost of an LTL shipment actually involves an annoying amount of math. It's not calculus but freight calculations usually involve large tables of data, NMFC code to freight class conversations, zip code coverage checks, fuel surcharges, service fee additions, etc... Software can seem to make life a littler easier but if the tools you use are still managing static data and automating the pricing math, then your freight quotes may be way off!
Sometimes difficulties in capturing and using key types of shipping data can increase costs, trigger charge-back fees from customers, or even keep your sales team from landing that next big customer. Today's post includes a demo video showing expanded shipping data recorded in the NetSuite ERP system; what's included, what it looks like, and how it might be useful to help you take on new challenges as your business changes and grows over time.