Save time, reduce errors, optimise your transport fleet, and keep your customers informed with these five game changing automations.
In the ever changing world of logistics, where you need eyes on all areas at all times, we know it pays to automate actions in your freight management system.
Benefits of a cloud-based freight management system.
Your freight management system allows you to track your incoming and outgoing freight, through each step of the logistics process. This means keeping eyes on all of the freight you manage, from dispatch to delivery — often through multiple logistics touchpoints and various routes.
Cloud based freight management systems allow automation of key activities that will keep your business moving, with more accurate data and invoicing, less time spent on tedious admin, and better management of your fleet resources.
While there are a range of freight management software services available in Australia, the clear benefits sit with using a cloud-based system that will allow you to automate key actions to save you time and money. CartonCloud’s Transport Management System is a freight management system designed by logistics people, specifically for the logistics industry — addressing some of the key concerns and hassles that logistics providers face each day.
Let's check out the best TMS automations that will level up your operations.
Five key automations for your freight management system.
Many logistics providers are turning to cloud-based freight management systems across Australia, which allow them to integrate accounting and customer ordering systems, with custom automation for greater efficiency.
We’ve pulled together the five must-have automations for any freight transport management system here, to help you keep your freight on track.
- Automate data entry and access easy and instant, up to date reports.
- Optimise your driver routes and automate consignment groupings.
- Keep customers in the know with driver tracking, driver ETA texts and customer dashboards.
- Save time on admin with calculating complex rate cards and automated invoicing.
- Create automated custom logic for freight handling and transportation.
Freight management software that lets you do more, with less.
With CartonCloud's freight transport management system, you can enhance your logistics management with paperless data management, cloud-based storage and access, integrations with other day to day software such as Xero and MYOB, and of course — custom and built-in automations to make your life easier. Here’s how.
Automate data entry and access easy and instant, up to date reports.
Tasks that would previously have taken all day can now be completed in minutes. Automated data entry not only saves your long admin hours, but also gives you and your team peace of mind, knowing your data is captured correctly. What’s more— with secure back-up in the cloud, CartonCloud allows you to fine-tune your freight transport management system, increasing efficiency and giving you more time to grow your business.
So, how does automated data entry work? Electronic data interchange (EDI) software allows you to pull data into your records from multiple sources with ease. CartonCloud’s freight management software offers a simple EDI setup, which will pull data from an excel file sent through from your customer, and correctly enter the data into the correct fields. It not only saves you hours of admin, but also keeps your records accurate.
Optimise your driver routes and automate consignment groupings.
With your data entry taken care of, your freight management system can then use this to build optimised driver delivery routes, based on the most efficient options and consignment groupings.
We’ve crunched the numbers, and have found the ability to automate incoming consignments to a driver through your freight management system can reduce admin overheads by as much as 60%.
You’re also saving time on the road — with cloud-based software and electronic PODs (proof of delivery notes), your drivers can save time on deliveries. Using automated logic in your freight transport management software will save you time and optimise the resources you have on hand — allowing you and your team to be more flexible and reactive to changes throughout the day.
Keep customers in the know with driver ETA texts and customer dashboards.
Electronic PODs aren’t the only way your drivers can optimise their operations through a cloud based freight management system. You can also enable drivers to directly contact customers through the CartonCloud mobile app, with an automated ETA text, sent when they are nearby. This saves time on delivery and keeps your customers in the loop.
Another way to keep your customers informed and in the know, is setting up a customer dashboard to your freight management system. This way, clients can keep an eye on their inventory and order status, and can also flag orders as being urgent, so your team can identify priority dispatch and delivery orders.
Save time on admin with calculating complex rate cards and automated invoicing.
Freight rates can be a complete nightmare, especially when dealing with complex rates for various services like priority dispatch, cold storage, mixed pallet packing, etc. The good news is, you can set your own rate cards and custom logic — with unique triggers and events— for your freight management system to calculate for you. Never miss another payment, or under charge due to missed calculations.
But, there’s more. With inbuilt integrations to your accounting software, your freight transport management system can also automate your invoicing, using the ePOD notification to generate the correct invoice and send directly to your customer.
Create automated custom logic for freight handling and transportation.
Our final key automation supports greater services and inventory management for your customers. You can reduce the likelihood of human error, with automated custom logic built into your freight management system. This means, you can set specific freight handling, storage, packing or other logic for certain inventory or customers, to ensure their stock is handled correctly.
Your freight transport management system will store this logic within the data for that customer or inventory, so that when it’s scanned for order packing, dispatch or route optimisation, the system knows exactly how to handle this stock.
Want to see CartonCloud’s freight transport management system in action?
Take a look at this CartonCloud case study and see how Liquex Logistics used their freight transport management system to increase their volume by 50%.
Want to know more about freight management system automations?
Make sure you’re getting the most of your freight management software, with integrations, customer access and automations across your business. Contact the team at CartonCloud for a free demo today.