Too often, shipping management and logistics determine whether a finished good arrives by the promise date or not (and whether you have happy customers – or not). Shipping errors, price misquotes, improper packaging and other various shipping logistics frequently cause headaches and take manufacturers away from valuable time on the shop floor. To help combat the common shipping challenges experienced in manufacturing, IQMS recently released a new module called Shipping Manager.
The magic of Shipping Manager lies in the fact that it is completely integrated with our manufacturing ERP software, EnterpriseIQ. No longer do you have to exit out of your ERP software to access UPS, FedEx and selected LTL carriers, now you can send and receive real-time data to and from common freight carrier systems all from within EnterpriseIQ. And we are talking about more than just accessing current shipping charges. The Shipping Manager module allows IQMS users to view up-to-the-minute rates and select the most cost effective shipping method, automatically have addresses pulled to the packing slip and receive package tracking.
Benefits of the IQMS Shipping Manager Module
Through weight scale interfaces, component weight data and other various methods, Shipping Manager automatically populates accurate package weight data for comparison to shipping rates. International shipping is also simplified with the streamlined creation of commercial invoices, including multiple currencies, export declarations and NAFTA certificates of origin. In a nutshell, the new Shipping Manager module offers two key benefits:
Shipping Manager eliminates the need to manually re-enter customer shipping details or manually determine package weight. Once the information is entered on the sales order, all the critical shipping information (ship to, bill to, tracking information and shipping costs) follows the order through the manufacturing process and all the way out the door. For increased customer communication, the tracking number and the shipping charges are added to the packing slip and invoice automatically.
Shipping Manager also saves your employees time. Other shipping software programs force you to move back and forth from one view to another, which requires multiple steps in each view. With IQMS’ new Shipping Manager module, you can eliminate these unnecessary steps. Simply click on the speed button to launch Shipping Manager, add your packages to the list and see the real-time costs per weight immediately. Process the shipment and print carrier approved labels with one mouse click. Then analyze shipment history and easily close shipments at the end of the day. It is that simple.
Shipping logistics matter and at the end of the day, excess shipping charges or inaccurate shipments can really affect your bottom line. Don’t settle for less. Deliver superior customer service with Shipping Manager, the truly integrated shipping module from IQMS.
Editor’s note: Neil Gow is a director at IQMS whose team uses the Shipping Manager module on a daily basis. In fact, IQMS employees across the globe manage all aspects of their business with the EnterpriseIQ software.