BLOG: The Secret to Deliver Freight within budget
So do you dread budget meetings, and having to explain why your freight costs are over budget- again? You're not alone. Unfortunately, it's become more difficult to manage freight costs, especially when contracted tender rejection rates have hit all-time highs. And guess what, experts say this trend will continue.
When primary, secondary, and tertiary carriers pass on your freight, your only option is to work with brokers. And to keep your supply chain flowing, and ops off your back, you're willing to pay more just to get your goods out the door. Sound familiar, you're not alone. Unfortunately, you’re at a major disadvantage because as other processes within the supply chain have evolved, the systematic process of procuring freight hasn’t changed for decades.
New software has reinvented the traditional way to procure freight. It's helping shippers, just like you, control freight cost by eliminating brokers altogether. Users lock in preferred pricing (based on current supply & demand), and then dynamically open high-quality, asset-based capacity. Carriers bid directly, and bids are auto accepted when they meet the shipper's locked rate threshold. Shippers gain 100% visibility to ALL rate and carrier data, hidden by brokers, so they can understand true market total transportation cost to haul the freight.
If you need to get a handle on your freight spending, the fastest and easiest way to go about it is to update your freight procurement process with smart technology. Just imagine if during these unprecedented times, you're able to report truckload savings up to 20%. Millions of dollars in truckload savings could be seating on the table.
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Successful manufacturers are always on the hunt for ways to reduce cost of goods sold to help drive margin growth. The supply chain offers a smart place to start because it is one big, connected machine that impacts every part of the business. Usually when one element goes off track, consequences are felt throughout. Time and money have been spent to optimize supply chain processes to mitigate risk and limit the slowdown of goods produced and moved.
But there is one critical supply chain process that has remained unchanged and inefficient. Unfortunately, this process is not equipped to handle today’s market volatility. Manufacturers across the US continue to use this old, rigid process because no other options exist to replace it- until now!
We are taking about the freight procurement process.
Continuous improvement, fueled by technology, within the supply chain is how manufacturers remain agile. But one critical process remains unchanged and is not equipped to handle today's market volatility. Ask yourself, does your company rely on primary carriers and overpay once they reject your loads? Does your company remain at the mercy of freight brokers and the spot market to keep goods moving?
If you’ve answered yes, then your freight procurement process is not optimized, and your supply chain is at risk. The traditional way to procure freight is too rigid and static, paving the way for massive budget overages, poor OTD, distribution bottlenecks, and unhappy customers. Learn how shippers are now leveraging software to overcome increased freight procurement challenges.
Supply Chain Experts from Sleek Technologies & 101 Solutions examine:
1. How freight capacity impacts the supply chain.
2. What shippers are doing to achieve 95.5% OTD & up to 20% TL savings in today's volatile market.