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Descartes TMS goes beyond common carrier selection, quickly assessing a predefined range of user-established decision criteria, such as contractual obligations, shipping lanes, shipment priority, cost and a carrier’s past performance. The carrier selection module evaluates how best to send a shipment and identifies the best method, simplifying the communications with carriers by sending shipment information, monitoring deliveries and payments.
The module will suggest the lowest cost method for sending each packed item, deciding whether it’s best to dispatch it using your own fleet or via a third-party carrier. The module also enables the combining of shipments to lower costs, making suggestions over whether to aggregate orders, place them on multi-drop routes or pool the shipments.
All the latest carrier rates and any special deals you have negotiated are stored to assist with parcel rating, manifesting and labelling with fully compliant interfaces to carriers such as UPS, FedEx, DHL and many others. The Descartes Solution is one of only a few to maintain full compliance with integrated package carriers such as the UPS Ready program.
The Carrier Selection module also records when operators/planners deviate from the optimal or system selected ideal carrier and provides an analysis of extra costs incurred, helping you to control spending.