Last week ScanData sent team members to Parcel Forum '17 in Nashville for three days of intense networking and education. Attendance and energy was high as all participants were eager to share and learn how to be proactive in an industry experiencing 20% annual growth, facing rapid change due to this growth, needing to combat accelerating carrier costs, and feeling the "Amazon Effect" (of course you can't have a credible conference in virtually any industry these days without hyper-analyzing Amazon's every move)...
How parcel sortation contributes to business advantage
Competing with agility and speed has dominated the business press for years. Doing things faster, at less cost, and more effectively than competitors, creates a lasting source of business advantage. And-if you're looking to meet customer demand for free or heavily discounted shipping, while deploying faster, more cost-effective fulfillment systems, give serious consideration to zone skipping through sortation. Here's why:
Are You Prepared to Offer Alternate Delivery Locations?
Customers show they are willing to trade off the convenience of home delivery for improved shipping reliability and cost savings.
Customer journey mapping has become all the rage when it comes to competing in a digital world. In the case of small parcel shipping, examining the customer journey reveals a willingness of buyers to forgo the convenience of traditional point-to-point residential delivery in favor of the hub-and-spoke model's use of third parties, which we call Alternate Delivery Locations (ADLs).
FedEx Ship Manager® Server 2017: Why You Should Consider an Upgrade
Each August shippers receive an expected FedEx gift: the annual FSMS upgrade. Given peak season code freezes and the desire to let the releases "burn-in," many will delay the decision until the new year. Still, it's never too early to get an understanding of the FSMS17 impact, especially if you'll eventually need to justify your organization's migration plan.
ScanData is now a certified provider of FSMS Version 16
A free tool from FedEx for high-volume shippers, FedEx Ship Manager Server lets you fully integrate FedEx services into your existing IT system and shipping process, so you can streamline your supply chain and relevant data with ease. You can run FedEx Ship Manager Server on a local client or integrate the application with your current shipping operations, bringing the power of FedEx services to your shipping station for local and worldwide deliveries.
ScanData also offers a proprietary approach to further increase throughput and decrease down time related to potential FedEx server outages.
Learn more at FedEx.com...