Road forwarding is among the most common methods of transporting goods between two locations, and it is an ideal solution for geographically inaccessible regions and short distances. It is carried out using trucks, and it provides a robust solution for facilitating last-mile delivery. Under the umbrella of comprehensive consultancy services provided by PL Solutions, road forwarding is one of its most sought logistics services.
While air and maritime forwarding are cheaper alternatives for long-distance hauling, road forwarding is ideal for shorter distances. Additionally, certain locations cannot be accessed via rail and airways, which makes it necessary to ship the products using roadways. Also, road forwarding is an integral part of fulfilling doorstep deliveries. The readily developed infrastructure also contributes to making road forwarding one of the most sought-after methods by supply chains across the globe.
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Transportation Duration And Trip Route
The large number of road forwarding aggregators can make it tough to choose the ideal logistics partner as the transportation duration varies to a great extent from case to case. You should consider their shipping time estimated and confirm its accuracy in case you are looking forward to sending perishable goods. Needless to say, the trip route also plays an important role in determining whether your cargo will be shipped on a priority basis or not.
Truck Load Considerations
One of the important factors you should keep in mind while selecting the road forwarding operator is the percentage of their load-carrying capacity you will be utilizing. It is better to send cargo in a smaller truck that carries your goods as a major part of its payload compared to occupying a small area in a bigger truck to get higher priority if you need quick shipment.
Data Visibility For Goods In Transit
The most important consideration here remains the availability of updates regarding your goods. This includes their current location, path, and storage condition as required. These facilities depend on onboard unit linking. This is especially needed in cases like a truck carrying your goods is facing breakdowns so that you can make alternative arrangements.
Providing Real-Time Updates Regarding Shipment Status
A transport management system uses bi-directional data synchronization to fetch and forward real-time updates regarding shipment status. Apart from its location history and time stamping, it also reveals any data that could help trace damages caused during the journey.
Prompts Your Warehouse Staff For Loading And Unloading Stock
The TMS module will share the road forwarding operator’s data with your staff members to ensure that they are ready for the loading/unloading process. PL Solution also provides a customization service for your ERP that helps in the process by generating labels for placing the items in your warehouse and allocating required staff members.
Synchronize Data With The ERP Suite
Your TMS will synchronize the shipping data with various modules of your ERP solution, which include inventory management, accounting and bookkeeping, WMS, and module.
The transport management system will allow your employees to access shipment status for coordinating activities like unloading and quality assurance checks.
The scope of road forwarding consultation includes:
- Providing the clients with an updated overview of the charges, terms and conditions to be negotiated.
- Value-added logistics considerations.
- Purchasing shipping insurances.
- Other contracts.
As a part of ERP system customization, mobile app development services are also provided to support operations like scanning barcodes of inbound shipments, verifying waybills, and raising queries which your internal team and the supplier.
PL Solutions also impart adequate training to your staff members for using the new modules and understanding the reports generated by integrated data provided by your shipping carrier.
Display the minimum shipping cost quotes on your online selling channels through integrations with your road forwarding partners’ web applications.
- Ship your products to locations that are otherwise inaccessible to other modes of transport.
- Cost-effective for short distances.
- Get full visibility of your shipment using fleet management system integration.