Inbound freight management should be a priority in your transportation strategy because most suppliers bundle shipping services into their prices and pass the cost to you. These suppliers even markup shipping costs and use the service as a profit center. After all, your suppliers’ core capability is creating materials, not shipping them. At PLS, our core capability is to reduce shipping costs and provide data that enables you to create better management and overall efficiency. Outsource inbound freight management to PLS – we’ll focus on shipment integrity, delivery performance, overall satisfaction and tracking information.
VENDOR COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT
PLS is able to monitor and route freight to the proper carrier option for clients in an effort to optimize freight cost savings and maintain successful on-time pickup and shipment delivery. We will take full responsibility of managing these vendors – from phone calls, emails, checking purchase orders, capturing key reference numbers, reviewing the BOL and validating prior to booking shipments – which lets you focus your time on important business activities. We will actively monitor and aid in “vendor offender” situations, which means we’ll make sure that vendors don’t use their preferred carriers if that means a higher cost to you.
PLS has one of the largest carrier networks in North America, which ensures reliable capacity and on-time delivery. By partnering with PLS, you’ll improve visibility and efficiency of inbound freight management. Control when materials hit your dock, and store only the inventory you need. Prevent dock door back-ups and eliminate detention costs with PLS’ dock scheduling module. You’ll be able to schedule unloading crews based on shipment delivery, actively monitor shipments in-transit so you can be proactive to a potential disruption, and eliminate the need to manually receive, scan and approve paper invoices.
- Inbound shipment planning
- Vendor compliance management
- Carrier rate negotiation
- Monitoring of safety, insurance, and performance
- Automated tendering and dispatch
- Dock scheduling
- Tracking to shipment, part number level
- Expediting and event management
- Spot lane rate quotes
- Freight audit/payment
- Claims management
- Standard and customized reporting