Manufacturers – Learn How to Drastically Reduce Freight Costs with Microsoft Dynamics GP

Posted on: December 8, 2015 | By: Craig Thompson | Microsoft Dynamics GP

As transportation options expand, controlling freight costs can get intense. Different shipments, different routes, and different end destinations, all amount to different and somewhat confusing prices. This confusion makes controlling freight costs quite the challenge.

When it comes to managing freight cost, manufacturers need to focus on consolidating and analyzing data from a multitude of sources. Without an ERP system, this could become very difficult. Imagine having to analyze, compare, and contrast cost carriers, mode and service levels, routing guides and core carrier programs all within a basic, outdated spreadsheet. Spreadsheets can barely hold this information and do not give a proper view into which carrier suits your company’s ideals and prices best.

So how does ERP approach this situation differently? ERP systems allow for a centralized view of data with specific analytic capabilities to provide recommendations and help control costs. ERP systems such as Microsoft Dynamics GP help manufacturers with freight challenges by:

Optimizing routes to determine the best mode and route to ship freight

Enhancing rate structures by basing load classification on current National Motor Freight Classification standards.

Taking advantage of multi-warehouse locations and regional deliveries to optimize inventory placement.

Identifying and correcting simple errors that can cost big down the line…and more.

The human brain, or a low capability spreadsheet, simply cannot handle the complexities that surround inbound and outbound freight costs. An ERP system can help ease this stress and in the end help save your company money. If you need help with ERP technology selection, contact Logan Consulting, your Chicago based Microsoft Dynamics GP partners. 

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