In the ever-changing world of transportation and logistics, ensuring on-time performance and cost-effectiveness is crucial. Shipping products to customers promptly and efficiently can make or break a business.
Despite their best efforts, businesses of all sizes struggle to control shipping costs and lead times because they don’t have the deep industry connections needed to negotiate lower rates and monitor the reliability of multiple carriers and routes.
That's where managed transportation services come into play. In this article, we'll explore the benefits of partnering with a seasoned logistics provider and employing advanced transportation management software that integrates with your Dynamics ERP, leading to increased customer satisfaction and improved bottom lines.
9 Reasons to Streamline Shipping with Dynamics 365 Managed Transportation
Managed transportation offers several advantages over handling shipping in-house, making it an attractive option for many businesses. Here are some key reasons why managed transportation is often considered superior:
- Expertise and Experience: Managed transportation providers are specialists in the field. They bring years of experience and industry-specific knowledge, which can be challenging for in-house teams to match. These experts understand the complexities of logistics, shipping regulations, and carrier management, ensuring that your shipments are handled efficiently and cost-effectively. They’re also experts at integrating these processes into your Dynamics 365 ERP.
- Cost Efficiency: While it may seem counterintuitive, outsourcing transportation management can often lead to cost savings. Managed transportation providers have established relationships with carriers and can negotiate better rates due to the volume of shipments they handle. Additionally, they can optimize routes and shipment consolidation to minimize transportation costs. Integrating their solutions with your Dynamics 365 ERP also makes your in-house shipping operations more efficient, bringing further cost savings.
- Access to Advanced Technology: Managed transportation providers typically invest in state-of-the-art transportation management software (TMS) like Dynamics TMS. These tools offer real-time tracking, visibility, and analytics capabilities that can significantly enhance efficiency, reduce errors, and improve decision-making—resources that can be expensive and time-consuming to implement in-house.
- Scalability: Outsourcing transportation management allows businesses to scale their shipping operations up or down quickly in response to changing demand or market conditions. This flexibility can be challenging to achieve with an in-house team, which may require hiring and training additional staff.
- Focus on Your Strengths: By outsourcing shipping logistics, companies can concentrate on what they do best and implement their strategic priorities. It frees up internal resources to focus on product development, marketing, customer service, and other critical areas of the business.
- Reduced Administrative Burden: Managing shipping in-house often involves a significant administrative burden, from handling carrier contracts and billing to tracking shipments and resolving issues. Managed transportation providers take on these tasks and make it easy to leverage their services right from their Dynamics 365 ERP, allowing your team to stay focused on higher-value activities.
- Risk Mitigation: Shipping involves various risks, such as delays, damage, or regulatory compliance issues. Managed transportation providers are well-equipped to handle these challenges, often providing insurance coverage and expertise in compliance matters.
- Continuous Improvement: Experienced managed transportation providers like Next Generation Logistics (NGL) proactively work with their clients to identify areas for improvement. They analyze data, implement best practices, and continually suggest strategies to optimize the supply chain. They also continuously provide new features for their Dynamics 365 integration, helping clients get the most from their continued relationship.
- Global Reach: For businesses with international shipping needs, managed transportation providers offer global networks and expertise in navigating international trade regulations, customs, and documentation, simplifying the process of reaching international markets.
Let Next Generation Logistics Manage Your Shipping with Dynamics 365
Managed transportation with Dynamics 365 is superior to handling shipping in-house due to the expertise, cost-efficiency, technology, scalability, and focus on core business activities it offers. It allows businesses to leverage specialized knowledge and resources while reducing costs and improving overall shipping performance.
Shipping can be a labyrinth of complexities, but it doesn't have to be. Next Generation Logistics (NGL) is your partner in simplifying shipping operations, improving on-time performance, and reducing costs.
With 35 years of experience and a commitment to delivering personalized transportation solutions, we ensure your products reach their destination on time and with predictable costs. Whether you're seeking to develop a carrier base or enhance an existing one, NGL Transportation Services offers tailored programs to meet your requirements. From needs analysis to ROI calculations, system configuration, and ongoing support, we're here every step of the way.
Don't compromise on control or efficiency. NGL's managed services are designed to help you achieve supply chain excellence without the hassle.
Take the first step towards a more streamlined shipping process—
By Next Generation Logistics |