Shipping logistics is precision work. Moving thousands of packages and pallets every day requires smooth, reliable processes. From the delivery note to the label to the outbound delivery. Carrier Connect and our Transport & Freight Management add-on services help you navigate an end-to-end shipping process.
A delivery note is created in the host system (SAP® ERP, SAP S/4HANA®, etc.) with information about the type and quantity of goods ordered.
The optional add-on service Carrier Select can automatically select a viable transport service provider based on the delivery note data, delivery time, and definable criteria such as price or lead time. The selected provider and service are transmitted back to the host system.
At the same time the carrier or parcel service is selected, Carrier Connect creates a shipping order with information on the consignor and consignee, goods, transport service provider, and service. This data is used at this early phase to prepare the shipping label so that it can later be quickly printed.
After the order has been picked in the warehouse, one or more packages with weight and dimensions is packed at the packing station. This package is added to the shipping order in Carrier Connect. Since the shipping label was prepared earlier, it can now be very quickly finalized and printed with the package data.
The shipping documents and shipping labels can be printed now (or later). Carrier Connect supports various printer types, from laser printers to thermal printers to fully automated labeling machines.
When the shipment is picked up by the selected carrier or parcel service, a day-end closing is generated and an EDI transmitted to the transport service provider. Carrier Connect prints out the manifest or loading list with all the shipments. Carrier Connect also provides tracking and tracing data and returns status updates from the carriers.
Beyond the basic tracking feature included with Carrier Connect, the Monitoring & Alerting add-on service can also give you a comprehensive picture of the status of your shipments. A sampling of what this includes:
This lets you automatically attach documents such as commercial invoices and monitor whether your transport partners are complying with the agreed service level.
AEB Freight Cost Management, another add-on service for Carrier Connect, gives you the option to calculate a shipment’s freight costs and allocate them internally. Then, when the transport partner’s invoice arrives, you can automatically check it.