Cloud Shipping Software: Key Features that Create Efficiency
Cloud shipping software provides agility and real-time visibility across your entire order fulfillment ecosystem with these key features.
The surge in e-commerce sales has continued to rise thanks to the pandemic, and there’s no stopping in sight. But while this trend may be good news for retailers’ revenue goals, digital-only purchasing can put a significant amount of pressure on warehouse operations and extended carrier networks, as end-to-end fulfillment teams strive to deliver products faster than ever before.
One of the byproducts of this immense strain is that retailers with traditional on-premise shipping software are finding they can no longer keep up with the demand. As a result, many businesses are shifting to cloud shipping technology.
The shift certainly isn’t unexpected, as there are many disadvantages of on-premise software systems. For example, an on-premise system requires an in-house IT team, and when you change your carriers and/or shipping workflows, your IT team must drop their other tasks and attend to your system. This reduces your agility and delays other enterprise projects. In addition, on-premise software requires IT to manage software upgrades, general maintenance, and security compliance – not to mention the challenge of remaining compliant with multiple, ongoing carrier updates.
In this environment, a surge in demand or a supply chain disruption can quickly cause bottlenecks. And when your orders don’t make it out the door in time, customer satisfaction becomes near impossible.
In contrast, using cloud shipping software lets you:
- Install software updates automatically
- Easily maintain carrier compliance
- Scale and contract shipment volumes without manual intervention
- Quickly on-board new carriers to increase the agility of your workflows
- Monitor shipment volumes across multiple warehouse locations
- Manage carrier capacity across your entire distribution network
- Seamlessly integrate with other solutions in your supply chain technology stack, paving the way to robust Business Intelligence
Through the cloud, you gain agility and real-time visibility across your entire order fulfillment ecosystem. Let’s take a deeper look into some of the benefits that cloud shipping software can give you.
Easy Accessibility and Flexibility
The cloud connects people, processes, and third parties in shipping operations in real-time. For example, by storing all order fulfillment and shipping data in the cloud, you create a centrally accessible “system of record” that multiple supply chain stakeholders can use to inform their operations.
Furthermore, there’s no limit to how many carrier service integrations it can manage or specialty software solutions with which it can integrate – and the implementation time for both is drastically reduced. This increases your ability to quickly address new business requirements, such as adding regional carriers (or couriers!), moving inventory to ship from store, offering customers a BOPIS delivery option, or setting up new micro-distribution centers.
Shipping is a dynamic industry. It needs to weather anticipated and unanticipated shocks — think of peak shipping season around the holidays or global health supply chain challenges during COVID-19.
For on-premise customers running their own servers, there can be serious pressure to stand up new carrier integrations, new shipping workflows, and new distribution centers or warehouses in the face of these shocks or peaks. Beyond IT, it can also be hard to think about the cost, equipment, and personnel necessary to scale an on-premise technology stack to meet rising e-commerce demand.
Cloud-based shipping software grants you scale. The right solution will dynamically manage your growth, so you never feel pain when surges in demand occur. As you expand into new markets or simply take on peak season, the cloud-based technology can seamlessly scale your volumes from, say, 300,000 to 500,000 parcel shipments per day.
Cloud-based shipping software means your system doesn’t crash. It also isn’t a partial or seasonal solution designed to only manage peaks or rushes. Its technical capabilities handle parcel shipping from start to finish in any shipping landscape, no matter whether your needs are basic labeling and execution or worldwide omnichannel order fulfillment analytics.
Cloud-based software lets you aggregate your data across your entire distribution network, and even better: it normalizes the data. This in turn enables key stakeholders in your organization to leverage actionable reports and dashboards within the shipping system and run analyses across all your channels so you can better understand and manage order volumes, shipping costs, capacity utilization, on-time delivery performance, and more. These analytics can then be used to identify opportunities to save money, improve customer service, or both.
By using a cloud shipping software system, you can guarantee your supply chain stakeholders all have access to accurate information 100% of the time. If you operate out of an area often affected by power outages, weather-related disruptions, or other disasters, shippers can still access their data through the cloud, ensuring on-time delivery and company KPIs remain within sight.
Partnering with Logistyx
Looking for the perfect pioneering, cloud-based parcel shipping technology? You’ll find it in Logistyx. Our team is fully equipped with the right tools and knowledge to build cloud-based parcel management strategies that are perfect for global retailers, manufacturers, and logistics providers.
Reach out to our team today to talk to a cloud expert to get started.