Part of Hunter Hartman's job as an eCommerce Shipping Consultant for Move Method is to bring value to customers based on his knowledge in the shipping world. In the three years of experience working for Move Method, Hunter Hartman has spent quite a bit of time in warehouses seeing how customers fulfill their orders. While there are some warehouses that are superior in terms of automation and work flow, nearly every warehouse Hunter walks in to presents an opportunity to save money.
The areas of opportunity to save money are mostly found in two ways. First is the pricing spent on freight. This doesn't necessarily mean Less Than Truckload (LTL) or Full Truckload freight pricing but rather any kind of shipping rates that are used to move products out of the warehouse. This could include FedEx, UPS, USPS, OnTrac, DHL, TNT and others. Within the first fifteen minutes of a meeting at a warehouse, Hunter Hartman can typically assess a few skewed ways of retailers shipping their small parcels. For example, Hunter may look at the FedEx bill where a customer believes they're paying $10 for a package and see that every third or fourth package has a Delivery Area Surcharge (DAS) fee attached to it. Shipping this package with a different carrier, or minimizing the DAS fee by shipping with a different service level can save upwards of $10 a package.
The second area of prospective savings is in automation. Automation can be done via shipping software or it can be done by maximizing production out of one of the most expensive areas of doing business, the workforce. Recently Hunter was in a warehouse with a product called CASI whose value proposition is 'Intelligent automation for order fulfillment.' CASI eliminates the number of work force needed to fulfill orders by capturing the dimensions, using robotic solutions, checking weight systems in play, and barcoding/labeling the package, among other things. CASI is costly and likely out of play for small to medium sized customers but the long-term return on investment can be seen for larger retailers.
As has been discussed previously on this blog, Hunter Hartman has been able to bring Shipping Software to larger customers that have triggered tremendous savings of time and errors. The preferred software Hunter Hartman provides his customer is ShipSource. ShipSource has an API that a retailer can customize to optimize rate-shopping but it also has a user interface (UI) which separates itself from it's competitors. The product of ShipSource is entitled ShipLinx. Within thirty for forty five minutes, Hunter Hartman has had the ability to consult companies to a point that will return tens of thousands, to hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
If you are looking for an opportunity to save money via automation or your current rate spend, please do not hesitate to reach out to Hunter Hartman or Move Method.
Hunter Hartman is an eCommerce consultant for Move Method and is based in Ladera Ranch, CA. His focus is on small-to-large eCommerce companies that are shipping business-to-consumer. Through his shipping expertise he has helped hundreds of companies save money shipping small parcels and helped to integrate a more automated solution. For more information and a free consultation, please contact Hunter Hartman or visit www.MoveMethod.com.
Hunter Hartman is a shipping consultant in the eCommerce world. He blogs about the changing landscape of shipping.