7 steps to pro-actively enhance your Parcel Shipping Process
From a logistics viewpoint, your prime concern is meeting tight parcel shipping windows and tracking parcel shipping so you can keep customers informed. A 20% increase in the parcel shipping index (Pitney Bowes) in 2018, indicates this challenge continues to grow.
Can your shipping process be more cost-effective?
Finding the weaknesses in your parcel shipping process
To enhance your parcel shipping process, you must first identify areas that can be improved.
Begin by mapping your current process, then follow the 7 steps.
- What parts of the parcel shipping process would benefit from change?
- Are there any activities that are unnecessary?
- Are there other methods that are more cost-effective, e.g. can activities be automated?
- Determine the change you want to make.
- Test your idea for weaknesses. Can you identify any drawbacks to the change?
- How will the change affect other parts of your business?
- The final step is to test. If the test is successful then implement the change.
Paper documents are part of the parcel shipping process
Manufacturers and retailers often discover that the quickest return on investment is by automating parcel shipping activities that are manual today. EDI (electronic data interchange) can not replace the paperwork that must travel with the parcel, so another solution is required. The answer is to insert or attach documents as an automatic part of the parcel shipping process.
Schaeffler have taken parcel shipping to the next level
Schaeffler Technologies manufacture bearings for industrial OEM companies. Components like these are critical elements for their customers. When the parts arrive they must be distributed correctly and promptly.
By incorporating Caljan Print & Pouch into their parcel shipping process, Schaeffler have removed a bottleneck, increasing throughput significantly.
Print & Pouch automatically inserts the delivery note/despatch slip into a pouch, attaching this to the parcel as it speeds along the outbound conveyor.
Eliminating manual parts of the parcel shipping process
Machine-to-machine connectivity eliminates the need to handle parts of the parcel shipping process manually. Manpower can be moved to processes where the human touch adds value.
When parcel shipping is handled automatically, data can be verified. If wrong items are picked, this can be corrected before the package reaches the customer. Shipping data can be validated and carrier specific barcodes can be incorporated.
With Caljan Print & Pouch, it is even possible to incorporate custom papers into the pouch, if the parcel is to be shipped abroad.