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Are You Relying On Your Carrier For Cost-Saving Solutions?

Posted by Robert Snowdale on Tue, Jan 08, 2013 @ 12:54 PM

Between fuel prices and an uncertain market environment, companies who do not make concessions to their clients on shipping costs will lose market share to their competitors who have a more attractive landed cost of goods sold. To improve market share you have to rely on more than just your carrier’s good will to ensure you are getting the best pricing. 

Carriers are more concerned with increasing their profits than they are about making concessions, even if they can obtain higher volume accounts. Shipping rates are rising, and to cut costs you have to find a solution that will bring negotiating leverage to the table and help you benchmark your current costs so that future savings can be measured accurately.

Many companies who have been successful at keeping shipping costs low and improving their market position have outsourced their freight procurement requirements to Transportation Spend Management (TSM) consulting companies who control millions of dollars in freight spend. This can have a huge impact on shipping and freight charges, and will enable you to focus on other important business processes and priorities. 

Why Should You Outsource to a TSM company?

  • TSM companies can help to lower shipping rates, achieve greater concessions, and gain better services overall
  • TSM Companies can increase your shipping departments productivity through the implementation of technology tools not currently available
  • You gain the ability to analyze cost of inventory, freight costs, and improve your Cost of Goods Sold
  • Outsourcing can help you retain existing customers and increase sales and improve business processes at a faster rate.

As a line item expense freight and logistics cost should be managed as efficiently as your top line item expenses. Unfortunately for most companies these costs are not managed professionally and purchase decisions are often made on a relationship basis with little regard to cost and service. The positive effects of partnering with a TSM company can be compounding and result in major business transformations. 

There is a key that fits into the proverbial lock of cutting costs and improving customer retention in the supply chain world and it starts by knowing where to collaborate and with whom.  

DSi’s proprietary Transportation Spend Management programs can provide data on industry specific benchmark costs so you can evaluate how you compare to your competitors. A DSi freight management program typically saves 20% or more using name brand carriers who can meet or exceed your service requirements. 

Contact us today to learn more about our ”Guaranteed Freight Cost Savings” programs. If we don’t meet or exceed our savings projections to you, we write you a check for the difference. 

Topics: freight cost management, ltl carrier

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