There are many types of freight shipping companies. Couriers, actual truck carriers, and 3PLs (third party logistics). With so many options it gets kind of confusing when trying to find a dedicated freight shipping company. If you are a business that relies on a separate company to handle your shipping, you might want to consider using a 3PL like FreightCenter. By moving away from a single carrier 3PLs like FreightCenter can offer you shipping discounts and multiple services such as final mile, white glove, and guaranteed delivery. The great advantage of using a 3PL is that they have relations with many different carriers. That way they can offer you the best carrier for the best price for your shipping situation. Other freight shipping companies limit businesses by holding them to a specific carrier that may not ship in every lane that they need. 3PLs can also leverage relationships within their network that allow them to give volume discounts which will lead to less overhead while still providing the best service.
Outsourcing your logistics to third party freight shipping companies will save you time and money. 3PLs excel in saving you from costly mistakes thus lowering your risks for a higher return. They also handle all the paperwork and billing and have expertise staff there to help answer your shipping questions. Like FreightCenter, 3PLs have powerful technology that offers advanced reporting and adds visibility to your supply chain. Anything from inventory management, reporting, and shipment tracking can be seen through 3PL software. Good 3PLs will also help your business grow. They have the ability and resources to scale space and transportation based on your company’s needs. By having relations both nationally and internationally, 3PLs can easily support growth into new markets. Cirrus TMS (transportation management software) is a powerful tool used by FreightCenter to help its customers manager their shipments. If you are a veteran or just beginning to use 3PLs integrating Cirrus TMS is a good place to start. See what Cirrus TMS has to offer below.
Carrier Management - Store freight requirements and carrier information securely in a central location and eliminate time spent on repetitive data entry.
Customer & User Management - Manage leads, customers and users in the same system. Cirrus TMS offers a built-in CRM database that houses all shipment activity, historical shipment data and sales information.
Accounting Capabilities - Plan, execute and settle transactions with ease. Export shipment history and sales data to your accounting software – like QuickBooks™ - to quickly settle carrier invoices.
Multi-Carrier Rating & Quoting - Rapidly compare multiple freight rates across all modes. Cirrus TMS enables you to analyze LTL rates from SMC3, as well as obtain quotes from truckload carriers.
Transportation Modes - Cirrus TMS will help you plan and execute shipments via any mode, whether you need to move LTL, truckload, parcel, air, ocean, rail or intermodal freight.
Proprietary Technology - There is no hardware to purchase or maintain. Rely on our 99% server up-time guarantee and in-house development team to update and manage the back-end of your freight operations.
Customization - Configure new reports and dashboards – or customize existing ones – and gain insight on customer and user activity, as well as sales metrics that are important to you.
Email & Text Alerts - Stay in constant contact with your customers about the status of their shipments. Cirrus TMS has built in email and text notifications and marketing message capabilities.
Flexible Contract Licensing - RImprove productivity and grow your revenue. Get the industry’s most powerful transportation management system with an annual contract and low maintenance requirements.