FreightPlan™ is Varsity’s solution for automating the inbound and outbound pre-shipment load planning process. FreightPlan enables ShipSoft-Freight users to do dynamic load building and order consolidation, produce recommended shipping plans, and perform online review and acceptance of load plans. Working within user-defined parameters, FreightPlan incorporates customer delivery requirements to drive down transportation costs, supports unique customer service standards, and enhances overall transportation productivity.
Key features of FreightPlan:
Dynamic Load Building and Consolidation
FreightPlan allows users to employ a variety of different consolidation strategies to facilitate development of an optimal shipping plan. For example, FreightPlan automatically aggregates orders traveling to the same destination, and has the ability to hold orders for consolidation with later orders based on delivery dates. It can also determine pool points, if desired, to maximize efficiency and utilize the most effective combination of line-haul & LTL. FreightPlan provides planning for TL and LTL moves, including multi-stop shipments, providing the optimal geographic route for each.
Produces Recommended Shipping Plan
Based on the results of analysis, FreightPlan generates a detailed shipping plan for each move. Outputs include detailed Shipping Instructions and a Driver’s Log for the proposed shipment, as well as a detailed report of costs and savings for the proposed move, versus other alternatives.
Incorporates Customer Delivery Requirements
FreightPlan is configured to reflect the user’s exact business rules and always considers them when planning moves. Customer delivery requirements and shipping instructions are set up in order to ensure that all shipments meet the specified criteria, arrive on time and use the correct carrier in order to ensure customer service commitments are met as well as routing guide compliance.
Online Review and Acceptance of Load Plan
FreightPlan presents the results of each analysis for review before generating a finalized shipping plan. Users can review alternatives and all associated costs and benefits, before selecting the optimal move. FreightPlan presents a concise, clear comparison of options in order to facilitate the decision making process.
- Reduces overall transportation costs by 3-15%
- Significantly enhances productivity
- Supports customer service standards
- Provides modeling and analysis of historical shipment data