ShipSoft ZoneBuilder: Cost-effective Zone Additions

Overview

Expanding your shipping operations to new locations is made easy with Varsity’s additional zone databases. These are available to purchase from Varsity on a site-by-site basis. However, for larger organizations with multiple locations, or if your company plans to expand to more than a dozen distribution centers, Varsity offers a more cost-effective option: ShipSoft™ ZoneBuilder.

ZoneBuilder enables you to easily create additional zone databases for as many shipping points as you require.

Key Features

♦ Build as many different zone databases as required by your changing business needs, without additional per-site fees.

♦ ShipSoft ZoneBuilder now offers the ability to add extended carrier support for additional locations. CCKs supported include UPS, UPS Canada, USPS, FedEx, FedEx Canada, DHL, Purolator, and BAX.

♦ Supports adding carrier control records for carriers who provide zone information as part of their customer specific file distributions.

♦ Straightforward, two step process: Carrier account numbers related to the new location are entered on a single screen. Location, user access and printer resources by origin are entered on the second screen. The new data is now ready to merge into your data files.

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ShipSoft V3.5-Parcel: Multi-modal Parcel Shipping Solution

Parcel Shipping Software

ShipSoft-Parcel is a complete integrated transportation management solution that automates the parcel shipping process for shippers in the United States and Canada. ShipSoft-Parcel streamlines the identification of transportation carriers, obtains shipment pricing, ensures compliance with established shipping rules and regulations, and prepares all necessary documentation. ShipSoft-Parcel enables hundredweight consolidation, document generation, and shipping history reports. It also acts as the controlling application for all other Varsity software modules. ShipSoft-Parcel v2.5

Key Features

Weight/Rate/Label

Place a parcel on a ShipSoft connected scale and scan the shipment related information, then ShipSoft-Parcel automatically does everything required to ship that package—weighs, rates, and generates a carrier-compliant shipping label.

Rate Shopping

ShipSoft compares the rates and services of multiple domestic and international carriers. Customer-defined carriers can also be added to the system as needed. ShipSoft-Parcel identifies the carrier that best meets the cost and delivery requirements.

Multi-Carrier Support

A complete range of Carrier Compliance Kits (CCKs) are available for ShipSoft-Parcel enabling shippers based in the United States or Canada to work with their preferred carriers. Each CCK contains carrier specific rates, service types, labels, manifests, and value added services. Each CCK contains carrier specific rates, service types, labels, manifests, and value added services. Carriers supported with CCKs include California Overnight , DHL, FedEx , Purolator , RR Donnelley, UPS, and the United States Postal Service.

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Parcel Solution Overview: Parcel Shipping with Varsity

Overview

Since 1989, Varsity has been a leading provider of multi-carrier transportation management systems (TMS) for companies that ship parcels. Varsity’s parcel shipping suite, designed exclusively for the IBM iSeries, is an integrated suite of advanced supply chain execution modules for the most complex small package shipping and auditing requirements. Varsity’s parcel solution automates every step of the small package shipping process–from order entry all the way through to shipment track and trace and report creation. It seamlessly integrates with legacy, ERP, and order entry systems running on the iSeries through standard interfaces maintained by Varsity. Varsity’s parcel solution also includes the industry’s first iSeries-based auditing package, for those companies that wish to reduce their freight expense even further.

ShipSoft-Parcel

ShipSoft-Parcel is a complete, integrated transportation management solution that automates the entire small package shipping process. ShipSoft manages the selection of carriers, optimizes shipment pricing, and ensures label and manifesting complianc e for major parcel carriers, including Airborne, DHL, FedEx, UPS and the United States Postal Service. ShipSoft also performs additional value-added services such as hundredweight consolidation, generates documents, maintains detailed historical information on all shipments for future reference and reporting, and acts as the controlling application for all other Varsity software modules. By providing an integrated, automated shipping solution, ShipSoft-Parcel enhances customer service, eliminates data entry, and drastically reduces overall shipping costs.

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Franklin Machine Products Obtains Five-Star Customer Service with Varsity Shipping Software

Franklin Machine Products (FMP) was founded in the early 1900’s as a manufacturer of components for coffee urns. Today, with an inventory of over 8,000 food service equipment parts, FMP is one of the largest wholesale distributors of food service equipment parts in North America. The company ships over 1,000 UPS parcels per day of time-sensitive parts to customers throughout the United States and around the world.

FMP credits their eight decades of continuous growth to an unwavering commitment to exceptional customer service. Fast, accurate parts delivery is critical to maintaining customer satisfaction. “We promise our customers that if we receive an order by 5:00 p.m., it will leave our warehouse the same day,” notes Bob Fisher, FMP’s IT Director.

Delivering on their customer service promise required several information technology investments, starting with an IBM iSeries server. Next, FMP deployed DPS Extend’s enterprise resource software to run their inventory management, order placement, customer service, and accounting departments. With their core business functions fully automated, the company turned their attention to eliminating their shipping bottleneck. FMP selected Varsity ShipSoft-Parcel to replace a labor intensive, stand-alone UPS shipping station. Designed for the iSeries, ShipSoft-Parcel enabled FMP to leverage the reliability of their iSeries and integrated seamlessly into DPS Extend.

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ShipView™ Plus – Transforming your Shipping Data into Actionable Information

Transforming your Shipping Data into Actionable Information

Overview

The ShipView™ Plus analytics module is a powerful shipping/transportation performance management application that provides cross-enterprise views and analysis of critical shipping information.

ShipView Plus includes Varsity’s TransData datamart which collects and provides access to a broad range of detailed historical shipment and transportation data that is identified, defined, and documented for use. With intuitive, GUI-based business performance dashboards and dynamic, flexible analytic query and reporting capabilities, ShipView Plus delivers the tools necessary for shipping and logistics managers (as well as C-level executives) to strengthen negotiating position with carriers, identify and correct hidden cost and performance problems, and revamp transportation management strategies.

With ShipView Plus, all of this is available at the finger tips of managers without any requirement for IT/programming time or effort.

Key Features

¨ Accessible from a web browser, with a full range of Windows® -based, GUI tools for analytic proposes, include: o Shipment/Transportation Dashboards o GIS-Geographic Presentations of Information o Flexible Analytic Views of Information (for on-the fly “slice-and-dice and drill-downs”) o Full export capability to a wide range of applications and formats, including Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Word, HTML, XML, PDF

¨ TransData, shipment and transportation datamart is included/integrated and reliably updated on the IBM i platform

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ShipOptimizer™ – A Shipping Containerization Solution

Shipping Containerization Solution Overview

ShipOptimizer is a revolutionary new way for companies to offset rising transportation costs and improve efficiency within their warehouse. Simply stated, ShipOptimizer gives companies the ability to accurately predict shipping costs whether orders are taken via the internet or at order entry time, in advance of actually shipping the product.

Key Features

¨ The ability to optimize the container packing process in your warehouse enables companies to face increasingly complicated processing requirements in the fulfillment and distribution of their products.

¨ The ability to address changes in order profiles and full-case and split-case picking, and build rules surrounding carton and pallet build.

¨ The ability to develop an efficient plan to build cartons, pallets, and trailers as part of distribution processes.

¨ The ability to select the number and size of cartons needed to pack orders for shipment based on each item’s dimensional cube, weight and compatibility with other items.

¨ The ability to meet complex processing requirements, save time, packing materials and containers, and reduce operating and transportation costs as well as product damage that leads to costly returns.

Advantages

¨ It allows you to quote freight at the time an order is placed.

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Varsity Company Overview: Integrated Parcel and Freight Shipping Solutions (U.S.)

Leader in Shipping Software for the IBM System i

Founded in 1989, Varsity pioneered integrated, multi-carrier shipping solutions for the IBM System i (formerly AS/400). Today, Varsity’s supply chain execution suite helps Canadian businesses of all sizes manage the full transportation spectrum of parcel, truckload, and LTL shipments. Varsity improves shipping efficiency, eliminates manual errors, and reduces shipping costs. For seamless supply chain management, Varsity provides integration to all IBM System i based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and order entry systems.

Varsity’s Modular Transportation Management Suite

Varsity ShipSoft-Parcel and ShipSoft-Freight support a wide array of Canadian shipping needs— from companies with single carrier domestic shipments to multi-site organizations that ship through multiple parcel, LTL, truckload, and rail carriers. With Varsity, companies purchase only the functionality they require. When both parcel and freight shipping are needed, Varsity ShipSoftParcel and ShipSoft-Freight integrate for centralized shipping management.

Parcel Shipping

ShipSoft-Parcel automates the entire small package shipping process for domestic shipments. It manages the selection of carriers, optimizes shipment pricing, and ensures label and manifesting compliance for major parcel carriers, including Purolator, UPS Canada, CanPar, Canada Post, and FedEx Canada. ShipSoft-Parcel enables hundredweight consolidation, document generation, and shipping history reports. It also acts as the controlling application for all other Varsity software modules.

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Varsity Logistics Helps Blackman Keep Pace with an Ever Changing Shipping Carrier Landscape, and Implements Integrated System Shipping in 60 Days!

Company Background

Back in 1921, Sam Blackman opened a small plumbing supply shop in Brooklyn with the promise of offering the best products for the best prices, with a firm commitment to the trade. Today, Blackman has grown into one of the nation’s largest family-owned and managed suppliers of plumbing, heating, industrial, waterworks and HVAC equipment. With 24 fully-stocked branches and showrooms located throughout the metropolitan New York area, Blackman has become a convenient, reliable resource for today’s building and remodeling professionals.

Business Goals

The company’s goals include being the most convenient, reliable resource for today’s building and remodeling professionals.

Challenges

Over the years, Blackman Plumbing has experienced significant growth. As the industry shifts and the customers become more demanding, companies of all sizes struggle to keep up. This was the case for Blackman Plumbing who was consistently growing and adding new branches. Another issue facing the company was the manual effort that went into moving shipping data from the carrier provided software solution to the back office ERP software solution (Mincron). The two solutions were on different hardware platforms, adding yet another level of complexity to the issue.

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Allen-Edmonds Improves Shipping Processes with Varsity

Allen-Edmonds manufactures and markets fine handcrafted men’s footwear. Through the company’s Woodlore division, they also manufacture aromatic cedar products for shoe, apparel, and accessory storage and care. Allen-Edmonds ships between 900 to 1,500 parcels a day from four distribution centers to company-owned retail stores, e-commerce customers, and the showrooms of elite retailers around the world. Each pair of shoes and every product is backed by the company’s unwavering commitment to complete customer satisfaction.

Delivering this level of service requires exceptional operational processes. Allen-Edmonds realized they had reached the upper limits of their shipping system’s capabilities. Their PC-based system topped out at 900 packages a day and contributed to an inefficient shipping process where shipping specialists were required to manually verify package contents and type shipping labels. This process was slow and error prone, taking an average of about five minutes per order. At that rate, the warehouse had a tendency to get backed-up on high volume shipping days. In addition, without an interface to the company’s iSeriesbased ERP system, ABS, they were unable to obtain real-time package status.

Allen-Edmonds recognized they were missing an opportunity to leverage their IBM iSeries investment.

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