Every business encounters situations where they need to have a partner, customer, or other 3rd party ship something, and you need to cover the bill. This happens all the time with ecommerce businesses, who often have some technology to support the process, but it also importantly happens in “ad-hoc” situations.
UPS, FedEx, and other carrier accounts are easy to setup, and even easier to pass around. With some basic information and login credentials you can grant anyone access to your account. Ease of use is great, isn’t it? Well at first it’s great, but then someone in your Marketing Department
Previously, we’ve spoken about the importance of keeping your small parcel shipping accounts secure and how a centralized management system can cut the costs of “ad-hoc” shipments. This week I’d like to deep dive into one topic in particular: Mailrooms and how they may be less efficient than you think.
Ever have this happen to you: Someone in your company needs to ship a package, on short notice, and they frantically come looking for your company’s FedEx account number? Then either you end up shipping the package for them, or you give them the account number directly so they can
In my last two articles, I explored an area within the procurement process which was ripe for improvement: shipping (check out Boiling the Ocean Part I and Part II if you haven’t done so yet). Specifically, I discussed why the current shipping options for procurement teams are insufficient and miss
In our last article, we explored an area within the procurement process which was ripe for improvement: shipping (check out Boiling the Ocean Part I for more info). In the current market for most organizations, shipping purchased goods to their final destination is a choice between three unappealing options: Finding
The procurement team in an organization is one of the most underrated functions in any industry. They are on the front lines to get their teams the best quality product, from the most trusted suppliers, with the right specifications, adhering to impossible delivery schedules, at the cheapest possible costs. Most
Understanding the problem with Freight Invoices In continuation of our last blog expounding upon the small problems with ad-hoc shipments our discussion today is going to revolve around the process of paying freight invoices. As anyone in accounts payable or receivable knows, it’s difficult paying for anything in business. You
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Three years ago, when I first started diving into how to develop a program to effectively manage “ad-hoc” shipments, I quickly found that, like many things, effective management of this area succeeds or fails based on how you manage the small things. Proper processes regarding bidding out projects, auditing