Rate Shopping – DigitalShipper is able to rate shop using the carrier’s published rates or your imported negotiated rates, either using our “Per Package” rate shop logic or our “Total Order Rate Shopping” feature. Select the least cost carrier using the rates that really matter: your negotiated rates. Whether you are passing along your discount to your customers or not, using your negotiated rates can save money. By integrating ground service transit times into DigitalShipper, you can also select a ground service instead of an air service for additional savings and still get the shipment to its destination in the same amount of time.
Total Order Rate Shopping - extends your rate shop capabilities beyond just trying to decide how a package should ship based on the first package in the shipment – it considers all the packages in the shipment, their dimensions and characteristics. Total Order Rate Shopping is ideal to determine if you should ship using a parcel carrier or truck company.
LTL Automation – DigitalShipper includes a standard process for shipping LTL shipments that include: built-in freight item database for the shipper to select an item to automatically populate fields, calculation of freight rates using single or multiple freight classes per shipment, import template for LTL rates with freight discounts applied at the time of shipping, generation for many industry standard pro numbers, and printing of a Standard Straight Bill Of Lading and pallet-level labels.
International Automation – DigitalShipper includes a built-in commodities item database to capture and store information such as Country of Manufacture, Harmonized/Schedule B Code, and Unit Weight necessary to ship international shipments. Most host systems contain very little information required for customs purposes and are usually limited to the part number, description of goods and unit value. DigitalShipper can also reduce your data entry and streamline processing international shipments with our default shipment export and commodity values that are stored in XML files.
Hazardous Materials Automation – DigitalShipper provides a built-in hazmat item database to store all critical information required by DOT and compliant carriers to enable the shipper to quickly and accurately process hazardous material shipments.
Non-Order Shipments – DigitalShipper provides a built-in address book for storing frequently used addresses that are not part of the order entry system. By checking the “Non-Order Shipment” box on the Shipments page, you can easily keep track of these shipments and decide if you want to exchange the data back to your host system.
Package Dimensions are critical to calculating the billable weight for packages and can be handled several ways in DigitalShipper: user can manually enter the dimensions, configure standard box sizes in DigitalShipper so they appear in the drop down list for the user to select at the time of shipping, or connect a package dimensioning device to capture dimensions in real time.
Shipping Notes – Shipping Notes are used to alert the user at the time of shipping about special instructions needed to process the shipment or warning messages. The user is required to read the note and clear the note before proceeding. Shipping Notes can trigger certain functions to ensure the user properly processes the shipment.
Blind Shipping – Often times when shipping on behalf of another department, division, or company, the return address that appears on the label needs to be altered so that the recipient of the package knows where the package originated from. DigitalShipper has a blind ship feature that can change the company name, contact, address and phone number that appear in the return address on the carrier compliant label through DigitalShipper’s custom preference feature or just setting the fields at the time of shipping.
Ship With Other Goods (SWOG) – When shipping several orders within the same package or shipment, it is useful to record this information for tracking and accounting purposes. DigitalShipper can easily allow you to associate child orders with a master order and control how you want the data to be passed back to the host system. Additionally the Plug-in Architecture allows you to build business rules around SWOG shipments such as validate the child order’s shipping address and ensuring that the selected carrier service is the same as the master order.
Custom Preferences – DigitalShipper makes it easy to predefine a carrier and/or service that should be used when shipping a particular customer’s order. The preferences can override the data coming from the host system to always ensure that customer gets the packages shipped the way they want. Custom preferences can also handle automation for Blind Shipping (altering the return address) and also set Billing Option accounts numbers and billing addresses for Bill Recipient or Bill Third Party shipments.
Special Service Automation – DigitalShipper is flexible in how it is able to apply special services to the shipment or package and can be driven using data from the host system or by setting default parameters within DigitalShipper. At the time of shipping, DigitalShipper will check if any special services are required and alert the user if they do not manually apply the special service before shipping. Billing Options (i.e Bill Third Party shipments), C.O.D. (Collect On Delivery), Insurance, Saturday Delivery, Residential Delivery are some of the most common special services that are automated.
Custom Carrier Modules – DigitalShipper’s generic carrier module can be extended to create custom carrier modules that work within the same framework as the built-in carrier compliant modules. Carrier module capabilities include auto generating tracking numbers with algorithms, adding special services, routing shipments, generating custom published and/or negotiated rates, consolidating shipments, generating carrier manifests, printing custom labels, and even generating EDI files and uploading them to the carrier.
Batch Shipping – DigitalShipper can process groups (or waves) of orders by simply providing key criteria to retrieving the shipping information either from your host system or another source such as an e-commerce web site. The batch process can be semi-automated to allow the user to interact with each package as it is processed or fully automated to allow the user to leave the workstation unattended while it processes.