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Parcel Shipping Systems Enhanced Using Data Analytics

Factors Affecting Parcel Shipping Costs

Parcel shipping involves high expenses, and shippers must consider certain factors for reducing parcel shipping costs. The expenses are dependent on factors such as:

  • Parcel destination
  • Delivery speed
  • Parcel size
  • Parcel weight
  • Carrier rates
  • Customs duty, taxes, etc.
  • Shipping insurance
  • Delivery surcharges

Key Performance Indicators (KPI) of Parcel Shipping

KPIs are equally essential in understanding parcel shipping costs. Understanding these KPIs will help control shipping charges. Consider the following KPIs:

  • Spotting potential shipping issues
  • Accuracy of order
  • Tracking the delivery time
  • Costs incurred during transit
  • Warehouse expenses
  • Numbers of orders shipped
  • Accuracy of inventory and turnover

How is Data Analytics Helping?

Parcel shipping generates tons of data. Analysis of the data helps in optimizing supply chain and logistics management. Data analytics of the shipping data controls your parcel spend. Shipping analytics simplifies the process and brings transparency. Automating decisions and implementing real-time analysis reduces shipping costs.

The Role of Predictive Analytics in Shipping

Predictive analytics give shipping insights to shipping companies. It improves the efficiency of shipping services as well as assess what the future holds. In addition, it can identify any preventable conditions. Shipping software with programmed algorithms makes systems easy to use. So, shippers get actionable data at their fingertips.

Five Ways to Cut Parcel Shipping Costs

Predictive analytics helps shippers lower parcel shipping costs. Shippers maximize parcel savings by tracking small parcel shipping spend. Thus, the future of parcel shipping lies with shipping analytics which can optimize shipping performance. There are five ways in which it can achieve this:

  1. Collection of shipping data: Shipping data is complex and disparate. It is present in shipping carriers and third-party systems. Automating data capture is vital in data collection. Automation can separate data collection. For data analysis, current shipping data is relevant. It gives insights into reducing shipping costs.
  2. Optimizing and normalizing data: Optimizing shipping data is beneficial for companies. The collected shipping data is filtered and gives companies the most efficient shipping process. Normalizing shipping data is storing it in a single archive. Each parcel is analyzed effectively. Robust, cloud-based shipping software can help in normalizing shipping data.
  3. Utilizing real-time analytics: Automated systems can utilize real-time shipping data for decision-making. Predictive analytics use the normalized data on a user-friendly Business Intelligence (BI) platform. Experts will examine the data and point out process improvements. Real-time analytics is problem-solving in the shipping process.
  4. Streamlining communications with partners: Engaging in discussions with the shipper’s partners is necessary. As vendor or carrier partners, we can exchange shipping data with shippers. This communication between partners will streamline the shipping process. Robust contacts will help predictive analytics. It gives insights on methods to reduce shipping costs.
  5. Responding to real-time data: Up-to-date information is easy to use in controlling shipping spend. Shippers can view parcel shipping expenses in real-time. There is an instant correction of any mismatch in data. Shippers use real-time data to make informed decisions instantly. Small parcel shipping costs will reduce by responding in real-time.

Maximizing Parcel Shipping Profits

Every shipping company’s goal is to protect assets and maximize profits. Shippers can achieve this by reducing shipping costs. The use of data analytics is improving parcel delivery services. In addition, parcel shipping systems need to be automated to stay ahead of the competition.

A version of this article appeared on Audintel.


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