*UPDATE: Since first publishing this article a little more than a year ago, much has changed in shipping and logistics, including some new costs. Carriers are limiting shipments as they are overrun with demand from increased online shopping. Most recently, carriers have announced rate increases for deliveries to residential addresses in the wake of the stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 crisis.
However, while some new and ongoing charges are unavoidable, there are others that can be mitigated, if not totally avoided. We thought a trip back to one of our earlier blogs could shed some light on ways to cut your shipping costs during the coronavirus crisis and beyond.
We have all heard the discussion about the new normal after COVID-19, filled with social distancing, face covers, testing, and eventually, a vaccine. However, businesses are also facing a new normal, and those that are quickest to adapt will be the ones to thrive. Be it continuing to have employees work remotely, such as Twitter, or growing the use of omnichannel shipping strategies to get parcels to consumers and businesses.
While omnichannel shipping is not a brand-new normal for retail, the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the awareness and the adoption of the strategies as more consumers turn to online shopping. And, even as brick-and-mortar stores open in various phases of COVID-19 reopening plans, the way many will shop will continue to drive omnichannel shipping for retailers going forward.
Companies rely on software as a service (SaaS) apps. According to the 2020 SaaS trends report by Blissfully, the average small business uses 102 different apps, while each mid-market business employs an average of 137 apps. Enterprises have, on average, 288 different SaaS apps in usage across their businesses. Furthermore, the report said that SaaS app spending and subscriptions for all size companies are on the rise this year — and that was before more employees shifted to working from home offices due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Regardless of how tech-savvy employees may be, that is a lot of apps to learn, let alone master.
While there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel as America slowly reopens, the impact of COVID-19 on transportation logistics is still being felt, and may be for years to come. From freight to last-mile local delivery, shippers and logistics professionals have faced unprecedented challenges over the past few months.
Recently, FreightWaves reported that national freight volume movement had nearly come to a halt toward the end of April, comparing the volume to that expected for a national holiday like Independence Day or Labor Day. In fact, a 2020 global survey by Statista showed that 73 percent of buyers and users of freight transportation and logistics services mentioned that the coronavirus pandemic had an impact on their logistics and supply chain operations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left college administrators facing difficult decisions about whether to conduct classes online until they’re sure it is safe for students and faculty to return to campus life. Either way, there is likely to be a new normal of how physical mail and parcel shipments are processed by students and faculty from campus offices or from home work places scattered around the country.
Download this case study to learn how Colorado State University (CSU) turned to Transtream multi-carrier management solution to make shipping processes more efficient, cost-effective, and safe for its faculty and students, while enabling IT to easily implement the solution securely and quickly.
“We are very pleased to be counted among the best-in-class transportation and logistics technology companies,” said Bob Malley, managing director of Pierbridge. “This recognition by one of the most respected publications in our industry is a testament to our employees, partners, and customers’ contributions toward making Transtream a leading multi-carrier management platform. We look forward to continuing our track record for innovation and impact.”
Even as federal and local government officials explore ways to open the country for business, enterprise organizations continue to strive to keep operations running as smoothly as possible. The COVID-19 crisis has seen many companies struggle with employees suddenly making the transition to working from home offices over the past month.
Under normal conditions, mail centers and shipping departments centralize the management of outbound material. They enforce corporate policies about who is authorized to send what to whom and how. They automate processes, apply business rules to carrier service selections, and keep track of expenses by cost center.
April 28, 2020—Cleveland, OH—Pierbridge Inc., a renowned global leader in the transportation software industry, has announced it’s providing a free one-year subscription to a Transtream Home Office
solution to help companies navigate ship-from-home challenges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With a majority of organizations currently encouraging or requiring employees to work from home in accordance with social distancing protocols, Pierbridge’s enterprise ship-from-home solution will help businesses maintain control over shipping expenses and the selection of best-fit carriers while ensuring employee productivity and safety, says company leadership.
“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults.” - Frederick Douglass
The quote is part of Ty Allan Jackson’s email signature. However, it is more than just a line in a signature, it is a mission.
Jackson is a renowned entrepreneur, motivational speaker, children’s author, and advocate for childhood literacy. What he is not is a logistics expert. But now he doesn’t have to be because Transtream’s Home Office shipping solution fully automates that process, while limiting his exposure to post office lines.
Employees working remotely is not a new concept. In fact, in 2019, 54 percent of U.S. workers worked remotely at least once per month, 48 percent work off-site at least once per week, and 30 percent work remotely full-time, according to a report from OWL Labs. However, the onset of COVID-19 has forced many employees and businesses to shift from working from the office to working from the home office. This new normal has seen some companies having to adapt to a change from managing four offices to managing 4,000 home offices almost overnight