CDS systems and procedures are set up to ensure that the right amount of product is available for shipment when needed while allowing for flexibility in the interaction with carriers. CDS has the capability to print customized labels so that an order can be accurately received into a consignee’s tracking system.
Relationships and Systems
CDS has pre-existing relationships with many full truckload, less-than-truckload, and parcel carriers. CDS’ systems can interface with carriers via a client Transportation Management System (TMS), direct Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), automated reports, or through specialized interfaces such as those developed for FedEx and UPS.
Loading Flexibility – Live and Pre-Loads
Orders and consolidated loads can be loaded live or pre-loaded onto trailers based upon the needs of the client, carrier or consignee.
Real-Time Product Checking
Product on the order is continuously checked for attributes such as date or marketing hold. Additionally, product shipping on an order is checked against an assigned door location for that particular order. Any check which fails will immediately prevent the order from shipping.
Along with standard Bills of Lading (or Master Bills), CDS can provide client-formatted bills of lading or industry-standard formats such as the VICS Bill of Lading.
Product can be labeled and bar-coded to meet a consignee need. One primary example of this is the UCC-128 label used on pallets and cases in conjunction with an Advance Ship Notice EDI transaction.
Electronic Data Interchange and Advance Ship Notification
CDS can send Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), or other automated transactions, to its clients or directly to consignees as notification that an order has shipped. Information on these transactions can correspond to information pre-printed on labels attached to the actual product to allow for automated receiving at the destination location.
Key Performance Indicators
Common shipping Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) include shipping accuracy by line item and order, on-time vs. early/delayed shipment, and carrier dwell time (also known as detention measurement).