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How to Meet SLAs with a Dynamic Shipping Carrier Marketplace

It goes without saying that meeting customer shipping and forwarding service level agreements (SLAs) is a top priority for every supplier, manufacturer, distributor and wholesaler. For leaders in the commercial logistics space, SLAs aren’t simply contractual obligations, but opportunities to preserve their reputation, build relationships and drive operational efficiency. 

Running shipping and forwarding operations without the ability to compare options from multiple providers, and do it with a real-time understanding of rates, is no longer efficient or effective.

Benefits of Using a Dynamic Carrier Marketplace

A dynamic shipping carrier marketplace automatically pulls the best rates from traditional and on-demand carriers, providing the tools and flexibility needed to consistently meet or exceed SLAs. 

Here are some of the benefits of dynamic shipping carrier marketplaces:

  1. All-In-One

    Access a massive network of shipping providers in one place. For instance, a manufacturer can quickly compare rates between FedEx, UPS, and DHL without having to toggle between multiple platforms.

  2. Shipping Speed Flexibility

    Carrier marketplaces offer a wide range of shipping options, from overnight delivery to ground shipping, giving businesses the flexibility to meet the SLAs set by their customers. If a wholesaler has an SLA to deliver goods within 48 hours, they will only see carriers that can meet this requirement.

  3. Cost Savings

    A single view of all available carriers and their rates results in better informed decisions and the most cost-effective shipping solutions. A manufacturer might find that using a regional carrier for local shipments is more economical than a national one.
    Carrier marketplaces also negotiate bulk rates with carriers, passing on the savings to their users. Moreover, they allow businesses to integrate their pre-negotiated rates with carriers, ensuring they can always access the most financially prudent options.

  4. Shipping and Tracking

    Generate labels and track shipments from one place, eliminating the need to juggle between different carrier websites or apps.

  5. Automation

    For businesses, integrating a carrier marketplace into their systems can automate and streamline the shipping process, reducing manual tasks and potential errors.

How to Use PackageX Ship to Manage SLAs?

PackageX Ship dynamic carrier marketplace & rate selection engine automatically selects the best rate from a growing list of national and on-demand carriers, making it easier than ever to meet SLAs.

This tutorial is a step-by-step guide on how to use PackageX Ship to meet and exceed customer demands in today's competitive logistics market.

Step 1: Sign In to PackageX Cloud and Head to "Ship"

  1. Log in to PackageX Cloud.
  2. Step: 01
  3. Navigate to "Ship."
  4. Step: 01.1

Step 2: Access the Settings

Step: 02
  1. Within Ship, click on "Settings".

Step 3: Manage Providers

Step: 03

Manage Common Providers:

  1. Click on "Manage Providers."
  2. In the "Common Providers" tab, you'll find a list of common carriers such as FedEx, USPS, DoorDash, and UPS.
  3. These common carriers are enabled by default, except for "Private Rates."
  4. Customize your carrier selection by enabling or disabling specific providers as needed.

Manage Other Providers:

  1. In the "Other Providers" tab, you'll find less common providers that can be configured.
  2. Select the providers you want to see shipping rates from when generating a label.
  3. The selected providers will be the only ones displayed when generating shipping labels in the future.

Step 4: Manage Service Levels

Step: 04
  1. Return to the "Settings" menu and select "Manage Service Levels."
  2. You'll find various service levels available for selection, including in-person pickup, curbside pickup, on-demand, same-day, next-day early, next-day earlier, two-day, three-day, and ground delivery.
  3. You will also notice "Library Mail" and "Media Mail," which are USPS Only rate classes. These can be enabled for discounted rates for educational institutions or media shipments.

Step 5: Create a Shipment

Step: 05
  1. Now, go to the "Shipments" section and create a new shipment to experience the filtered providers and service levels in action.
  2. Add the sender's, recipient's, and package details.
  3. Click "Get Shipping Options."

Step 6: Select a Rate

Step: 06

The next step is to select a shipping rate. Here, you will only see the list of providers and service levels you have chosen. The return rates will be based on your specified settings in the Ship app.


Step 7: Complete the Shipment

Step: 07
  1. Select the rate that suits your needs.
  2. Add payment details.
  3. Click "Purchase Label."
  4. You can now print the label using any printer.
  5. Congratulations! Your shipment is successfully created, meeting your selected SLAs.

Following these steps, you can efficiently use PackageX Ship to manage your shipping providers, service levels and create shipments while meeting your specific SLAs and preferences.

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