Lower Shipping Costs
Has Powerful Money Savings
Best of all
BestWay™ Calculator, RateBots™ and Smart RateBot™
Support Your Marked Up, Discounted, Published, or Contracted Shipping
Rates and Charges!
allows you to add a surcharge to carrier rates and record them for each
package as you ship. With CPS you can optionally calculate and store fixed
increases, percentage increases or discounts to published carrier rates.
You can also apply mark-ups or mark-downs to specific zones or even parcel
weights. After your rates are set up you can save, display, export and
print all rates as you process parcels. No more guessing how much to charge
customers for their orders and finding the best way to ship your orders!
See How Easy Connectivity Solves Your Shipping Problems...
The CPS BestWay Calculator makes a complicated job extremely easy. Enter
all you know about the parcel, click "Calculate" and make your shipping
selection. CPS filters out the options that do not apply, so making a
choice is very easy! Just choose from the list, then go to the next package.
For example, for a 5 pound box to be delivered in the United States in
two days, you just pick the service and carrier you want for that package
from those presented by the BestWay Calculator...
The CPS BestWay calculator can even be used on its own without running
the CPS Daily Entry program. There are many uses for this easy-to-use
The CPS BestWay Calculator lets you zero in on the best way to get your
goods to your customers when they need them and at the best price for
you. Isn't that what really counts?
State and ZIP Destination Verification
Every shipper knows that an incorrect or incomplete address can delay
packages and increase costs with carrier address correction and return
package fees, not to mention lost packages. CPS works very hard to verify
your shipping information and addresses. To minimize after the fact costs
and increase your customers' satisfaction, CPS has many basic features
to help make sure the address is as correct as possible.
Every CPS includes basic City, State and ZIP destination verification:
|Verifies the ZIP code is correct for
the city and state given
|Warns you if the ZIP Code is only for
Post Office Boxes
|Identifies APO, DPO and FPO ZIP Codes
|Automatically fills in the correct city and state
when the ZIP or Postal Code is manually entered
|Verifies service and accessorial selections
are available for each address
|Automatically formats phone numbers
|Verifies all the required fields are
filled in before completing the shipment
|Optionally pulls address information
from multiple internal and external sources
CPS automatically verifies imported address information just as though
it was entered manually. This means that CPS is making an early
effort to get things right by watching your addresses no matter how they
Verification Module (AVM)
costs with real time address verification for every package you ship!
The CPS Address Verification Module (AVM)
helps slash address correction fees, reduces undelivered packages and
trims unexpected carrier charges. The AVM uses the US Postal Service
CASS-certified database to tell you if an address is not correct or if an address is
missing information. The AVM also puts the address into a standard format.
In addition, the AVM's Residential Delivery Indicator (RDI) will check and correct the commercial/residential
address so CPS RateBots rate shop the right commercial or residential
services. Checking the address at the time a package is shipped reduces
(and may totally eliminate) unhappy customers resulting from packages
that cannot be delivered due to a bad address. The AVM can let you see
and approve every change, or you can let it work automatically on every
address. Some address correction programs using this same USPS data cost
thousands. For CPS, it's just a fraction to add this great capability.
Make informed shipping decisions with the help of CPS
AVM with RDI.
Address, city, state and ZIP verification and shipper
Avoid residential delivery surcharges by verifying the
status prior to shipping
Reduce returns due to incorrect addresses
Lower shipping charges by picking the right services
for the packages to be delivered
Insure CPS RateBotTM find the right
residential or commercial service
Helps to increase customers satisfaction
There is nothing else needed for total address verification of your packages
you ship when you add the AVM with RDI to CPS.
"We use a very automated feature of CPS and can't stop
the process to correct addresses.
However, the (AVM) feature is so good that we anticipate saving thousands
address corrections during our busiest time of year"
CPS RateBotsTM let shippers create their own business rules to decide which
carriers and services they want CPS to automatically price shop. RateBots
use your company's actual or contracted rates with all of the carriers
you use, not just the carriers' published rates. Companies today face
the need to closely monitor shipping costs for each and every package
they ship like never before. In many cases, controlling shipping costs
alone can be the difference between profit and loss. The good news is
that handling these issues is no problem with CPS! Create RateBots with
your predefined business rules, then CPS applies your RateBots so that
every parcel is shipped exactly as you plan, no matter how you enter the
data - manually or through automation. RateBots save you money and help
insure that your packages meet your customers' delivery expectations!
"We have lowered our cost of shipping $.85 per package
for the 4th quarter. This has saved us tens of thousands of dollars!"
Virtually all companies today face the need to closely monitor shipping
costs for each and every package they ship like never before. In
many cases, controlling shipping costs alone can be the difference between
profit and loss. Especially if you are offering free shipping or
a flat rate shipping price! Even if your customers pay shipping
costs, it is important to make sure you get the right rate and service
for each shipment so you get the sale today and in the future. The
good news is that handling these issues is no problem with CPS!
RateBots automatically select the best
services for your packages based on your own business rules.
gives you a quick way to accurately compare between your company's actual
or contracted rates between all the carriers. That's right, your
actual rates and not just carriers' published rates. You simply create
your RateBots with your predefined business rules and CPS applies your
RateBots so that every parcel is shipped exactly as you plan, no matter
how you enter the data - manually or through automation. RateBots not
only save you money but they help insure that your packages meet your
customers' delivery expectations!
With RateBots business rules, you can:
Determine the best way based on your business
Insure delivery time is maintained while
finding the lowest actual cost between carrier services.
Default to alternate services when requested
shipping services are unavailable.
Control shipping costs by using business
rules to decrease human error.
Put CPS RateBots to work by what you select
in your order entry systems.
Click Here for a CPS RateBot Slideshow Demo...
CPS Smart RateBots go a step past standard CPS RateBots by automatically
finding the best price for delivery within a specific number of days or
geographic location. Let’s say a package needs to be delivered tomorrow
or in 2 days, etc. If delivery tomorrow is guaranteed by ground service,
why use a more expensive express service for the same result? Not every
package that must arrive within a specific time needs to be shipped by
an express service. Many companies use express services without considering
alternatives. Look to Smart RateBots to get the best price to ship, even
when you promise delivery on a certain day.
"I have to say I was pleasantly surprised how much
the CPS RateBots really did save...
We use Harvey CPS for shipping and have rate shopping set up for our standard
shipping method that results in savings of over 10% per year."
go beyond automatic rate shopping in standard CPS RateBots by finding
the best price for delivery within a specific number of days or geographic
location. Today, many companies ship time sensitive documents, perishables,
or just about all of their products needing to be delivered within a specific
number of days. CPS Smart RateBots leverage the fact that the carriers
guarantee delivery times for all of their services depending on the destination.
For example, most ground services will have a one day guaranteed delivery
time for a specific area, two days for a wider area and three days for
a wider still delivery area. By using Smart RateBots, shippers let
CPS select ground service when appropriate instead of the often more expensive
express service, still getting delivery made by the date needed. The shipper
completely controls the decisions made by Smart RateBots. Companies today
want this kind of power and the significant savings it brings.
With Smart RateBots
CPS shippers can:
Ship time sensitive
packages at the best possible service and rate.
lower flat rate shipping costs while delivering packages at times customers
freight costs while optimizing carrier provided rates.
select green low carbon services and lower the shipper's carbon footprint.
One Easy Way
Can Help Your Company Today!
say your business is located in Fort Myers, FL and you want to offer
2 day shipping across the country for all orders. From this location,
the carriers guarantee 1 day ground delivery to all Florida ZIP
codes and 2 day guaranteed ground delivery for ZIP codes in AL,
GA, SC, NC, VA, TN, KY and parts of WV.
The CPS Smart RateBot for this example would be set to rate shop
the carriers' ground service for all of the ZIP codes where ground
delivery is guaranteed within 2 days, then rate shop the carriers'
express 2 day service for the rest of the country. The Smart RateBot
then finds the best service and price to ship every package for
delivery within 2 days automatically!
This type of CPS Smart RateBot reduces your costs for shipping to
over 8 states by not paying for express service when ground service
meets your delivery promise, PLUS saving even more by rate shopping
between the carriers for the better deal. Think of all the possible
combinations of shipping you can create!
the above Smart RateBot we shipped 51 packages weighing 3 pounds
to each state in the US. Without using Smart RateBots the cost was
$905.05. With Smart RateBots the cost was $834.16. Our savings totaled
$70.89 for all the packages the packages.
was a savings of 8.6% or $1.41
average per package!*
Another Example of
Now let's look at another
example of how the CPS Smart RateBot works, again using the ground
delivery chart from Harvey Software's Florida location as an example
but for a promise of delivery within 3 days.
Delivery within 3 days
is a great offer, but you don't need to pay for "3 day" service
to have all your packages delivered on time. Here's how this Smart
RateBot would work:
For any order with a
Florida ZIP code, ground service delivers the package in 1 day,
so the Smart RateBot rate shops the ground services you choose,
and your customer receives their package the next day.
For an order shipping
to AL, GA, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA and most of WV, ground delivery is
guaranteed within 2 days, so the Smart RateBot again rate shops
between Guaranteed Ground services, and your customer receives their
package in two days.
Orders to LA, MS, AR,
IL, IN, OH, MI, PA, MD, DE, NJ, CT, RI, MA, NH, VT, ME and parts
of TX, MO, MN and NY can be sent via Guaranteed Ground service,
rate shopped, and your customer receives their package in three
Finally, all other ZIP
codes can use the carrier three day service and rate shop between
all three day services to insure your customer receives the package
in three days..
From our location in
a corner of the country, 55% of the US population gets 3 day delivery
services using Guaranteed Ground service. Centrally located companies
do even better! Smart RateBots let you make a delivery promise that
sets you apart from others, giving your company maximum savings
with unparalleled delivery to your customers.
can help you do this, too. Isn't it worth your time to try
*The amount a shipper saves can vary. The data
used in the above example was shipping from Fort Myers, FL to randomly
chosen destinations in each of the 50 states and 1 to Washington,
DC. Because Fort Myers is located on the southern tip of Florida,
and is a fairly remote location, the number of locations where 2
day service is available are less than an origin located in a more
centralized location. The more centralized a shipper is to
their customers, the greater the savings could be. For example
when the same data was run for Kansas City the cost savings was
$166.63 total ($706.57-$539.94). In this case the savings
was 30.8% or $3.27 per package.
Added Bonus -
Smart RateBots™ Save Money and Decrease Your Company's Carbon Footprint!
With CPS Smart RateBots you can not only take real-time,
best price control of time-guaranteed carrier services, but you can also
implement an automatic shipping system that minimizes your company's carbon
impact for the carrier services you choose. This can save you money
and stimulate sales as many of today's shoppers are very concerned about
It is a fact that using CPS Smart RateBots can save you
shipping costs and give you the tools to use the shipping service with
the least environmental impact while you save. For example, let's
say you decide to offer 2 day delivery times to all your customers that
visit your on-line store. CPS Smart RateBots can be set to use ground
services for all of the ZIP codes that have a 2 day or less guaranty for
ground services and use only carriers' express 2 day service for those
shipments out of that delivery area. Once the right service is found,
CPS Smart RateBots can then rate shop to find the best service and price
to ship every package using the greenest carrier service possible.
All automatically! This means that you can offer your shoppers green
alternatives that deliver timely results.
It has been stated that energy costs associated with a
product rises from 6 to 28 percent when the mode of transport shifts from
ground to air. CPS Smart RateBots help lower this impact significantly!
Rate Shipping Calculator
CPS Flat Rate Shipping Charge Analysis report provides invaluable shipping
cost data. Web site order pages are tailor-made for "Flat Rate" shipping
prices, because they simplify adding the freight cost to orders and drive
more sales. When you charge "Flat Rate" shipping, your customers know
the shipping cost immediately and this can reduce abandoned shopping carts.
This all translates to a better customer experience and retaining more
sales. The report runs in just seconds, showing a break down and average
cost for each carrier service. You can run the report for all carriers
or select the carriers. Your company's actual shipping history and charges
are used, so you know you have the best information for your company.
Using Flat Rate Shipping costs is simpler for you and better for your
customers - a combination for more sales and savings.
to help you easily determine the correct "Flat Rate" to charge for shipping.
your shipping cost per package and per pound.
Uses your company's
shipping history for best accuracy.
the carriers to include and the dates to use.
Runs in seconds
so it's always easy to use.
how much you could save if you accurately price shopped every package
you ship? The CPS RateBot Savings Report shows at a glance the potential
savings between the carrier and service choices you authorize. What if
you ship with a package carrier when the post office would be better?
Or, what if you ship another package with the post office when one of
the package carriers would cost less? When this carrier is better for
this package, and that carrier is better for that package, it's easy to
make a mistake. Those mistakes can add up to real money. CPS RateBots
work automatically so you get the best price for every package you ship,
but how much savings? The RateBot Savings Report shows you the savings
immediately. It runs in seconds and includes every package shipped using
a RateBot. You decide the date range and you see the savings. The RateBot
Savings Report is another CPS exclusive.
Uses your company's
shipping data so it's completely relevant to your company.
package your ship with CPS RateBots.
Runs in seconds
to show how well CPS works for you.
Run for any
period of time in your CPS shipping history.
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