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Control of Time-Guaranteed Carrier Services with Smart RateBots™
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
automatically select the best services for your packages based on
your own business rules.
RateBots 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
Determine the best way based on your
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 to see a CPS RateBot in action...
Smart RateBots 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.
Significantly lower flat rate shipping costs
while delivering packages at times customers expect.
Automatically select green low carbon services
and lower the shipper's carbon footprint.
Decrease total freight costs while optimizing
carrier provided rates.
One Easy Way CPS Smart RateBots
Can Help Your Company Today!
Let's 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 that have 2 day guarantees or less and to rate shop
the carriers' express 2 day service for the rest of the
country. The Smart RateBot would then rate shop every
package and find the best service and price to ship every
Using this type of CPS Smart RateBot allows you to reduce
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!
Using 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 was
$70.89 total for all the packages together.
That was a savings of 8.6% or
$1.41 average per package!*
*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 Kanas 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.
Both of these great money saving tools are standard
features of CPS!
Best of All...
CPS BestWay™ Calculator and CPS RateBots Support Your Marked Up,
Discounted, Published, or Contracted Shipping Rates and Charges!
CPS allows you to add a surcharge to
carrier rates and record them at package level as you process
your parcels. When you set up CPS you can optionally
calculate and store fixed or percentage increases or discounts to carrier
published rates. You can also apply mark-ups or mark-downs
to specific zones and parcel weights. Once 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