Year in Review: Shipping Trends to Remember from 2021

From supply chain shortages to shipment congestion, 2021 was filled with obstacles that left shippers questioning what’s next? But with these trends, we’re also reminded of some valuable lessons for the new year. Let’s recap.

Driver shortages open the door for new policies

The American Trucking Association estimated that in 2021 the truck driver shortage would hit a historic high of just over 80,000 drivers. This shortage has caused the industry to take a step back and reevaluate what is and isn’t working.

Drivers’ well-being must be the number one priority when enacting policies moving forward. To strengthen relationships, certain changes that put the driver first have to be considered including increased pay and improved working conditions.

Supply chain issues stress the importance of transparency

The pandemic disrupted every aspect of the global supply chain. As a result, shippers have been faced with a lack of transparency and visibility into the movement of goods.

In order to get over this hurdle, the industry must prioritize transparency across the board. Long gone are the days of confusion as we move toward the increased use of real-time data to inform advanced shipment notifications and message tracking. The result is a transparent, single point of truth that allows shippers to understand how to move goods in the fastest, most cost-effective manner.

Shipment congestion highlights the need for technology

Shipping backups at ports have contributed to the headaches of many in the industry. To help alleviate this, we can rely on emerging technologies to create a more efficient process that saves shippers time and money.

Here at Centerboard, we act as a transportation management system (TMS) for shippers. Using leading-edge technology, we make shipping more cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable, changing the way the industry moves forward. Want to learn more? Get in touch and ask for a demo today.

How Shippers Can Navigate the Supply Chain During the Holidays

As we enter the holiday season, shoppers are worried about inventory issues and shipping delays since it’s become increasingly difficult to find items on their wishlists. Due to a myriad of challenges, prices are also increasing, with shippers left to navigate potential holiday shopping nightmares.

So how can shippers overcome supply chain headaches and get through the holiday season? Here are our tips.

Integrate real-time data.

Take back control of your supply chain through real-time data. The only way to be successful in today’s supply chain is to invest in advanced technologies, including the use of valuable data to drive operational efficiencies.

By implementing real-time data, like finding carrier capacity or accessing the spot market on WIN, by Centerboard, you can gain insights into a transparent, single point of truth and move goods to holiday shoppers in the fastest but also most cost-effective manner.

Simplify transportation management.

Rely on technology to help simplify how you’re managing your supply chain and transportation management system. Today, there are limitless options and resources that can help you streamline these processes, from advanced shipment notifications to tender response reminders — both offered through WIN, by Centerboard.

Even better, these solutions can be customizable to provide you with a seamless user experience. When working with Centerboard, the result is complete control over and transparency into your supply chain. To make the process even easier, you can plug into whatever platforms you are already using, tailoring the user experience to your very own business rules.

Maintain agility and flexibility.

The supply chain as we knew it has been disrupted, and shippers need to plan and anticipate that these disruptions will continue throughout the holiday season and into 2022. With this, it’s essential to remain agile and flexible should any additional changes arise.

To help alleviate stress, shippers should work with a transportation management system that prioritizes seamless, easy-access features. For example, at Centerboard, our technology architecture is flexible, modular, and agile, allowing shippers to upgrade to the latest technology while saving time and money. 

That’s why Centerboard is here to help make this a happy holiday season for everyone. We strive to build solutions that empower shippers to take comprehensive control of their supply chain. With real-time data and accurate visibility into how goods move, we make shipping more cost-effective, efficient and sustainable. Want to learn more? Get in touch and ask for a demo today.

Centerboard’s Latest Product Offerings Launched via WIN, by Centerboard

Each day there seems to be a new headline highlighting an obstacle the supply chain is facing. While there is no easy fix to these complex issues—technology does provide hope. As the shipping industry navigates challenges presented by disruptions in the supply chain, we aim to ease shippers’ workloads through new technologies that offer a seamless user experience. We are excited to announce a range of updated solutions to our core platform, WIN, by Centerboard.

With these latest updates, shippers of all sizes can receive access to modular and flexible solutions powered by real-time data, providing complete control over and transparency of their supply chain.

While all of the offerings are exciting and geared at helping shippers navigate current and future unknowns, we are particularly proud of our Advanced Shipment Notifications (ASN) which provides information to the shipment destination’s receiving operation prior to the delivery date, helping improve planning, accuracy and efficiency.

We are also improving the process for our customers by allowing users to enter tracking messages on behalf of carriers. Our updates are aimed at helping you improve costs, accuracy and flexibility. 

The new features now live in WIN, by Centerboard include:

  • Advanced Shipment Notifications on all order tracking messages, helping to improve efficiency, accuracy, and flexibility.
  • Tracking Message on Behalf of Carriers helping to communicate shipping updates in real-time.
  • Activity Tab Added on Order Screen to customize specific items related to an order, ultimately saving time.
  • Added Custom Fields, including date and timestamp, helping users to improve their billing process.
  • Tender Response Reminders, including scheduled, automated messages that reduce the need for shippers to contact carriers manually.
  • Pallet Labels to auto-generate the paperwork that shippers had to create manually.
  • Pro Sticker Image on BOL, adding greater clarity to the shipping experience by giving the client and carrier a convenient document for real-time tracking.

Our best-in-class technology is powered by 30 years of supply chain expertise here at Centerboard, and we understand what shippers need most. That’s why we’re focused on providing shippers with solutions backed with artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities enabling more cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable programs. Want to learn more about our new solutions offered through WIN, by Centerboard? Get in touch with our team and ask for a demo today.

How Shippers Can Surf the Wave in Today’s Perfect Supply Chain Storm

Of all of the stakeholders impacted by the current disruption to the supply chain, it is perhaps shippers who have seen the most change. The increased demand for their products requires more shipments to be trucked, which results in the demand for an increasing number of drivers. Unfortunately, the number of truck drivers on the road has decreased and prices to get freight where it needs to go are skyrocketing. 

Making this already tough situation tougher, supply chain has become incredibly complex and bespoke. Each shipper does things differently, and has access to varying levels of people, resources and technology. This holds true across industries. Amidst these challenges, shippers require access to quality technology solutions, timely data and a broad spectrum of carriers and partners. 

Here are some pro tips for shippers who are looking to navigate this complex supply chain landscape. 

Open up your network. 

Given the driver shortage, shippers should be able to find ways to open up their networks. This might mean finding a new set of carriers who are available to address your needs. Working with a platform that can provide you with important transportation management features can help you to strengthen current relationships, and develop new ones, ultimately unlocking business opportunities across your industry. 

Increase efficiency through technology. 

Shippers are having a hard time getting in the queue with contracted carriers, and many are going so far as to take steps to privatize their own fleet. Because that’s not a solution that is in reach for most companies, some technologies will allow you to get real-time spot quotes from a much broader range of carriers. The result is more access to additional carriers and an efficient process that saves you time and money. 

Prioritize transparency. 

Shippers are facing a significant issue with the lack of transparency and visibility around their supply chain. Centerboard offers shippers real-time data in the form of advanced shipment notifications and message tracking that helps to improve costs, accuracy and flexibility. With real-time data you can gain insights into a transparent, single point of truth and understand how to move goods in the fastest, most cost-effective manner. 

Be mindful of carbon footprint. 

Nearly every good consumed in the U.S. is put on a truck at some point – about $60.5 billion worth each year. Needless to say, there is room for improved efficiency – and it is achievable. By continuing to leverage real-time data, you can ensure less waste and significant carbon reduction with every trip by consolidating loads and optimizing modes. 

Gain back control.

Budget constraints and lack of manpower have left shippers feeling defeated. The supply chain is the lifeblood of business, but it is complex, hard to navigate, and challenging to get answers to inform sound decision-making. 

That’s why we’re here to help you gain back control. Here at Centerboard, we empower shippers to take comprehensive control of their supply chain. With real-time data and accurate visibility into how goods move, we make shipping more cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable. Want to learn more? Get in touch and ask for a demo today.

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