In an effort to lower costs all organizations are looking for ways to cut cost or maximize its current investments. This is even more true if you incur transportation costs or even have your own fleet.
Companies that require real time transportation quotes from various shippers for forward bidding processes and tenders should investigate an application just released by Blue Grace Logistics. http://www.mybluegrace.com. The app is basically a freight optimizer that is used to calculate freight rates and transit times from multiple carriers.
This app simplifies a traditionally difficult and time consuming process of rate shopping and not having the most upto date information to do so. Since transportation is considered part of product cost for the COGS (cost of goods sold) sales reps can calculate immediate costs in front of customers when selling services or negotiating new deals. This online real-time information can be used to also increase customer service and allow for instant feedback when issuing new prices for products and services. This new functionality can help sales rep also price their wares as now that transportation can be included into their pricing quotes.
A good scenario for use would be if you had multiple warehouses across the country and needed to consolidate shipments and make multiple pickups. By simplifying this workflow saving money can become part of the everyday operations which will lower your overall transportation spending which saves you money. The added benefits of this app is not having to implement an entire application for TMS, not much of a learning curve, minimal business disruption and can be easily downloaded and disseminated to roaming reps. Interesting concept guys, well done.