Most companies are faced with shipping a larger number of packages than ever before. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, e-commerce was up 3.6 percent in Q3 2017 over Q2 and 15.5 percent over the same quarter in 2016. While those numbers represent revenue, it’s safe to assume that the number of packages increased by a similar magnitude. Faced with this increase in demand, companies are doing everything they can to minimize shipping costs and bring efficiency to their operations.
One of the most important ways companies combats rising shipping fees is through the use of barcode data collection technology. Traditional methods used in shipping departments across the globe involve either estimating the size of a package or manually measuring it using a tape measure or ruler. The problem with this method has always been a case of accuracy:
- Is the data getting entered correctly by the worker?
- Is the measurement correct?
- Is the scale properly calibrated?
- Are shortcuts made during peak times of the day to push shipments through?
Estimating the cube often results in add-on fees and penalties when the carrier makes corrections, and manual measurements slow down the shipping process. Using an automated dimensioning tool like the Honeywell AutoCube 8200 solves both problems by automatically measuring and calculating accurate dimensions without interrupting the workflow.
The Honeywell AutoCube 8200 integrates easily with most transportation management systems, so there are no extra steps. Its small footprint doesn’t take up any of the workspaces, so it doesn’t require changing processes. In fact, it mounts on a pole placed near the packaging area and takes accurate dimensions without touching the product or interfering in rapid processing. It can measure packages from 10 cm (0.4 in) to as large as a 100 cm (39 in) in sub-second speed. It can be set to work automatically, or it can be manually controlled by the user.
The AutoCube dimensioning system also includes a software developers kit and an API tool to simplify integration you’re your business systems. It uses the latest technology for accurate calculations, and its simple, non-intrusive actions improve the productivity of each worker, whether it’s installed in a busy DC or on a retail floor for occasional home deliveries.
In addition to its small footprint, the AutoCube is a money saver – more accurate calculations reduce overall freight costs and prevent penalties and other fees associated with dimensioning errors. It’s simple to use, takes up very little space, and provides real benefits to everyone from the supply chain and logistics manager to the CEO and CFO.
Logistics managers benefit from the improved efficiency and productivity, and the reduced freight charges that result from more accurate dimensions.
Your CFO will be pleased with the rapid ROI, which usually comes in well under twelve months, depending on shipping volumes. More accurate shipping rates also help ensure accurate pricing and sustain healthy margins and profitability.
CEOs enjoy the increased throughput and optimized use of space that may stave off the need to rent additional DCs or add more workers.
If you’re ready to take a stand on streamlining shipping cost accuracy, then consider a demonstration of the AutoCube from Honeywell. Contact us today to learn more.