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How to improve cooperation with couriers and increase the efficiency of shipments?

Cooperation between the logistics department and the company providing courier services is growing into a key aspect in the area of order fulfillment these days.

The cooperation model based on manual preparation of documents and othershipping formalitiesworks well for smaller volumes, a small variety of shipment sizes and when using a limited number of courier companies. But what about when the scope of operations is larger?

In this article, we will tell you what methods will support cooperation with the courier to make it faster, more efficient and, consequently, cheaper.


First of all, integration of WMS with courier systems.

The nucleus of a modern distribution center is a warehouse management system (WMS). This type of system supports the management of the three basic areas of warehouse operation, which are the receipt of goods, their storage, as well as shipping.

The latter process is, of course, crucial from the perspective of working with courier companies. In order to streamline it, warehouse management systems have special modules for easy connection with the courier system.

In the case of the WMS system offered by HKK Group
(Digitio WMS system)
, it is possible to quickly integrate the system with courier systems through a special integration application, supported by standard APIs. Such an integration model provides the ability to instantly connect systems, transfer data without user intervention, and print courier labels from the WMS. And speaking of labels, it’s time to move on to the next point of our study.


How to label a shipment, a few words about courier label printers.

Label printers
are specialized devices that enable printing of labels delivered in roll form. Devices of this type are connected directly to an information system (for example, to a WMS or courier system). The printing of labels takes place without operator intervention, and its content and layout corresponds to the specifications of the respective shipping company.

The most important part of the label is the barcode, ensuring that the information contained on it can be read quickly and efficiently using
automatic data identification devices.

For warehouses where many packages or pallets are being shipped, it is possible to replace the manual application of labels with an automated process using the system’s labelers
print & apply.
Such systems combine the ability to print labels with their automatic application to both packages and pallets.

The model of cooperation based on manual preparation of documents and other shipping formalities works well for smaller volumes, a small variety of shipment sizes and when using a limited number of courier companies. But what about in a situation where the scope of operations is larger?

Mężczyzna obsługujący urządzenie Cubiscan 325

Dimensions of your pallets and packages - how to avoid costly surcharges?

When discussing solutions to support the effectiveness of courier cooperation, it is impossible not to mention the dimensioning and weighing systems used in logistics.

Anyone who sends parcels or (especially) pallets on a daily basis knows that the proper determination of the size and weight parameters of a shipment affects its price. It can be influenced even more by verification of weight or dimensions resulting from an inspection by the courier.

To avoid such surprises, it is a good idea to measure goods before preparing shipping documents using automatic systems such as Cubiscan. These devices determine every dimension and weight with great precision, and their certification guarantees that the measurement taken will be recognized by the courier or shipper.


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