B2B Company Benefits of Shipping Integrations
B2B companies benefit tremendously by offering their customers API integrations of the most popular carriers including trucking carriers such as DHL Global, Conway, YRC, UPS, FedEx, DayTon Freight, ABF, R&L, Super Regional and more than 200 other companies that offer shipping APIs for B2B shipping integration. Scalable B2B eCommerce platforms can add as many of these direct integrations as desired based on their customers' preferred shipping methods. Business benefits of customized shipping and handling capabilities include better integration with inventory management and CRM systems, ability to print shipping labels with carrier-specific labels, better order tracking, faster fulfillment processes and automation for customer self-service that frees staff from time-consuming manual shipping duties.
1. Split-Shipping Integrations
Split-shipping is probably the most popular of shipping integrations because purchasing managers routinely purchase products for chain stores and companies with multiple offices and divisions including items for resale and business supplies. It's common to negotiate bulk prices or custom rates, but the actual deliveries can be split among dozens or hundreds of addresses. Split-shipping integrations can remember all these addresses, keep track of shipments by address and products, prepare correct shipping labels for fulfillment and deliver many other offering efficiencies for both customers and the B2B company.
Split-shipping can be labor-intensive without customized split-shipping tools, but the challenges for B2B companies is to design a user interface that can manage the process seamlessly. When customers also want special price quotes for custom handling or unusual shipping requirements, split-shipping can become even more complex. Fortunately, most freight companies can provide APIs or application program interfaces that provide direct connections with them so that customers can negotiate and compare prices, pull data from multiple shipping scenarios and get instant prices and delivery schedules. These integrations also allow customers to track their orders directly from the B2B platform, so they can follow the shipping journeys of hundreds of shipments from the same convenient user interface or customized dashboard.
Better In-House Fulfillment Using Split-Shipping
Usually, drop-shipping integrations handle shipments that require using other distributors, vendors and manufacturers to fulfill large orders. However, it often makes sense to arrange shipping from multiple company warehouses where inventory is stocked and ship the products separately by using split-fulfillment.
2. Custom Handling
Shipping integrations for custom handling might include special shipping instructions, custom packaging, automatic alerts about how full shipping containers are and widgets that retrieve information on package, case and pallet sizes and auto-calculate how many pallets are needed for different product counts. Customers can calculate small-freight orders for LTL or less-than-truckload shipping by connecting with many carriers that specialize in delivering LTL orders at competitive prices. Many carriers charge extra for special handling, providing delivery notifications and handling orders with special care. Customers can review the price differential, compare carrier prices and choose shipping options and carriers more intelligently.