For centuries drayage rates have been calculated on complex excel spreadsheets, emailed and printed which is a risky business.
Risk of loss
Links can break, formulas can be incorrect, and spreadsheets can become corrupt – jeopardizing your margin and your business. If you print your rates out, pages can go missing or get out of order, increasing stress and decreasing productivity.
Security of information
Sharing a tariff sheet through email is a gamble. You never know where it could end up, even in the hands of your competitors. Also, unless you secure your spreadsheet, rates can get altered and become inaccurate. Hard copies of rates can get scanned, faxed and end up in the wrong hands.
Adjusting rates for certain conditions and customers can require some complex calculations. Providing profitable quotes depends heavily on accurate calculations.
A better way
Rate management systems designed specifically for handling drayage quotes provide a huge leap forward in providing security, reducing risk of loss and enabling dynamic rate management – and there are some big advantages:
- Control who sees your tariff rates – you manage which 3PLS, Freight Forwarders and Brokers see your rates through a secure log-in process.
- Create custom rates – it doesn\’t have to be one-size fits all, different rates or custom lanes and fees for different customers – administration is simple.
- Adjust rates on the fly – if capacity gets tight or terminals you service become difficult, simply increase rates or apply terminal fees – you\’re in total control.
- Get more business – when customers query for pricing to/from specific ramps and ports, your company will show up. Details about your local terminal and contact information are available with a mouse click.
If you\’re looking for paperless rate management that\’s within your control, schedule a demo and see how DrayMaster can secure your rate.