Common Issues Shippers Face and How to Solve Them

In the fast-paced world of logistics, shippers encounter a multitude of challenges that can disrupt the seamless flow of goods. From route planning dilemmas to rising fuel costs, these issues can significantly impact a shipper’s bottom line. Thankfully, innovative software solutions are revolutionizing the way shippers operate, helping to streamline processes and tackle common shipping issues head-on. In this article, we’ll explore some of the common issues shippers face and how MileMaker’s mileage and routing software can help simplify those issues.  

  1. Route Optimization  

One of the most common problems shippers encounter is the inefficient planning of routes. This is partly due to the involvement of many factors, including multiple shipping routes and destinations, vehicle specifications and load type, delivery requirements, and more. Inefficient routes can lead to increased fuel consumption, longer delivery times, and higher operational costs.  

With MileMaker’s routing software, shippers can optimize their routes based on their business needs, helping to simplify operations and lower associated costs. In addition to routing based on trip duration, shortest distance, vehicle specifications, load type, and multiple destinations, MileMaker also considers factors like traffic and weather patterns, road closures, and toll costs.  

MileMaker routing software allows the comparison of multiple routes to determine the most optimal route. A batch routing feature lets shippers optimize hundreds of routes at once, saving time and allowing employees to focus on core tasks.  

  1. Rising Fuel Costs

The ever-increasing price of fuel is a significant concern for shippers, as it directly impacts their operational expenses. MileMaker’s routing software for shippers includes advanced fuel optimization features that allow shippers to make informed decisions about their fueling strategies. With map data consisting of more than 7,000 truck and fuel stops across North America, shippers can identify the most cost-effective refueling stations. Additionally, the ability to compare routes allows shippers to determine the most fuel-efficient routes. This helps shippers minimize the impact of soaring fuel costs and keep their budgets in check.  

  1. Compliance and Regulations

Shippers face a web of complex regulations that can vary from one region to another. Businesses shipping hazardous materials must follow a series of guidelines for their vehicles, including road restrictions, while other types of shippers need to be cognizant of vertical clearance and weight limit restrictions. Non-compliance can result in hefty fines, legal issues, and property damage.  

MileMaker’s route planning software stays consistent with the latest industry regulations, ensuring users remain in compliance with state and federal laws. The map data is constantly updated to reflect new road restrictions, including vertical clearance and weight limit restrictions, to guarantee drivers follow legal routes based on their vehicle and load type specifications. By remaining compliant, shippers can avoid costly penalties, prevent vehicle damage, and stay focused on their core operations.  

  1. Cost Control  

Shippers often grapple with cost overruns due to unexpected expenses and inefficient operations. Having access to detailed cost analysis and reporting capabilities enables shippers to identify areas where costs can be reduced or better managed. By pinpointing inefficiencies, they can make informed decisions that positively impact their bottom line.  

MileMaker’s routing and mileage software helps to reduce costs when it comes to route planning and optimization. MileMaker software is consistently updated to reflect new map data and road restrictions, ensuring shippers comply with regulations and avoid costly mistakes. MileMaker also provides insight into fuel and toll costs, allowing shippers to determine the most cost-effective routes.  

Shipping companies face a myriad of challenges in today’s complex logistics landscape. However, innovative software solutions, like MileMaker, are proving to be game-changers, simplifying and streamlining operations. With features like route optimization, fuel cost management, and up-to-date mapping and routing data, MileMaker’s software empowers shippers to overcome some of these common issues and emerge as a more efficient and competitive business. As the logistics industry continues to evolve, technology will play a pivotal role in reshaping how shippers navigate the challenges of their trade.