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Infoplus

Infoplus WMS is a web-based warehouse management software solution for small to midsize 3PLs, eCommerce Retailers, and Wholesalers focused on taking control of overall inventory, warehouse operations and shipping. Key featur...Read more

4.64 (28 reviews)

46 recommendations

Shipedge

Shipedge is a cloud-based warehouse management solution for small, midsize and large enterprises. It caters to e-commerce warehouses, fulfillment service providers, third-party logistics companies (3PL/4PL), omni/multi-channel ret...Read more

5.00 (1 reviews)

13 recommendations

2Ship

2Ship is a cloud-based transportation management solution designed for home offices, small businesses, enterprises and distribution centers for third-party logistics (3PL) firms. Features include import and export, bills of lading...Read more

4.46 (61 reviews)

11 recommendations

Logistically TMS

Logistically is a cloud-based transportation management solution (TMS) designed for 3PLs, brokers and shippers of all sizes. Features include billing and invoicing, load management, order management, shipment management, routing, ...Read more

4.71 (14 reviews)

9 recommendations

FreightPOP

FreightPOP is a cloud-based freight management solution that helps businesses manage the entire freight shipping lifecycle through invoicing, label printing and tracking of carriers in transit. Key features include warehouse manag...Read more

4.52 (27 reviews)

6 recommendations

Port TMS

Port TMS is a cloud-based solution, which assists businesses in the freight industry with transportation and workflow management. Key features include accounting, document management, shipment tracking, client management and commu...Read more

5.00 (3 reviews)

6 recommendations

Kuebix TMS

Kuebix, a Trimble Company, is a cloud-based transportation management system (TMS) designed for shippers and carriers involved in both inbound and outbound logistics. The solution caters to a variety of carriers and modes of trans...Read more

4.65 (108 reviews)

4 recommendations

MyCarrierTMS

FrontRunners 2022

MyCarrier was formed, inspired, and driven by the shipping and logistics digital innovation possibilities. We aspire to be the ubiquitous platform that connects customers and carriers instantly and without barriers to fuel the fut...Read more

4.71 (87 reviews)

4 recommendations

Logiwa WMS

FrontRunners 2022

Logiwa WMS is a cloud-based warehouse management and order fulfillment solution built on a .NET framework. The solution supports disparate warehousing processes, separate product groups and the needs of different sectors within a ...Read more

4.59 (63 reviews)

4 recommendations

ShipHawk

At ShipHawk, we’re dedicated to improving and automating the world behind the buy button™ for growing companies. The reality today is that independent businesses must deliver on expectations set by the mega-retail giants and they ...Read more

4.80 (15 reviews)

4 recommendations

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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ShippersEdge TMS

ShippersEdge is a cloud-based transportation management solution that manages shipping logistics. It helps users manage shipments, submit claims and handle multiple carriers. ShippersEdge helps companies save time and control...Read more

5.00 (3 reviews)

3 recommendations

FASCOR WMS

FASCOR provides warehouse management and transportation management software (Small Parcel and LTL) for warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing companies. Designed to control costs, improve inventory accuracy, reduce labor req...Read more

4.50 (2 reviews)

2 recommendations

techSHIP

techSHIP is a cloud-based multi-courier shipping solution designed for third-party logistics companies (3PLs) and manufacturers to make shipping easy. With a scan of a barcode or a batch number, you can automatically process 1 or ...Read more

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2 recommendations

FreightWise

FreightWise is a Logistics Service Provider offering a cloud-based Transportation Management System (TMS) and cost management for small to mid-sized U.S. companies, with a focus on LTL and Parcel shipping. FreightWise TMS software...Read more

No reviews yet

2 recommendations

Oracle Cloud SCM

Oracle SCM Cloud is a cloud-based supply chain management solution that offers distribution, manufacturing, inventory management and fleet management within a suite. The product features product development, which allows user...Read more

3.89 (9 reviews)

1 recommendations

TOTALaccess TMS

TOTALogistix has brought the efficiencies of a robust TMS to small and midsized shippers. TOTALogistix TOTALaccess TMS is a powerful proprietary shipping engine with a user-friendly interface; enabling employees even those withou...Read more

4.60 (5 reviews)

1 recommendations

ShippingEasy

FrontRunners 2022

ShippingEasy is a cloud-based shipping and inventory management solution suitable for small to midsize e-commerce businesses. Key features include order management, label customization, integration with multiple seller channels, r...Read more

JobBOSS²

ECI Shoptech brings together industry-leading solutions E2 SHOP and JobBOSS to create the next evolution in job shop business management: JobBOSS². Designed specifically for job shops and make-to-order manufacturers, JobBOSS² is a...Read more

ShipStation

FrontRunners 2022

ShipStation is a multi-carrier, multi-channel shipping solution designed to expedite the shipping process for online retailers. Features such as batch shipping, discounted shipping rates, inventory and customer management, and cus...Read more

Shippo

FrontRunners 2022

Ecommerce is complex. Shipping doesn’t have to be. Shippo connects you with the best rates at the most carriers using a solution integrated with your business and experienced support at every stage so you can grow into the future....Read more

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: July 01, 2022

When your customers place an order, their satisfaction and repeat business could be in jeopardy with poor shipping management. When the package arrives late or not at all, you've lost future revenue.

That's why shipping software is seen as an invaluable tool for any business that ships products—solutions are available to help streamline the entire process, from the second the order comes in to the moment it arrives on the customer's door.

This guide is designed to help you learn what shipping software can do and which features and capabilities to keep in mind when seeking a solution.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Shipping Software?
Common Functionality of Shipping Software
What Type of Shipping Software Buyer Are You?
Key Integrations
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Shipping Software?

Whether your store is online or a brick-and-mortar location, shipping software allows you to manage orders as they arrive, determine the most appropriate shipping option, generate printed shipping labels with all the correct information and send the package with your preferred carrier.

A lot of work goes into making sure each order is fulfilled accurately and at an acceptable cost, and shipping software assists or, in some cases, fully automates parts of the shipping process.

Due to the growth of e-commerce businesses, shipping software vendors offer a wide array of integration options with carriers to offer the best possible rates, no matter what you're shipping.

 

A list of orders and order details in ShipStation

A list of orders and order details in ShipStation

 

Common Functionality of Shipping Software

Shipping solutions can offer a wide variety of features, which often include several of the following:

Order management Sort and prioritize each order based on predetermined filters, or users can manage manually. Most systems offer a “dashboard" where users can see all orders and their status to avoid lost packages.
Label printing For bills of lading or shipping labels, many systems offer tools to streamline label generation for large batches.
Order tracking Monitor orders and customers can track them using emailed tracking numbers.
Drop shipping Facilitates selling for stores that don't stock all their products. Instead, when they sell a unit, the store buys it from a third-party and has it shipped directly to the customer. Software can help manage this specialized process.
Route optimization For companies using a private fleet for shipping, this helps reduce costs by finding the quickest, cheapest route to a delivery.
Rate management Find and compare the best carrier rates in real time. Most systems work with the top carriers, e.g., USPS, UPS, DHL, FedEx.
Reporting and analytics Spot trends in shipping operations, such as cheapest carrier rates or average cost per trip. This gives users the ability to make more strategic decisions based on historical data.

What Type of Shipping Software Buyer Are You?

Shipping software users can expect some key benefits specific to their business type. These can include:

  • Retail. Physical stores are competing against giant online retailers and trying different methods of shipping to make deliveries more convenient. In addition to typical benefits experienced from integrated software, such as boosts in efficiency and accurate tracking, shipping software can help facilitate methods such as ship-from-store, where retailers fulfill orders from nearby stores instead of remote distribution centers.
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  • E-commerce. The key benefit of shipping software for online stores is the level of information you can offer customers; From purchase to delivery, customers can see when and where the item was shipped and how soon it will arrive, which can reduce customer service phone calls.
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  • Third-party logistics (3PL). These companies often help e-commerce companies operate a supply chain, so retailers can focus on marketing and customer service. 3PLs want to ensure their shipping processes are optimized to maintain service quality, and shipping software can offer real-time dashboards that reveal trends about key shipping metrics.

Key Integrations

In addition to partnerships with carriers, many shipping software users choose to integrate other solutions to close the loop on the supply chain and gain a more holistic view of their business. Some of these integrations include:

  • Accounting systems. From QuickBooks to Xero, shipping systems can sync up all your financials with your order data for a more conclusive view of operations.
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  • Online marketplaces. There are hundreds of places to offer your products online beyond your own website. Shipping systems can also integrate with dozens of the top online retail companies, such as Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Etsy and more, to reach a larger group of potential customers.
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  • Marketing solutions. No marketing means fewer customers. Connect your shipping system to marketing solutions like a CRM or email automation products to personalize offers and boost brand loyalty.

Market Trends to Understand

Here are a few important trends in the shipping industry that could impact your business:

  • Drop shipping grows in popularity, reduces inventory costs. The number of companies utilizing drop shipping is growing. This method allows retailers to offer more items online, but don't have to keep them in stock. Instead, suppliers ship the items directly to customers.

    Many companies find the inventory cost savings compelling, though the trade-off is that retailers must pass control of some of their supply chain, which may result in less company visibility into shipping processes.
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  • Most shopping now done online. A 2016 study performed by comScore and UPS found that most purchases now occur online. It's no surprise that giants like Amazon are changing the way consumers purchase everyday items, so strong shipping software should be a priority for online stores. Shipping systems that integrate with your website can offer customers various shipping options to help increase convenience for consumers.
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  • Gartner predicts blockchain's big supply chain disruption. Blockchain, a distributed, decentralized ledger that records a history of transactions and typically associated with the crypto-currency Bitcoin, also has significant implications for the supply chain, Gartner claims:

    “For shipping, blockchain could reduce trade documentation and processing costs, and eliminate extra time and errors that result from manual paperwork to track goods. In addition, real-time visibility and the availability of information for risk analysis will improve accuracy and accelerate shipping at ports.

    By securing information, blockchain will aid in mitigating counterfeit products. During Gartner's research for the 2017 Supply Chain Top 25, we found evidence of manufacturers considering the use of blockchain to secure products and deter counterfeits during loading and transport."

    (The full report, “Supply Chain Brief: Is the Use of Blockchain in Transportation Hype or Reality?" is available to Gartner clients.)