The solution for Inbound Shipping Management

So you've been shipping out freight and parcels successfully for some time now, but how do you handle returns or inbound vendor shipments? Do you put instructions on your BOLs or include shipping directions with your purchase orders? How has that worked for you, do you receive your shipments on time, staggered for capacity, and shipped with the best carrier, or do you get a surge of inbound shipments with no place to store them, and afterwards, end up having to pay costly shipping bills from carriers that you didn't elect to do business with?

Introducing our Supply Chain Web Portal solution:

Here are the immediate, realized benefits of implementing our supply chain web portal

  1. Fast payment

    You won’t have to wait for the freight bill to come in to invoice your customers.

  2. Get vendor or customer compliance

    The supply chain portal can ensure that every order placed gets the best pricing and routing based on your business logic.

  3. Freight Term Optimization

    Now’s the time to for you to establish the most advantageous freight terms, to lower the total inbound costs and maximize margins on product shipped

  4. Reduce Busy Work
    Your people will spend less time filling out instructions for your vendors.

  5. Accelerate dispute resolution
    Since entering contact information is required to obtain routing information, you have a direct point of contact for every shipment sent by your vendors or customer should any problems or discrepancies arise.

  6. Share reference numbers

    A reference number is required of the vendor or customer in order for them to obtain routing instructions.

Brief Process Overview for an Inbound Vendor

Step 1: Generate your purchase order or let Next Step Logistics generate this document for you and transmit it to your vendor via Email, API, or EDI.

Step 2: Once your vendor receives your purchase order, he will log in to your supply chain portal to route his shipment and receive any special instructions

Step 3: Your vendor can print his bill of lading from your supply chain portal

And the process is similar for a return or RMA.

Why should you talk to Next Step?

We have 14+ years experience in maintaining enterprise level information systems. Next Step is a Microsoft Partner, integrator, and solution provider, including Microsoft .NET Core, which is ran on Linux! Please email us today at for more information!