How to manage separate shipments painlessly
How to manage separate shipments painlessly
As a seasoned importer/exporter, it’s not uncommon to be faced with separate ocean freight shipments made with different carriers at any given time. That’s great, as it allows you to take advantage of the best routes and prices of the varying shipping lines.
But here’s something to chew on: What happens when you’re trying to locate your shipment?
What if there’s an emergency? What if you need to urgently pinpoint the status of your cargo in order to get a larger picture of your supply chain? That usually involves first locating every single shipment’s reservation number. Then you’d have to log into the tracking sites of various shipping lines and manually input them.
What if we told you that there’s a way to eliminate all the tediousness of managing and tracking separate shipments? What if we told you that you can receive updated notifications of every shipment as it passes through every step of the shipping process? Removing such pains in the shipping process is exactly what iContainers aims to do. With the launch of our Track & Trace feature and automated notifications system this year, we’ve boosted supply chain automation.
Without further ado, here’s a breakdown of what you can do with our revolutionary platform.
Manage separate shipments: All-in-one view
As an iContainers client, you can view the details of all your bookings on one single page. There’s no need to log into the different accounts you have with different shipping lines in order to check on your booking status. If you have multiple bookings, we make it easy for you manage them easily. As an iContainers customer, this is what your ‘My Bookings’ tab would look like.
Tip: You can view past bookings as well as current bookings!
Manage separate shipments: Upload your documents online
Despite having entered the digital age, physical paperwork still very much exists in the ocean freight industry. It’s an important and necessary process that can sometimes also be the source of migraines and headaches.
With iContainers platform, we’re going green. No more printing and mailing of documents. You can upload and manage all the paperwork online at the comfort of your computer desk and with the click of a mouse. We give you not only a breakdown of the list of documents you need to upload, but also reminders of what needs to be submitted, and options to hire additional services.
Tip: Don’t know where to obtain the necessary documents? Fret not! We’ll provide you with downloadable templates!
Manage separate shipments: Track & Trace
After all the paperwork has been submitted and your shipment’s on its way, you can relax – but just a little. Shipping hiccups can still happen along the way. We understand that in the logistics industry, knowing where your shipment is and its status is of utmost importance. Enter: iContainers’ Track & Trace feature.
Measured by events and milestones, you can follow the status of all your shipments in one single glance. With this, you can drop the phone calls and manual input of reservation numbers on various pages. All you have to do is enter your iContainers account and you will have access to all your shipping information and tracking services in one spot.
The beauty of this feature lies in the immediate pin pointing of your shipment status. Has the trucking company picked it up? Did it clear customs? Are there delays? Everything you need to know about your shipment status is condensed into one page. With this, you can anticipate the unanticipated and respond faster to changes.
Tip: Based on our comprehensive timeline, you can adjust your supply chain accordingly in the event of unanticipated delays!
Manage separate shipments: Automated instant notifications system
But that’s not enough. What if you can get updated without having to do any work? That’s where iContainers’ technology comes in. Our recently-launched automated instant notifications system has already improved the working life of many importers and exporters.
The feature allows you to automatically track your shipment status in real-time and proactively. How, you ask? As an iContainers client, you will receive emails containing detailed and precise information about your shipment. This is provided throughout the entire ocean freight process. You are notified the second your shipment reaches a milestone.
“Such information is vital to importers and exporters. Previously, they would have to call the shipping carrier or their freight forwarder, or enter their online tracking code to obtain their shipment status. This is exactly what we’re eliminating. Our new automated notifications system gives importers and exporters a peace of mind by informing them what they need to know at the right time.”
– Iván Tintoré, co-founder and president of iContainers
— iContainersUS (@icontainers_usa) July 12, 2017