GFS Offers Fee-Free Fix to Parcel Shippers Carrier Contingency Concerns
Research by the UK’s leading parcel and carrier manager, Global Freight Solutions (GFS), found some companies who managed deliveries themselves because of concerns that costs would run into millions of pounds
Concerns over the costs involved in parcel carrier contingency are badly affecting the ability of British businesses to maintain effective distribution.
Research by the UK’s leading parcel and carrier manager, Global Freight Solutions (GFS), found some companies who managed deliveries themselves because of concerns about the size of fees for things such as label production software and IT support ran up millions of pounds in extra costs.
As a result, GFS Managing Director, Neil Cotty, has announced that his firm is to make its multi-carrier delivery management software available without charge. Free registration means subscribers can download software allowing them to ship via a PC and through a secure website ‘track, trace and manage’ their deliveries.
GFS Managing Director, Neil Cotty, believes the move will have a significant beneficial impact for companies both large and small.
“We were surprised at the number of companies preferring to take risks with the cost and contingency of their distribution because they didn’t want to be stung by what they felt were extra charges on top of their distribution spend.
"What we’ve decided to do might surprise some because, in effect, we’re giving away some of the secrets of our success for free. However, we believe what we have to offer can make the sort of positive difference to the way large numbers of businesses handle parcel deliveries in a way that no other company in the sector can.
"Our software has been tried, tested and continually improved for the betterment of clients since we effectively established the parcel and carrier management industry a decade ago.
“We have not become the country’s leader in this sector just by being able to deliver lower carriage costs or resell a larger range of major carrier partners than anyone else or even having the sort of multi-carrier pro-active customer service operation which no other delivery company can boast but by being consistently able to live up to the standards which we have set ourselves.”
Mr Cotty’s announcement coincided with GFS becoming headline sponsor for this year’s ECMOD Direct Commerce Show, which opens at the Business Design Centre in the City of London on November 30th.
He said his firm’s research showed that companies managing different carriers in-house often incurred higher bills swapping between carriers to try and save money. Such increases were often both for making shipments and for installing and servicing software needed to manage deliveries themselves.
Mr Cotty said those signing-up with GFS would be entitled to download its proprietary software, GFS Selector, onto their PCs, enabling them to choose a range of ’best fit’ carriers for their individual requirements and generate specialist carriers’ own labels even if internet connections failed. Such label production would, he stressed, be far cheaper than any of GFS’s competitors.
The GFS software will be tiered, meaning that smaller customers shipping fewer than 50 parcels a day will face no on-going charges while larger clients will pay minimal transactional fees but have additional features, such as ’smart-routing’ and E-commerce shopping trolley integration.
Mr Cotty added that subscribers would even receive free support to set up the system, which has been used to process millions of parcels in the last year, whereas rival firms often charged thousands of pounds per installation.
"We are giving subscribers all the tools that they need to manage their shipments more easily than ever before without having to pay anything. We have had extensive discussions with a large number of companies in coming to figures which represent both value and reliable service.
“That is of paramount importance given the example of last Christmas, when businesses saw and felt the financial consequences of not having adequate contingencies in their parcel deliveries.”
GFS was founded in 2001 and employs individuals with more than a century of combined experience, often at senior levels in the parcel industry. It works with major carriers and handles parcel deliveries on behalf of leading brands in the retail, engineering, financial services and leisure industries.
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