Transportation Management Software an Important Part of the Delivery Chain for Shipping, Docking Operations

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Distributors, suppliers and other businesses nationwide rely on Appointment-Plus for automating, streamlining and improving their dock-scheduling procedures. The online scheduling software provides such functionality as driver and supplier self-scheduling, automated e-mail and text message reminders, and robust reporting and record-keeping capabilities.

Appointment-Plus Online Scheduling Software

Inbound shipping is a key link in the delivery chain of our nation's economy

Inbound shipping and docking operations throughout the country depend on accurate scheduling and on-time deliveries to ensure their products reach their final destination when expected. Unfortunately, many operators rely on traditional, outdated dock-scheduling methods that often result in late deliveries, long lines and flared tempers. Thanks to online transportation management software from Appointment-Plus, shipping and dock operations are automating, streamlining and improving this important—but oftentimes tedious and time-consuming—task.

A leader in yard management systems since 2001, Appointment-Plus gives distributors, suppliers and other businesses the tools they need to better manage their scheduling procedures, including: online driver and supplier self-scheduling, which allows them to view available delivery hours and docks and finalize their own delivery time; automated e-mail and text message reminders sent to the drivers and suppliers prior to a scheduled delivery; and robust reporting and record-keeping capabilities.

“Inbound shipping is a key link in the delivery chain of our nation’s economy,” says Bob La Loggia, president and founder of StormSource Software, the developer of Appointment-Plus. “Our online scheduling applications provide an efficient, simple and affordable way to automate the entire dock-scheduling process.”

Providing inbound drivers and suppliers the ability to schedule their own delivery times online can result in tremendous monetary and time savings. Georgia-Pacific, one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of tissue, packaging, paper, pulp and building products, saves an average of 80 hours and $2,000 daily by utilizing Appointment-Plus at approximately 40 dock locations, while Crescent Crown Distributing in Phoenix has improved its overall operations and saves between $500 and $1,000 in overtime pay each week.

Scott Trotter, Crescent Crown warehouse manager, says incorporating Appointment-Plus into their operations was “the single best change we’ve made in many, many years.”

As a Web-based shipping system, Appointment-Plus doesn’t require costly hardware or program installations. Users simply access their scheduler securely and easily through any Internet connection, a tremendous benefit for dock managers and staff who manage their schedules and deliveries when away from the docking areas, such as in their office, on the road and from home.

Pricing starts at $39 per month (based on 500 appointments per month) with no long-term contracts, along with free set-up assistance with a dedicated coach.

“On-time deliveries and proper dock assignments are vital to businesses coast-to-coast,” La Loggia adds. “The functionality of Appointment-Plus makes it the perfect fit for these operations.”

To learn more about Appointment-Plus and how it can improve your dock-scheduling procedures, click here.

About Appointment-Plus: Appointment-Plus supplies almost 4,000 clients throughout the United States, Canada and 10 other countries the tools they need to efficiently and accurately schedule docks, book appointments and reservations, schedule rooms, accept registrations and many other services. The flagship product of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based StormSource Software, the online application has scheduled over 48 million appointments since its launch in 2001. Users of Appointment-Plus include shipping, freight and delivery services, Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, healthcare agencies and facilities, federal and local government, and small businesses such as tutors, instructors, medical offices, spas, health clubs and massage therapists.

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