Manifest Interface Imports Freight Data from Carrier
Many Qantel customers use third-party software applications such as UPS
WorldShip and FedEx Ship Manager to support their shipping processes.
We’re excited to announce that PowerShift 3.03 offers a manifest
interface that takes information from freight carriers – tracking
numbers, freight dollars per package shipped, weights of packages
shipped, package sizes, etc. – and updates it into PowerShift data
PowerShift’s manifest interface saves time, saves
money and enables you to provide better shipment information to your
No more data entry of tracking numbers and freight
Because the information comes directly from the
carrier’s export file, keying errors are eliminated.
The invoicing of freight charges can be automated; that
means more accuracy.
Tracking of freight can be handled directly from
PowerShift applications with a click of a button.
Fewer calls from customers to request information on
shipments since you provide shipment information on the
emailed invoice -- just ask your customer service
personnel how many calls they get about shipments
PowerShift provides a mapping tool to migrate the
third-party data into a common format to update PowerShift data
elements. The export file is
typically in a comma-delimited format, so you just map each delimited
field to its PowerShift counterpart.
Then, set up the export as part of the end of day procedure for
the third-party application.
The export file is imported to PowerShift after shipments have been
confirmed, but before customer invoices have been generated.
Data is updated to the shipment on a
package-by-package basis with the sum of the freight being invoiced when
appropriate. Freight costs
are assigned to invoices based on the freight payment terms and the ship
via freight calculation rules.
Carrier discounts are supported; just export both the list price
to bill the customer and the actual cost you will be charged.
You can add a flat amount per package or up-charge actual costs
before adding the freight amount to the invoice.
Freight tracking numbers are added to shipments
during the update. The SCAC
Codes Maintenance (TSCAC) program allows you to associate a URL with a
carrier. A click of
the “Track” button in PowerShift programs whisks you to the carrier’s
web page so you can see up-to-date shipment information directly from
the carrier. Include the
same URL information when you email the packing list or invoice.
When the customer gets the email, they can simply click on the
link to see the status of their shipment.
No more “Has it shipped yet?” and “What’s the tracking number?”
PowerShift is all-inclusive; you get the manifest interface – and lots of
other exciting features and enhancements. No additional modules or software is required.
Contact the Qantel Helpdesk or
call us at 630.300.6997 with your questions or to schedule a
webinar about the manifest
interface or other PowerShift feature.