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How to write a Logistics Routing Guide

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

A Routing Guide document is an important part of any company’s logistics strategy. At a high level, any business shipping products will develop a Routing Guide to improve and add efficiencies to the process of shipping goods to and from any of their locations. The guidelines contained in the document are intended to govern how all shipments are routing in which the shipment is being sent to that company’s facility and or the cost of the shipment will be paid that company.

For the shipper’s vendors and suppliers, compliance with the guidelines is expected. Many companies enforce a policy that states any non-compliance may result in charge-backs and / or reimbursement for the related expenses. It is generally also the responsibility of the supplier to ensure that any contract manufacturers or third party logistics order fulfillment providers are also notified and aware of these instructions.

The Routing Guide will also spell out many specific instructions for shipment preparation and paperwork, such as Bill of Lading format and content on the paperwork. Requirements for obtaining and Advanced Shipping Notification (ASN) Number are common as well. This can also include billing information to insure freight invoices are billed correctly and invoice are sent to the right location to facilitate the invoice audit and payment process.

Pallet and package preparation guidelines are also important information to keep well disseminated and up to date across the supplier base. Dimensions of pallets, and how goods are packaged are often critical to the movement of goods through a supply chain.

Carrier and shipment mode selection instructions are the final key component to a Routing Guide. Social Media Logistics and clear directions for choosing the right trucking companies to use, as well as the mode (truckload, less than truckload, air freight, ocean, rail, etc) are vital to controlling cost and ensuring on time delivery.


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