Manufacturers and Distributors Now have LTL eCommerce Logistics Solutions
Top Third Party Logistics Company, Cerasis, and eCommerce Shipping Expert, WebShopApps, offer the Market’s First End-To-End LTL eCommerce Logistics solutions through Freight Shipping Extension
Third Party Logistics company and expert LTL (less-than-truckload) freight management expert, Cerasis Inc., and WebShopApps, a provider of powerful eCommerce Shipping Solutions announces the two companies will continue their partnership and answer merchant’s questions about LTL eCommerce Logistics and freight management at Magento’s Imagine E-Commerce 2014 Conference held May 12th through May 14th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Cerasis and WebShopApps first announced their LTL eCommerce logistics freight shipping solutions partnership at Magento Imagine 2013. Many merchants have realized increases in customer service and control over the LTL freight shipping processes through the use of the Cerasis and WebShopApps eCommerce freight shipping extension.
The Cerasis Freight Extension is available as a free download through WebShopApps’s website.
The Internet’s large-scale global penetration has spawned an increasingly large number of technology and web-savvy consumers, creating a huge opportunity for both industrial manufacturers and distributors and their end customers. Over the past decade, the application of eCommerce in manufacturing and industrial distribution, has evolved from a basic communication and transaction channel between buyer and seller, to an end-to-end collaboration medium between all stakeholders. This collaboration is driven by companies looking to increase sales by offering online product recommendations and promotions, as well as end-customers seeking the rich and personalized online experience that many retail Web sites offer.
For 2013, nearly three times as many manufacturers (62 percent) as compared to 2012, say their websites will have the most impact on securing more business (via eCommerce), according to ThomasNet’s 2013 Industry Market Barometer study.
For years, manufacturing and distribution merchants have used traditional logistics management flows to ship larger freight to customers in a traditional brick and mortar world. Now, with the consumer retail world creating online shopping expectations of ease for shoppers, manufacturers and distributors are tasked at setting up similar eCommerce offerings alongside traditional brick and mortar offerings. This poses a challenge for many merchants who now must address the daunting task of shipping oversized and palletized shipments, such as LTL, through eCommerce logistics. In response to this growing need by shippers who have larger freight, Cerasis and WebShopApps have partnered to provide to merchants an easier, faster, more affordable way to do it through the end-to-end LTL eCommerce logistics web-based shipping solution.
Currently, Cerasis offers WebShopApps’s customers, who deploy a Magento shopping cart, the ability to calculate the cost of shipping freight from multiple LTL freight carriers. WebShopApps developed the Cerasis Freight Shipping Extension in such a way so that merchants will have the full functionality of the Cerasis transportation management system, the Cerasis Rater, to anyone who downloads the Cerasis Freight Shipping Extension for the Magento platform.
Merchants who use the LTL eCommerce logistics freight shipping solution from Cerasis and WebShopApps have the following capabilities:
- Retrieve freight rates from over 25 Cerasis Select Carrier Partners.
- Option to offer eCommerce freight shipping only when an item marked as freight is in the cart, or if a pre-defined weight limit is exceeded; this extension is ideal if you sell a mix of freight and non-freight items.
- Use with the Dropship extension to specify standard shipping rates on items from one location and freight rates on items from another.
- Use with the Dimensional Shipping extension to send dimensions into the eCommerce freight shipping extension.
- Use with Shipping Override to only offer eCommerce freight shipping in specific countries / regions.
- Have full access to the freight transportation managed services of Cerasis to include viewing invoices online, run freight analysis reports and activity reports, turn-key freight claims management, and freight accounting services of freight payment and auditing.
“Cerasis made this partnership with WebShopApps last year because they not only develop custom extensions for shipping on the Magento platform but also because they intimately understand the transportation and LTL freight industries,” said Cerasis President and Co-Founder, Steve Ludvigson. “We look forward to strengthening our partnership and reaching out to merchants who ship palletized or larger freight and showing them our LTL eCommerce logistics solutiosn at Magento Imagine with WebShopApps.”
Founded in 1997, Cerasis is a top third party logistics company and truckload freight broker. Cerasis offers to shippers to manage transportation through ad proprietary, web-based transportation management system, the Cerasis Rater, developed from the ground up by our dedicated technology team, to ship LTL Freight, Truckload Freight, and small package freight. The Cerasis mission is to decrease freight logistics inefficiencies and to provide maximum hard and soft cost savings for customers.
WebShopApps is a Magento Platinum Industry Partner, Gold Sponsors of the Imagine eCommerce 2014 conference, and an innovative force in eCommerce shipping software development since 2008. With offices in the US and UK, the company’s 40+ custom shipping extensions are estimated to be in use on tens of thousands of Magento sites worldwide.