Shipping is the final warehouse process and the start of the journey of goods from the warehouse to the customer. Shipping is considered successful only if the right order is sorted and loaded, is dispatched to the right customer, travels through the right transit mode, and is delivered safely and on time.
Loading can be of two types
- Pallet loading – faster loading process, as pallets are already staged in outbound staging area. Using pallet trucks, these pallets are loaded into vehicle.
- Loose loading – some trucks are loaded loosely with cartons. Takes longer time, as pallets are taken inside vehicle, then cartons are stacked one by one.
Once loading is completed, invoice and other shipping documents are handed over to vehicle carrier. Following are minimum documents to be handed over to vehicle carrier.
- Packing slip
- Loading slip
- E way bill
The successful art of dispatch lies in the operation’s ability to have goods ready for departure, just in time for carriers to load vehicles. Goods that are ready too early will clutter staging areas, while dispatches that are late, will delay loading and potentially cause late deliveries.