Simplify operations to improve time-to-quote and win more business
Since PJN’s founding in 2014, Peter has weathered the challenges and frustrations of a pre-digital bookings landscape. Back then, airlines insisted that forwarders use their websites for direct bookings, resulting in a laborious and time-consuming process of searching and comparing routes and rates for Peter and his compact team of four.
The difficulties amplified during the Covid-19 era, described by Peter as a "whole new world." The pandemic brought about constant changes in rates, routes, and information, escalating the volume of information required from clients. The email exchanges between PJN, airlines, and clients surged, reaching as many as "200 emails per day."
PJN, one of cargo.one’s first customers in Sweden, has been booking their airfreight on the platform since 2020. Peter was immediately drawn to the platform's “clean interface, ease of use, and self-explanatory nature", which remain standout features for him today. According to Peter, the user-friendly interface simplified their process of comparing rates and preparing customer quotes.
This process improvement, however, is only beneficial as long as the rates procured are accurate. According to Peter, “It’s super important that the quality of the offers is high, so you can trust that you will be able to book what you quoted and that your shipment will fly according to the booking confirmation.” Offer quality has always been at the core of cargo.one’s platform and Peter has found that he and his team can consistently rely upon it:
However, access to competitive and reliable rates is not always enough for freight forwarders to win business. “It’s a combination,” clarifies Peter, “of course, you must have pretty good rates, but speed is maybe the most important factor.”
And speed is the main superpower PJN gains from cargo.one: "From a single screen, I could now search and compare options, often seeing 5 choices or more. cargo.one saves us time–it makes it so much easier for us,” says Peter.
It’s not, however, the ability to compare multiple airlines in one place–after all, several other tools can also provide that value. For Peter, the proverbial devil is, rather, in the detail. He notes that "cargo.one is the only platform I know where you can bookmark rates. That's really good because usually, we don't have the booking in the first instance; we must send the quotation, and depending on the customer, maybe they will accept it one or two days later. With cargo.one, once they accept, we don’t have to search for the original rate again. We just retrieve it from cargo.one’s Bookmarks and place the booking within seconds.
”Another small feature that Peter loves is the ability to copy and paste flight details with just a click, which allows his team to save precious seconds every time they quote a customer. In the end, cargo.one’s user-centric interface and time-saving details combine to allow PJN to reduce its time-to-quote by up to 90%, a substantial improvement.
After having to initially rely upon a number of platforms, cargo.one’s growing airline portfolio – 12 new carriers added in 2023 alone for a total of over 50 airline partners – has finally allowed PJN to simplify and centralize its booking operations, cutting excess tools.
The remaining 20%, unfortunately, still has to be dealt with offline. “Sometimes we must work in the old way,” says Peter, “Especially when shipping to China, some airlines haven’t become digital yet, so you must get rates via email. Or for some special cargo. But, like I said, 80% can be done via cargo.one and that’s a big improvement for us.”
When compared to other platforms, Peter is delighted with cargo.one’s usability and appreciates the lack of need for training, which can set forwarders back time and time again as they bring in new employees to their team. “Other platforms are not as clean or easy to use; cargo.one really is quite self-explanatory, and you don’t need any training. That’s very important.”
Having worked with other tools in the past, Peter acknowledges the strengths of each, but he finds the cargo.one platform to be the best fit for small and medium-sized businesses.
A further differentiating factor for Peter is the personalized support he receives from the team at cargo.one. With cargo.one PJN has got a partner, says Peter, and this is best exemplified by the relationship he has built with his dedicated account manager Jakob Mård, whom he’s been working with from day one in 2020.
With cargo.one as its digital booking partner, PJN Logistics has everything it needs to unlock maximum value from its digital booking, well into the future.
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