Lane Rates are a set of pricing lines which have the same from zone, to zone, service, account and carrier combination. These can be added into MachShip via an import and the collection of articles outlining how this can be completed can be found here
If you are looking to just add a small number of lane rates it can be quicker and easier to do this through the MachShip UI.
How to Navigate through to a Ratecard Version
1. Select Admin and Ratecards.
2. Use the filters and the search bar to find the ratecard you wish to alter.
The filters are:
- Company - This will filter the page to only show ratecards assigned to the company selected.
- Carrier - This will filter the page to only show ratecards assigned to the carrier selected.
- Carrier Account - This will filter the page to only show ratecards assigned to the carrier account selected.
- Search Bar - Can we used to search for a ratecard, by either the name or the abbreviation.
3. Once you have found the ratecard select the cog on the left and the option View Ratecard.
4. Once on the View Ratecard page scroll down to the bottom and select the Ratecard Version which you would want to add the rates against.
Note: If you would like to add rates against a new ratecard version then follow the instructions linked here.
Using the drop-down cog select View Ratecard Version.
How to Add Lane Rates
1. Click Create Lane Rate.
Every Lane Rate will require:
- Service - A service will be what a carrier uses to separate between prices and transit duration for a movement.
- From and To Zone - Transport pricing is broken down by the size of the object that is being sent as well as the distance that it needs to travel and in what time. Zones are utilized by carriers in order to separate the distance between movements. A zone will be a collection of suburbs within a similar geographical region.
If the price is a flat rate across all suburbs then please leave the From Zone and To Zone blank.
- Basic - The basic charge will be clearly indicated on a ratecard and will be the flat price which will apply no matter the size of the object being sent.
- Minimum - The minimum charge will be clearly indicated on a ratecard and will be the price that will be charged if the calculated figure for the basic and breaks is less than the minimum figure.
- Cubic Conversion - As transport company one of the major limits will be the amount of weight and the size of freight that can be sent. In order to be able to have a comparison between the size and weight of the freight transport companies will use a cubic conversion factor which will turn the volume of an object into a weight. Transport companies will then charge based on the larger of the two.
- Reciprocal - If the price is the same when the freight is going from the From Zone to the To Zone and also from the To Zone to the From Zone.
2. Once you have set all of the above fields select Save Lane Rate.
Once selected, the screen will refresh and you will then be able to set the pricing Breaks.
Transport companies will charge based on:
- Weight - measured in kilograms
- Time - measures in hours
- Distance - measures in kilometres
- Volume - measures in cubic metres
- Pieces - measures on the number of a certain object being sent an example would be the number of cartons or pallets.
- Pallet Spaces - This will rate based on the number of Pallet Spaces set when consigning
In order to provide discounts for sending larger amounts of freight transport companies will tend to collect sets of the above five measurements in breaks with set pricing. The breaks function will be how MachShip will be told to price the consignments in that fashion.
3. To add a break, find the applicable break and select the tab.
4. Select the Create <break Type> Break Set
5. This will prompt the Create Break Set modal.
6. To create the break set, edit the following.
- Item Type
If the price should be applied to a set item type (for example a pallet) then select from the Item Type dropdown. If the price should apply to all item types then select Default.
- Break From, Break To and a Price
Then set each of the breaks by applying a Break From, Break To and a Price then select the plus icon to add the price.
Note: Each Break From must be only 1 unit higher than the next Break To.
To create the break, select Save Break Set.
7. To finalize and create the rate select Save Lane Rate.
A green Lane Rate was updated successfully prompt will show in the top right corner of the screen if successful.