GFS - Shipping Solution

GFS - Shipping Solution

Produce labels and track parcels for multiple carriers via the GFS Integration.

Passionate about delivery, GFS offers a carrier service that can help merchants scale their business to the next level.

As the pioneer of Enterprise Carrier Management (ECM), GFS has been behind the success of some of the fastest growing brands for over 16 years, providing unique and affordable shipping solutions that optimise delivery from checkout to doorstep. Managing over 30 million parcels a year, their history and presence make them the trusted partner of hundreds of online retailers, and their continual innovation ensures they anticipate the needs of their customers and stay at the forefront of the industry.

GFS’ advanced ECM system offers eCommerce and B2B shippers a unique combination of shipping, technology and logistics to deliver complete end-to-end delivery management at competitive prices. As a top consolidator of carrier services, their long-standing partnerships with leading UK and international carriers enable them to offer a wide range of delivery options, including next day, timed delivery slots and Click & Collect.

Their smart shipping technology optimises despatch to remove complexity and enable manageable tracking and analytics, while their nationwide depots and vehicle fleet are on hand every step of the way. All of this is underpinned by their dedicated support teams including their pro-active parcel trackers, who continuously monitor shipments to alleviate parcel problems before they affect the end consumer.

GFS work with Merchants who currently send out around 50 parcels daily. Merchants usually reach out to GFS when they are looking to work with multiple carriers, speed up shipping label production and reduce data entry errors. GFS can help get you access to a wider range of carriers, sometimes at a preferential rate due to their partnerships. Examples of their partners include DPD, Royal Mail, DHL and Hermes. A fuller list can be seen here

This integration gives you the ability to produce shipping labels with minimal manual data entry. Labels can be produced from one or multiple workstations depending on your required set-up. You will be able to produce the correct carrier label for the required service, amend a label, produce a manifest and transmit shipping data to the carriers at the end of the day. This integration can work with over 70 carriers and offers a choice of over 1000 services, removing the need to have multiple integrations and therefore saving time and money.

In addition to the label service, GFS also offers the ability to track and trace your parcels through a securely encrypted website. This functionality allows you to track all parcels, regardless of the carrier, meaning you don't need to use multiple portals to understand where your different parcels are.

Next steps

GFS is passionate about working with their merchants, so they will take an interest in your current processes, any pains you are experiencing and any growth plans you have that you may not have been able to act upon yet. Due to this approach, we advise that you speak to the team at GFS first to have an initial discussion to allow them to advise what functionality you require. We have a very strong partnership with GFS, so if you are looking to discuss their functionality, please ask your Strategist to introduce you directly and you will be contacted by an expert at GFS who fully understands the Visualsoft integrations. After GFS have fully understood your needs, they will advise whether you require; VS Ship -Or- VS Connect Please let us know which one you require. VS Ship is a Visualsoft integration, VS Connect makes use of an API and as such the VS3 Web Service feature is required.

Please note that you need a relevant account with GFS to enable functionality, and are responsible for all associated/ongoing fees.