Carrier pickup schedule
A carrier pickup schedule of a node determines the dates and times when carriers pick up shipments from the node.
Carriers can have schedules for different seasons, such as the holiday and summer seasons, and schedules can include overrides for days, such as holidays. Sterling Order Management System Software refers to the pickup schedules of the different carriers of the node when calculating shipment dates.
For example, if Ground service picks up at 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, an order placed at 12 p.m. Monday will ship at 3 p.m. Monday when using Ground Service. A second order placed at 3:30 p.m. Monday will not ship until 3 p.m. Wednesday. In the case of the second order, a different carrier may pick up the shipment if the carrier can make the delivery sooner than 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The minimum notification time of a node also affects when a carrier picks up a shipment. For example, if the node in the above example requires four hours notification before shipping an order and an order is placed at 12 p.m. Monday, the order will ship at 3 p.m. Wednesday using Ground service. Another order placed at 3:30 p.m. Monday will also ship at 3 p.m. Wednesday.