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Why shippers should invite new carriers to their RFPs

May 17, 2023

Finding the best carrier for each lane can often be a tricky task. With an ever-changing world of shipping regulations, customer needs, and competitive market rates - it is important that shippers think carefully about who they invite to participate in their RFPs for contract freight. Inviting only a select few carriers could result in higher overall shipping costs, whereas expanding beyond established providers could offer significant savings – plus deeper insights into exactly what customers need from your business. 

Invite more carriers to your bid for contract freight

When it comes to shipping goods, it's important to have a reliable carrier to ensure timely and secure delivery. Don't be afraid to shop around and consult with different carriers to find the best fit for your company's needs. Utilizing online resources such as freight marketplaces and freight procurement platforms can also be incredibly helpful in finding the right carrier. One such resource is the Emerge Premier Carrier program, which allows shippers to invite carriers with large fleets and exceptional scorecards to their bids. By vetting your carriers with programs like these, you can rest easy knowing your goods are in good hands.

Evaluate carrier proposals carefully 

Evaluating carrier proposals can be a daunting task for companies looking to choose the right network partner. With so many contracts and costs to consider, it's important to take the time to review each proposal thoroughly. It's not just about finding the cheapest option, but also selecting a carrier that offers the best value for your money. One tool you can use to assess carriers is carrier scorecards, which provide detailed performance metrics. Consider the different terms, such as service levels and data allowances, and how they align with your business needs. It's also important to note any hidden fees or surcharges that may impact your bottom line. By carefully evaluating each carrier proposal, you can make an informed decision that will benefit your company in the long run.

Inviting more carriers into the RFP process can be extremely beneficial to almost any shipper. Prices can be lowered, access to more market rates opens up, and eventually, the perfect carrier for every lane can be identified. To invite more carriers, don't be afraid to shop around and use useful online resources such as a freight procurement platform. When evaluating different carrier proposals and contracts, review their terms carefully and consider the various cost structures of each option. Additionally, selecting the best carrier means looking into safety ratings and customer service reviews in addition to timely delivery deadlines. Lastly, pricing strategies taken from other companies offer insight into potential savings that are worth considering before making a final decision. Ultimately, inviting more carriers gives shippers a lot of freedom, so don’t miss out on potential savings and opening up your network to new opportunities.

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