Parcel Program Engineering

Combining insider expertise and proprietary technology to deliver real results

Aligned to meet defined business objectives, we work with you to engineer a custom, high-volume parcel program with recommendations on modes, carriers, and services, ending in contract optimization so that you can negotiate the most competitive carrier rates for your program.

Our approach is to take a 360-degree view to fully understand the current and future business requirements for your company and how your parcel shipping program will play a part.

Phase 1: Business Needs Assessment

Understanding what drives your business is the key to designing a competitive parcel program.
You'll need to address growth, new markets, speed of delivery, cost, new product expansion, free shipping, customer service...

Phase 2: Parcel Program Analysis

A thorough analysis of your current parcel shipping program will highlight where efficiency can be gained and maintained.
We analyze your shipping characteristics, product attributes, inventory and SKU placement, carriers, services, markets, routing, distribution centers, technology, and more.

Phase 3: Contract Optimization

Once your new parcel program is engineered to meet your business needs, your parcel contracts can be optimized.
The BirdDog team consists of industrial engineers, former corporate pricing executives and product managers from the major carriers. No one is better informed to negotiate the best pricing and terms with your carriers.

The BirdDog shipping invoice audit service ensures that your carriers are in compliance with your agreements. You will also have access to your shipping detail through our online client portal, BirdDog OnDemand®.
Free Parcel Shipping Savings Analysis

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Sample Engineering Services

  • Carrier selection: UPS®, FedEx®, USPS®, DHL®, Purolator®, regional carriers, etc.
  • Competitive agreement optimization
  • Subsidized shipping modelling
  • Regional carrier analysis (OnTrac®, LaserShip®, etc.)
  • Mode optimization
  • Postal induction consideration (SmartPost, SurePost, etc.)
  • Same-day delivery options
  • Zone skipping review
  • Split shipment assessment
  • Inbound/3rd party vendor analysis
  • Custom carrier program engineering
  • Comprehensive routing analysis
  • Pool distribution vs. CWT considerations
  • LTL/CWT evaluation
  • DC alignment and site selection analysis
  • Inventory fulfillment review
  • International expansion strategy development
  • Mergers & acquisition analysis
  • Order cadence/fulfillment modelling

    Contract Optimization Step-by-Step

    Bid Creation and Management: The BirdDog team of former carrier pricing engineers creates the bid documents and assists you throughout the entire RFP process.
    Scenario Modeling: We analyze the carrier proposal data with BirdDog proprietary tools to present your options
    Contract Negotiation: Each bid response is reviewed, round by round, to assist with the negotiation process.
    Carrier Selection and Implementation: We provide recommendations to help YOU make the final carrier selections among: UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL, Purolator, OnTrac, LaserShip and others. We then oversee the implementation of your new contracts to ensure a smooth transition.
    Ongoing Monitoring: The BirdDog audit service ensures that your carriers are in compliance with your agreements. You will also have access to your shipping detail through our online customer advanced shipping analytics portal, BirdDog OnDemand.