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...
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.
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.
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
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.