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, carriers selected and implemented.
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 modeling
Contract Optimization Step-by-Step
RFP Creation and Management: Based upon the program design, our engineers create bid documents and manage the RFP process. Carrier Response Analysis: We analyze the carrier proposal data with BirdDog proprietary tools to present your options Agreement Negotiation: Each round of bid responses is carefully reviewed to develop and manage your negotiation strategy. Carrier Selection and Implementation: Our recommendations help YOU make the best service and 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 carrier compliance wand provides valuable insight into operational improvements. Plus, BirdDog OnDemand-—our online advanced shipping analytics portal—will provide proactive alerts and measure KPIs.