Category: Cargobase

Shippers often rely on performance data from their logistics providers. This is the case for performance data for both parties. Yes, this still happens: logistics providers provide their own performance data. That is a bit like a student marking their own exam. This sad reality is often the result of just not having any reliable…

For most companies, dealing with spot-buy freight means a lot of manual work, emails, spreadsheet and paperwork. A jungle of information scattered all over the place, creating the perfect storm for costly errors and unnecessary spending There are many ways to reduce the cumbersome effort and improve this process, not only during the quoting phase…

For most shippers, spot-buy freight falls outside procurement or booking flows and as a result, a lot of valuable data is not captured and never analyzed. A standardized process makes it easy to add specific data-points for analysis further downstream. These data points can be added anytime during the shipment lifecycle. Some information during the…

The volume of spot-buy freight is often underestimated. We have seen customer overshoot their estimates by 400% after they started actually tracking it. Most expect spot-buy freight to be low in volume compared to the fixed-rate shipments. Therefore it is often forgotten or overlooked, especially as most companies do not capture it in their standard…

There is no practical industry standard for logistics quotations and therefore everyone comes up with their own format. This makes it cumbersome and expensive to compare quotations equally; apples-to-apples. Not only that, most shippers have to calculate the total potential cost themselves, assuming they would know how and what applies to the shipment and what…

You can always ask your logistics providers to price the solution that you’re asking, but better yet, provide them with the outline of your needs and have them suggest their best available options. At the same time, we always recommend being transparent about whether a spot-quote exercises might involve multiple quoting providers. This not only…

Shippers often complain that it takes too long for them to receive quotations from their preferred logistics providers. We have some tips and tricks that will help you get quotes faster.  Have a Standard Quoting Format.  Start off by putting a standard form together that includes all the basic requirements for a logistics provider to…

Without having the right group of suppliers you will not be able to get the best results from your spot-buy exercise.  Ask yourself these basic questions: 1. Who are my spot-buy freight partners? 2. How many spot-buy freight partners do we need? 3. What are the capabilities of my spot-buy freight partners? Who are my…

Spot-buy freight is freight that shippers move using ad-hoc or spot-buy rates. These rates are agreed “on the spot” between a shipper and a logistics provider mostly for a single shipping request and outside any rate agreement they might already have in place. Spot-Buy Rates Spot-buy rates are typically quoted within a specific period of…

Similar to most industries, the freight industry is heavily impacted by economics, climate and most of all – technology. Most people don’t realize this ancient industry has been ‘disrupted’ like so many others over the past few decades. Specifically, it’s been the growth and availability of spot-buy freight or spot freight. It’s now easier than…

Establishing a control tower for your supply-chain needs can help companies avert “panic mode” over coronavirus pandemic.  Spot-buy freight platform Cargobase shares learnings and tips on how to set up a defense system to navigate the turbulent times ahead.  Call us dull, call us humdrum, whatever. As logisticians, we love predictability, scratch that, we thrive…

A chat with Alex van Kampen, Head of Product at Cargobase, discussing product related topics on the Cargobase platform. How can I manage provider performance? Often times the first metric that companies ask for is to see which of their providers is the cheapest. While we know that price is relevant and certain providers can…

A chat with Cargobase CEO Wiebe Helder about the Cargobase logistics platform. Cargobase is the independent online platform for on-demand freight. What are the common challenges companies face with on-demand freight? The top three challenges are lack of efficiency, transparency and control. These three challenges are somehow linked to each other. Most companies manage quoting,…

A chat with Alex van Kampen, Head of Product at Cargobase, discussing product related topics on the Cargobase platform. How do we get a new version of your software and what do we have to do? The Cargobase platform is a cloud-based software. Which allows us to make any feature or update available to you…

A chat with Cargobase CEO Wiebe Helder about the Cargobase logistics platform. Cargobase is the independent online platform for on-demand freight. How does quoting work? This is the biggest help for providers, which is on how we distribute the quote requests. Logistics providers have a complicated organisation structure, which is something shippers shouldn’t have to…

A chat with Alex van Kampen, Head of Product at Cargobase, discussing product related topics on the Cargobase platform. How are users notified of updates or quotes? The Cargobase platform sends out notifications to the customers either via e-mail or mobile push notifications and in some cases even via text messages. Of course we only…

A chat with Cargobase CEO Wiebe Helder about the Cargobase logistics platform. Cargobase is the independent online platform for on-demand freight. What is unique about Cargobase compared to other solutions in the market? Apart from some of our core features. Our platform has been built to be flexible, robust, yet easy-to-use and affordable. We have…

Planning for a Post-Coronavirus Logistics World. Flight or Freight, just don’t hibernate. “When this Coronavirus thing is over, I’m gonna get my nails done.” said my wife today. I looked up from my computer, bemused, pondered at her statement, and nodded. It’s Day 26 of us working from home; I know better than to chime in…

A chat with Alex van Kampen, Head of Product at Cargobase, discussing product related topics on the Cargobase platform. What does user management look like for Cargobase? There are multiple ways we can manage users and their accounts in Cargobase. The easiest set-up is to just add individual accounts and have people generate a personal…

A chat with Cargobase CEO Wiebe Helder about the Cargobase logistics platform. Cargobase is the independent online platform for on-demand freight. When building Cargobase what were the biggest learning points? First one is that you should built a product that your customer wants, not that you want. Makes sense, but if you don’t validate you…

A chat with Alex van Kampen, Head of Product at Cargobase, discussing product related topics on the Cargobase platform. How can I ensure Cargobase works with my existing software? The Cargobase platform is a cloud-based software – this allows the platform to work as a standalone solution for your employees. However, if you require specific…

A chat with Cargobase CEO Wiebe Helder about the Cargobase logistics platform. Cargobase is the independent online platform for on-demand freight. Cargobase is provider friendly? Although shippers are the driver behind using Cargobase their logistics service providers still have to comply. And we believe they also need to somehow benefit from using Cargobase. We partner…

A chat with Alex van Kampen, Head of Product at Cargobase, discussing product related topics on the Cargobase platform. How do providers add quotes to the platform? There are many ways in which a logistics provider can upload their quote into the Cargobase platform. The most basic way is by logging in, and manually adding…

A chat with Cargobase CEO Wiebe Helder about the Cargobase logistics platform. Cargobase is the independent online platform for on-demand freight.  How does Cargobase help to get quotations faster than sending an email, what most companies do now? First of all for a request where a shipper has already a rate on file for, if…

A chat with Alex van Kampen, Head of Product at Cargobase, discussing product related topics on the Cargobase platform. What if I have an international shipment, how can teams communicate internally and with their providers? The Cargobase platform is a cloud-based solution, available worldwide. The only prerequisite is that you have an active internet connection….

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