7 Ways Logistics E-Procurement will boost your Logistics Tenders

For many shippers, the freight tender season for ocean shipping rates has opened. Never before was the market so thrilling, unstable and unpredictable. High time for (international) shippers to equip themselves with the latest technology for a successful RFQ process. In this blog, we list the benefits for Logistics using E-Procurement solutions for logistics tendering 

Logistics Tendering is, besides being a rather foggy game, a very labour-intensive process for many logistics/procurement departments in the industry. Therefore, guidance and assistance in the form of software are nowadays very usual.

Furthermore, logistics tenders are for most companies a recurring process. Most shippers run multiple tenders per year, every year. So let’s take a look at some of the best practices currently available in the cloud.


7 Logistics E-Procurement functions shaking up the freight tender software industry


  • No training needed versus Instruction manual

Running your Freight Tender process via the cloud means that your tender becomes transparent and manageable. Not only for the shippers but for carriers as well. For both parties, no training is needed. Modern, cloud-based Logistics E-Procurement platforms work completely intuitively.

  • Easy to use versus Difficult to use

Keep in mind that modern tools have shifted all the complicated procedures to the background. You, as a Tender manager, are no longer spending your valuable time managing all the different streams of data, information and communication. It all happens inside the cloud, where you store your data, communicate directly with your suppliers and run benchmarks and scenarios in just a few clicks.

  • Friendly user interface versus Hard to understand the terminology

When we created the idea and design for Freightender, we set out to take away the pain and frustration in tendering as that is common ground for both shippers and carriers. In general, freight tenders are massive time absorbers. For suppliers and shippers. For air, sea, and road freight, even small-sized tenders are time-consuming. Next to that complex process, the tools available in the market are often too complex and not standardized. Take for instance the side of logistics service providers. They receive an enormous amount of tenders and they all come in different formats. Impossible to manage, not to mention to participate in all of them.

  • Superfast versus Slow

Fast Excel calculations, data uploads and reporting. No longer you have to build your own formulas. Instant analysis functions on the fingertips and always the data super-fast available. E-procurement means instant access and instant results.

  • Easy do-it-yourself analysis versus Expensive Consultants

Newer platforms in the market allow you to easily create and manage small or large tenders online. These tools give you the functionality to run small benchmarks. You don’t need Excel wizards anymore or expensive people that make the calculations for you.

  • Dynamic Business rules set-up versus Hope you are an IT wizard

Freight is unique and so is freight procurement. The quality of the tender, quotes and output highly depends on the quality of the data provided. And moreover, the business rules you apply in the cost-setup. The gathered data is the basis for the cost simulation, reporting, and analysis part, so remember that that overall success depends on quality data input. One cell with inaccurate data could cause overall results to not function. Or give the wrong picture. Freightender allows you to create market standard rate cards. During this process, you set specific business rules. This way you fully cover all the elements that you have to agree upon with your suppliers.

  • Plug and Play versus Wait for the next programming cycle

Freightender saves you a lot of time and money by doing all the labour-intensive work for you. Many carriers, shippers, and consultants already rely on Freightender to improve their tendertool.ahabr.tech processes.

About Freightender logistics sourcing


Freightender was launched in 2015 and already works with many large multinationals, consultancy organizations, and forwarders that benefit from the specific logistics e-procurement set up of our system. The web-based platform takes care of all calculations, analysis and reporting of tendertool.ahabr.tech data which saves a lot of time. Next to that, it runs the full tender process and gives visibility into each step of the process. If you would like to have more info, let us organize a free, online demo for you and your team which would be an hour very well invested.





Pieter Kinds

Pieter Kinds

CEO Freightender.com

Freightender is the standard in freight tendering. It makes the tender process lean, smarter and much faster. 
Fully cloud-based. Curious? Request a free live demo and join the Freight Tender Revolution!

Schedule Demo Freight Sourcing

Schedule Demo RFQ Management

New record prices for shipping containers Shanghai – Rotterdam

Prices for containers are going through the roof (and they were already so high)International container traffic is still disrupted. Containers are extremely expensive. The fact that a major Chinese port has reopened does little to change that.The cost of shipping a...

Demand for logistics procurement software is increasing dramatically in 2021

The logistics business has been in crisis for well over a year, with no signs of relief in sight as freight prices continue to increase and capacity constraints worsen. Logistics is a somewhat arcane and opaque profession to most people, but it has recently gained...

Freightender and Drewry partner to bring all-in-one ocean freight procurement

Global shipping consultancy, Drewry and Freightender are pleased to announce they have entered a value-add partnership, combining Drewry’s industry-leading ocean freight cost benchmarking and procurement support services with Freightender’s cloud-based,...

Freightender Podcast: Digitization in Logistics and Procurement

Pieter Kinds, founder and CEO of Freightender, in conversation with Martijn Graat, founder of LogisticsMatter, a leading online supply chain and logistics news platform from the Netherlands. Podcast: Digitization in Logistics and the Procurement of Freight The...

Ocean capacity crunch fuels the importance of modern logistics software

Ongoing extreme events that impact global trade and logistics keep on happening and require logistics teams to be more flexible and agile to handle chaos and the unforeseen. While strategic thinking is very much required, tactical action is key. The right partnerships...

What is managed freight procurement? What are the benefits?

What is freight or logistics procurement and is there a difference between the terms procurement, purchasing and buying? We explain why procurement is of added value to your organisation. And we take a closer look at the increasingly 'in demand' managed freight...

Freightender and Pagero partner to offer seamless end-to-end process for freight buyers

February 25th, 2021 The joint offering integrates both company apps to provide an “unprecedented array” of logistics functionalities for buyers in the transportation industry. Freightender and Pagero have entered a partnership to provide a seamless supply chain...

Freightender CEO Pieter Kinds in panel TPM21 by JOC

Freightender CEO Pieter Kinds will join the TPM21 panel on the 25th of February. He will be speaking about using a data-based approach to Freight Procurement and Allocation. Rate benchmarking and freight procurement data As many people in the logistics industry are...

Talking tenders, mini-bids and digitalisation with Freightender CEO Pieter Kinds

It’s been a rollercoaster year for just about everyone in the logistics industry, and Freightender CEO Pieter Kinds is certainly no exception. Since the start of the year, the Dutchman has re-branded his company, navigated the troublesome waters of the pandemic, and...

How shippers and forwarders can streamline the freight tender process

In the forwarder world, there are a lot of people you typically don’t deal with as a shipper yet they are handling and responding to your tender: tender managers, pricing managers and pricing analysts. Their job is often performed under high pressure from the outside...