Careful! 4 focus areas of a Chemical Logistics RFQ

October 3, 2017 Ken Klaver

If you are a chemical company seeking third-party logistics support, you’ll want to do a careful evaluation. Typically, running a freight tender is the most preferred road to gain market transparency. In this article, we share the most important focus areas before launching your chemical freight tender.

What is a Chemical Logistics RFP/RFQ?

It’s your direct pipeline to solutions for your Chemical Logistics challenges. It’s your opportunity to have logistics experts look at your specific challenges and needs, and give you no-obligation advice, solutions, and information specific to your request.

Choosing the perfect chemical partner or certified carrier can be an indomitable challenge. Using these next 4 Chemical Logistics RFP focus areas will simplify the task of creating a database of likely partners, building your knowledge base, and preparing your Request for Proposal list.

 

 

1) Understand your internal requirements

now what you specifically will need before you even begin looking for a carrier or forwarder. Determine what mode of transport and what specific services you will need and what volume you plan to ship before contacting a forwarder. In addition, allow your incumbent provider and any potential providers in the RFP process to learn as much as they can about your business.

2) Limit transportation kilometers/miles 

With chemicals, the fewer the distance the better.  Firstly, hazardous chemical transportation is dangerous, and more miles means more risk.  Secondly, transporting chemicals is very expensive.  Therefore, finding a provider that is centrally located to efficiently reach your customer base will reduce your costs and risk.

3) Look for the right partner with the right equipment

Finding a tank container, for instance, no easy task. Despite the fact that, according to the International Tank Container Organisation, there are around 458,200 units in circulation, not every tank container is suitable for every cargo. There are also many different types, all designated with a unique T number, suitable for specific cargoes of chemicals, gases, oils and other liquid and solid bulk products.

4) beware of the “too-good-to-be-true” price

If a potential provider responds with a lowball pricing offer, be sure to consider your incumbent provider’s strengths and consider the value of their work. It is essential to consider what you know about your company’s current operations. Are you certain the account will require after-hours receiving and shipments? Expect to be charged accordingly, and trust that your provider will spell out its justification for pricing to the utmost degree in its RFP response. Typically the evaluation phase should be well utilized to unravel detailed facts about potential new supply partners.

Best practice Chemical Logistics RFQ

By making use of three 5 strategic focus areas, your company can gain the knowledge needed to find an expert provider in the chemical handling industry. To learn more about best practice freight procurement, please use the indicated link.

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Ken Klaver

Ken Klaver governs ControlPay’s social media strategy, while developing brand awareness, generating inbound traffic and encouraging product adoption. On a daily basis, Klaver manages all social channels of CP, writes blogs, creates infographics and maintains a daily news page regarding the most relevant logistics and supply chain topics.

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