The ideal logistics tender management process combines a well structured approach whilst still capturing the ideas and innovation of 3rd party logistics providers. If the process is over structured there is a risk that you drive out any creativity to the point that many logistics contractors will decline to participate but if it is too loose it becomes impossible to compare competing submissions.
The Davies & Robson approach typically commences by summarising the opportunity to determine which contractors that have been identified as potential suppliers would be interested in submitting a bid. Logistics providers are asked to submit their qualifications.
From those interested in quoting, together with the company, we will determine which logistics contractors are the most qualified to submit a winning bid.
A comprehensive Invitation to Tender pack is prepared which contains the following:
Contractors are asked to submit their proposals in a required format but, in addition, may adopt an alternative approach if they so wish.
A period of time is set aside to submit questions and, if appropriate, visit the existing operation. Answers to questions unless confidential to a bid are circulated to all tenderers.
From the initial submissions, the objective is to reduce to a short list of two or three with whom more information can be shared and negotiations entered into. At this stage contractors are provided with a draft Agreement upon which they can make their final submission.
“While we recognised that it was a ‘big ask’, our key commercial objective was to ensure that we could implement the new solution within a short and limited timeframe. Davies & Robson’s logistics cons...View Case Study
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