Placing Your First Bid

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Found a shipment you want to accommodate and place a bid on? Great! The first step in booking loads is placing bids. Here are a couple of steps we recommend taking while doing your research, before placing your bid:

  • View shipment details – The shipment details page contains information like route, time-frame, weight and dimensions. Review these details to make sure this is a shipment you can service.
  • Ask questions – If there is any other information you need so you can make an accurate bid, click “Ask a Question” on the shipment details page to reach out and engage with the customer – remember not to include any contact information.

Once you have reviewed the shipment details and cleared up any questions with the shipping customer, you can place your bid by following these steps:

  • Select the Place Bid Button or Scroll down to the Bid Form - This is typically below the fold on the listing page. You will also notice the Place Bid button at the top of the listing page which will take you directly to the bid form.

  • Enter the amount you would like to earn –  Enter this amount in the “Starting” field on the bid form. Your fees will automatically be calculated so you will then see your Starting Total Bid, which is the amount the customer will see. This is the bid price you should reference in all communication. To enter a total bid amount with fees already included, uncheck the “Add uShip fee” box on the bid form.
  • Enter the Lowest Total Bid – This is an optional step. When you place a Lowest Bid, you will automatically underbid other transporters until this price is reached. This will also lower your price if a customer declines a bid and it's a great way to bid competitively. This is especially useful when you are on the road.  

  • Input the Bid Details - This portion of the bid form will have you provide information such as the service type, time-frame and payment terms etc. 

Once you have submitted your bid the shipping customer will be notified and can get back to you with questions and accept or decline your bid. Should the customer accept your bid, you will be notified and receive direct contact information for the customer as well as pick-up and delivery contact information and addresses. Good luck!

If you have additional questions, please feel free to continue perusing our Help Center or contact our Member Support team by clicking here.

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