Note: This article is out of date and describes our spot quoting functionality before we launched out of beta. We've since launched Spot Quoting with Freightview publicly to all of our customers, check out the full announcement.
Sending spot quotes
You send a spot quote by quoting a shipment, just like normal:
When you quote a shipment over 5 pallets or over 5000 pounds, we'll show you a hint, because we think you might want to get spot quotes:
Note: the "Get spot quotes" option is always available, for any shipment no matter the pallet count or weight, we just don't call it out.
When you select "Get spot quotes", we'll take you to a page to allow you to select valid equipment types for the shipments:
After you selected your equipment types, we allow you to select which carriers to send the spot quote to, you can also add and edit the email address to which these spot quotes will be delivered on this page:
Clicking on "Send quote requests" will send the spot quotes to each carrier you have selected. The above is available to every user who is using Freightview today. The next part is where the beta begins.
After you send the spot quote, you'll land on page that allows you to see all of the spot quotes you've ran:
Pulling responses back into Freightview
When we send the spot quote request to the carrier, we now give the carrier a simple website to enter quote information for each of the spot quotes that are sent out. This allows us to capture the quote information and display it inside Freightview.
Clicking on "Quote this shipment" takes the carrier to a simple website to enter quote information:
When a carrier uses this web site to submit a quote, we will send you an email with the information and it will show up inside of Freightview in the spot quote section:
When you click on one of these cards (the most recent is first), we will show you the conversation with each carrier you've requested a spot quote from as well as any quotes they've entered:
Tendering a shipment
Once you have some quotes back, you are able to select your quote, and award that shipment to the carrier:
This will immediately take you to the booking page to start booking the shipment:
We also send the carrier a message letting them know that you want that truck and to expect a BOL soon:
If you don't want to book that shipment right now, you can get back to the booking page for that shipment via the spot quote section by clicking on "Book now" on the spot quote card:
Once you have filled out the rest of the information about the shipment on the booking page, and book the shipment, the shipment will then look just like any other shipment that is booked with Freightview:
With a BOL, that includes the quote number so you can make sure you get that same rate from the spot quote:
Once you have booked the shipment and generated a bill of lading, we'll send that information over to the same email address that you used to spot quote the shipment to get it tendered and ask them to confirm the pickup:
They will be able to open Freightview, add a pickup number to the shipment and confirm they will make the pickup:
Once it is confirmed, we'll show a link to the bill of lading: