Setting up Target Rate and Book Now Feature

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ShipperGuide now offers you a way to reduce the time it takes to book a shipment with your carriers by enabling an auto tender rule, Target Rate. Set a Target Rate for your carriers allowing them to see the rate you set allowing your carriers the option to “Book Now”, booking the spot quote at the set rate and tendering the shipment with one click!


The Target Rate must be present on your quote before you can enable the Book Now feature to your carrier network. We will outline how to set up a Target Rate from the New Quote workflow, how to enable the Book Now feature for your carriers and walk through the carrier experience using “Book Now”.


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Setting up Target Rate

1. Create a New Quote.

2. From the Quote Details page, click under Quote Target Rate and enter in your target rate. Click Save.


3. Once the Target Rate is saved, the Target Rate box will appear indicating that “Book Now” can be enabled for carriers.


Enable Book Now

1. Click on the Invite Carriers tab to select and invite your carriers to bid on the quote. 


7. Click on the “Invite to Bid” next to the carrier to invite the carriers individually. Or select multiple carriers and click .


A pop-up window will ask you to confirm if you wish to offer the carriers the Book Now option, click Book Now to send the invitation. 


Book Now Carrier Bid Experience

Upon receiving the Spot Bid invitation, the carrier will be shown the proposed target rate. The first carrier to accept the Book Now offer will be awarded and tendered the shipment.



If the carrier is not able to accept the Book Now rate, the carrier can select “Send another proposal” which will allow them to submit a spot bid. 



As soon as a carrier accepts the Book Now rate, the quote bid acceptance will be closed. Once the carrier selects Book Now.


What the carrier that selected Book Now will see:


What other carriers see if the Quote has been already been booked: 


In ShipperGuide, the shipment will automatically be sent to booked status and the shipment will simultaneously be tendered and accepted by the carrier.


Bulk Carrier Invite with Book Now Enabled

When using the Bulk Carrier Invite, before sending the bid requests, click the checkbox to send the Book Now options where applicable.


For additional instructions on how to perform Bulk Carrier Invites, please see our HelpCenter article here.

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