Some carriers can operate more efficiently than others along the same lanes, so evaluating your options can help achieve transportation cost savings, writes Gerry Fay of Avnet. After prequalifying carriers, the request-for-quotation process is a good chance to examine carriers' strengths, he writes. "Once contracts are in place, quarterly business reviews will enable you to stay abreast of any changes that might impact a carrier's costs -- and therefore your costs -- both on the upside and downside," he writes.

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