Earlier this week, our development team released the Post.Bid.Ship. January 2013 Update to www.postbidship.com and the new features are now available to you.
This update included several user requested features as well as some changes our engineering team identified for improving our users' experience. Below is a description of some of the more important changes we applied to our innovative web service for matching commercial shippers and freight brokers with carriers.
Below are the features we released:
- Added 'Save' Option to Request Quote
- Additional 'Decline Bid' Options
- Sunsetting 'My Bill To' for Post Standard, Post Plus and Combo Plus
- Updated 'My Bill To' to 'My Invoice Address' for Enterprise Plus
Added 'Save' Option to Request Quote
Our Enterprise Users have enjoyed the 'Save' feature which allows them to save a post and await more information. This new feature allows you to start posting your load, save it and come back later to complete the post in the future.
To give the 'Save' option a test drive, post a 'Request Quote' and at the bottom, select 'Save'. The post will appear in your 'My Posted Loads' as 'Saved'. Click the saved post in 'My Posted Loads' to start from where you last left it.
Located beside the 'Save' button, you will now see the 'Get Bids' button. This button will expand the 'Post' page allowing you to continue to post the load as you have in the past both inviting Post.Bid.Ship. registered brokers and carriers as well as inviting your existing brokers and carriers.
Additional 'Decline Bid' Options
After reviewing our 'Decline Bid' options that have been submitted using the 'Other' reason, we felt there should be 2 additional selections: 'Freight No Longer Available' and 'Prefer 'Bids With Equipment''.
Our goal in allowing our shippers to decline their bids is to communicate to bidders the reason why a bid was not selected. We have found that by doing this for all your received bids, our shippers receive better bids in the future.
As our users continue to use the 'Other' option for declining a bid, our engineers will continue to review those 'other' reasons and add the most popular reasons to the drop-down in the future.
Sunsetting 'My Bill To' for Post Standard, Post Plus and Combo Plus
Not only do we regularly add features to Post.Bid.Ship., from time to time we will remove features that confuse or do not add value to our users' experience.
'My Bill To' was a feature we introduced when we first built Post.Bid.Ship. Since then, we have migrated the actual tendering of a load to only our Enterprise Plus plan. With Enterprise Plus, users can generate a rate agreement where such billing informaton is necessary.
Now that Post Standard, Post Plus and Combo Plus users use the much shorter 'Request Quote' entry form when posting a load, 'My Bill To' has played a much less important role and has become unnecessary. Because of this, we have removed the 'My Bill To' for the 'Request Quote' feature.
As a result of removing this feature, users under the Post Standard, Post Plus and Combo Plus plans will no longer see 'My Bill To' on the 'My Account' page or the 'Post Load' page.
Updated 'My Bill To' to 'My Invoice Address' for Enterprise Plus
While we have removed 'My Bill To' for Post Standard, Post Plus and Combo Plus users, we have retained it for Enterprise Plus users. However, we have changed the name from 'My Bill To' to 'My Invoice Address'.
Our goal with renaming this feature is to simplify the purpose of the feature to better communicate its use. My Invoice Address is where you, as the shipper, want invoices mailed to you from your carriers and brokers that have submitted a bid and to whom you have awarded your post.
As before with 'My Bill To', 'My Invoice Address' will not be released to any user until you have officially awarded that user the posted load.
If you have any features you wish for me to share with our development team that you feel we should integrate into Post.Bid.Ship., please leave us a comment!