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Short-term contracts with Amazon Relay now bridge the gap between spot work and long-term contracts with a self-service program that allows carriers of all sizes to secure their work for short periods at competitive prices. Carriers can select contracts through Amazon Relay for several weeks to months in the future. Each contract includes a full week of driver work for each contract week. As long as the carrier does not terminate the contract or refuse work, payment is guaranteed. This means that even if Amazon does not use the contracted capacity, the carrier will receive 100% of the contract value and not just a standard cancellation fee.
Previously, freight forwarders only had two options for finding work: using loading panels that provide last minute spot work which results in successful use of available drivers, or long term contracts that are usually better suited for larger freight forwarders with the ability to respond to the RFPs.
With Amazon Relay, carriers have access to a wide variety of tens of thousands of loads per week on the Relay Board. The short-term contracts from Amazon Relay offer carriers a new way of finding work: With Amazon Relay, carriers can access a constant range of short-term contracts with transparent and guaranteed prices in advance, thus guaranteeing sales security. These short-term contracts are available in a robust mix of driver configurations that span multiple operating regions.
“The short term contract program has been a huge benefit for my company. The system is extremely user-friendly. I use the favorites function, with which our team can select contracts that have already been marked as favorites. This has enabled our company to expand from 8 to 12 regions with new trucks and drivers, double our capacity and look forward to further growth. Also, the staff is very helpful when I have questions. “- Bob Caraballo, Omega Mile
Changing the contract game for carriers
With contract terms of just one week or up to five weeks, a carrier can ensure a predictable work schedule and guaranteed payouts for contracts as long as the carrier does not terminate the contract or refuse to work. Contracts offer a small fleet owner the peace of mind of job security for their drivers and the freedom to optimize the fluctuations in the industry.
“Short-term contracts are an excellent fit for our company. It gives our drivers firm job stability with a full working week, week after week. Additionally, short term contracts have made us a more attractive airline as we can now provide guaranteed work to drivers not only in the Houston area but in other areas like Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio, so we can easily expand our business a whole lot . From a financial point of view, through short-term contracts, we have been able to see in advance what our actual sales will be in the next few months, so that we can better plan our business. – James Burleson, Grace Freight LLC
For the drivers, the result is work that offers a predictable work week months in advance. This means that hauliers can better retain drivers and allow drivers to enjoy a more balanced lifestyle.
Book your work in advance with complete transparency
With one-click contract booking, Amazon Relay makes it easy to use Amazon.com to find work for thousands of small fleet owners. Via relay.amazon.com, freight forwarders can view the contract duration with start and end dates, number of drivers, blocks per week, block rate and total contract value for each contract listed and accept a contract with just one click.
New contracts are published every week and are awarded based on availability. The payment will be transferred directly to the bank account within 7 days of the end of the working week.
This program not only streamlines a freight forwarder’s business, but also minimizes risk. It gives the carriers a commitment to future work at competitive prices so the carriers can rest easy knowing they have enough business for the duration of the contract. For more information on Relay, including how to register as a carrier, please visit https://relay.amazon.com/
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