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Transportation Sourcing Optimization and Automation

More easily navigate through logistics procurement complexity.

Customers use Keelvar across all modes of transportation shipping to optimize their carrier decisions, given many factors to consider.

Our intelligent automation Bots help buyers efficiently react to ongoing changes to rates, carrier availability, and real-time logistics needs.

The sourcing of transportation services is known for its complexity. Across all modes of transportation – ocean, air, ground – buyers must navigate many business requirements and variables. That is true for large-scale annual bidding as well as for more frequent spot-bidding events that react to market changes and disruptions. Keelvar’s sourcing optimization and intelligent automation products are proven to help our customers meet those transportation procurement challenges.

Details by Logistics Category:

Shippers and 3PLs Use Keelvar for These Transportation Sourcing Categories:

Ground: Trucking and Rail
Ocean Freight
Air Freight
Truck Rentals
Warehousing and Fulfillment

Automation Makes It Faster

Keelvar helps your transportation buyers be more efficient, agile, and strategic with intelligent automation that delivers:

Faster execution of spot bids

Event triggering based on market conditions

Event creation and lifecycle management

Carrier invitations, messaging, and feedback

Buyer messaging

Carrier bid validation and cleansing

Review of bids and award scenarios

Negotiation traceability and compliance

AI that learns and improves over time

Why Keelvar for Transportation Procurement?

Intelligent Automation

Gets you access to our AI-enabled, category-smart Logistics Botline. Keelvar’s Bots are “no code,” API-integrated, and learn and improve with use over time.


Handles everything from small regional bids to large network-wide domestic and global bids. Support events up to 100s of lanes, 10K+ carriers, and 1 million+ bid data points.

EfficienCY & TRACING

Boosts your agility to more quickly conduct a range of transportation sourcing event types, thanks to usability and tactical automations. All data are centrally stored for reporting and forecasting.

Decision Quality

Reduces supply chain and risk by letting you analyze detailed price and non-price bid inputs from carriers - to make the best possible decision that balances cost, service, and business goals.

The Right Product

Delivers advanced, user-friendly optimization and intelligent automation features not found in a Transportation Management System (TMS) or general e-sourcing tool.


Allows for integration with external systems via our API, such as those used for benchmarking rates and shipping data, or even your TMS or SAP Sourcing.

Logistics Complexities Get Optimized

Keelvar helps logistics buyers make optimal decisions given a range of category-driven price and non-price inputs, including:

Number of potential carriers

Size of spend

Number of lanes

Alternative lanes

Capacity requirements (i.e. FTL/LTL, FCL/LCL)

Capacity constraints

Rate fluctuations

Detailed cost breakdowns

Equipment and handling requirements

Transit times

CO2 emissions

Service reliability

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