We’ve made a significant change today that impacts bid and listing expiration processes on uShip. Historically, all active bids by transporters automatically expired when the shipment listing expired, as determined by the customer. Starting today, all transporters’ bids will remain active until they expire, as determined by the transporter.
While the bidding process remains unchanged, transporters can now place bids that expire in 14, 21 and 28 days, or on a specific date (in addition to the current 1, 3, 5 and 10 day periods).
Why the change? Many customers prefer to evaluate all possible bids after their listing expires. It only seems practical that if a transporter can commit to servicing a job beyond that of the listing, bids should remain active and allow the customer to accept these bids after the listing ends. We’ve seen positive results from testing on this and are now rolling it out site-wide. Please note these options when filling out the bid form for your next bid.
Ultimately, transporters’ bids now remain active until the expiration date they select, even if the listing they are bidding on has ended. When a listing ends, the customer will be notified that the bidding period has ended and that they should review and accept a bid.