Walmart offers different freight terms for suppliers — Prepaid and Collect. In this section, let's explore the pros and cons of each freight term and help you determine which is the best fit for your company.
When you initiate a Supplier Agreement with Walmart, part of the process is determining how the transportation from you to Walmart's distribution centers is accounted for. The options are Prepaid and Collect.
Freight terms dictate how merchandise is shipped to Walmart, how suppliers route purchase orders, and how item costs are determined.
For collect freight terms, the supplier does not pay for the cost of transportation explicitly. The costs of transportation from supplier ship points to Walmart Distribution Centers is covered by Walmart.
Don't get too excited! Just because Walmart is "paying for transportation" doesn't mean suppliers are off the hook for these costs. It simply means that Walmart's fleet — or sometimes a third party carrier — is taking care of the physical transportation of your goods.
The actual cost of freight transportation for collect suppliers — known as the Freight Factor — is added to the item cost provided by suppliers.
Collect suppliers are responsible for:
For prepaid freight terms, the supplier owns the product until it is received at Walmart's Distribution Centers. While prepaid suppliers are responsible for the cost of transporation, they are also able to choose their preferred carrier — allowing the opportunity for cost comparisons between carriers.
Prepaid freight costs are included in the item cost to Walmart.
Prepaid suppliers are responsible for:
Choosing your company's freight terms is an important decision when providing a quote to Walmart. Beyond direct transportation costs, there are also different procedural requirements for each freight term. Therefore, suppliers should consider costs and team responsibilities when deciding on the best decision for your company.
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