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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Intermodal Container Rental
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

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How much should I pay for Intermodal Container Rental?

What is the average price of Intermodal Container Rental?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Intermodal Container Rental. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Intermodal Container Rental been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Intermodal Container Rental yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Intermodal Container Rental?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Intermodal Container Rental with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

Market share concentration in the intermodal container rental market is high, with the top four providers accounting for over 50.0% of total revenue. Overall, there are about 35 providers of intermodal container rental services in the United States, including both international suppliers and regional suppliers. The market is highly... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience and Expertise

How long have you provided these products to your longest-tenured client?

What qualifications does your staff have and what measures do you take to keep those qualifications up to date?

What industry do you most commonly supply this product for?

To what extent will ordering multiple products from your firm allow me to save on costs?

What is your repeat business rate for businesses in my industry and how does that compare to your overall rates?

Supply Chain Risk

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

Has the availability of raw materials tightened due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to labor?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your products during the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases in raw materials?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto buyers?

How, if at all, has your supply chain been affected by import tariffs levied in 2018?


How do you manage regulatory change? Do you have regulation advisers or methods to track regulation?

How have changing regulations influenced your pricing now and how will the changes affect prices over the life our proposed agreement?

What ongoing training procedures do you provide for your staff?

Have you ever been found to be noncompliant with regulatory frameworks?

Amid widespread health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Cancellation Terms

How much notice is required prior to canceling a contract?

Is there any way to waive cancellation fees?

Is my company allowed to change its leasing terms during the contract period?

What are the penalties for canceling a leasing contract early?

Drop Off & Repositioning

What drop-off locations are available for your containers?

What are the penalties for dropping off containers at an incorrect location?

What is the relocation or repositioning cost for your containers?

Can my company utilize additional drop-off locations in case the need for a more flexible shipping schedule arises?

Amid widespread health concerns, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Container Tracking

How often is your tracking data updated?

Do you keep track of when the containers are opened?

Does your tracking system come with extra costs?

Does your tracking system allow me to run reports or set up alerts for specific events?


How is the condition of the containers assessed before my company receives them and after they are returned?

How do you recommend checking the containers for defects and damage?

Do you offer insurance with your leasing contracts?

Do you include discounted insurance with any contracts?

Service Disruption Risk

Have you ever been unable to provide services that were purchased from you due to financial issues?

Can you provide me with data to assess your financial health?

What happens to my contract in the event of your bankruptcy?

What is your capacity utilization rate, and do you have much spare capacity in case my shipping needs increase?

How diversified is your supplier base for inputs? Do you source from multiple suppliers in different global regions?

Are you experiencing fluctuations in demand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak? What measures are you taking to handle increased or reduced demand?

Container Quality

What International Organization for Standardization (ISO) tests are your containers subjected to?

If you do not use ISO tests, what standards for transportation testing do you use?

What are the primary stresses for my container's mode of transportation (e.g. rolling, jarring, acceleration, shocks, centrifugal forces, etc.)? How do your containers rate against those of your competition in protecting against these stresses?

What company supplies your containers and what is their reputation as a manufacturer?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should disclose the total value of their contract budget for intermodal container rental.

Buyers should indicate what their expectations for payment are, including preferred billing schedule.

Buyers should disclose their expectations for additional costs, such as drop-off and maintenance fees.

Buyers should consult the Benchmark Price section of this report to determine whether they are paying a competitive price for intermodal container rental.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should evaluate providers based on the pickup and drop-off locations they offer.

Buyers should consider the flexibility of the contract terms offered by different providers.

Buyers should evaluate vendors based on the quality of the customer service they provide.

Buyers should consult the Buying Decision Scorecard section of this report for a detailed list of additional selection criteria.

Project Schedule

Buyers should disclose the length of the contract they are seeking, specifically whether they wish to sign a short-term lease, long-term lease or master lease.

Buyers should indicate when contract proposals are due.

Buyers should include when award information will be available.

Buyers should indicate other critical dates related to the service, such as a detailed shipping schedule.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

Supply chain risk is moderate on average in the intermodal container rental market. This level of risk reduces buyer power because it means that providers face a greater likelihood of upstream disruptions that could prompt them to increase prices. As a result, they may be less willing to negotiate with... Subscribe to learn more.