Compiled By Deborah Austin Industrial information resource Thomas Regional -- a division of Thomas Publishing, New York, -- has launched a new service at its online marketplace ( www.thomasregional.com) offering industrial buyers a turnkey freight-shipping solution. Called Thomas Regional Freight Quotes, the service accesses competitive price quotes from multiple carriers with one online inquiry, and enables real-time scheduling, pickup, tracking and billing statements. Access is free; buyers pay for the shipping services they order. "Over the past two years, we've added custom quoting and purchasing features," says Thomas Regional President Eileen Markowitz. "Adding a shipping service like Freight Quotes was a logical move based on what our customers tell us." Freight Quotes comes from a strategic alliance between Thomas Regional and freight logistics company freightquote.com, headquartered in Kansas City.