One of the biggest time drains for brokers across the board is carrier selection — the carrier selection process, depending on how you’re doing it, can be quick and easy, or can be long and painful… Or worse, long, painful, and expensive. You see, selecting carriers without a TMS is often pretty difficult. Of course, for […]

For the savvy broker, attracting ecommerce customers makes all the sense in the world — and carrier selection plays an outsized role in that. You see, the problem that most brokers run into is this — most of your customers and potential customers, including potential ecommerce customers — view you as a commodity. Being viewed as a commodity […]

Of all the most critical transportation management system features, I’d argue that the ability to set lane-specific pricing is right there at the top. Most TMS’s use Web Services to create lane-specific pricing, a feature that allows you, the broker, to customize service areas for different tariff profiles. Web Services are a broker’s best friend […]

The days of paper documentation are rapidly coming to an end, but not everything has gone completely digital — electronic proof of delivery (and all of the associated documents with deliveries) is one example of a critical form of documentation that’s in the transition phase. Electronic proof of delivery looks a little like this: A carrier […]

A recent article out of Logistics Management had something very interesting to say about TMS adoption in small-to-medium-sized companies (which includes most freight brokerages). Here’s what the article had to say: “Historically, TMS adoption rates for smaller shippers have hovered in the 10% range, according to De Muynck, while about 25% of medium-sized firms and […]

When considering different pieces of transport software for freight brokers (also known as a TMS or a transportation management system), it’s critical to consider ROI. As a business owner, even if you’re just starting out, you understand the importance of ROI — you don’t casually or lightly signup for ongoing costs unless you’re clear on […]

Let me paint you a picture. You’re in your office – maybe it’s a home office, maybe you have a business location with a handful of team members, or you’re big enough for a full scale office building. Regardless, you’re at the office, and you’re scrambling.  A customer – big or small – called and […]

One of the main reasons your customers choose to outsource their freight shipping is because they can’t get the same rates or deals that you can for shipments.  In addition to that, they place their trust in your business that you can find and coordinate the best rate, best route, and best carrier(s) for their […]

When you’re managing a business that operates primarily with Less-Than-Truckload shipments (LTL), you’ve already got a lot on your plate to manage multiple shipments. From finding them, handling documentation, providing quotes, booking the shipment, to the invoicing – it’s a lot to keep on top of for effective shipping. Plus, there’s the obvious: dispatching. DISPATCHING […]

A transportation management system is more than just a piece of software that lets you manage all of your shipments in one place. It’s a way to streamline your logistics company. It allows you to be more efficient, more effective, and ultimately, make your end clients happier with the services you provide. But which system […]

Freight brokerage isn’t what it used to be — thankfully, neither is freight brokerage software. One major thing that has changed is simply the way the term “broker” is used. I’ve seen how a lot of shippers refer to brokers, especially in comments online — it’s not always very nice. That being said, there is definitely […]

This year, the TIA conference is taking place at the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  It’ll run April 5th through April 8th, and the trade show floor is completely sold out – meaning a packed conference for all attendees. If you’re attending, you might be wondering the best way to […]