Modern trucking software (known as TMS software in the industry, or Transportation Management System software) has come a long way in the last few decades. One of the most important features that’s been added into every quality piece of TMS software is the capacity for API integration. We’ve discussed APIs before, so I won’t dive too deeply into what they are — you can read more about the basics here — but

Let’s talk about how to be a freight broker who has carriers and shippers alike beating down their door for business. It’s an unfortunate truth of our industry that quality can vary widely from one freight broker to the next. It’s not uncommon to hear complaints, from clients and carriers both, that one broker or another hasn’t turned out the way they expected. And honestly, if you read some of

Let’s talk about how to be a freight broker who has carriers and shippers alike beating down their door for business. It’s an unfortunate truth of our industry that quality can vary widely from one freight broker to the next. It’s not uncommon to hear complaints, from clients and carriers both, that one broker or another hasn’t turned out the way they expected. And honestly, if you read some of

It may seem obvious, but when you’re booking your freight shipments or coordinating shipments for clients, the carriers you use need to be insured.  They need to be insured for more money and more contingencies than your average car, and you also need to confirm their insurance (or liability) in the event something happens to the shipment. Not only do they need to be insured, but it needs to be

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2017 is less than two short weeks away – and third party logistics is facing a potentially transformative year. A new president always has an impact on the economy, especially the first year, and there are major technological changes on the horizon.  Self-driving trucks are the major disruptive technology that’s easy to talk about, but there’s plenty of minor disruptions taking place under the surface as well. With so much

Lean supply chain management is all the rage these days. We’ve been blogging a lot about efficiency lately, and for good reason — a powerful transportation management system (TMS) is critical to making sure that, as a broker, you’re efficient. That’s what the idea behind creating a lean supply chain is all about. Lean equals efficient. It means reducing waste, and for freight brokers, waste often comes in the form of

The truth about truck transport today is that freight brokers are not a fringe group, they’re not on their way out (though some would tell us otherwise), and they’re not a tiny fraction of trucking. The truth is, freight brokerage is a critical component of trucking in North America today. However, you might get the impression, from time to time, that brokers aren’t welcome, or are a necessary evil. This

Becoming a freight broker isn’t actually the easiest thing in the world.  There’s quite a few steps – and quite a few things you need to watch out for or be aware of. There’s plenty of (excellent) guides on the basic steps to becoming a freight broker.  DAT.com has one with a high level overview of what you need to do at the various stages of starting your brokerage.  Entrepreneur

I get it, you’re busy. But that’s no excuse for not utilizing one of the easiest, and fastest ways you could be getting better rates on each of your shipments! RateShare is one of those advanced features you don’t get from free transportation management systems.  It’s more than just finding the lowest rates from your current carriers, displayed in an easy to navigate dashboard. YOUR CARRIERS DON’T ALWAYS HAVE THE