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 […]

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 […]

Load boards, for brokers, are often a simple, quick tool to find a handful of business when times are tight. And unfortunately, it seems like times are tighter and tighter these days. The life of a broker is a life lived in the margins, at least in the beginning, and running out of loads or […]

We’ve been on a bit of an efficiency kick lately — it’s a topic that constantly comes up around our office as we consider how to perfect logistics management for brokers and how to help them become as lean as possible. You see, in the brokerage industry, lean is the name of the game. Fortunately or […]

Anyone in supply chain management, manufacturing, or hospitals is probably already aware of the principles I’ll be reviewing here: Lean Systems.  Alternatively, Lean methodology is referred to as Kaizen, referencing where it was first pioneered as a part of Toyota’s manufacturing in Japan. A brief background of Lean manufacturing (where the methodology got its start) […]

Human beings invented computers to make complex mathematical calculations simpler — software has always been a natural evolution of this original purpose, and a TMS (transportation management system) is no different. The goal of TMS software like Brokerware™ is to make your job simpler, to help you automate where it makes sense to automate, to […]

We might think we can easily identify what transportation management software is, but as was pointed out in a recent discussion on LinkedIn, it’s often confusing what actually makes up TMS. To the point, JP Wiggins pointed out in a LinkedIn group discussion – “The issue is qualifying ‘what’ a TMS is. It can mean […]

The transportation management system industry is saturated with subpar TMS solutions, but we think we’ve got the best one out there in Brokerware™. We might be tooting our own horn a little bit here, but hey… Toot toot. When we decided to build a simple, quality TMS, we knew we were climbing one of the […]

Once upon a time, to use software, you actually had to buy a physical copy and install it to your machines manually, one by one.  Even with the early stages of the internet, it was faster to have a CD with the program than it was to attempt to download it over dial up. That’s […]

You’re shopping around for a TMS – either for a system to use as your company gets started as a freight broker, or something to upgrade to from a low cost or free option. What should be included with your new TMS?  What should you expect?  How do you use it efficiently? Your TMS should […]

If you think days and weeks of transportation management system software training is just a painful reality, just part of implementing a new TMS, then take that idea… Ball it up tightly. And toss it out the window. The entire point of a transportation management system (TMS) is to make your life easier — to […]

When it comes to freight software features, your transportation management system (TMS) should have a small core of key features — and these features can make the difference between successfully implementing a new TMS… And failing utterly. We already discussed 5 key features to keep an eye out for when researching transportation management systems for […]