In the less than truckload world, businesses succeed on razor thin margins. As Jeff Bezos once said, “Your margin is my opportunity.” To prevent your competitors from seizing the opportunities in your margins, you need an efficient, effective system for running your third party logistics business. You need insight into those margins for each LTL […]

Roadrunner Transportation has been in the news lately due to their need to restate their financial statements for their quarterly earnings as far back as 2014. They’re investigating errors in unreconciled balance sheets, as well as issues with their internal controls. These errors are adding up to huge adjustments – somewhere between $20 and $25 […]

Looking for a new third party logistics software can be a headache, especially once you start comparing the pricing.  What’s worth paying more for?  What’s not? What’s worth paying for at all?  When it comes to the 3PL software that keeps your business running smoothly, free isn’t likely to be the best option. FREE IS […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]