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 […]

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) […]