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 […]

A Transportation Management System is an integral part of the freight brokerage business. More often than not, a good TMS is the deciding factor of who wins and who loses in this industry. Tools have been essential to humanity since the dawn of time. Unsurprisingly, that is no different in today’s business world. TMS is […]

You’ve probably heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder”. You also probably apply that to quite a few aspects of your life. That kind of thinking applies to freight brokerages, too.  Particularly when it comes to managing your truckloads. The more successful your business, the more truckloads you’re managing at any point in time.  And […]

You have a sales team (however large or small it might be), whose sole purpose is to source and book shipments for your freight brokerage. They call the customers, they get quotes for the customers, they figure out rates and services for the customers.  They spend their entire day on the phone, or on their […]

When it comes to the world of freight brokerage, margins are thin on the best of days.  Though working hard to achieve efficiency (and to keep operational costs down) is crucial to success, supply chain optimization (for freight brokers who are serious about growing their business, anyway) can help you clear some healthy profit margins […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]