Let me paint you a picture. You’re in your office – maybe it’s a home office, maybe you have a business location with a handful of team members, or you’re big enough for a full scale office building. Regardless, you’re at the office, and you’re scrambling.  A customer – big or small – called and […]

One of the main reasons your customers choose to outsource their freight shipping is because they can’t get the same rates or deals that you can for shipments.  In addition to that, they place their trust in your business that you can find and coordinate the best rate, best route, and best carrier(s) for their […]

When you’re managing a business that operates primarily with Less-Than-Truckload shipments (LTL), you’ve already got a lot on your plate to manage multiple shipments. From finding them, handling documentation, providing quotes, booking the shipment, to the invoicing – it’s a lot to keep on top of for effective shipping. Plus, there’s the obvious: dispatching. DISPATCHING […]

A transportation management system is more than just a piece of software that lets you manage all of your shipments in one place. It’s a way to streamline your logistics company. It allows you to be more efficient, more effective, and ultimately, make your end clients happier with the services you provide. But which system […]

Freight brokerage isn’t what it used to be — thankfully, neither is freight brokerage software. One major thing that has changed is simply the way the term “broker” is used. I’ve seen how a lot of shippers refer to brokers, especially in comments online — it’s not always very nice. That being said, there is definitely […]

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 […]

Starting a freight brokerage business can certainly seem like a mountain of a task—and it is. Look, I’m not going to pretend that starting and running your own business is simple, straightforward, or in any way easy. It’s hard. It takes time, discipline, effort, great ideas, greater people, and a willingness to bend over backwards […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]