Of all the most critical transportation management system features, I’d argue that the ability to set lane-specific pricing is right there at the top. Most TMS’s use Web Services to create lane-specific pricing, a feature that allows you, the broker, to customize service areas for different tariff profiles. Web Services are a broker’s best friend — it’s an integral piece of pricing different lanes at different rates and maximizing your ability

The days of paper documentation are rapidly coming to an end, but not everything has gone completely digital — electronic proof of delivery (and all of the associated documents with deliveries) is one example of a critical form of documentation that’s in the transition phase. Electronic proof of delivery looks a little like this: A carrier will scan in a signed proof of delivery into their TMS or their website, and

When considering different pieces of transport software for freight brokers (also known as a TMS or a transportation management system), it’s critical to consider ROI. As a business owner, even if you’re just starting out, you understand the importance of ROI — you don’t casually or lightly signup for ongoing costs unless you’re clear on how that’s going to pay off for your business, both in the short-term and the

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 shipments. After all, that’s the main benefit in working with a 3PL, right?  Less stress,

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 for clients and carriers. We’ve written before about how to be a freight broker, how

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 and actually walk away with a little cash in your pocket at the end of

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 shipment you manage, and you need a way to review all the information in manageable

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 RARELY ACTUALLY FREE. The best software options aren’t free for a reason – it takes

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 another hasn’t turned out the way they expected. And honestly, if you read some of

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 current carriers, displayed in an easy to navigate dashboard. YOUR CARRIERS DON’T ALWAYS HAVE THE