For the savvy broker, attracting ecommerce customers makes all the sense in the world — and carrier selection plays an outsized role in that. You see, the problem that most brokers run into is this — most of your customers and potential customers, including potential ecommerce customers — view you as a commodity. Being viewed as a commodity […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

We might think we can easily identify what transportation management software is, but as was pointed out in a recent discussion on LinkedIn, it’s often confusing what actually makes up TMS. To the point, JP Wiggins pointed out in a LinkedIn group discussion – “The issue is qualifying ‘what’ a TMS is. It can mean […]

You’re shopping around for a TMS – either for a system to use as your company gets started as a freight broker, or something to upgrade to from a low cost or free option. What should be included with your new TMS?  What should you expect?  How do you use it efficiently? Your TMS should […]

When it comes to freight software features, your transportation management system (TMS) should have a small core of key features — and these features can make the difference between successfully implementing a new TMS… And failing utterly. We already discussed 5 key features to keep an eye out for when researching transportation management systems for […]

Whether you’re a new transportation brokerage or you’ve been around a while, there’s one thing you need to effectively (and efficiently) run your business. That’s a transportation management system. WHEN IS IT WORTH INVESTING MORE THAN THE BARE MINIMUM INTO YOUR TMS? You can’t run a transportation business of any kind without some sort of […]