Reading the most recent publication of the Morgan Stanley Truckload Sentiment Survey, I was struck by a comment from a shipper in the “Respondent Commentary” section. “Soft. Locking in new lower contract rates. Concern is if this is the bottom, can brokers honor these rates...

Most people would agree that when measuring service levels, we’re taking into account both the efficiency and performance of any system--and in the transportation business, often more than a few services are required. These services range from tracking and visibility and worry-free scheduling to truckload...

Don’t be lulled by loose capacity and lower freight rates. Aim for a predictable freight budget instead. 2018, was a year of change, fluctuations, and rising contract rates. In fact, according to The Journal of Commerce, truckload rates climbed between 10 percent and 15 percent in...

Rate Shopping and Capacity Rates were high and capacity was tight in 2018. So much so, that shippers spent a lot of time and effort towards creating beneficial relationships with carriers. In the ever-shifting landscape of logistics, we all know that relationships can help both shippers...

What is a freight broker or a 3PL (third party logistics) provider?    For the most part, the terms are interchangeable--both work as intermediaries between a shipper and a trucking company. Since deregulation, the number of freight brokers has skyrocketed. Today there are nearly 18,000 registered freight...

Big news--181 CEOs of the largest corporations in the US just signed a new statement of corporate purpose, turning the old model of shareholder primacy on its head. For years, corporations have operated under Milton Friedman’s idea that “there is only one social responsibility of...

Avery McKinney, founder of AM Transport, has always said, “Work hard and play hard.” We continue to take his mantra to heart. If you work with us, you know we take pride in our excellent customer service. We’re available 24/7, every day of the year....

Transportation is a pretty exciting, isn't it? Kind of like a roller coaster, except roller coasters are fun and not quite as topsy turvy as working in a business where dropped loads ruin on-time deliveries and ever-changing technology leaves you scratching your head.  When you...

  Driver retention numbers for large truckload carriers continue to see-saw from a whopping 98% in 2017 to a milder but still high 87% early in 2019. As is typical, retention numbers are a little better for smaller carriers holding steady at 72%. And while these...

  The time is always ripe to do right. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.   A couple of weeks ago, Joe was on call. That means he answers the phone after hours, so nothing falls through the cracks. A driver called in to report that his load was being...