A logistics company’s most important job is to collaborate.   The ability to work with others and to bring the right folks together are what separate the great freight brokers from their merely good or adequate competitors. Collaboration is exactly what makes the third party logistics...

  Tired of all the technology talk?  Well, get used to it. Technology has leapt to the forefront of the transportation industry, and if you’re not investing time, money, and study to stay in front of the crowd, you’re inevitably going to fall off the cliff....

  Where do you find some of the best, most innovative manufacturers in the state of Illinois? At the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Business Day 2019, of course. This years' event was held on May 1, at the Doubletree Hilton in Springfield. And AMT’s Heath Houchin was...

  Transparency19, presented by the folks at FreightWaves, begins Monday, May 6 in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m looking forward to attending this year. It’s a great conference with a lineup of smart speakers and terrific demos. This year’s conference promises to cover “Innovation and digitization trends across...

  Have you heard about the Spotted Lanternfly infestation in southeast Pennsylvania?   The insect is a planthopper from China, India, and Vietnam, first discovered in Berks County, Pennsylvania, but has spread to other counties since. The Spotted Lanternfly has the potential to do harm to the...

Shippers are pretty happy these days. Capacity has loosened up and this gives them a little bargaining power. It’s understandable, but perhaps shortsighted to start chasing after the lowest possible rates instead of working to build strong relationships with brokers and carriers who offer consistency...

AMT’s Heath Houchin recently attended the 2019 TIA Capital Ideas Conference and Exhibition on scholarship sponsored by Avalon Risk Management. Along with five other first time attendees, Heath wrote an essay that awarded him with complimentary airfare, four nights lodging, and waived registration fees. This year,...

How difficult is it to find qualified, fully-insured, reliable carriers; to negotiate reasonable rates, to generate the right paperwork while tracking your shipments from pick up to delivery? How hard is it to handle things like last-second dropped loads, or blown tires, snow storms, and...

Freight brokers are a dime a dozen, right? At last count, there were about 18,000 freight brokers operating in an already fragmented and constantly changing logistics landscape. But if the capacity crunch of 2018 taught shippers anything, it should be that freight brokers are invaluable...

  “Culture eats strategy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.” --Peter Drucker, Founder of Drucker Institute--   It's been nearly a year since I sat down to lunch with my colleague Connor and asked him, "What makes us different from our competition?" His answer compelled me to take a closer...