freight broker

“Pallet Loading” – A Definition

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Ever wondered what the dispatcher was thinking when they are 1500 miles away from the actual load? I’ve thought about it a lot in the past, “what the h*** were they thinking?!” So here is a quick refresher course or definition of that the dispatcher was thinking:

Dispatcher: “Just put the pallets in straight!” Meaning: Usually a lighter than normal load, maybe 30,000 to 35,000 lb load.

Dispatcher: “May have to turn the pallets sideways, straight in!” Meaning: Usually a light load of low paying lettuce, etc. Put as many of those suckers in the trailer and load boxes to the roof! Need to make a profit somehow!

Dispatcher: “Gonna have to Pinwheel the pallets!” Meaning: Got a full load of bananas or toilet paper in a narrow container, close to maximum weight. Still need to make a little money on this load!

Dispatcher: “Gonna have to load double – single, double – single! Meaning: This load is close or over legal weight and we want you to spend 8 hours, loading, weighing and reloading to get the load legal! And by the way, company is going to give you an extra $10 for your troubles!

~LOL

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Really Resession Proof? (Not Really)

Is a job as a truck driver really recession proof? Not really if you are working for a company that continually hires new recruits and manages to keep the cost of maintaining that driver at the absolute lowest cost. After 10 years of driving and only a .10 cent per mile increase over those 10 years, I’ve often wondered why I stayed in the industry as long as I did. I was never a union driver, although I worked for some major players in the trucking industry.

Over the past 5 years, I’ve taken on some odd jobs to pay the bills and navigate my way through the worst economic times since the great depression. I still look back at my experiences and places I’ve been, the people I’ve met and the history I’ve witnessed over those 10 years. I wouldn’t give those years up for anything, it really broadened my eyes to what our country is all about.

In the next few months, I will continue to write more articles in my blog about my new experiences in the trucking industry. I will be negotiating freight rates, hiring trucking companies, working with O/O’s, and doing a little dispatching along the way. My intent is to work as a “driver friendly” freight broker agent / dispatcher, working to pass along fair rates to the drivers who deserve it the most. My goal is to work with a broker who feels strongly the same in bringing fair rates to the independent driver and smaller trucking companies. I’d like to gather a group of dedicated O/O’s and help them boost their bottom lines by finding great freight for those small business owners. With my vast knowledge of the trucking industry, I feel I can be a great asset to those independent drivers.

Please drop me a note or comment on this post if you are interested in my services. We should be up and running the second week of March, 2014. I look to be hearing from you! Thanks!

So You Want To Be A Freight Broker

An interesting situation arose today between my boss and a freight broker agency today. Since we are an emerging company on the trucking scene, we are still trying to get established and create new accounts with shippers in the Northwest. In the meantime, we use a variety of brokers and load boards to get loads out of the greater Washington, Oregon and Idaho areas.

One of the brokers we use is a well established, international broker who arranges millions of dollars worth of business and assists in the transportation of hundreds of commodities throughout the world. This company, which will remain nameless, started as a produce broker in Irvine, California in 1906. It is a well respected company in the industry and heaven knows they have helped our company in many ways since we started contracting with them several months ago.

My complaint is with an over-zealous, greedy broker agent for this agency based out of a California. When my boss called the brokerage, they informed us that they had two loads set up for us from Seattle to Los Angeles and back. Between the two loads, the rate averaged $1.41 per mile. Not a very good rate to say the least, but sometimes you have to take the good with the bad when winter hampers your ability to find good loads in the Northwest. The load coming back to Seattle was first quoted at $2000 dollars for a truckload, one way. My boss then proceeded to give them our information and was told to call back in 5 minutes for his load confirmation. When my boss called back, he was greeted by the over-zealous, demanding, greedy woman who stated the load was available for $1600! What a jump, $400 dollars in 5 minutes! When the boss questioned why the $400 difference, the agent complained and cussed that we, truckers in general, complained too much about low rates and that we should be happy with what we were offered from her, the $1600 dollar rate.

By now you can see the problem with shipping today. The “big dogs” of brokers are keeping a larger portion of the proceeds while giving the shaft to smaller trucking companies. The rate quoted included the fuel surcharge and we would be stuck taking the load or another low-ball company would swoop down and take the load for whatever rate they could get to position their truck in Seattle. Do you ever wonder why our economy is suffering and freight shipping costs are going through the roof? The poor independent trucker is going out of business and trucks are being repo’ed at record rates! With an administration in Washington DC who cares so much about NAFTA and the companies south of the border, no wonder the rest of us need to start buying massive quantities of petroleum jelly because it’s going to really hurt us all who are only trying to make an honest living!

The Freight Industry

By Ioan Margineanu

A freight company has the job to arrange all the details of a cargo transport between shipper and carrier. The company acts as an intermediary and takes off some problems that both parties would have if they worked alone. If you want to ship an item, you will have a hard time finding a good carrier and carriers also have difficulties in finding clients. However, because a good freight company always has a data list, it can make the search much easier and it can also assure that the carrier is reliable. Besides this, the freight company also deals with all the paperwork.

The industry is now at its best and every item that you own that hasn’t been produced in your town has passed through the hands of a freight company. If something needs to be shipped from a town to another or a continent to another, there are freight companies that can make it happen in record time.

After setting up a shipment, the freight company will get a commission for its work. The freight company works through freight brokers. They are the actual employees that bring profit to the freight company and they have the job of finding carriers and shippers. In most cases, carriers are just trucking companies that make a living out of cargo transportation. But airplanes, vessels and trains can be used for cargo transportation too. To ensure a great deal of security in the whole process, every freight company is supervised by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or the Department of Transportation.

Shippers need to find a carrier that can make the transport safely and at a low price. The market is stabile and most types of cargo require you to pay the same price at any freight company, but because carriers set up their own price when it comes to distance, you can get better deals by finding a better carrier. But you don’t actually have to find a carrier because your freight company will do that for you. A good broker will negotiate as much as he can with carriers until he finds a good deal. At the end, everyone has to be satisfied.

Freight brokers can look at their job in two ways. They can search for shippers if they have empty carriers or they can search for carriers if they have shippers waiting for their transport. In most cases, a freight company will have a list of both of the categories and brokers will try to match carriers with shippers. It all depends on the freight company and the abilities of each freight broker. He has to make sure that the carrier can make the shipment, that the shipper will pay for the transport and he also has to deal with all the legal documents. If everything works alright, he will get a commission.

In a few words, freight brokers only have to find a shipper and a carrier to start a transport. In fact, the industry is enormous and the competition is high. Freight brokers have to find the right carriers for the right shippers as fast as they can if they want to get the commission. If they can’t, their clients will go elsewhere and this is can ruin a company’s image if it happens more than once. Experienced freight brokers are always able to find the best carriers and rarely encounter problems in the process. After a few years of practice freight companies begin to develop in many ways and profits start to rise.

With freightbrokering.info you can get information about freight brokers and you can learn about them

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So You Want To Be A Freight Broker

An interesting situation arose today between my boss and a freight broker agency today. Since we are an emerging company on the trucking scene, we are still trying to get established and create new accounts with shippers in the Northwest. In the meantime, we use a variety of brokers and load boards to get loads out of the greater Washington, Oregon and Idaho areas.

One of the brokers we use is a well established, international broker who arranges millions of dollars worth of business and assists in the transportation of hundreds of commodities throughout the world. This company, which will remain nameless, started as a produce broker in Irvine, California in 1906. It is a well respected company in the industry and heaven knows they have helped our company in many ways since we started contracting with them several months ago.

My complaint is with an over-zealous, greedy broker agent for this agency based out of a California. When my boss called the brokerage, they informed us that they had two loads set up for us from Seattle to Los Angeles and back. Between the two loads, the rate averaged $1.41 per mile. Not a very good rate to say the least, but sometimes you have to take the good with the bad when winter hampers your ability to find good loads in the Northwest. The load coming back to Seattle was first quoted at $2000 dollars for a truckload, one way. My boss then proceeded to give them our information and was told to call back in 5 minutes for his load confirmation. When my boss called back, he was greeted by the over-zealous, demanding, greedy woman who stated the load was available for $1600! What a jump, $400 dollars in 5 minutes! When the boss questioned why the $400 difference, the agent complained and cussed that we, truckers in general, complained too much about low rates and that we should be happy with what we were offered from her, the $1600 dollar rate.

By now you can see the problem with shipping today. The “big dogs” of brokers are keeping a larger portion of the proceeds while giving the shaft to smaller trucking companies. The rate quoted included the fuel surcharge and we would be stuck taking the load or another low-ball company would swoop down and take the load for whatever rate they could get to position their truck in Seattle. Do you ever wonder why our economy is suffering and freight shipping costs are going through the roof? The poor independent trucker is going out of business and trucks are being repo’ed at record rates! With an administration in Washington DC who cares so much about NAFTA and the companies south of the border, no wonder the rest of us need to start buying massive quantities of petroleum jelly because it’s going to really hurt us all who are only trying to make an honest living!