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Freight Brokerage Needs To Be Part of Your Transportation Strategy

Posted by Adam Scott on 2/23/18 1:09 PM

When it comes to moving your product from point A to point B, there are many ways to get the job done. You can manage your own transportation with a private fleet, have your customers manage their own freight, manage your transportation with for-hire carriers, use a freight broker, or any combination of these. 

In this post, I'm going to go over a few reasons why freight brokerage needs to be part of your transportation strategy.

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Topics: Transportation

Encouraging Cooperation Can Lower the Cost of Freight for Shippers

Posted by Ty Guilliam on 2/16/18 2:43 PM

Trucking Info's Evan Lockridge recently wrote an article, For-Hire Freight Continues Setting New Records. In this article, Lockridge reviews the economic indicators to explain the consecutive quarters of rising prices in the freight market. "The Freight TSI (Transportation Services Index) measures the month-to-month changes in for-hire freight shipments by mode of transportation in tons and ton-miles, which are combined into one index. Over the last nine months of 2017, the index rose 6.8% with three quarterly increases. The increase of 2.8% in the fourth quarter was the largest quarterly increase since 2.9% in the first quarter of 2013."

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Topics: Transportation

What Winning 2018 Best Fleets To Drive For Means for Keller Trucking Customers

Posted by Jonathan Wolfrum on 2/9/18 1:40 PM

On January 30th, 2018, we at Keller Trucking were informed that we are one of 20 for-hire trucking companies in the US or Canada that can bear the honorable distinction of Best Fleets to Drive For! This annual award is produced by CarriersEdge, in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association

The benefit this award brings to our driver recruiting efforts is probably obvious, but the benefits to our trucking customers are not so self-explanatory. So here are my 6 reasons why customers benefit from using fleets that are the best to drive for. 

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Topics: Local News, Transportation, Corporate News, Driving for Keller, Company Culture

How the ELD Mandate is Affecting Shippers

Posted by Neil Hersh on 1/5/18 2:01 PM

Monday, December 18, 2017 the ELD Mandate went into effect. Although carriers are not being ticketed for non-compliance, and there are a few situations which receive exemptions, the industry is adjusting to another regulation. So now that ELD’s are in place, what effects are we seeing thus far?

To previously compliant carriers, there is no change, business as usual for the most part. However, our Keller Trucking fleet indicates there is an increase in weigh stations pulling trucks in to verify that ELD’s are in use; which opens up the driver and carrier to more opportunities for full blown inspections.

On the other hand, small carriers that are new to the ELD game have seen a dramatic impact as they are not able to drop and hook in their network, as most do not have the equipment or steady rounds to do so making them live load or unload at each stop. Which adds time to an already ticking clock.

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Topics: Hot Topic, Transportation, Industry Buzz

Lean On Me To Be Your Dedicated Contract Carrier

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 9/27/17 7:00 AM

Song inspiration: Lean on Me, Bill Withers, 1972

You can call on me brother, when you need a hand | We all need somebody to lean on

We’re a week away from starting the 4th Quarter of 2017, dare I say the cliché, “Where has the year gone?” I think we’re all in the same boat here. The days, weeks, months, and years really do seem to be going by faster. As the days pass with the business of life, so do the days until it’s time to re-evaluate your transportation strategy.

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Topics: Hot Topic, Transportation, logistics

The Final Countdown to the ELD Mandate

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 9/20/17 7:23 AM

Song inspiration: The Final Countdown, Europe 1986

Are your carriers ready?

With the ELD Mandate amendment being rejected in the house this month, we can be certain that Electronic Logging Devices in all trucks is going to become a law in December of this year.

 Will things ever be the same again | It's the final countdown

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Topics: Transportation

Driver Recruiting and Retention Takes Patience

Posted by Lauren Pohlmann on 9/13/17 7:25 AM

Song Inspiration: “Patience” by Guns N’ Roses, 1989        

It takes a lot of patience and persistence to be successful at recruiting drivers these days. A lot of effort, time, money, and brain power is being put towards finding quality drivers that are a good fit to join our fleet. However, our focus is not solely recruiting, but also retaining our current fleet of safe, professional, and dependable drivers. So… what are we doing?

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Topics: Transportation, Driving for Keller, Company Culture

Drivers Deliver Your July 4th Favorites

Posted by Ginger Beyer on 7/4/17 8:15 AM

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Topics: Transportation, Industry Buzz

Short Haul Trucking Rates - We're Going The Distance

Posted by Aaron Keller on 6/21/17 7:00 AM

Song Inspiration "The Distance" by Cake, 1996

Reluctantly crouched at the starting line, Engines pumping and thumping in time

The green light flashes, the flags go up, Churning and burning, they yearn for the cup

Okay, the lyrics to Cake’s The Distance are a bit of an exaggeration as to what life is like in the trucking industry, but I think there are some pretty good references that explain why Short Haul Trucking Rates can be expensive. The short answer is, we’re going the distance! Let me explain.

The world of hauling short haul freight, defined as lanes of 250 miles one way, is certainly one that can be lucrative and command a high revenue per mile if executed properly. At the end of the day, it is the goal of leadership, operations, and professional truck drivers to run as many miles per day as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible; after all, the money is made when “the engines are pumping and thumping in time.”

Pricing of short haul lanes all comes down to utilization. The dynamics involved with hauling short haul freight can be challenging and costly in labor and equipment if it isn’t utilized properly.

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Topics: Transportation

Stuck in the Middle With a Tweener Load

Posted by Neil Hersh on 5/24/17 10:30 AM

Song Inspiration: "Stuck in the Middle with You" by Stealers Wheel, 1973

“So a 6am delivery is easier when it’s over 500 miles away as opposed to 300 miles?”

It’s true, Tweener loads are difficult for trucking operations and drivers, let me explain:

First, we’ll start with some definitions:

In order to understand the impact of Tweener loads, we must first recognize the two types of semi-truck drivers.

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Topics: Transportation