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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

Choosing a Freight Broker, Do They Have The Right Stuff?

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 5/17/17 9:00 AM

Song Inspiration: “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids On The Block, 1988

Not all freight brokers are created equal, because the old model of freight brokering lacked transparency and shipper control. A strong partnership with the right freight partner will take the fear out of freight brokering and provide endless benefits to your business model.

Your freight broker should be a true business partner that will work with you to meet your supply chain needs by delivering your goods to your customers on time, in good condition, and for a good price.

 Before choosing a freight broker for your shipping needs, it’s important that you evaluate each broker to ensure they are reliable and provide the best service for your needs; in other words, do they have the right stuff?  Here’s our checklist for evaluating the right freight partner for your business.

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Topics: Transportation, 3PL

Take the Fear Out of Freight Brokering

Posted by Julie Wanstedt on 3/1/17 11:01 AM

Yes, we said it the “B” word – Brokering.

When it comes to a shipper’s transportation strategy, many companies view asset based transportation companies as the only option for moving freight, so just the thought of “brokering” can send shippers running in fear.  That’s because the old model of freight brokering lacked the transparency and the control the shipper had over their load, resulting in customers with late, damaged, or even lost product. 

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Topics: Transportation, 3PL

How Safety Initiatives Save Money for Shippers and Their Customers

Posted by Julie Wanstedt on 1/31/17 11:30 AM

The number one goal for any organization should be the safety of its employees. Nowhere is that more true than in warehouse and/ or manufacturing settings, environments where there are ample opportunities for injury.

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Topics: Transportation, Safety

The Critical Impact of On-Time Deliveries

Posted by Julie Wanstedt on 1/18/17 9:30 AM

On-time delivery is one of the biggest concerns for today’s supply and logistics businesses. Many factors contribute to delays, some of which are outside of the control of the logistics provider. From the more obvious, such as weather, traffic and delays on loading docks meeting on-time deliveries, or not meeting them, can have a critical impact on shippers and the entire supply chain.

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Topics: Transportation, 3PL, logistics