LTL Freight Center Announces Job Openings For Experienced Logistics Agents

LTL Freight Center (www.ltlfreightcenter.com) announced Friday, August 7, that they are seeking to fill up to three openings in it’s sales department as a logistics agent. The company’s growth has increased the priority to fill these positions immediately and is available to candidates nationwide. “Our growth has led to tremendous success for our company and … Read more

How Logistics Agents Make 10-15% More with a Book of Business

How Logistics Agents Make 10-15% More with a Book of Business

If you’re a logistics agent with a book of business – even a small one, you’re sitting on a gold-mine. If it doesn’t feel like that, it may be time to consider why.

Let’s face it, to keep your income growing, you need to spend your time focused on building your book of business…not chasing down delivery details or weaving your way through company politics.

And why shortchange yourself working in a limited or capped income structure? With a book of business, you can easily parlay it into your own business with no income cap as a logistics agent. With a book of business, logistics agents make 10-15% more and are generally happier, have more freedom and unlimited growth potential.

Don’t undervalue yourself. If you have customers, you have expertise. And that’s valuable.

As an independent logistics agent, you unleash your earnings with unlimited income potential. And with technology today you can work from wherever you want.

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What Football Championships Reveal about Logistics KPIs

The end of Superbowl XLIX was certainly one for the ages.

It had everything a fan could hope for – excitement, drama and unbelievable final plays. And as I watched that final Seattle play, I couldn’t help but think about the importance of KPIs.

The Seahawks running back Lynch was averaging over four yards per carry. The team was at the one yard line. Even when New England knew he was getting the ball, they couldn’t stop him.

Seattle needed one more run play… well… you know how it ended. They ignored the numbers, threw the ball, and lost the ball and championship.

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Streamline your Supply Chain in 2015

Take these 3 Actions to Streamline your Supply Chain in 2015

Did you do a health check of your supply chain at the end of 2014?

Yes or no, it’s not too late to get a solid logistics plan in place for 2015. Whether you’re a broker-carrier or simply need to get your product to market, all you need to do is take the three actions I’m about to outline.

And when you do, you’ll create a turnkey system for managing and administering logistics this year. And that will save you time and money.

Better yet, the good news is you can probably accomplish all three in an hour or less.

So let’s get started…

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5 Steps to Make LTL Improve Your Bottom-line in 2015

At the end of every year, I ask the following two questions to both carrier/brokers and companies shipping freight.

  • Have you reviewed your year-end supply chain GRIs?
  • And as you look into 2015, how is the health of you supply chain?

The answers I get often vary. Some know, some don’t. Either way, I often recommend taking a few minutes at the end of the year and making a plan to secure the health of your supply chain.

Here are 5 simple steps every company can take today to make 2015 more profitable.

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3rd Party Logistics or Carrier Direct? 7 Benefits of a 3PL

Supply chain Logistics

When it comes to choosing between 3rd party logistics (3PL) or going carrier direct, the real question is – Do you want a partner or a vendor? Working with a carrier requires someone in-house to manage the relationship and take time to learn a little about shipping. And when your carrier-vendor doesn’t have a service you require, you may need to invest more time finding another option.

A 3PL partner handles all of this eliminating the need for any in-house shipping expertise. Here are 7 more benefits of working with a 3PL…

One Call vs. Multiple Calls

Make one call or fill in one online form with a 3rd PL partner and get multiple quotes. To get multiple quotes going carrier direct, multiple calls need to be made (or forms filled out), with a possible need for followup efforts. The time savings of 3PL is huge.

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5 Advantages 3PLs Offer Both Shippers and Carriers

Houston 3PL and freight broker

So far 2014 has seen the highest tonnage shipped in over 7 years. Many carriers face the problem of too much freight, and trying to maintain performance efficiencies. Often this results in GRIs (general rate increases). These GRIs create unwanted challenges for carriers – increased price management, and their customers – the need to pay more.

Third Party Logistics firms (3PLs) offer a solution for both carriers and customers. Here are the top 5 advantages of a 3PL that everyone can benefit from.

1 – Multiple Carriers

On the surface, this might seem only a benefit for the customer. After all, the customer gets to choose from a variety of carriers to find the best price and delivery time. Carriers do benefit as well.

A 3PL eliminates the back-and-forth of negotiations which can occur between a customer trying to ship for a low price and the carrier trying to get it on the right truck. For carriers, it also allows for the best allocation of freight, maximizing space, and makes the most of every run. The apparent ‘competition’ of a 3PL actually gets the best possible freight for the carrier, and the best possible price for a customer.

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5 Reasons Many Carriers Choose to Offer Volume LTL

Trailers

To reduce price pressures and more importantly stay profitable, you need to keep those trailers full.  That’s why so many carriers – both LTL and asset based – have begun offering volume LTL.  For asset based carriers particularly, it makes a lot of sense.  And these five reasons will show you why…

1. Get Paid to Move Assets

If you’ve got a lot trailers in Houston and need some in a different hub, why return empty?  Or worse, why wait for a partial TL or full TL?  Every minute your trailers wait in dock, well that’s money lost.

Offer volume LTL and leverage the demand for freight going to where you need trucks.  A lot of businesses have less than a full TL, and may not want the hassle of getting a partial TL (it’s true, LTL is easy to book).  So offer the volume LTL and you’ll have businesses paying you to move your trailers to the cities you need them in anyway.  It’s a win-win.

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5 Reasons Customers Choose Volume LTL Shipping

Volume LTL has become a popular way for many businesses to ship.  It fits a growing market of businesses looking to ship more at a given time to the same destination.  It’s sometimes referred to as partial TL, although there are differences, such as the need for freight set on pallets or in crates.

For a business with 6 pallets or more, a load greater than 5,000 pounds, or freight requiring 12-32 linear feet of trailer space, volume LTL may be the way to go.  And if you’ve never used it before, you may want to consider it for future shipments after seeing the 5 benefits customers who choose volume LTL enjoy.

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