brokers

DashHaul aims at the truckload spot market with automated brokerage

DashHaul’s automated brokerage is focused on streamlining shipper/carrier connections with rates that adhere to either the shipper’s custom-set rates or default rates set by an algorhythmic pricing methodology.

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POLL: How far in advance do you negotiate your loads?

Independents, this poll probes the extent to which you pre-plan loads (negotiating a day or days ahead of time) or look to maximize rates by negotiating "the day of" the load.

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‘Fury by association’ therapy

"We met a broker this past week at MATS, and he absolutely confirmed that all brokers aren't bad" -- Wendy hangs on to some of her sparkle.

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Broker group’s bond exemption request denied

FMCSA: "Granting an exemption to all brokers and freight forwarders would flout a clear and recent congressional directive and statement of the public interest,"

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POLL: How many freight-rate negotiations do you conduct in a week?

Independents, how negotiation-heavy is your business when it comes to rates? This poll asks how many rate conversations you have in any given week with a broker or freight agent.

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POLL: Best day of the week to negotiate for and book a load?

Independents, in your experience, what day of the week yields the best rates during broker negotiations? Tell us in this poll -- further thoughts on the reasons why/anecdotes, sound off in the comments.

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‘Cheap diesel’ makes my eye twitch

"I think the FMCSA should implement a rule that says if anyone uses the argument that 'diesel is cheap'" to justify low rates "they are rendered a swift and brutal throat punch."

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How much is your time worth?

"I can't rightfully condone Burger King bag enemas, but I can tell you to ask for detention pay.... Your time is valuable, too."

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Strike! For .. lower freight rates?

Errant headline from a Colombian driver strike. Also: More on fuel surcharges: 3 in 4 readers collecting/charging fuel surcharges per mile report a base mpg between 5 and 7.

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Trucking 101: The difference between a freight forwarder and a broker

The primary, though not the only, difference between forwarders and brokers is that a freight broker never takes possession of items being shipped.

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