Five Important Reasons You Should be Using a Freight Broker
04/11/2017 — Jerry Spelic
It is a very common question for shippers: "Should I use a
freight broker?" Before we list five important reasons why you should use a
freight broker, we answer the question, “What is a freight broker?” A broker arranges freight shipping between
a carrier and a shipper. In exchange, the broker receives a small commission for
facilitating the transaction. That’s how freight brokers make money.
So, why use a freight broker? Efficiency. A freight
broker adds value and flexibility to your supply chain and that
becomes your competitive advantage. Focusing all of your energy on what you do
best gives you an edge and helps you stay competitive. Unless what you do best is shipping, you
should consider using a freight broker to manage your shipping and logistics
Big companies got big because they focused on what they
did best. In fact, 85% of Fortune 500 companies use third-party logistics
providers like freight brokers. That’s not a coincidence; it’s a cause-and-effect
relationship. Every dollar saved on shipping goes right to the bottom line.
these five important advantages of using a freight broker:
Save time, save
resources, save money. With a freight broker as a strategic partner, you
have the benefit of your own dedicated shipping department without the expense
your own dedicated shipping department. You also don’t need to spend time on invoices,
audits and training, Using a freight broker lets you focus on your business.
We could end the list right here. But wait, there are more benefits
of using a freight broker!
more scalability. A freight broker partner is able to provide you more, or
less, capacity as your business goes through its natural cycles. So there’s no
need to stress over seasonality, irregular spikes or sudden troughs in your business.
expertise. What freight brokers do best is shipping, and working with one
allows you access to their knowledge of best practices and real-world
experience. It also allows you to access the latest technology for shipping reporting
and visibility into your logistics.
It’s not just what
you know, it’s who you know. Freight broker partners have expansive
carrier networks that provide many advantages over an in-house shipping
department. They have buying power and can provide volume discounts, lowering
your shipping expenses. They also can provide access to capacity that otherwise
would be unavailable, or very costly, to an internal shipping department.
partnership. Your freight broker works for you and will put your interests first, because when you succeed, they succeed and when your business
grows, so does theirs. That’s the definition of a partnership: benefits for
Need more convincing about the benefits of using a
freight broker? Call PartnerShip at 800-599-2902 or contact us and see how
we can help you ship smarter so you can stay competitive. You might also want
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Did You Know These Everyday Phrases Originated from Trucker Slang?
04/04/2017 — Jerry Spelic
We depend on truckers to keep our freight and economy
moving. Over time, they have developed a language all their own. Did you know
that many words and phrases you use every day originated as trucker slang? Transportation
is so important and vital to the US economy that we thought we’d put together a
blog post about trucker slang and lingo.
First, a short history lesson. In 1958, the FCC (Federal
Communications Commission) allocated a new block of frequencies for a citizens
band (CB) service. During the 1960s, it became popular among small businesses
that were frequently on the road, like electricians, plumbers, carpenters and truck
drivers. As CB radios became smaller and less expensive, CB radio usage exploded and
a CB slang language evolved.
Some common, everyday phrases that started as trucker
slang include calling your spouse your “better half.” Or watching the “idiot
box.” If you still have a home phone, you probably call it a “landline.” So did
truckers, decades ago! Ever meet someone for a “barley pop?” Or shop at “Wally
World?” Yes, these slang words for beer and Walmart owe their creation to
Truckers have also created some great nicknames for
American cities. Los Angeles is commonly known as “Shaky Town.” In fact, most
city slang names refer to what the city is known for. Like “Beer Town” (Milwaukee),
“Guitar” (Nashville), “Derby” (Louisville), and “Gateway” (St. Louis). Others
are just fun to say, like “Choo-choo” (Chattanooga), “The Big D” (Dallas) and “The
During the 1970s oil crisis, the U.S. government imposed
a 55 mph speed limit, and fuel shortages and rationing were common. CB radios
were crucial for truckers to locate service stations with fuel and to warn of speed
traps. Truckers paid by the mile were negatively impacted by driving slow so
lots of slang was created to alert other truckers of law enforcement. If you’ve
seen Smokey and the Bandit, you
know an officer of the law is a “bear.” But did you know that a rookie cop is a “baby
bear,” a police helicopter is a “bear in the air,” or that a speed trap is
known as a “bear trap?” A sheriff is known as a “county mounty” and “city
kitties” are the local police.
Finally, you’ve probably used “10-4” to acknowledge that
you heard or understood something that someone said. Same with “what’s your
20?” which is short for 10-20, meaning location. These everyday terms
originated from CB radio slang.
Next time you have a load you need to keep between the
ditches, whether it is "Badger Bound" or headed to "Mile High,"contact PartnerShip. You can reach us at
800-599-2902 or get a quote
now! Until then, keep the shiny side up and the greasy side down.