Best Practices and Benchmarks

Pros and cons: Brokered vs. direct shipper freight

The kind of freight you choose to haul, whether it's through a broker or direct from a shipper, is an individual decision… Read More

Partial loads: A slow season secret weapon?

I try my best to avoid markets where demand is low, but that gets difficult at this time of year. It's tough to get to a… Read More

How the best shippers manage capacity challenges

What can shippers do to make their freight attractive to carriers? Three shippers answered that question during a panel… Read More

Trailer pools: Friend or foe?

Imagine a transportation industry where no truck was ever detained. That’s the motivation behind trailer pools, which… Read More

Will sub-zero temps stall trucking operations?

Large swaths of the U.S. often suffer from all kinds of severe weather during the first quarter, impacting freight… Read More

6 rules for making money in the slow season

The spot market will likely be the same as it is every year around this time: From January to about the end of March, it… Read More

Costs rise faster than revenues for freight brokers in November

Although revenues and profits improved for freight brokers in November compared to 2017, the month-over-month results… Read More

4 lessons the Marines taught me about owning a business

After 10 years in the Marine Corps and 3 years as a professional driver, I decided to start my own trucking business in… Read More

Freight broker revenues climb in October

Freight brokers' revenues and costs rose by about the same amount in October, indicating that high rates paid by shippers… Read More

Freight brokers post solid Q3 results, despite lackluster margins

Freight brokers posted solid revenue gains and good cost controls in the third quarter, for a sharp increase in net… Read More

5 steps to get 'pre-booked' for loads

When demand for trucks slows down, like it does every year during this time, the trend among many owner-operators is to… Read More

Freight broker revenue doubles in July

Freight brokers doubled their monthly revenue in July compared to last year, to set yet another record. Despite… Read More