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CARRIER ALERT

by Coverloads.com on 05/23/11

A carrier "GN DELIVERY SERVICE"  MC  # 609367 out of Pheonix AR ......a guy going by the name Jerry Nuno is saying he is GN DELIVERY SERVICE...then hiring trucks falsely as R2 Logistics, Inc. Brokerage....sending the loads to alternate states other than the true destination.  Takes a fuel advance and disappears.  The Flying J in Ripon, CA did not require a driver's license to cash the com check consequently no tracking the crook.  Wire Fraud and Theft by Deception.  FBI states "threshold" is minimal for their time to investigate the case.  Attorney General office states fill in a form mail it in and wait 4 weeks, someone will call to discuss.

Tom Milosavljevich
Armstrong Transport Group, Inc

VERIFYING BROKERAGES

by Coverloads.com on 05/23/11

Don't be afraid to take the time to verify them.  Go to www.safersys.org and click on LICENSING AND INSURANCE at the bottom of the page.  Enter the Broker's MC Number.  You will want to call the number listed on the FMCSA website and verify the office and load that you are working on.  If they have no idea what you are talking about, then you need to get to the bottom of things BEFORE THE LOAD MOVES!!! 

Theft of freight is on the rise, so don't be a victim!

CARRIER ALERT

by Coverloads.com on 05/16/11

Sent by Tom Milosavljevich from Armstrong Transport Group, Inc.

A&C EXPRESS LLC MC72279
DOUBLE BROKERING AND THEFT
Took a load for $3400.  They gave it to another truck for $4200 as a broker named A-Plus out of MO to phone number 573-825-4287, the comcheck cashed by T. Thorton.  ONCE THE COMCHECK WAS CASHED THERE HAVE BEEN NO MORE COMMUNICATIONS TO US OR THE LOADED TRUCK.....They will not answer the phone for any of us......573-825-4287

WALIA TRANSPORT MC463980
HOLDING A LOAD HOSTAGE
Picked up a load of poultry on 5/7 that was scheduled to deliver 5/10.  They called prior to delivery demanding full payment via com check or they were not going to deliver the load.

RIVERSIDE MOTOR LINES MC128272
DOUBLE BROKERING
Caught Double Brokering 7 loads.

What is the difference between a Broker Agent and a Independent Dispatcher?

by Coverloads.com on 05/10/11

Many people ask this question when they are considering getting into this industry.

BROKER AGENTS work for established brokerages.  They will contact direct manufacturers to get set up with them and begin receiving a list of their available freight.  Once they begin obtaining freight, they will look for trucks to move the freight.  The idea is to find a qualified compliant carrier who will move the load for the LEAST amount of money so that you can earn a commission.  For example:  Direct Manufacturer is paying $1000, and the broker agent wants a 15% commission.  The broker agent will need to find a truck to move the load for $850 or less.  The commission is then split with the brokerage--50/50, 60/40, 70/30 with the broker agent getting an equal or higher percentage of the split.  If the commission is $150 and the split is 50/50 then the broker agent would receive $75 for that particular load.  The broker agent is working through the brokerage, but in essence they are working for the shipper.

INDEPENDENT DISPATCHERS work directly for the owner operator or small trucking company to keep their trucks loaded and moving.  You will work to stay ahead of the truck so that they do not ever have to sit and wait on a load.  Independent Dispatchers will work with both brokerages and direct manufacturers to try and get the MOST money for your truck.  Independent Dispatchers are paid on a percentage or flat fee basis for each load.  Generally, the percentage is 7 to 9%, with that rate being adjustable based on the amount of work the owner operator wants you to do.  If they want you to also handle the billing, then you would need to charge more.  Some Independent Dispatchers charge a flat fee per load, such as $50 or $100.  Your rate or fee is going to be what you can work out with you driver.  For example, if you are paid 8% of each load, then if the shipper is paying $1000, then you would receive 80 from the owner operator.  If you are paid a flat fee of $100 per load, then you would receive $100 for the load used in the example.  Some Independent Dispatchers are also paid a weekly salary per truck.  The Independent Dispatcher is working for the owner operator.

If you are just starting out in this industry, the larger brokerages will not hire you if you do not have a book of business or any experience.  You will have to begin with some of the smaller brokerages.  Market yourself!  You can check out the FMCSA website to look for brokerages who have just received their authority and call them to see about working with them.  If you have received proper training and you explain to them what you learned in your training, then odds are they will be happy to bring you on as an asset to their new business.  You can negotiate a contract with them concerning payment.

No matter which avenue you choose you MUST possess the following skills:

Telephone skills--do not sound like you have a mouthful of oatmeal!

Computer skills--you have to know more than just how to turn it off and on.  You need Microsoft Office (at least the student edition), you must know how to use email, attach documents to the email, and how to open attachments.

Negotiating skills--You have to be willing and able to work with the numbers.

Customer Skills--This is a service oriented business.  If you would not be a good server in a restaurant or do not care about pleasing people, then this may not be for you.

Multi-tasking skills--This is a very demanding position.  You will need many websites up at once, along with your email and you will be constantly changing screens, answering the phone, checking faxes, completing paperwork and creating confirmation sheets.

Organization Skills--prioritizing.  Keep the paperwork organized and remember who you are talking on the phone.

Cash Management Skills--Know what is coming in and out and when.

Will truck dispatching be a good job during the recession?

by Coverloads.com on 02/08/11

With the recession there are cutbacks EVERYWHERE, and many people are worried about losing their jobs.  Many people want to know if this is a job that they can do while the economy is bad.  The answer is yes for different reasons, but just take a look at the snow storm and the effect that it had on transportation.

In my state, we had gas stations run out of gas because the tankers carrying the needed gas could not reach their destinations.  Grocery stores were running out of milk, bread, eggs, water, etc., and could not refill the shelves due to trucks not being able to get in.  On February 6, a local Wal Mart employee said that they were still trying to get freight in that was supposed to have arrived on January 31.

If it weren't for trucks, we would be homeless, hungry, and naked!  Take a look around.  There are no railroad tracks running through retail stores, and they are not sitting on docks.  Even if more manufacturers did start using oceanic or waterway shipping, the trucks will still have to pick up the freight and deliver it to its final destination.

The day trucks stop rolling will be the day the crap has really hit the fan because when we run the stores the shelves will be empty, with no big trucks bringing more stock.

If you start this business and do well, you will establish working relationships that will result in residual income.  Even when people stop buying luxury items and going out to eat, they will still need the basic supplies for their daily life, which will be delivered in a truck.

On a side note:  I would like to say Thank You to all of the truck drivers out there who brave the elements to make sure the freight keeps moving.

Moving Freight is like a fun game of Chess!
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