Monday, March 14, 2011

Refer Carrier Needed

One of the things I really enjoy about the transportation industry is that it never gets boring. I have been riding this merry go round long enough to have worked through just about every kind of condition. Sometimes there are more trucks than cargo, sometimes more cargo than trucks but whatever the condition freight brokers are essential. One of our jobs is to understand where the market is and adjust accordingly.

Right now in the industry, it's all about capacity. Capacity equals available trucks.

For example I have 60 loads from Camilla, GA to Mexia, TX. Finding the trucks I need is the challenge. I need a refer carrier with 200k insurance. These are all S.L.C. and all loads will be sealed. Any carriers that want to talk to me about these loads - call me - we are starting in a few weeks. I will pay fair.

Carriers, this project is starting soon. I would prefer one carrier do it all. We pay on time and we pay all hours of service time and fuel surcharge. I treat my carriers with the respect they deserve. That's the bottom line as a broker or an agent. Treat both the carrier and the shipper the same. They both have needs. Meet those needs and you are in business. Last bit of advice - Always take the high road, don't do business with shippers and carriers and brokers that don't treat you with respect. Do business the right way and expect the same from everyone else.

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach

P.S. Want to move my 60 loads? Call me 214-206-1169

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Definition of Success

Read these words and next to each word note if the word exemplifies success or failure.

Nice home
Loved by family
Deserted by family
Lots of friends
A few friends
Spent time in prison
Never convicted of a crime

Jesus was poor, homeless, deserted by his hometown, had a few close friends who denied they knew him, spent time in prison and lived a controversial life.

Yet Jesus had the greatest purpose of any man that ever lived on earth. His purpose? He died for our sins so we might live in relationship with God forever.

A good man might give his life for someone he loved, but Jesus gave His life for all including those who hate Him.

Does that make you rethink your definition of success?

Go out and live the life God has called you to, and you will be a success. Your live may not be a success in the eyes of people, but a success in the eyes of God should be our purpose for each day.

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Buy American

I saw a report on the news last night about how few American made products an average American family actually buys. It took the reporter two hours just to find a totally made-in-America coffee maker. They reported an incredible statistic that if we each bought 18 cents more in American products 200,000 more jobs would be necessary to fill that need. Not sure if I got the numbers exactly right but at any rate it indicated that I can help in job creation by paying a bit more for the American made product. It motivated me to at least think about checking my labels more often and buying the American product more often.

I then thought about how that affects the transportation industry. More manufacturing in America would require more American truckers to move the products and more America freight brokers to organize the effort.

I realize that is a simplistic view of the world economy but it is something I can get my head around. By buying American we keep more American’s working. We are a very wealthy society in world terms; even the poorest among us are incredibly blessed. Yet we are obsessed with the bargain.

I know that I can afford to buy American and still support other countries with struggling economies. So that is what I am going to try to do.

I noticed Chi (they make hair straighteners) recently moved their manufacturing back to America (Houston actually) so even though I have no hair I’m thinking about going out to buy a Chi.

What American companies do you know of that you can support and help get America back to being more productive?

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach