Discussion in 'Freight Broker Forum' started by Susy Q, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. Susy Q

    Susy Q Bobtail Member

    Aug 19, 2017
    Hi, Thanks in advance. I am in search of a freight brokerage to mentor me remotely as an agent.I am a Navy vet,former small business owner with a backround in accounting and finance.My significant other will join me after I build a book of customers and am making a modest income.John has some experience,working for Online Freight for 4 months.He moved 35 loads with an average gross profit of 15% and his highest 33%,paying the truck $2000 and billing the shipper $3000.due to a small health problem and us relocating from florida to michigans' upper peninsula is why he didn't continue. The time is right for us to build a business. John has driven trucks on and off for 20 years pulling everything from flatbeds,RGN, to triples and has dispatch experience. I can be reached at sqh18797@gmail.com Susan J Horner
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  3. PPDCT

    PPDCT Road Train Member

    Jun 15, 2017
    St. Paul, MN
    Why are you looking to go remote instead of working for a local broker in a local office? You'll likely have better luck finding someone to teach you locally as opposed to getting someone to try and teach you off site. You'll most likely get better learning that way, too.
  4. JL of Indiana

    JL of Indiana Light Load Member

    Jul 14, 2017
    Not much volume of freight moving in that area is there? Definitely a disadvantage.
  5. stayinback

    stayinback Road Train Member

    Jan 24, 2014
    Suzi-Q (Love it)..Umm We actually could use you in a truck.....Haven't had a Suzi-Q since the 70's,,,,, Besides we are short on drivers- you'll make way more driving than a Broker ever could
  6. flatbeb mac

    flatbeb mac Medium Load Member

    Aug 16, 2015
    I don't really buy that, the whole driver shortage came from a 2015 ATA analysis of the industry. The ATA said the reason is that carriers claim that 88% of applicants are not qualified. As it stands at the moment the claim is that the industry is 50k drivers short. sounds like a lot I suppose until you put in prospective that there are 3.5 million drivers, so really that is only 1.47% shortage. Doesn't sound like so many to me, "2015, the number of for-hire carriers on file with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration totaled 586,014, private carriers totaled 747,781 and other* interstate motor carriers totaled 144,170."

    So taking those numbers, which total of 1,477,965 carriers in all,
    • 90.8% operate 6 or fewer trucks.
    • 97.3% operate fewer than 20 trucks.

    So then, if there are that many carriers and short 50k drivers, that means that 4 companies out of 100 are short 1 driver. Now according to the ATA those companies are short because only 1 in 10 applicants are hire-able, which means 500k applications need to be filled to fill the void. ATA also predicts that due to growth that 96k new drivers will need to be hired every year for the next 10 yrs just to keep up. That means that there needs to be another 960k applications per year filled out to keep up with growth. So then by the ATA's numbers that's 1,460,000 applications that needs to be filled out this year alone to fill the void.

    Where did they really get these numbers? I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that the growth part is obviously based on pure speculation. Most importantly though is the 50k shortage, whom did they question to get these numbers? That's right the worst ones with the fattest wallets, the ones with $30 million or more in yearly revenue, the ones that use the term "recruit" drivers and treat their drivers like crap. They are the ones with the 80-100% turn over rate, so let's take the info based from the pooled carriers surveyed and spread it across the board. The one size fits all approach.

    In 2013, the claim was the hos law that went into effect causing 80% of carriers a loss in production and requiring more trucks to keep up.

    The claim is that income, benefits, home time and the like would retain more drivers, what it really is, is the way drivers are treated zero respect and zero compassion, they are just an extension of the truck itself. Well I'm sorry folks but if there was such a dire need for more trucks on the road wouldn't freight rates reflect the need through supply and demand? I don't know about any of you but I'm not seeing it. For all I know some of these missing 50k drivers were mia because there truck was in the shop...

    One thing that all the hype does create is the acceptance of foreign workers into the industry and make it look mandatory. The reasoning, the bottom dollar, foreign individuals will work for less and complain less than their american counterparts, so the story goes. I have no problem with foreign workers joining our work force, what I have a problem with is propaganda used for a agenda based on deception.

    I used to work in agriculture and in slaughter houses, I remember the big hoopla of a shortage then too. The unions would go across the border round people up, set them up in housing and put them out to work. I worked for a guy that owned a trailer court with 72 units and Tyson was wanting to buy it from him to house workers. I also once worked at a turkey plant in NC that would waive all the hiring process (checking citizenship) for $200. (Of course they got busted.) I remember watching a bus load of Haitians rolling up to the HR office getting directed to the door. One of their plants got dinged and over 300 people got arrested for being illegal. Now that was back in the crack down days, but times have somewhat changed. When I left there, there wasn't a single person there that was a foreigner. They since have sold out to butterball.

    The big practice now is to hire temps. I just went to a DOW plant and everyone there I saw worked for Kelley Services. I don't know I guess after writing this small book here, I think the report that is so widely quoted is flawed and lead by big wallets. The ATRI made an analysis last may, and what I got from it was that there are to many trucks on the road ...

    TLDR: They call it "estimated", I call it BS
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2017
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