Cutthroat

Discussion in 'Freight Broker Forum' started by 86scotty, Apr 21, 2020.

  1. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

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    It’s a new day and I’m not sweating this but I wanted to share it for the benefit of others.

    I should clear something else up. She wasn’t trying to sell the load cheaper. She never mentioned a cheaper rate. First ten seconds of the first call was “this is the run info and it pays 400, firm”.
     
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  3. FoolsErrand

    FoolsErrand Road Train Member

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    I bet she gets that load in a daily email that gets blanket sent to 5 other crap peddling brokers and cannot risk her stature with them on a cancelled load. We pull for one all the time and its always a "let me see if they still have it" deal.
     
  4. KnightMare84

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    I started brokering a month ago and have had to do this so many times. Hate negotiating with carriers on loads I know I most likely won't get but kinda tough to do it any other way when you're first starting out in this.
     
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  5. KnightMare84

    KnightMare84 Bobtail Member

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    At the same time a lot of shippers are going straight to the spot market themselves and ditching their brokers at present I've been hearing. So brokers aren't only competing against themselves.

    That plus a lot of carriers who normally have dedicated freight to haul are trying to keep their drivers working and are willing to operate at cost to do that. A lot more variables than just brokers trying to drive down the prices.

    I'm new to this but I don't see these spot prices benefiting ANYONE here other than the shippers
     
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  6. Mr.Lampshade

    Mr.Lampshade Bobtail Member

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    Moral of the story may to be proactive next time your insurance is up for expiration. Get that new policy setup as soon as you can and send it to all the brokers you work with. That way maybe you wont have to jump through that hoop when you find a load you want.
     
  7. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

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    I run spot market AND my insurance wasn't about to expire. It was renewed 8 months ago. I'm set up with about 100 brokers, and I've never had this problem. Thanks for the advice but it's not really feasible. I've never had a broker not give me a minute to send them an updated COI.
     
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