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Why Spot Freight is Costing you More

By jcollins on 9/1/2015
The shortage of trucks available on the internet load boards is creating a rate inflation bubble. My brokerage provides truck capacity OFF the load boards- if your broker is at the mercy of load boards it may be costing you more than necessary.

Brokers endangered or indispensable??

By jcollins on 8/19/2015
Using trucks direct only works if the freight is regular and pays well. Money talks with trucks.... they are gone when the rates drop. Brokers can afford to move freight at low margins and utilize backhaul routes for shippers. A broker's job is to secure transportation and help save cost, rising costs are indicative of a trucking shortage not a broker's extra profit.

Texas Surpasses California for Reefer Freight Volume

By jcollins on 8/18/2015
Seven Star focuses on the major produce states of AZ, TX, and CA. This focus gives us the ability to provide the same trucks (from our truck network & not random load board trucks) at dedicated rates for our customers.

Truck Capacity Webinar

By jcollins on 8/5/2015
Summary of the webinar: We have a driver shortage, not a truck shortage. The owner operator sector is remaining strong compared to large fleets with company drivers. Brokers are a valuable asset since they have the connections with owner operators.

The Spot Market - And How not to use it

By jcollins on 8/4/2015
Spot Market freight has tight margins which usually requires finding the least expensive truck. To find that low cost freight many carriers are usually contacted which actually drives up rates creating a false demand. Seven Star can handle all your spot market freight going to or from CA/AZ/TX. We have our own network of trucks and do not use load boards which often have more costly and risky carriers.

Carriers brokering without authority - What's the risk?

By jcollins on 7/28/2015
When a carrier needs to haul a load that he doesn't have a truck available for he will need to broker out the freight. If the original carrier does not have a brokerage authority or the $75,000 surety bond, the freight is at major risk.

Do you know who's really Hauling your Freight??

By jcollins on 7/28/2015
Double brokering happens more than you may realize. Your carrier or broker needs to have a system in place to ensure that your freight is protected. Seven Star confirms every truck, driver, and load to keep complete transparency with every load.

How to Select a Freight Broker

By jcollins on 6/24/2015

Seven Star is a fully insured broker. Our carrier turnover is far below industry average. Our secret is to use the same carriers which prevents breaks in the logistics chain.

The truck capacity shortages shippers experienced last fall are sure to continue as the year goes on. But armed with a good freight broker, you can weather the storm. Many shippers turn to brokers when freight demand far outstrips carrier capacity. Shippers using a broker can access increased capacity without the hassle of managing new carrier relationships.

The Extra Mile

Why Spot Freight is Costing you More
9/1/2015 9:53 AM | jcollins
Brokers endangered or indispensable??
8/19/2015 3:42 PM | jcollins
Texas Surpasses California for Reefer Freight Volume
8/18/2015 10:28 AM | jcollins
Truck Capacity Webinar
8/5/2015 3:46 PM | jcollins
The Spot Market - And How not to use it
8/4/2015 11:29 AM | jcollins
Carriers brokering without authority - What's the risk?
7/28/2015 3:18 PM | jcollins
Do you know who's really Hauling your Freight??
7/28/2015 3:07 PM | jcollins
How to Select a Freight Broker
6/24/2015 3:10 PM | jcollins