1. What is double brokering?
Double Brokering occurs when a contracted carrier accepts a load and then brokers it out to another company. Red Rose definitely does not allow this. It's a big NO for us because it can lead to huge liability issues on many different levels. We want to make sure we know exactly who is hauling the freight we’ve been contracted to transport and verify that every carrier we use is in compliance with the DOT (Department of Transportation) and has the necessary insurance and permits required.
2. How does your 3PL company utilize technology?
We recently upgraded our dispatch system to a new software program so that we can keep current with today’s technology. We are still adjusting to the changes but are excited about all of the new things we are able to do now! Top-of-the-line software is important in how transportation companies manage and gain visibility to their freight. We also have a program that we use to onboard and monitor all of our contracted carriers to make sure they stay current and align with all of the rules and regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
3. How do transportation companies come up with rates?
So many factors go into giving an accurate rate: certain commodities, product weight, mileage, national average fuel prices, receiving/ delivery times, solo driver or required team service.
4. What types of products does Red Rose specialize in hauling?
We pretty much do it all! We transport everything from Heavy Haul freight on Step Decks, Flatbeds and RGNs to Refrigerated and Dry Van loads. But we take pride specializing in Wine and Alcohol loads.
5. What types of jobs are available in the Transportation Industry?
There are so many jobs in the transportation field: drivers, dispatch and operations, sales, safety, mechanics, warehousing, etc. The jobs are endless in our field!
6. What does your Daily Operations look like?
We have in-office staff coverage from 5:00am to 5:00pm PST to make sure we are available to both customers and carriers from the West Coast to the East Coast and everywhere in between, regardless of their time zone. We stay busy securing trucks for our available freight and keeping in contact with our customers, shippers and consignees regarding current and any future freight we are going to be assigned. Check calls are due by 7:00am each day from our drivers for every shipment that is on the road to monitor their current locations and ensure they are on task for their scheduled pickup and delivery times.
7. What is the biggest challenge within the transportation business?
One of the biggest challenges in the transportation business is underestimating the unknown. You never know what is going to happen over the road. There are traffic and weather hazards to contend with when a shipment is promised to deliver or pick up by a certain date and time. Sometimes a truck can be delayed for days because of a snowstorm or even a breakdown. Another challenge is staying on top of the market. Rates fluctuate depending on equipment availability, the National Fuel Average and even the economy. This is an ever-changing industry!
8. Is there a minimum or maximum load volume requirement?
No, not necessarily! Whether a customer needs to ship 1 load or 50, we are here for that customer with the same enthusiasm and integrity. Our only one small requirement is that it ships as a FTL (Full Truck Load). We currently do not provide LTL (Less Than Truckload) service. Aside from that, if the load is legal weight and going anywhere in the contiguous 48 states, we can make it happen!
9. Interested in seeing how a great freight broker can take your business to the next level?
Give us a call today, and we’ll show you how it’s done!
(559) 277-1060 Sales@redrosetrans.net