5 Reasons To Use A Freight Broker

#5. A broad-based freight brokerage firm is more capable for specialized needs.

A full-service freight brokerage firm is most likely to be knowledgeable and experienced across the broadest range of specialties, even to the extent of having staff who focus on particular areas. The best brokers are part of a wide-ranging firm that provides multi-faceted transportation services to clients. Such complimentary services might include bill administration to help you prevent over payment through oversights or inaccuracies, and account management to help secure the trucks to suit your needs best.

#4. Your process shifts from reactive to proactive.

Many shippers typically don’t think much about their rates until shipping time. Brokers think about rates every day, and continually keep their clients posted on market trends and opportunities. Establishing a relationship with a freight broker can elevate your process from a reactive mode that kicks in when production approaches completion, to a proactive stance that anticipates opportunities in advance, enabling more effective strategy when it is time.

#3. Using a broker reflects the good business practice of outsourcing for non-core services

Organizations regularly outsource for specialized skills outside of their core capabilities, such as accounting or legal counsel. Commercial Transportation is a similarly exacting business function; with so much at stake, it pays—literally—to outsource to a specialist.

#2. If you have shipments originating in multiple cities, a national freight brokerage firm gives you one-stop service for all locations.

A strong freight brokerage firm operating in multiple markets can serve you from a single source, eliminating the hassle of finding a good carrier in every location where you need one. The best freight brokerage firms will provide clients with an account manager who serves as a single point of client contact and responsibility, working with brokers in other locations to deliver the best opportunities in any location, whenever you need them.

#1. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

Although many manufacturers and distributors have contracts with trucking companies to transport their goods, a significant amount of freight transport in North America is handled by freight brokers like Battalion Logistics LLC. Brokers are in business because they save clients time, money and risk, pure and simple. Fifty years ago, when a shipper wanted to hire a truck to move their goods, they just handed over the cash to the trucker, and the deal was consummated. Today, a shipper is faced with a much greater challenge when hiring a trucker. They worry about contracts, liability, insurance, fraud alerts, trucker and driver compliance, and, above all else, actually finding the truck at the right price.


Written by: Martie Worrell President Battalion Logistics LLC

8 thoughts on “5 Reasons To Use A Freight Broker

  1. Tyler Johnson says:

    That’s a good point that a broker would be able to help you with specific needs for transporting your goods. It would be nice to have a refrigerated truck if you needed to keep something cold or a heated one for hot goods. I’ll have to consider using a broker if I ever need to ship some products in the future.

  2. Tammie Houston says:

    My dad wants to open up a cargo shipment business. He is interested in taking freight broker training so that he will be familiarized with the flow of the business itself. It’s awesome that this article talked about the 5 reasons why engaging yourself in training and seminars is very important, especially for full-service freight firms who cater to particular areas. Cheers!

  3. Braden Bills says:

    A friend of mine is trying to run a business, but now he’s not sure how he’s going to get a bunch of food delivered. It makes sense that he would want to get a professional freight company to help! It would be good for him to ensure that he gets one that can deliver things in a refrigerated container. That way, he won’t have to worry about the food going bad.

  4. Dylan Peterson says:

    I like what you said about using a broker to reflect good business practices with outsourcing. My boss wants to get some supplies shipped across the country. I’ll share this information with him sot hat he can look into his options for freight brokers who can help him with this.

  5. Austin Saunders says:

    I like what you said about using a freight broker so that you can outsource shipping operations to a specialist. My boss has been telling me about how he wants to revamp our distribution branch in the coming year. I’ll share this information with him so that he can look into his options for freight brokers who can help him with this.

  6. Braden Bills says:

    My friend needs to have some things shipped around for his business, but he’s not sure how to go about it yet. It makes sense that he would want to get a professional to handle it! I can see how trying to handle the process on his own could cause a lot of issues.

  7. Tammie Houston says:

    You made a great point when you said that having a good freight brokerage means that they can handle all of your shipments even if you deliver and deal with supplies from many different cities. You would only need to contact one person for all your needs and that really simplifies the process. My uncle is thinking of starting his own steel manufactory company and I think he would really benefit from this service. I’ll be sure to send over your article to him and see what he thinks about hiring a freight brokerage.

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