National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2014

To the drivers of America:

In observance of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, a heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you that keeps the wheels turning.

We were fortunate enough to thank a few drivers from our carrier network in person this morning, but want to make sure our gratitude is expressed to every hard working truck driver.

Every day, you are moving the goods and supplies each of us rely on in our business and personal lives. You’ve seen the country and experience the challenges and rewards of a unique career. We truly appreciate the job you do and the time you spend doing it.

Sincerely,

The Freightquote Team

Freightquote Attends Niagara Bottling’s Carrier Partner Conference

Early this year, Freightquote struck a partnership with Niagara Bottling, LLC. So, when we received an invitation to Newport Coast, CA for their 2nd Annual Carrier Partner Conference at the end of August, we were thrilled to accept and spend a little quality time with our customer while enjoying a bit of that beautiful California coast.

At this event Niagara reviewed topics key to their business, including their future outlook and operational updates. Justin Simien, Premier Client Manager, stated, “The event really highlighted Niagara’s priorities and initiatives. This insight and knowledge is critical to the partnership and management of their freight.” In addition, the information learned and shared while at the conference prepares both Freightquote and Niagara for the 2015 RFP process.

Also in attendance, learning, networking and enjoying the ocean view, were Tom Krenning, VP of Truckload Operations and Jason Beer, VP of Enterprise Solutions.

Tim Barton named Regional Entrepreneur of the Year

Freightquote founder and executive chairman, Tim Barton, has been named Regional Entrepreneur of the Year by the Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Henry W. Bloch School of Management.

The Regional Entrepreneur of the Year award is presented each year to a distinguished entrepreneur or innovator of a Kansas City area organization. In 1998, Barton founded Freightquote, leveraging technology to connect freight shippers with carriers. Over the past 16 years, Freightquote has grown to over 1,000 employees moving over 1 million shipments each year with annual revenues exceeding $600 million.

Barton will be honored at the 29th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards dinner and ceremony on Oct 14, 2014 at the Kansas City Convention Center. All proceeds of the event benefit the Regnier Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Bloch School of Management.

The award presentation wraps Henry Bloch Entrepreneurship Week. Barton will be featured during a “Second Wednesdays” presentation on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014, as part of the series of events.

For more information on the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Entrepreneurship Week and the honorary dinner, visit the UMKC Bloch School of Management website

Freightquote takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Challenge accepted! Fellow Kansas City based company Perceptive Software challenged Freightquote to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last week. Our first-place Corporate Challenge team stepped up and accepted. Along with the ice-cold bath, a donation was made to ALS from Freightquote. We challenged Burns & McDonnell, AMC Theatres and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City to take the challenge as well. Check out the video below!

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media fundraising campaign where participants are challenged to record themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their head and post it to social media and make a donation to ALS research. At Freightquote, we believe that Community Matters and are active in supporting various charities and giving back in the Kansas City area.

Freightquote Promotes Long-time associate to Culture and Community Relations Manager

Freightquote has promoted Cle Ross to culture and community relations manager. Ross, who has been with the company for 10 years, is very active in the community and leads organizations including Kansas City Kansas Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (KCK RBI), whose opening day is May 16 and is sponsored by Freightquote.

The creation of this position is part of Freightquote’s new strategic vision for the company. One of its strategic pillars, “People Matter,” focuses on encouraging company and civic involvement among associates as well as increasing engagement in the community.

“Our goal is to be the best employer in Kansas City. Part of that obligation is to impact our community in positive ways,” said Tyler Ellison, Freightquote chief executive officer. “Cle has been a model for what we continually aspire to be as a corporate citizen and this appointment will accelerate our commitment to our community.”

In his new role, Ross will ensure Freightquote associates not only have a plethora of internal activities to participate in, but also can easily give back to the multitude of charitable organizations around Kansas City.

Besides the new title, Ross is the first recipient and namesake on Freightquote’s inaugural Cle Ross Community Impact Award. The annual award, which will be given out at the President’s Club meeting in March, honors a Freightquote associate who lives and promotes Freightquote’s “People Matter” mindset.

“It’s hard not to be inspired by Cle’s story and his ambition to make our community better,” said Julie Schaller, Freightquote’s vice president of human resources. “We are proud to have him on our team and know he will turn Freightquote into one of the best places to work in Kansas City with the activities he initiates here and in the community.”

Since 2007, Ross has founded Success Achieved in Future Environments (S.A.F.E.) a nonprofit organization that offers programs which include S.T.I.C.K.S. (Support Towards Inner City Kids Sports), KCK RBI and Dirt Dandies Elite Showcase, all aimed at improving the lives of area youth.

Freightquote has been a long-time supporter of Ross’ work with KCK RBI, which uses baseball as a vehicle to teach Kansas City youth about the importance of education. Under Ross’ leadership, the program has swelled to nearly 1,000 kids. This organization is a natural fit for Freightquote, which regularly sponsors and contributes to organizations focused on education and improving the lives of children.

Freightquote looks to fill 400 sales positions in 2014

Freightquote announced plans to hire up to 400 freight brokers during 2014. This comes as a response to the company’s continual growth and will help Freightquote maintain its position atop the freight industry.

“Freightquote is growing at a great pace and we are looking for good people to help us maintain and elevate this growth,” said Tyler Ellison, Freightquote’s chief executive officer. “We are not looking for just anyone to fill all these spots. We are looking for people who are tenacious, hardworking, competitive and like to sell.”

The freight broker position is responsible for ensuring all aspects of Freightquote’s freight processes are operating at maximum potential. This role is responsible for managing and developing customer and carrier relationships, service and product planning, implementation, and delivery. In addition, freight brokers function as account managers handling truckload coverage, price negotiation, troubleshooting and dispatch capacities.

Freightquote offers a competitive base salary of $36,000, with the potential of growing to $100,000 within three years. In addition, full-time employees receive competitive benefits packages and have the option to set their own work schedules. Beyond the monetary benefits, Freightquote employees are encouraged to partake in the company’s philanthropic initiatives, which revolve around improving education for children here and across the country.

Freightquote moved into its new state-of-the-art, 200,000-square-foot headquarters off State Line Road last July. The building, which currently houses 1,000 employees, was built for growth and can accommodate up to 900 more employees.

Interested applicants should apply at FQJobs.com. As part of the application process, all candidates are asked to take a 25-minute online test. This test helps Freightquote determine if the applicants have the drive and personality to produce and grow the company’s bottom line.

Protect from freeze services keeps freight moving in cold weather

Protect from FreezeWith the winter chill settling in across the United States, it’s not hard to see how the cold might impact freight shipments. When cargo is temperature-sensitive, but still has to move, Protect from Freeze services are the answer.

Protect from Freeze is a service many LTL carriers provide to keep goods that can freeze at the shipper’s desired temperature. Commodities such as chemicals, paints, glues, liquids, wine, alcohol, perishable food and batteries need to maintain an above freezing temperature throughout transit to maintain quality. Using Protect from Freeze services, the cargo is sheltered from the outside conditions using heated trailers, heat shelters and blankets to ensure the freight does not freeze in transit. Making sure to consistently monitor the outside temperature and the temperature of your freight, your freight will stay warmer than 32 degrees.

However, this service is not offered by every carrier in the Freightquote network. Leverage your Freight Broker’s expertise to find a carrier that meets the shipment requirements and offers Protect from Freeze service. Make sure to provide the commodity type and temperature requirements in addition to the standard shipment details. Your broker will be able to help you pick a carrier that will take the proper precautions to get your temperature sensitive cargo safely to its destination.

Also, make sure to note that each carrier has different limitations of liabilities for handing freight under freeze protection. Review these options with your Freight Broker as well to make sure your cargo is covered at the desired level.

In cases of extreme cold, some carriers may not be able to offer a freeze protection guarantee and will place an embargo on this service until temperatures rise slightly. Your Freight Broker will have the most accurate information in this type of situation.

Ready to move your temperature-sensitive freight? Call your Freightquote Freight Broker at 800.323.5441 to speak to an expert about Protect from Freeze and all your logistics needs.