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 adds to executive team

Freightquote is proud to announce that Brad Taylor and Andreas Katsaros have joined the executive team. Taylor and Katsaros bring a combined 35 years of industry experience to the team and will help bring the strategic vision of the company to life.

Brad Taylor joins the Freightquote team as executive vice president of sales and marketing. Previously Taylor worked at Greatwide Logistics Services in Dallas, where he managed the sales and solutions design teams for the dedicated contract carriage division. He also held multiple leadership positions during an 18-year career at Schneider National with his last position being senior vice president of commercial management and truckload services. Native to Missouri, Taylor earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo and earned his Executive Masters in International Logistics from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Andreas Katsaros joins Freightquote as the vice president of procurement, where he will oversee all aspects of procurement and pricing. Prior to joining Freightquote, Katsaros worked at Echo Global Logistics, where he held the role of vice president of truckload sourcing. Katsaros also served as vice president of North American road and rail logistics for Kuehne + Nagel, Inc. a global logistics firm based in Switzerland. Prior to Echo and Kuehne + Nagel, Katsaros spent more than eight years at Menlo Worldwide Logistics, a Con-way company. Katsaros earned two Masters Degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in Supply Chain Management, from Elmhurst College in Chicago. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Logistics from Wayne State University in Detroit.

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.

Freightquote celebrates a day of giving with two events that support Kansas City children in need

Today, Monday December 16, 2013, Freightquote announces sponsorship of Trent Green Family Foundation in the morning and hosts holiday dinner for 200 KCK RBI children in the evening.

WHO:
Freightquote, the Trent Green Family Foundation and the Kansas City Kansas Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (KCK RBI)

WHAT:
‘Green Monday’ with the Trent Green Family Foundation
   To announce Freightquote’s sponsorship of the Trent Green Family Foundation, former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Trent Green, Chiefs cheerleaders and KC Wolf will surprise Freightquote employees by handing out donuts Monday morning. The Trent Green Family Foundation develops and supports family-focused programs that improve the health and wellness, education, and futures of thousands of Kansas City-area children in need.

KCK RBI Recognition and Holiday Dinner
Executive director of KCK RBI and Freightquote employee Cle Ross, along with his employer, Freightquote, founding sponsor of the league, will host a dinner to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of more than 200 urban children who participate in the program. KCK RBI, the first and only RBI league in Kansas, is a 45-team baseball league with more than 750 players. The children and league organizers will enjoy Gates Bar B.Q.

WHERE:
Green Monday with Trent Green
Freightquote
901 Carondelet Dr.
Kansas City, Mo. 64114
Located just south of I-435, east of State Line Road

KCK RBI Recognition and Christmas Dinner
Pierson Community Center
1800 South 55th Street
Kansas City, Kan. 66106

WHEN:
Green Monday with Trent Green – Monday, Dec. 16, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
KCK RBI Holiday Dinner – Monday, Dec. 16, 6-9 p.m.

BACKGROUND:
Freightquote is the largest online freight logistics provider in the country and a leader in the freight shipping industry. Its philanthropic focus, and one of Freightquote founder Tim Barton’s passions, is childhood education. Freightquote is a supporter of the Trent Green Family Foundation and its innovative HIKE Reading Achievement Program, which works to improve the reading levels of more than 2,000 low-income children in Kansas City. Freightquote also is the principal sponsor of KCK RBI and has been since its inception in 2009. The league uses participation in baseball as a means to overcome academic and social disadvantages most inner city children face.

ABOUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS:
Freightquote
Freightquote and its subsidiaries serve freight shipping customers’ needs across North America. The company currently has more than 1,000 employees nationwide and annualized revenues exceeding $600 million. Founded in 1998 by Tim Barton, Freightquote delivers a vast array of freight services for a large and diverse customer base. These services enable customers to instantly quote and compare freight rates of hundreds of national and regional freight carriers. Freightquote specializes in creating customized freight solutions to meet its customers’ needs, including truckload, LTL, expedited LTL and intermodal freight options. Visit http://www.freightquote.com for more information or call 800-323-5441 to reach Freightquote directly.

Trent Green Family Foundation
Since 1999, the Trent Green Family Foundation has helped improve the quality of life for thousands of individual families, from all walks of life. Its mission is to develop and support family-focused programs that improve the health and wellness, education and the future of Kansas City kids in need. The Trent Green Family Foundation currently concentrates the majority of its efforts on impacting lives through partnerships with Children’s Mercy Hospital, Phoenix Family, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.

KCK RBI
Success Achieved In Future Environments (S.A.F.E) is a private, 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization serving the youth of the Kansas City, Kansas metro area since 2009. Unlike other area youth sports organizations, S.A.F.E receives no federal, state or local tax dollars. S.A.F.E offers baseball/softball to inner city youth through its Kansas City Kansas Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (KCK RBI) program, which directs the activities of more than 45 teams and more than 750 players. KCK RBI is the only little league in the state of Kansas affiliated with Major League Baseball.

Why a 3PL is best for distribution center logistics

3plFor the thousands of distribution centers in the United States, effective management of inbound and outbound logistics is the key to success. As millions of goods are warehoused, sorted and distributed each shipment in or out is crucial in keeping the supply chain moving. For those managing distribution centers, as well as those that ship to and from these centers, a third-party logistics provider (3PL), like Freightquote, offers benefits over going with carriers directly that can help streamline operations.

The best carrier for each lane inbound and outbound

When working with carriers directly, your options in a given lane are often fixed. On the other hand, a 3PL can connect you with multiple options in a given lane. This gives you the flexibility to pick the best price, service level and delivery times to meet the objectives and standards of the distribution center.  Additionally, many distribution centers have a preferred or exclusive list of carriers. A 3PL can accommodate a distribution center’s preferred carriers to avoid delays and/or additional fees.  If the distribution center’s processes and carriers aren’t utilized it can create delays for vendors to get their products to sale.

Preferred freight mode solution

Working with carriers directly can limit which modes your freight can move in. Depending on what part of the country you’re moving to and from, and the distance your products are traveling, it might make sense to use different modes. A 3PL broker can offer you all your LTL, truckload, partial truckload and intermodal options at once so you can easily make the mode decision that gets your freight to or from the distribution center when you need it.

Operational support team

When it comes to backing you beyond booking your shipment, 3PLs such as Freightquote offer the most support team coverage for your business. If you need assistance in confirming dock hours or scheduling appointments at a distribution center, a full-service 3PL will have dedicated teams in place to help you manage the logistics details. 3PLs have experts available to be a liaison between the carrier and the distribution center.  They can set delivery appointments, hire lumpers and update delivery status.  Working with carriers directly may not provide the vendor with complete visibility to their load.

Delivery flexibility and options

Some distribution centers, especially retail-based centers, have adopted overnight delivery hours. Working with a 3PL gives you access to all of the carriers for that distribution center that can meet these hours and can advise you of the pitfalls of delivering too early or too late. 3PLs can leverage their knowledge of specific distribution centers to help you meet the requirements specific to that operation. Each distribution center has its own set of regulations and working with a 3PL experience in moving in and out of that center can ensure a seamless freight transfer.

A single invoice

Whether moving freight to or from a distribution center, multiple invoices, contact points and billing centers can interfere with a streamlined workflow. When working with a 3PL, no matter which carriers or modes you have used to keep your supply chain moving, you’ll have just one invoice. When you can see all of your freight spend in one view, you and your department can make the best decision for your bottom line  and department objectives.

As you and your freight department are looking to improve your operations to and from distribution centers, look to a 3PL like Freightquote to help you make simple, but important decisions to streamline your supply chain. We know you’re constantly evaluating your network, looking for any efficiency you can find and Freightquote is here to help you make the smartest decisions for your freight.

Freightquote manages logistics for hundreds of customers moving in and out of the nation’s biggest distribution centers. Our expertise comes with a deep understanding of how to make your freight move seamlessly into the center and on to its final destination.  Contact your freight broker today at 800.323.5441 to see how we can help with your distribution center logistics and all your other freight needs.

Fuel surcharges impacted by government shutdown

Fuel surcharges impacted by government shutdown

The Energy Information Administration (EIA), a division within the Department of Energy, typically publishes the Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update each Monday. Freightquote, as well as many other businesses in the transportation industry, uses this report to index fuel surcharges for freight shipments.

A spokesperson for the EIA has announced that as of October 11, 2013, the department will have to furlough its employees due to the partial government shutdown. During the furlough, the Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update will not be published. For the remainder of the government shutdown, Freightquote will base all fuel surcharges on the last published data from the EIA, from October 7, 2013.

Freightquote customers can expect to see the fuel surcharge included in their shipment summary like normal. When government officials negotiate an end to the shutdown and the EIA is publishing the Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update again, Freightquote anticipates returning to our weekly adjustments of fuel surcharges based on this report.

We appreciate your business and if you have any questions about how this change impacts your shipments or how we can be of service to you, please call 800-323-5441.

Update 10/21/2013: The government shutdown has ended at the EIA has announced it will resume publishing the weekly Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update. Freightquote will resume adjusting fuel surcharges based on this index. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Freight Broker at 800.323.5441.