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Justin Just Became One And what is that exactly? A Certified Transportation Broker - A.K.A. a CTB. Justin is our newest employee to take the home-study course, pass the exam, and become certified. Congrats, Justin! We think this is pretty big deal around here, but many of our customers aren't quite sure what CTB means and what value it offers to them (no, I am not a CTB salesperson). So here it is in a nutshell. The Certified Transportation Broker designation is earned through a series of extensive tests administered by the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA). The program begins with a home-study course that teaches subjects such as basic business principles, the history of brokerage, brokerage operations and practices, legal cases, and regulation in the transportation industry. Once the student completes the home study course (complete with readings, slides, and quizzes), he/she takes the online exam. The exam is broken into three sections, and the student must pass all three in order to become certified. You have three chances to take the exam and pass all the sections. According to the TIA, the CTB program was developed by the Transportation Intermediaries Association to "increase the professionalism and integrity of property brokerage, meet the educational needs of brokers, and expand basic knowledge of the brokerage and transportation industry through a rigorous certification program." Brokers who take the CTB exam gain a better understanding of the history and regulations surrounding the transportation industry, as well as current day practices and ethics. We currently have 20 CTBs on staff here in our office (out of 33 employees), and we have two more getting ready for the next exam. For more information about eligibility and taking the CTB course, check out the TIA CTB website. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
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The ELD Mandate The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is now in effect, and it’s time to start getting prepared for the changes that will come along with it. The mandate is specifically directed towards carriers, but shippers and consignees will also be affected. While the implementation of ELDs does present potential benefits to shippers, there will also be special issues that will need to be on shippers’ radars in the near future. Ways Shippers Can Stay Ahead of the ELD Game We recently put together a white paper that gives a brief introduction of the mandate, exemptions, how the rule can potentially impact shippers, and what to keep in mind as the rules moves forward. Specifically, shippers are going to need to start preparing and evaluating their own organizations and processes to see how they too can begin adapting to the new mandate. Here are just a few ways shippers can get started: Plan Ahead The transportation industry already presents plenty of challenges to shippers, such as potential capacity crunches, bad weather, closings for holidays, and so forth. Implementation of ELDs is going to add another layer to these challenges. Planning is going to become even more crucial for shippers that require specialty services such as expedited trips, long hauls, job site deliveries, and so forth. Evaluate Dock Space and Storage/Warehouse Options Take steps to understand how your docks are currently using space to stage product. Can staging be condensed in order to prepare more loads and therefore load trucks more quickly? Is there another space available to stage product before it is transferred to the dock for loading. If you are shipping product that is need to go directly into production, look into storage and warehousing options to prevent halts in production due to drivers who are detained at the shipper or are unable to deliver before they are required to take a break. Evaluate Loading/Unloading Processes As mentioned previously, detention is going to be even more of a hot-button issue for drivers with ELDs. How can your loading and unloading processes be streamlined? Are there steps that can be fixed and/or eliminated to reduce the possibility of detention? Adapt Your Own Trucks Early Even though the mandate is still two years from the implementation deadline, many small steps need to be taken that will require investments of research, time, and money (e.g. device decisions, registration, installation, training, driver turnover). For more information and resources about the mandate, download the full ELD White paper here. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...