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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 -
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The Business of Business is Simple "The business of business is simple. All you really need is what's listed in this post." - Geoffrey James This repost is about an article written on by Geoffrey James, and it is essentially a TL;DR version of some incredibly simple, but very useful, things you need to know about the working world. Here is a sneak peak of a few of the gems he provides in the article: Commitments. Your reputation is based not on how many commitments you keep but on how few commitments you don't. Innovation. Great ideas are dime-a-dozen; what matters is execution. Presentations. There's a special place in hell reserved for whoever invented PowerPoint. Selling. The ultimate purpose of all sales activity is to help other people become happier. Success. Measure success by how much you accomplish, not by how much money you make. Check out the full article for more of the "single most important things you need to know," according to James. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -

Today is World Health Day Today is World Health Day, and the key theme this year is "Beat Diabetes." Why this theme? Because according to the World Health Organization (WHO), diabetes was the direct cause of some 1.5 million deaths in 2012. And WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030. Scary, right?! But today is dedicated to learning more about the disease and ways you can prevent it for yourself and your family. Diabetes is treatable, but it requires hard work and dedication. World Health Day is taking this year to provide important information about diabetes, increasing awareness, and helping people learn how to control and prevent diabetes. Trucking and transportation are two particularly high-risk professions due to the sedentary nature of the job and the often lack of available healthy food options. It is important to learn more about the facts and causes of diabetes, how you could be at risk, and ways to start making changes to prevent diabetes. How much do you know about diabetes? Take the World Health Day quiz to find out what you know and learn more about diabetes and prevention. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -

Path-Changers and Inspiration in Unexpected Places When you sit down in the office of your high school guidance counselor, they always ask the big, scary question: what are you going to do with your life? And you may or may not have a grand plan in place for where you are heading after you graduate. But as we have all experienced, life tends to have its own plans that can quickly and effectively throw yours off course. Some of these moments can stem from elements beyond your control. However, some of these path-changers can be a result of your own instincts and observations. Whenever you experience an "a-ha!" moment, don't just let the idea pass by without a second thought. Instead, seize the opportunity that has landed before you. Take a look at how these 15 individuals did just that. Check out this road map from that will help lead you to your next A-ha! moment. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -
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Ending the Quarter, Beginning a New One For many companies around the United States, today is a particularly important, and at times particularly stressful, day - end of the month AND end of the quarter (EOM and EOQ, respectively). In the logistics and transportation world, these two days tend to present their own special challenges: inventory, quotas, dock space, truck capacity, quarterly reports...

26 Years of Legacy, Hard Work, and Fun Today is AM Transport's 26th anniversary. It has been a wild ride, and we cannot wait to see what the future has in store (literally - we are so excited we put together a killer vision document for our future. Ask us about it). This is a clip from the legacy video we had created last year for our 25th anniversary. Take a look and see our founder and mentor, Avery McKinney, where our name comes from, and how our beginnings have led to where we are today - and where we are going tomorrow. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -
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AMT Spring Reads Spring is a crazy time - travel, time change, outdoor activities beginning - so this month we are doing a two-for-one-special of AM Transport Recommended Reads. These books are the new reads for both March and April. We are still passing around some of the same goodies (e.g. Good to Great), but we have some new faces in the crowd as well. 1. Start With Why Author - Simon Sinek Imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work, feel safe while they are there, and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled by the work they do, feeling that they have contributed to something greater than themselves. Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, Sinek has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. 2. What to Do When It's Your Turn (and It's Always Your Turn) Author - Seth Godin This one is a repeat from last month. A very good repeat. PS - this is the book that looks like a magazine. 3. Hug Your Haters Author - Jay Baer You probably think you’re pretty good at customer service. After all, 80% of companies say they deliver superior customer service. But guess what? Only 8% of their customers agree. A colossal change in customer expectations is occurring RIGHT NOW, as customers move from private communication with companies to public communication in social media, review sites, and discussion boards. Now, customer service is a spectator sport. Are you prepared? 4. Word of Mouth Marketing Author - Andy Sernovitz In this book, word of mouth expert Andy Sernovitz will walk you through exactly how companies and causes of all sizes create passionate, loyal fans that do their marketing for them, for free. You’ll learn how to use word of mouth to make your company more profitable, how to spend less on marketing, and how to make your customers happier. You’ll learn how to be that remarkable company people want to share with their friends. Looking for a wider variety of recommended reads? Check out NPR's Book Concierge for their compilation of the best books of 2015. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -

Photo courtesy of SFGate Happy Pi Day! Today is March 14th - A.K.A. 3.14 - A.K.A. Pi day. Other than an excuse to host pie eating contests, bring pie to work, have pie for breakfast, and enjoy all the other wonderful pie-related activities, Pi day (Greek letter “π”) is a widely celebrated day surrounding the mathematic constant that represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. In other words, 3.14159. Many schools use Pi day as a way to integrate math into a celebration. Students have contests to see who can memorize the most digits of Pi (by the way, there are over one trillion digits calculated so far), as well as learn Pi's applications in circles and other areas of mathematics - all while having fun. Why does Pi matter? According to Steven Strogatz, Pi is a very big deal. Pi never ends and never shows a pattern. It goes on forever, "seemingly at random—except that they can’t possibly be random, because they embody the order inherent in a perfect circle. This tension between order and randomness is one of the most tantalizing aspects of pi." And rather than attempting to explain this further and cause more confusion than clarity, I will just let you read Steven's explanation here. So what can you do with Pi? Enjoy it! Do some math work, eat some pie, pick up some sweet Pi swag, or try to memorize more digits than anyone else at the office. And be sure to check out for all things Pi. Want more Pi? Here are one million digits of Pi.  Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -