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Trucking for Millennials
57 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
Is BrokerCarrier the Moneyball of Freight Brokering? w/ Kyle Provost
In this episode you'll hear Michael and Aaron discuss BrokerCarrier.com with the Founder and CEO, Kyle Provost! Before diving into the details, you'll hear about Kyle's background in software development and how he got into freight, the relationship he has with Chris #TheFreightCoach Jolly, and his journey through entrepreneurship. Kyle provides SEVERAL gems any entrepreneur can take and run with. Then you'll hear about BrokerCarrier software and the problems it solves, and how impactful it can be to your carrier reutilization and expansion of your carrier network. Check out BrokerCarrier.com and connect with Kyle on LinkedIn!
63 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
The Compliance Queens will Help you Launch your Truckin Business w/ LLG Trucking Consultants
We kick this episode off with a quick celebration of the Cowboys win against the Bengals (even though we recorded before the game...) *fingers crossed* before discussing the Rail Strike and the tentative deal that's been reached. Then we have a great discussion with LaShanta and LaTeasha, the compliance queens behind LLG Transportation Consultants. In this conversation you'll hear how and why they started their business, their family roots in the industry, the steps they've taken to learn and grow their authority in their space and help their clients start in the trucking industry the right way! Check them out on their website.
65 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
Truck Driver Appreciation Week + Dispatchers and Brokers Working Together w/ Michael Nelms
Happy Truck Driver Appreciation Week to all the Truck Drivers out there! This week is all about the drivers who keep our goods moving, our shelves stocked, and who take the risks, make the investments and sacrifices to provide our world with everything you see around you. We kick off this episode discussing truck driver appreciation week before jumping into an awesome conversation with Michael Nelms of Keep Trucking Transportation. He's a savvy serial entrepreneur who knows how to train and coach dispatchers for success. Check him out on Instagram and his website!
43 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
September = Revenge of the Shipper? + TruckNHustle Recap
In this episode Aaron and Michael discuss a recent article from FreightWaves that asserts that "Shippers Revenge" is coming for truckload carriers. What are your thoughts on the recent shifts in the freight market? The guys also discuss Aaron's experience at the recent TruckNHustle Reset Event in Houston TX in the last week.
57 minutes | Aug 29, 2022
Becoming a Logistics Professional w/ Adeina Mars of Atlas Logistics
Adeina Mars is a Business Development Specialist for Atlas Logistics that is approaching 5 years of experience in the logistics industry. In this episode you'll hear how she got recruited into the industry, and how her reflections on her experience as she learned the ins and outs of freight brokering. Then we discuss what she does at her current role at Atlas Logistics, which is a unique aspect of our industry that helps agents understand the many resources Atlas has available. Adiena also shares her personal philosophy on work and life and how she practices it through her day to day work.
42 minutes | Aug 22, 2022
How do you know you're working with a double broker? w/ Sophia Gonzalez
We're back! And today we have a special guest from our own office, Sophia Gonzalez! Sophia joined our team this year and we decided to have her share some tips on how to know you're working with a double broker and what to do to ensure the person you're sending a rate confirmation to is the one that's ACTUALLY moving the freight. This conversation is inspired by a recent article form Overdrive Online. We also talk to Michael about his recent trip to Europe! Be sure to fill out our listener survey here!
29 minutes | Aug 15, 2022
Trucking for Millennials Season 3 Rewind!
Can you believe there's been 3 years of Trucking for Millennials?? We're so grateful for every single listener! We'd love to hear your feedback about the show so we can make it even better for this next season. Please complete this survey, as your feedback will help us know exactly what's important to you as we continue the show for the next year. In this episode you'll hear some clips of some of our guests from the last season, including Brandon Johnson, Shelby from Happiness by the Mile, Mark Manera, Tyler Birkhofer, Will and Abbi of @semi_nomads and Adam Wingfield!
61 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
Surviving and Thriving in a Family Business w/ Kristy Knichel of Knichel Logistics
Kristy Knichel is the President & Owner of Knichel Logistics Knichel Logistics is a very family-oriented business that focuses on Intermodal, LTL, and over the road transportation services. In this episode you'll hear Kristy candidly and transparently speak about the challenges that she's faced in her experience working in the family business she's worked in for the majority of her professional career. She talks about the highs and lows and the personal and professional struggles and victories she's experienced and lessons she's learned as she's grown as a leader and scaled the brokerage to be one of the top intermodal service providers in the country. If you're in a family business or are simply looking for guidance for how to lead, this conversation will leave you with plenty of insight and inspiration! Be sure to connect with Kristy on LinkedIn and check out Knichel Logistics online!
57 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
Marketing from the C-Suite & Serving in the TMSA w/ Lina Acosta of GLT Logistics
If you're in sales or marketing for a freight brokerage this is definitely one you should check out! Lina Acosta is the Chief Marketing Officer for GLT Logistics and also serves as a Chairperson and Member of the Board of Directors for the Transportation Marketing & Sales Association. In this episode, you'll hear Lina share some excellent insight as a C-Suite executive on her approach to building a marketing department, outsourcing, her top marketing methods, and how the TMSA has impacted her career thus far.
60 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
Instantly Hybridize your Truck w/ the Power of Tandem
Tandem has created an innovative way for conventional trucks to harness the power of battery power that's as easy as hooking up to an additional axle. In this conversation you'll hear from Matthew and Paul Sabatini. These brothers are taking a paper napkin idea into real life with working prototypes of their first product, the Centaur. The Tandem Centaur enables instant hybridization of class 8 trucks, immediately reducing emissions and fuel consumption on diesel fleets on the road now by up to 95% within minutes of connecting. Hear their story about how they plan to revolutionize the industry and check them out online! www.drivetandem.com
74 minutes | Jul 18, 2022
The Truck N' Hustle Continues w/ Rahmel Wattley
Almost 2 years ago to the day we first connected with Rahmel Wattley, Founder/Host of the Truck N' Hustle podcast and it's been amazing to watch him grow it into one of the most powerful communities in the trucking industry today. In this episode, Rahmel provides a masterclass of knowledge from his experience building the Truck N' Hustle into a media brand. If you're interested in learning more about social media, the trucking community, building an audience, and what's next with Truck N' Hustle, be sure to listen to this episode!
49 minutes | Jul 11, 2022
Supreme Court denies to hear AB5 Case & Interview with Senior Market Strategist of XPO
In this episode Aaron and Michael start with some breaking news happening in the logistics industry, the biggest headline being that the Supreme Court will not hear trucking's AB5 case, making it law for California carriers Then they dive into a conversation with Kevin Sterling, Senior Market Strategist for XPO Logistics where they learn more about Kevin's role at the publically traded company and ask him about what he believes are the best strategies for small and mid-size carriers and brokers in today's logistics market. Kevin provides a wealth of insight on the market, so be sure to check it out! Also, if you're a California trucking carrier or freight brokerage, we'd love to hear from you about the recent AB5 decision. Send us a message on Instagram @pdqamerica or an email to Aaron@pdqamerica.com.
52 minutes | Jul 4, 2022
The Freedom Convoy - The Inside Story w/ Andrew Lawton
This week is all about Freedom! Released the week of American Independence Day, we're chatting with Andrew Lawton to learn everything that happened with The Freedom Convoy across the border in Canada. Andrew is a journalist for True North, a broadcaster with his own podcast, The Andrew Lawton Show, and has recently released his first book titled The Freedom Convoy - The Inside Story of Three Weeks that Shocked the World. In this episode you'll hear how Andrew got involved, what he learned from being on the front lines, how the Canadian public reacted and much more! Be sure to check out his book for all the details!
62 minutes | Jun 27, 2022
The AirBNB/Turo of Trucking - Meet COOP.com w/ John Matheus & Romas Hicks
Did you know there's an AirBNB or Turo for commercial vehicles and equipment? We didn't! Until we had this conversation with John Matheus and Romas Hicks of Coop.com Coop is a Ryder company and is providing an innovative way for trucking companies or any commercial equipment owner to leverage their assets when and if they are sitting idle. In this conversation you'll learn how Coop came to be, the advantages Coop has because they are a Ryder company, stories about investors using the platform to have a rental business on the side, how trucking companies can keep a truck making money while recruiting a driver, the particulars with insurance and maintenance and much more! Check out Coop.com and be sure to connect with John and Romas on LinkedIn.
44 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
Replying All to Cheap Freight w/ Special Guest "T"
This episode comes from the trenches of freight brokerage. Every day, freight brokers send and receive hundreds of emails each week from customers and carriers. In this episode we have a story of a freight broker, "T" was attempting to help a shipper sending their daily RFQ's to their list of brokers that their rates weren't keeping up with the current market. So we called him! You'll him retell his experience and explain his perspective as Aaron and Michael share theirs as we all navigate the competitive freight broker market and work to find quality loads for quality carriers.
44 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
Latest Logistics News & National Safety Month w/ Jennifer Smith of JIT Truck Parts
In this episode Michael and Aaron discuss a few stand out news articles from around the industry: Record Diesel Price https://www.freightwaves.com/news/latest-doe-eia-weekly-diesel-price-is-a-record-high Amazon exec departs to become Flexport CEO https://www.freightwaves.com/news/clark-to-become-flexports-ceo-in-september Uber Freight + Waymo Via https://www.freightwaves.com/news/uber-freight-and-waymo-via-envision-autonomous-trucking-for-all and more! Then Aaron has a conversation with Jennifer Smith of JIT truck parts to discuss June being National Safety Month and a few parts that can help truck drivers be more safety over the road. Here are a few links to products referenced in the conversation: HD Lighting: https://www.jittruckparts.com/electrical/lights-misc-electrical/headlights. Recommended brands: Match Made, Truck Lite, Grote. CB Radios: https://www.jittruckparts.com/electrical/instrumts-radio/radios-speaker. Recommended brand: Pana-Pacific. ADAS technologies – Recommended brand: WABCO: https://www.jittruckparts.com/wabco-brand Mirrors: https://www.jittruckparts.com/cab-chassis/mirrors. Recommended brand: Velvac Cameras: https://www.jittruckparts.com/electrical/lights-misc-electrical/misc-electrical. Recommended brand: Velvac Enjoy!
59 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
Automated Trucking on the Radar w/ Robert Brown of Spartan Radar
We met Robert Brown, Chief Strategy Officer of Spartan Radar at the recent AUVSI conference where Michael was a panelist about automated vehicles in the commercial space. In this episode you'll hear us discuss many facets of the automated trucking world, and how Spartan Radar and radar technologies fit within it. If you're interested in learning more about how Radar, Lidar, and other sensor systems work to become a "co-pilot" in service to the driver, this is it! Robert also breaks down the levels of automation (Levels 1-5), we talk about Tesla, the overlap with EV's and AV's, when to expect this technology to hit mass scale, the current number of automated trucks on the road, and much more!
62 minutes | May 30, 2022
Empowering Small Carriers to Succeed in a Mega Carrier Market w/ Guillermo Garcia of SmartHop
In this episode you'll hear from Guillermo Garcia, founder and CEO of SmartHop, a technology platform that equips carriers with everything they need to run a trucking business. You'll hear how Guillermo started his logistics career in Venezuela and eventually came to the United States to start a trucking business. He's now helping small carriers with dispatching, insurance, leasing, fuel, and payments. Be sure to check out how SmartHop can help you via their website, and let us know what you think of this episode!
70 minutes | May 23, 2022
Solving Problems w/ the Armchair Attorney Matthew Leffler
In this episode we talk about the problems that impact logistics and other industries with a man focused on solving them, Matthew Leffler. We discuss his point of view on non competes, technology, processes, people and how he approaches solving problems for small and large businesses with his role in his family business and law degree.
53 minutes | May 16, 2022
Meet Riggy's, The First National Network of Branded Truck Parking
In this episode you'll hear our conversation with Mike Burney and David Olson, co founders of Riggy's, the first national network of branded truck parking! Trucks have already started parking at the 3 locations in the Houston area and Mike and Dave have big plans to expand Riggy's across the U.S. so that truck drivers have more places to park that are safe, convenient, and affordable. In this episode you'll hear discussions about the problem of truck parking, why a national network of truck parking hasn't been done at this scale before, what you can expect when you decide to park at a Riggy's, the future of the Riggy's brand, and their close connection with the trucking industry that helps them know what truck driver's needs are. Be sure to check out their website and book a space with them next time you're delivering in the Houston area!
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