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5 Reasons Businesses Should Ditch Freight Brokers

If you’ve tried to arrange a large shipment, you’ve probably run into ads for freight brokers. A freight broker is a person or company that acts as the middleman between shippers and carriers. They find the carrier, arrange the shipment and track the load hauled. But is all that really necessary? The answer is a resounding no

If you’re thinking about using a freight broker (or you already use one), there are several reasons why you should reconsider. 

1. Freight Brokers Are Misleading

Customers looking for trucking services often get the impression that freight brokers are required. That’s exactly what brokers want people to think. 

We were reminded of this when we recently quoted a move for a company . They were comparing prices, and after receiving our quote, they immediately reached out and asked who the carrier would be and if we would be using multiple carriers. This was a huge, multi-billion dollar company, and they had no idea it was possible to work directly with carriers. If it hadn’t been for an overlap in communication, they never would have never found out. 

Needless to say, we got the business. We’re confident they’ll never return to using brokers. Because of our amazing customer service, but also because of the next item on this list.  Read more

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Truck Drivers Need Vaccines. Here’s Where They Stand

When Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson rolled out the first COVID-19 vaccines in December, most of us breathed a sigh of relief. We knew that vaccines would be offered in stages, and we expected senior citizens, high-risk individuals, and essential workers to be given first priority. (As they should!) What we didn’t expect was that truck drivers would come almost last. 

The CDC has broken vaccine recommendations into three phases. Phase 1A includes health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Phase 1B includes people over 75 and frontline essential workers. The last phase, Phase 1C includes people between 65-75, people under 65 with elevated risk, and other essential workers. For now, truck drivers are considered other essential workers, falling into the last phase of early vaccine rollouts.  Read more

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Diversity in the Trucking Industry: The Facts

Equality in the workplace has been an issue for as long as equality has been an issue. In other words, forever. The years since Martin Luther King gave his famous speech and Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus have trickled by, but race is just as important a topic today as it was at the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. 60 years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find a Black truck driver. Today, diversity in the trucking industry looks a lot different. It’s far from perfect, but we’ve come along way. Read more

Trucking and the Environment: How We’re Helping

If recent events have made one thing clear, it’s that the trucking industry isn’t disappearing anytime soon. About 70% of our consumer goods are shipped via truck, and the impact of trucking on our daily lives is astoundingly beneficial. The impact of trucking on the environment is another story.

Trucking produces a substantial quantity of greenhouse gasses

As of 2016, medium and heavy-duty trucks contribute to about 24% of the greenhouse gasses emitted in the transportation sector. Compared to passenger vehicles at 42%, that’s not bad at all. Still, with around 15.5 million commercial vehicles on the road, the environmental impact has been substantial. Read more

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BYX News: See Our Freight Company on Shoutout LA! 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; at BYX, we’re a family. Over 40 years ago, our freight company was built on family values. Dedication to serving our community is part of our DNA. This December, we were thrilled to be featured by Shoutout LA. In an exclusive interview, BYX owner Jay Newjahr shared the secrets to his success. 

Jay’s Take #1: Risk-taking and entrepreneurship are intrinsically linked. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could meet your business goals without taking even the slightest risk? Sadly, risk-taking is part of the game. The willingness to take risks is what sets dreamers apart from doers. Taking risks was always part of the business, but Jay’s approach has evolved with experience.

“In my earlier years, I was more apt to take larger risks without as much thought to the possibility of failure. As I’ve gotten older, I still take risks often, but they are more well thought out. Even the smaller risks can yield important successes. I believe it’s important to challenge the norms and push the envelope.”

As daunting as risk-taking may be, getting comfortable with risk is critical to long-term growth. If it still feels intimidating, try looking at it differently. Instead of an obstacle, view risk as a motivating challenge. Read more

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Trucking Company 101: De-Stressing Your Workplace

Let’s talk about stress. When there’s too much on a person’s plate, not enough time, or too much pressure, we feel stressed. It’s a familiar experience for most working adults, but feeling stressed all the time is nothing to ignore. Stress can cause low energy, insomnia, reduced immune function, anxiety, and countless more frightening effects on the body. For a trucking company like BYX, putting an overworked, stressed-out employee behind the wheel is actually dangerous!

Stress in the workplace has serious side effects, including low company morale and employees who are unmotivated and burnt out.  By addressing the root causes of workplace stress, business owners and managers can build a healthier, happier, more productive work environment. Keep reading to explore what might be stressing out your staff, and learn how to fix it.  Read more

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Trucking Companies in Los Angeles Expect a Driver Shortage in 2021. Here’s What It Means.

2020 has been a strange year across all industries. For trucking companies in Los Angeles, however, a significant upheaval has been brewing for years. A combination of factors has led to plenty of demand, but not nearly enough supply. The economy took a hit when COVID-19 first began, but the limited number of drivers on the road will pose challenges as it begins to reopen. To find out what the future of trucking might look like for local freight companies and their customers, keep reading.

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5 Simple Steps to Enthusiastic Employees

Between COVID-19 and wildfires, 2020 has thrown up plenty of roadblocks. This is especially true for business owners and their employees. For local freight companies like us, work has been busier than ever, but in many other industries, that’s sadly not the case. 

When work is slow or sporadic, even the most productive team can become sluggish and stressed. Fortunately, business owners can help! Keep reading to learn five easy ways to elevate, engage, and excite your employees. (Even in 2020!)

1. Show Gratitude

Everyone thrives off appreciation, and your employees are no exception. Team meetings are a good start, but teams are made up of individuals. By acknowledging the skills and contributions of each team member, you’re telling them, “Hey! You’re not just a chess piece to me. You’re important to this company and I’m glad you’re here.”

The more your team members feel valued, the more value they’ll add!

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How to Minimize the Impact of Rising Trucking Costs

How do you lower the costs of freight transportation when trucking industry prices are rising dramatically? Trucking companies are facing skyrocketing prices and cost volatility in the current economy. A recent 2019 update to the “Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking” study released by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) shows that almost every carrier cost has risen since 2018.

The average marginal cost per mile for carriers rose to $1.82, a 7.7 percent increase from 2018 to 2019. Fuel costs rose nearly 17.7 percent, marking the highest year-over-year-growth of all trucking costs. The second highest cost growth was the price of insurance, which increased 12 percent. Due to the driver shortage, which is expected to more than double over the next 10 years, wages increased approximately 7 percent while benefits increased around 5 percent. The costs of repair and maintenance also rose to 17.1 cents per mile. While the technology associated with diagnostics and repairs has advanced, there are less technicians versed in the newer equipment. The severe shortage of these technicians has resulted in higher labor costs in this field.

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The Impact of the AB5 State Law on Freight Companies

The California Assembly Bill 5, also known as the AB5, passed in September and is making waves across many industries, including transportation and freight. The AB5 bill limits independent contractors in the state of California, including owner-operator truck drivers and freight companies. It may be a wise decision to take a look at your vendor list and decide who you should work with. Although it may not seem like too large of an issue as a vendor, hiring independent contractors or companies that use independent contractors in 2020 may become a larger issue.

In order to be marked as an independent contractor, the worker MUST follow these three rules known as the ABC Test:

(a) the worker is free from control and direction in the performance of services; and
(b) the worker is performing work outside the usual course of the business of the hiring company; and
(c) the worker is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business.

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