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Des Moines Truck Brokers, Inc. (DMTB) is Iowa’s 1st and most nationally recognized 3PL. With a dedication to our on-time deliveries and a reputation for paying carriers quickly, we offer the ultimate in service to our customers and carriers because we know that our service is what sets us apart!

Our knowledgeable team offers more than a century of transportation and traffic management experience to help ensure excellent customer satisfaction. Our Account Executives and Account Managers focus on providing creative and unique solutions for each of our customers, while our Carrier Coordinators assure the safety and dependability of each of our qualified motor carriers.

Committed to Exceeding Our Customers Expectations.

As one of the first licensed freight brokers in the United States, DMTB provides long-lasting strength. With a 97% customer retention rate, many clients have loyally relied on us for more than 40 years. We maintain our strong reputation by keeping current with cutting edge technology that helps us move thousands of truckloads every year in 48 states, Canada, and Mexico.

We keep it simple and are dedicated to on-time deliveries and consistent competitive pricing. Our large nationwide carrier network, highest credit and ethics rating and $250,000 surety bond add to your trust.

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Industry News

General information about the transportation/logistics industry.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016.

Source: CVSA Website

CVSA’s 29th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016. International Roadcheck is a 72-hour period when approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America perform large truck and bus safety inspections.

International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period. During the annual three-day event, CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The special emphasis for 2016 International Roadcheck is tire safety (i.e., measuring the tire tread depth, checking the tire pressure, checking to make sure that no items are lodged between dual tires and examining the overall condition of the tire to make sure that no deep cuts or bulges exist in the sidewalls of the tire). While checking a vehicle’s tires is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting tire safety as a reminder to drivers and carriers.

During International Roadcheck, inspectors primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both the driver and vehicle. Drivers are required to provide items such as their license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of-service documentation, and may be checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the braking system, securement of cargo, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, steering mechanism, driveline/driveshaft, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, and emergency exits on buses.

International Roadcheck is a CVSA program organized in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during International Roadcheck have numbered more than 1.4 million. International Roadcheck also provides an opportunity to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial motor vehicle operations and the North American roadside inspection program.

DMTB Welcomes Two Summer Interns

DMTB would like to welcome Aaron Hoffman and Brittany Allers to our team. DMTB has had summer interns in the past, but Aaron and Brittany will the first of our inaugural program that will truly focus on their success and career development. They will both be entering their Senior years at Iowa State University with Majors in the Supply Chain Management.

 

To learn more about this program visit would Internship Program page on our website or contact Jim Walstrom.

Holiday Weekend Brings Increased Cargo Theft Risk

With the Memorial Day Holiday quickly approaching freight volumes are picking up. Unfortunately, in this hectic time cargo thefts also increase. Customers, Carriers and Brokers are all working in overdrive, but there are some easy steps you can take to prevent a cargo theft from ruining your holiday. Here at DMTB we subscribe to CargoNet’s theft monitoring and prevention service to help protect our customers and carriers. Please take a look at CargoNet’s Memorial Day Weekend Cargo Theft Trends for statistics and preventative measures to take during this busy time. (Click Here to Download) Please contact DMTB today if you have any questions.

 

Source: CargoNet – 888-595-CNET – info@cargonet.com

 

Introducing the New DMTB Driver App!

DMTB has created a new mobile application for drivers, with many FREE benefits that include:

  • Easily take pictures of BOL’s and send them with one click to DMTB for quicker pay. Driver is also allowed to send them to his dispatch or anyone else that is needed. Saving time and money for the driver, no more faxing from truck stops or mailing bills.
  • Easily take/send pictures and document OS&D’s.
  • Don’t like being woken up in the morning for check calls? When you shut down, no matter what time of the day, you can send your location and temperature right to DMTB with one click.
  • Load information can be sent right to the app, driver can sign and accept the load. No more faxing or scanning rate confirmations back. No more scribbling load information down on a piece of paper, makes multi-pick/drop loads a snap.
  • Quick links to DMTB load board and social media sites.
  • Uses your phones GPS location to quickly find nearby Truck stops, Walmart’s and local weather.

Click on your platform below to download and contact a DMTB representative today to get started!

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Theft Plaguing the Trucking Industry, How Can We Prevent it?

This recent story by NBC’s “Today Show” brought to public light something that has been plaguing the trucking industry for many years now, theft. Unfortunately, the thieves only seem to be getting better and more sophisticated. They have warehouses they can store stolen product, they have their own truck and trailers to steal and transport product, and they use computers to steal identities of legitimate trucking companies and falsify documents. They also usually have a team of people, so if a broker or shipper is doing their due diligence and calling references and insurance companies, the person on the other end tells you what the thief wants you to hear for them to sound legitimate. All of this affects everyone from the small to large shippers, brokers carriers, insurance companies and eventually getting passed down to the consumer in the forms of out of stock, higher prices and possibly dangerous black market food and drugs.

Types of theft to be aware of

  • Tractor/Trailer theft or hijacking
  • Breaking into trailer to steal a few items
  • Fraudulently posing at a legitimate carrier, picking a load up only to never be heard from again.
  • Stealing fuel advances

What does DMTB do to protect it’s customers and carriers

DMTB has a very strict Carrier Qualifying Process to make sure we are using safe and legitimate carriers, along with several cross checks to make sure who is calling is part of the company they say they are representing. We use DAT CarrierWatch to monitor active authority, insurance, inspection scores, WatchDog reports and contact info. We then cross check to make sure contact info given to us matches what is on file with the FMCSA. If our Carrier Coordinators see any red flags, they are required to call the contact on file with the FMCSA to verify that person is in fact an agent for the company. We look for any changes or suspicious items on documents such as Authority page, Certificates of Insurance, etc. While thieves are good at doctoring documents to make them look good, they often miss key details on those documents.

DMTB also subscribes to CargoNet to help protect our customers and carriers. “CargoNet provides a multi-layered solution to the cargo theft problem. CargoNet helps prevent cargo theft and increases recovery rates by facilitating secure information sharing among theft victims, their business partners, and law enforcement.” We also purchase CargoNet decals for drivers to place on their trailers to help deter theft, along with emergency cards for drivers for immediate action in case a theft does happen increasing our chances of recovery.

DMTB is also a few weeks away from releasing a driver a cell phone app. The app will provide many features to benefit our drivers and make their lives easier, but also adds a signature confirmation and tracking feature so customers can get real time updates of exactly where their freight is on the road.

What can Carriers/drivers do to protect themselves

  • Be sure all of their contact info is up to date with the FMCSA.
  • Don’t have documents accessible to anyone on your website and only send those documents to people you trust. The Carrier should qualify the broker just as brokers qualify the carrier.
  • Tell your drivers to watch their surroundings as they arrive and depart from their shipping location. (Be extremely cautious when picking up high dollar loads, electronics, clothing, food, metals, building materials)
  • Try to avoid truck stops in high theft areas: Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, NY/NJ. If you have to stop take extra precaution.
  • Do not leave truck or trailer unattended in an unsecured lot.
  • Always lock your doors and keep music low when on breaks so that you can hear any suspicious activity.
  • Be on alert if a vehicle strikes you from behind. According to CargoNet it is a common “play” in order to stop and rob the driver.
  • Keep pen and paper handy to note any suspicious vehicle descriptions if you think they may be following you and report any suspicious activity to the authorities.
  • Take an extra moment to look at your surroundings before you open your doors to unload product.
  • Don’t allow your routes to become too predictable, change them up to throw off anyone who may be watching you.

What can Shippers do

  • Confirm with the company hiring the transportation that the name on the side of the truck matches who they say they are sending in.
  • Look for any temporary signage on the door of the tractor. While this can be common, it could also be a red flag in some cases. Make a quick call to verify the hiring company knows who it is.
  • Take a copy of the drivers license, make sure it’s a legitimate ID matching the driver.
  • Use a tracking device in your freight. Many refrigerated loads already use temperature recorders, some upgraded devices have tracking capability as well.

We will never be able to stop all thieves, no matter what we do they will adapt and change. But if everyone works together and does a little extra due diligence hopefully we can put a big dent in the problem. Remember, if something seems suspicious it probably is. Take a minute to step back and evaluate the situation and maybe you can prevent a theft from occurring next time.