A History of Transportation & Traffic Experience

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.

Wintertime is tough on trucks. For starters, cold temperatures can affect everything from batteries to tire inflation levels, while the chemicals used to keep roadways free of ice and snow increase the risk of corrosion to trucks and trailers alike. To help fleets and drivers cope with winter’s myriad impact on trucking operations, Fleet Owner compiled a list of tips from the RoadPro Family of BrandsRyder, and TravelCenters of America

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DMTB’s Market Insight

The immediate future promises to bring one of the most significant disruptions to the supply chain that we’ve seen in decades.   The recent market shift includes two hurricanes, several fires, and the impending ELD mandate on December 18th.  Truck capacity will continue to tighten.  Thus, DMTB is offering a few tips to lessen holiday stress and help prepare for changes in 2018 and beyond.

 Here are the key reasons why trucks are as tight as anyone can remember:

1)      The US economy has been steadily improving.  GDP has grown at a 3% annualized rate for two consecutive quarters for the first time in 3 years and unemployment is at a 17-year low.  Continued economic expansion creates more freight movements for an industry that is already at max capacity.

2)      The nationwide truck driver shortage continues to worsen.  Most motor carriers would put more trucks on the road if they could find drivers to hire.  Driver wages will most certainly increase and that cost will be passed along to shippers in the form of higher rates.

3)      Finally, the long awaited Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is now here.  With very few exemptions this means motor carriers are federally required to have an ELD device installed in their truck that monitors hours of service (HOS).  For the first time since 1938, paper logbooks will no longer be an acceptable way to comply with hours of service regulations thereby closing the loophole that has allowed drivers to make up time after being delayed.  Additionally, many small carriers and owner operators are not currently compliant and others are expected to exit the industry once “Big Brother” starts riding with them in the cab.  Those that continue to operate will be forced to reduce their daily mileage to comply with HOS rules and we expect to see enforcement of anti-coercion laws throughout the industry.

How will these issues effect the shipping community?  Simple microeconomics have tilted the scale heavily in the motor carrier’s favor.  With more loads, less drivers, and regulations that decrease productivity, the potential for a prolonged truckers’ market clearly exists. Pricing is sure to rise especially in undesirable lanes and those that require extra time and effort on the part of the carrier (think multi-pick, multi drop).  Shippers who hold trucks up loading or unloading should expect hefty detention charges and higher rates.  Shippers must plan further ahead and communicate their needs well in advance with carrier and broker partners.  3PLs will be relied upon to source capacity in tight markets and many times possess knowledge that can benefit shippers so close 3PL relationships remain critical.  One thing is certain, 2018 will usher in a wave of changes as the shipping community adjusts to a new normal.

Smart buyers, shippers, and receivers have already implemented new procedures or plan to soon.  Just-in-time inventory should be re-evaluated and when possible inventory levels should be increased to allow flexibility in transit times.  Loading and unloading inefficiencies will be exposed and shippers are advised to follow organized schedules that reduce driver wait times.  When presented with options, be flexible and consider any option that delivers in an acceptable time-frame at a reasonable price.

At DMTB we value the customer and carrier relationships we’ve worked hard to build for over 48 years which is why we’ve chosen to send this email to every customer.  As capacity tightens, relationships become even more important and good communication is paramount.  We ask that you work with us to provide as much flexibility as possible in your supply chain and relay needs in advance so we can arrange the best options to ensure your success.

Ben Batten, CTB – Vice President of Sales

Final Dashboard of 2017!

2017 is coming to an end, and we have one last Dashboard for you! Download your copy today. Dec 2017

 

Cargo theft threat to rise during holiday week, firms warn

Two major cargo theft recording firms – CargoNet and SensiGuard – are warning truckers, fleets and logistics personnel of the increased threat of cargo theft during the holiday period, which is considered to run from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2.

According to CargoNet, during the holiday periods between 2012 and 2016, there were a total of 132 cargo theft incidents worth $10.6 million, or $136,222 per theft on average.

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ELD ‘panic buying’ as time runs out

The Monday, December 18, initial enforcement date for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate is nearly here. Still, almost a third of owner-operators in Overdrive‘s audience indicate they remain uncertain about how to proceed or just what they will do as a result.

From the device provider’s perspective, “there is a lot of panic buying” going on, says Josh DeCock, product management director for Pedigree Technologies. “We have partners who say their customers are going to wait to see how seriously the FMCSA is about enforcing it and if there are big fines. If there are not big fines they may wait until April or May.”

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