What is Map-21 and 8 Effects on the Freight Industry

This is a guest post from Cerasis, a freight logistics and freight technology company offering freight management solutions and integrated services to streamline the process of shipping freight providing both hard costs savings on shipping freight and soft cost savings by eliminating inefficiencies in the process of shipping freight. Written by Adam Robinson.

As MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act) comes closer to the requirements of the act going into effect this October 1, there are many facets to the Act which will affect those in the freight and transportation industries. Indirectly, this will greatly affect those who ship freight, such as manufacturers and distribution companies. If you run a supply chain, it’s important you also know about MAP-21, as it could impact the delivery of your products to customers or you receiving supplies from your vendors. Since this is such a complex Act, with many details, we will first do an overview of MAP-21, followed by a deeper dive into different aspects in subsequent posts. This first post should answer your question, “What is MAP-21?” and “How does it affect the Freight industry?”

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Affinity – It Means We Care

Have you visited the ARPCO website recently? For those of you that have NOT been on it, cough *lame* cough, you will see a plethora of transportation related tabs involving available loads, services, and freight quotes- a standard and relevant website for the industry. However, let me point out one other tab that you will not find on many, if any other, transportation business’ websites.

Affinity Page

ARPCO Affinity Page

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I Don’t Date; I Marry – I Am a Salesperson

Your hands are shaking. Your pulse is pounding. Your palms are two pools of sweat. You are ready to commit. It is a big step in only a short period of time – only a few phones calls and a couple of emails have been exchanged.  You have bought flowers and scoped out the competition ensuring availability.

“I am done dating,” you declare to yourself. “We have danced enough, I want to marry you!”

You dial the number, make the final sales-pitch, and cross your fingers that they will exuberantly say, “Yes!”

 
“I don’t dance,” said ARPCO’s president, Albert Puig, in an sales meeting with ARPCO’s account managers. “I want to marry the perspective customer as soon as possible.”

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The Partnership Selling Challenge: ARPCO Edition – Part 1

One class. 
Study guides. Printed AND Online assessments.Videos. And…
Quizzes.
The Partnership Selling Challenge: ARPCO Edition
Only 22 weeks to enhance their sales skills by learning the survival basics of marketing principles, sales concepts, and the cutthroat drama of exposing common mistakes made by brokerage salespeople.

Read at your own pulse-pounding risk as we follow the journey of two brave ARPCO employees while they attempt to complete the TIA’s grueling “Partership Selling in the Supply Chain” course.

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The Logistics Questions You Need to Ask; ARPCO Can Answer

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This is me, but female.

Back in February, I came across an informative Better Business Bureau blog called “Questions to Ask before Trusting a Logistics Company with Your Shipment.” As the designated social media Facebooker, Tweeter, Blogger, and general Marketing Misfit for ARPCO Transport Services, a logistics company in Grapevine, TX, I decided that we are up to the challenge of successfully answering all four of these very important and pertinent questions.

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Facts About ARPCO!

ImageRecently, on Twitter we trended tirelessly t’while tastefully telling of thirty tiny tweet-tags talking of ARPCO’s terrific facts. (Whew! Say that five times fast.)

Or in an intelligent sentence, ARPCO followed the hashtag trend #30FactsAboutMe on Twitter. (Not nearly as much fun to say or read, but that’s just my opinion.)

I asked all members of the ARPCO team to email me three to four sentences about ARPCO, including why they enjoy working at ARPCO and facts they would like to share. In turn, I would like to share their 30+ responses with you.

Here is what they said!

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ARPCO Has Gone Green!

At ARPCO, we are all blue (No, not emotionally). We have a blue logo, blue color-schemed media sites, blue carpet, and even blue default screen savers on our company computers.

But, at our heart,

we are all green.

(No, not with envy)

You may be wondering how a small family-owned brokerage office of less than twenty-five employees can really make an impact, but in our industry, even the smallest changes make a big difference. So, we cracked down, put our heads together (Gently), and began analyzing and researching how to improve our Eco-friendly, green standards.

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