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Discussion in 'General Expediter Forum' started by Boatcat, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. Tennesseahawk
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    Tennesseahawk Veteran Expediter

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    The .60 - 1.00 you're referencing generally goes to the van. Your take would be in the area of 50% of that.
     
  2. Murraycroexp
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      Have you ever packed fudge in Uranus?

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    • Moot
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      Its your business, your customers, you set the rate. Your rate per mile will be what ever amount you need to be profitable and competitive. Can you compete with larger carriers on price and more importantly service? It will be difficult for a single van owner to find shippers willing to work with you. If you have two shippers you work with, what happens when you are on a load for one and the other has a shipment?
       
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      Thanks for the info, in that scenario it will require another van with a drive. I'm just trying to get all of my ducks in a row before deciding to execute my strategy to succeed.
       
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      Moot Veteran Expediter Owner/Operator

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      Another van, another driver. A handful of shippers at best, shipping expedite van loads maybe once a week. Tough to keep one van busy, certainly not two. This is expedite which is very unpredictable. When it comes to meeting shippers needs, service usually trumps price.
       
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      Thanks for the information, I appreciate it
       
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      I was hopeful that others would jump in with advice. Like I stated an Moot confirmed you can not build your business model by thinking you will deal with shippers. And why would you? If you are setting yourself up as a carrier the paperwork will crush you. Then there is the matter of collection, one or two slow paying (or no paying) customers. Most expedite is given by shipper to large logistics companies like Pilot Freight Service or CEVA or one step down to Panther, Fed-X. Then there is a layer of large number of carrier/brokers such as XPO or Bolt. All of the above have multiple offices and sales agents calling on shippers big and small. If the above can't handle it they put it out on load boards for brokers to bid on. That's where you would come in, you would get a chance to bid on freight that at least 2 others would add their profit to before it gets to shipper AND you would still be in charge of collecting from brokers. Now for the bad news, you want to do this in the Illinois area which is home to a very large contingent of eastern European vans that run very, very cheap. Let's see if we can any more participants to throw some information on the table.

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      Thanks for the information, I appreciate it.
       
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      geo Veteran Expediter Charter Member Owner/Operator US Navy

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      before I got in this , I wanted get a roll back truck, and haul heavy equipment, wreck car's. when I started to look at a truck to haul this equipment , truck salesman, said how much experience do you have, just what I did in navy. people are not going to let you haul their equipment with , little or no experience. so if you want to buy a truck what kind of experience do you have. said was a driver in navy and haul freight, for 20 year's . they said go with what you know. our work for someone who would train you, to do what you want to do.
       
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      You need to get your feet wet working for an owner that's leased to a known company to prove yourself before Anyone will let you haul their cargo.
      There is simply too much liability involved to go off half cocked in this industry.


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      Thanks for the information, I appreciate it.
       
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