Big Tex Trailers Selects BestTransport TMS – and Implements in under 30 days

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Big Tex to the BestTransport roster of TMS customers. Haven’t heard of Big Tex yet? You will. They are the fastest growing maker of heavy-duty, high quality, great-priced trailers. They are going places and we are going to do our part to get them there even faster. Read the full story below.

August 25, 2015 – Columbus, OH – BestTransport, a leading provider of cloud-based Transportation Management (TMS) solutions, today announced its latest customer implementation, Big Tex Trailers headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, TX. Big Tex Trailers is one of the country’s leading manufacturers of heavy duty trailers and one of the fastest growing companies in its market.

BestTransport’s TMS cloud-based software was chosen from an undisclosed set of TMS vendors. Functionality, flexibility, competitive pricing, and speed of implementation were all key selection criteria. Facing an aggressive timetable, BestTransport was able to fully implement the software, train Big Tex personnel, and enable transactions to take place in less than 30 days.

“We are very pleased with BestTransport’s software and team,” said Jim Tunnell, Big Tex Trailers CIO. “They worked with us as a team every step of the way to make the implementation as smooth as possible while their software is delivering to expectations. It was a great project.”

“Implementation of BestTransport has allowed us to decrease our load acceptance time from over 48 hours a year ago to under 4 hours currently on most loads while taking advantage of the most cost effective transportation partner with available capacity in each lane. With multiple shipping locations, we have centralized the process to have visibility and accountability in both service and pricing”.

“Our carrier partners are able to book dock time for each location, once a load is accepted, which provides a vast improvement in time management of the shipping process. We are quite pleased with the results from the TMS.” explained Garland Hutson, Big Tex Transportation Manager.

Remarked BestTransport’s CEO, Mike Dolan, “Big Tex Trailers has grown tremendously and has plans for continued aggressive growth. They have been very thoughtful about ensuring they have the systems in place to support that growth. I’m pleased our TMS software is a key component to helping Big Tex achieve its goals.”

About Big Tex Trailers

Since 1982, Big Tex Trailers has been synonymous with heavy duty, high-quality trailers. Over the last five years, Big Tex has embarked on a mission that has truly revolutionized the trailer industry. In 2009 during the midst of the “Great Recession,” Big Tex forged a vision to build the absolute “Best Trailers” at the “Best Price” and to be the absolute “Best Partner.” Big Tex Trailers has continued to grow with the marketplace, currently expanding faster than any company in the industry. More information can be found at www.bigtextrailers.com

About BestTransport

BestTransport is a leading provider of cloud-based Transportation Management Solutions (TMS) which enable manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and freight and parcel carriers to efficiently plan, execute and manage all aspects of their shipping transport operations. BestTransport’s TMS can reduce a company’s overall transportation spend, enable tighter cost management and expense avoidance, provides enhanced shipment visibility, benchmarking and facilitates collaboration between shippers and carriers.

BestTransport’s customers move more than a billion dollars of freight to and from thousands of domestic and international locations using our TMS software as their backbone for shipping their goods to customers. More information is available at www.besttransport.com.

 

 

Five Important Issues Facing the Trucking Industry

Driver Shortage– There is an ongoing driver shortage in the trucking industry. One of the reasons for the driver shortage is a lack of job security. The average truck driver changes jobs about eight times during a typical 30-year career. On average, a truck driver is unemployed for about four months after a layoff. In addition, trucking is difficult. Many drivers do not realize this until they complete training and begin driving. Once they realize the level of difficulty, they sometimes get out of the industry. Also, the industry loses drivers who decide to find jobs closer to home. Since we are now entering a period of increased economic growth, we may once again experience wage inflation. If so, trucking labor costs will become even more of a problem than they are today. Labor is the largest single cost for trucking companies.

Fuel Cost Increases– I realize that at the moment fuel cost is not a major concern. Fuel prices are going down right now, but the equipment trucking companies now have to use for compliance and safety are much more expensive than they used to be. Labor cost is going up as well, so the lower fuel prices basically are balancing things out. Eventually, diesel fuel cost increases will once again affect the entire economy. These cost increases have already been addressed by freight carriers through the addition of fuel surcharges. From a macro-economic point of view, passing along the increase in diesel fuel costs through fuel surcharges might actually do the U.S. economy some good. Passing price increases quickly down the economic chain causes the adjustment mechanism of decreased demand for oil to occur more quickly. Because most of all freight moved in the nation is moved by truck (approximately 75%), when fuel prices spike, the nation’s suppliers will experience inflationary pressure, due to the rapidly increasing fuel costs.  However, some people believe that the diminishing role of oil in the economy has reduced the inflation threat of rising prices. We’ll see. Eventually, the effects of higher fuel prices will show up again, in higher prices or smaller earnings.

Demand for Trucking– The single biggest economic influence on the demand for trucking is the volume of goods produced in the economy. Expansion of the economy results in increases in overall freight demand, while economic contractions result in reductions in demand. Things are looking pretty good right now.

Globalization: Over the past twenty years, the U.S. economy has become more integrated into the global economy. Many companies throughout the world are managing worldwide production and distribution systems. Changing patterns of world trade not only affect transport flows, they affect modes used. Products that are received by truck from domestic suppliers may be obtained by containership and double-stack train from overseas suppliers or, if their value is relatively high or delivery speed important, by air freight. Trucking of some kind is involved in order to bring most shipments to their ultimate destination. U.S. trucking companies have been well served by adopting new product development strategies, in order to prevent the erosion of their business at customers seeking out the services needed by customers receiving shipments from overseas.

Pricing Power – Recently, companies in some U.S. industries have been able to increase their prices, due to increased domestic and global demand. However, pricing power remains limited in the trucking industry, given strong competition, although spare capacity has now been eroded. Trucking companies may finally be able to make their price increases stick.

Written by Patrick Ryan, BestTransport, Inc.