Texico Transport Joins AGX Freight

Texico Transport Joins AGX Freight

 

 

For Immediate Release

Highly respected Houston-based firm Texico Transport poised to expand under AGX Freight network of independent agents.

Jacksonville, FL: AGX Freight recently announced its expansion to the Houston, Texas port market with a new association with Texico Transport, and its principals, Pete and Maribel Ybarra. The Houston-based firm becomes the 20th agency to join the AGX network and the first in the Houston market. Texico Transport specializes in intermodal operations supporting the port of Houston, currently the 8th busiest port in the United States.

“We are excited to welcome Texico Transport to AGX Freight and look forward to supporting the Ybarra’s reputation for excellence and future growth potential in the Houston market”, said Jon Bramlett, Vice President of AGX Freight. Bramlett added, “this expansion was especially attractive to us based on our shared core values and the Ybarra’s track record”.

Texico Transport was founded 8 years ago and quickly found success. “We started our business with 3 drivers and by the end of the month, we were at 25 (drivers)”, said Maribel Ybarra, a principal at Texico Transport. Ybarra added, “we chose AGX because we want to be more competitive with other carriers in the Houston market and believe that with AGX Freight, we can accomplish that”.

 

Agency profile:

Name:             Texico Transport

Owners:          Pete & Maribel Ybarra

Address:          11720 Beaumont Hwy, Houston, TX 77049

Phone:            (281) 416-5071

Specialty:        Drayage, supporting Port of Houston

 

About AGX Freight LLC

AGX Freight is a transportation services platform company offering freight transportation and logistics solutions through a network of North American independent branch locations. With our promise of service excellence and professionalism, we provide or arrange freight transportation services, and other value-plus supply chain services, to manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Learn more at www.agxfreight.com.

 Contact

Curtis Hazel | Director of Marketing & Communications

Curtis.hazel@agxfreight.com | 904-318-4071

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Why Not Intermodal?

Why Not Intermodal?

 

 

Market conditions suggest now is a great time to consider rail as an alternative to truck load for your freight transportation.   

By Greg Harrison and Peter Masterson 

When was the last time you quoted an intermodal solution for your freight? Chances are you will be surprised how competitive rates are compared to truck load. It’s no secret that capacity limitations, driver shortages and other factors have caused load to truck ratios to skyrocket in recent months. Consequently, freight rates keep pushing higher with no end in sight.  While many shippers are adjusting to the market by increasing estimated freight expenditures for 2021, there is a growing number of companies transitioning to intermodal to reduce cost.

Intermodal basics

Intermodal is the term used to describe the movement of shipping containers (or truck trailers) utilizing railroads, combined with truck trips at either or both ends of the journey. These truck trips are commonly called drayage moves. An intermodal strategy allows for shippers to take advantage of various modes of transportation, including railroad, ocean carriers and trucking to build the most cost-effective freight management strategy. Intermodal pricing often yields significant savings for shippers. Rail transport is generally more fuel efficient than over the road, contributing to lower costs and its reputation as the most environmentally friendly choice for shipping.

We have found that its not uncommon for rail to get overlooked as a slow and confusing option. When capacity is not an issue, shippers and agents naturally rely on trucks for convenience and speed of delivery. Often though, when capacity is tight, rail begins to look a lot more attractive, and we are seeing that play out now in the market with fantastic results. 

Let us take a closer look at a recent shipment we handled as an example of how rail compares to truck cost. Our customer, who has traditionally used trucks to haul freight from Dallas, TX to Riverside, CA requested that we compare intermodal for the same trip. Just by adding a little flexibility, the shipper reduced their cost from $2,000 to $1,500, saving 25% on rate. The difference in delivery time increased slightly from 2-3 days to 3-4 days of transit time.

You might be asking, if rail intermodal is so great, why aren’t more shippers using it? Fair question, rail doesn’t work for all types of shipments. If your cargo is time or temperature sensitive or traveling less than 500 miles – it’s likely trucks are a better option. As a rule of thumb, if your shipment can be containerized, is traveling greater than 500 miles and you have some flexibility in schedule, intermodal is definitely worth considering.

Intermodal imperatives for success

  • Shippers need to be flexible. Patience is a virtue for intermodal shippers, with potential huge gains as their reward.
  • Plan on having more open windows/time frames for pick-up and deliveries.
  • Expect quick-turn arounds – which means its important to assist transportation partners with loading and unloading when needed.
  • Blocking and bracing your freight is critical – there are lots of resources available.

Using a combination of trucks and railroads to move your freight can seem overwhelming. At AGX, we work with all the major rail lines and coordinate shipments from door to door with one invoice to help simplify the process. Our customers benefit by taking advantage of rail as a solution to help reduce their costs and avoid the challenges created in the market by capacity limitations. If you haven’t compared shipping via rail versus truck recently, we encourage you to investigate to see if it makes sense for your business. If you need any assistance, let us know, we would welcome the opportunity to get a quote started for you.

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AGX: In the Community with Beaches Habitat for Humanity, BEAM and Faith Baptist Church

AGX: In the Community with Beaches Habitat for Humanity, BEAM and Faith Baptist Church

 

Every year, Faith Baptist Church hosts a Bar B Q fundraiser in June to support its summer youth programs. This year, AGX Freight gave the church event an added boost by purchasing 40 dinners for Beaches Habitat for Humanity families. AGX reached out to BEAM to find out if there was a community partner in the Beaches area that might appreciate a hot meal. BEAM Food Bank Manager, Meagan Anderson, suggested that AGX contact Beaches Habitat for Humanity and the groundwork was laid for a plan to have Faith Baptist Church deliver Bar B Q dinners to Beaches Habitat on June 11. BEAM contributed by bringing fresh produce and bread donated from local grocers. Habitat families were treated to a nice lunch as well as plenty of food to take home. Church volunteers, Amanda Barnett and her daughter delivered the food to the community center and assisted with set up and distribution. AmeriCorp member, Cameron Edwards, assigned to Beaches Habitat was on-hand to help, as well as Beaches Habitat Familiy Services Director, Joyce Freeman. Beaches Habitat for Humanity President and CEO, Curtis Ford stopped by to show his appreciation, as well as greet community members.

Photo description: (left to right) Curtis Hazel (AGX Freight), Meagan Anderson (BEAM), Cameron Edwards, Joyce Freeman & Curtis Ford (Beaches Habitat for Humanity)

Check out this short video to see more.

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Top 5 Best Practices Every Shipper Should Know

Top 5 Best Practices Every Shipper Should Know

 

Chris Reeves  | Chief Commercial Officer, AGX Freight

 

 

We often get asked what shippers can do to contain costs and navigate the volatility in shipping rates during a tight market. In this article, we’ll review the top 5 best practices that shippers can leverage in their business that will return competitive rates and the highest probability of insulation from market volatility. 

When the market gets as hard as this, there is a tendency to want to adapt to the market, which could inadvertently conflict with your organizational principles. We think it’s better to have a process that works in any market, and a tight market is as good as any to analyze your process for strengths and weaknesses 

The conditions that have led to this market certainly are unique, that’s for sure, however the current driver shortage is no surprise to anyone. Any observers of the trucking industry have known this for a long time, in fact, here is an article dated January 28, 2000 declaring the arrival of the driver shortage: It’s Official: The Driver Shortage Threatens the Economy. It’s astounding how little has changed in the last 2 decades with respect to the driver shortage, and yet the industry continues to persevere.  

While some things remain the same, we’ve seen more than our share of unexpected challenges recently. The supply chain has been rattled in ways we never could have predicted, including a  global pandemic, extended closing of the Suez Canal and the Colonial Pipeline attack. Combined, these events have resulted in labor fluctuations, ships drifting offshore California ports, fuel shortages, rail line interruptions, LTL carrier embargoes and more.  

Throw all of these conditions in with an economy beginning to heat up and the result is a market wreaking havoc for shippers looking for any semblance of predictability. We’re convinced the best protection from market uncertainty is a disciplined and consistent process.  

This brings us to our top 5 best practices every shipper should apply in their business:  

1. Start sooner

We can’t emphasize this one enough to our customers. Don’t wait until the last minute. Teach your sales and service teams to encourage customers to order products earlier when possible. The sooner you can get data to your logistics coordinator the better. More time equals greater flexibility and allows the chain to creatively adapt to your requirements. Some companies are not sure what proactive planning looks like, if you are unsure, reach out to me and let’s have a conversation about it. It’s probably a lot simpler than you think. There is an inverse correlation between time and cost, the more time we have to arrange your freight, the lower the cost. 

2. Manage expectations

Our best customers have a good sense regarding the complexity of the market. They appreciate the challenges associated with moving their freight and they set expectations accordingly. That means knowing when carriers have leverage and when they don’t when booking freight. It also means communicating within your organization to make sure everyone on your team is working with the same expectations, especially your client-facing staff.  Great communication of expectations leads to better decision-making. The more intelligence you can acquire through your broker and available technology, the less likely there will be any surprises.   

3. Protect your reputation

Yes, your reputation. Most shippers don’t realize it, but your warehouse or distribution facility is scrutinized thoroughly by drivers, dispatchers, and 3PL’s. Do you know how long your load and unload times are? How about the quality of interactions with your facility staff, including security guards? Are they making it easy for drivers to do business with you, or are they creating issues? Chances are good that if there are common problems, drivers are sharing it with one another through various message boards and at the truck stop, which could hurt your reputation. Having a great reputation for loading and unloading is something every facility manager can control. Some things to keep an eye on include: unnecessary detention times, disorganization, overloaded trailers, poor packing, lack of assistance with loading and unloading – these are all simple things to pay attention to that will improve your reputation with drivers. The better your reputation, the more competition for your freight and ultimately better rates.  

4. Avoid the churn 

We always recommend developing a relationship with a logistics professional and giving them first right of refusal for your freight business versus canvasing the market. If you are just starting out with a freight broker/carrier, or having trouble with one you have been working with – try setting up a grading system and holding them accountable to your expectations.  Actively listen to what your providers are seeing in the market. Just churning loads in the marketplace creates a lot of inefficient work for brokers, agents, and carriers and ultimately drives up cost for everyone. Your best bet is to select a company that has assets, a strong network of carriers and an excellent track-record of communication. Even when capacity is plentiful issues are going to come up in this business, it’s unavoidable, therefore it is critically important to know who you are working with. 

5. Embrace safety

Finally, no discussion about best practices is complete without highlighting the importance of safety. The reality is we are in a business that has significant consequences when there is accident. It is incumbent upon all of us to be vigilant and exercise discipline in our risk management process. Do you know what that process looks like for your transportation providers? Perhaps now is a good time to have that discussion with them and find out if there is anything you can do to help them adhere to their safety protocol.     

It is always our goal to be our customers’ first choice for their freight and we welcome the opportunity to earn the right to be yours. Taking a relational approach, rather than a transactional one, is far more cost and time effective. Let us know if we can assist you with your freight business.  

 

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The American Jobs Plan: America’s Infrastructure Imperatives

The American Jobs Plan: America’s Infrastructure Imperatives

 

Mike Williams | President, AGX Freight

 

We have a lot of bridges to mend in our country. I mean, literally, a lot of bridges. The current administration’s infrastructure initiative, The American Jobs Plan,  proposes to fix over 10,000 bridges in the US, including a focus on the ten most economically significant in need of reconstruction. 

America is at a crossroads. Our country has failing roads and bridges and the proposed infrastructure initiative is an invitation to pick up a shovel and begin the hard work needed to turn things around. It might also represent the best chance we have to reinforce our democracy.  

National resiliency 

Our country is resilient when setbacks happen and we are courageous in the face of adversity. When our backs are against the wall, whether it’s threat to our national security, natural catastrophe or disease, together, we have achieved more collectively than we could have as individuals. A great example of this is the response of our supply chain to covid-19 related challenges over the last year. Not only did the freight sector recover quickly and thrive as more Americans shopped from home, but we helped deploy nearly 275 million total vaccine doses in a matter of months.   

The pandemic showed us that our reliance on commerce and the strength of our supply chain does not have to be diminished by a global health catastrophe. If anything, it clarified what we in the transportation industry already knew, that the economy and more broadly speaking, the livelihood of Americans are dependent on a fully functioning and safe transportation sector. Now that we are transitioning from lock-down to something approaching pre-pandemic norms of living, we should consider the benefit of focusing our efforts and investment on the health of our national infrastructure.  

If we think of America as a living organism, then its network of highways and roads are the circulatory system. The transportation & logistics industry is the heartbeat of our country, and we should no more neglect our highways, bridges, roads, tunnels and waterways than we would our own organs. There are achievable gains to be had by investing in our physical infrastructure. The most recent Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, states that “40% of the (road) system is now in poor or mediocre condition”. Moreover, “47% of the nation’s urban interstates are experiencing congestion during peak hours, and 30% of trips taken are impacted by severe or extreme congestion”. Fixing our roads will improve safety for motorists and pedestrians as well as our quality of life by shortening travel and delivery times.  

Job creation 

A national infrastructure plan as proposed by the current administration will create jobs. An investment in our roads and bridges leads to a healthier transportation sector that currently employs nearly 10% of the US workforce, according to US Dept of Labor data. There are few things more rewarding in life than the sense of accomplishment that comes from an honest day’s work. Jobs that earn a living-wage empower people to bootstrap themselves out of poverty. Our sector has a great opportunity to help the economically disenfranchised, including the millions of Americans who lost jobs last year.  

We recognize that it will take more than a reliance on public expenditures to course correct, and it’s why we recognize and applaud the great work performed by nonprofits such as Corporate America Supports You and Operation New Hope. Both organizations provide no-cost training and placement services to their constituents, for the benefit of those they serve and the employers they partner with. A healthy and sustainable economy will require increased cooperation between public, private and nonprofit entities.  

The American Jobs Plan signals an attachment point for us to build bridges in a truly American way that exemplifies our shared values of patriotism, hard work and equal opportunity to achieve prosperity. We acknowledge that determining how to fund the program will be challenging for our lawmakers. We support their commitment to work in good faith towards initiatives like this one that build hope and unity among all Americans.  

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AGX Freight Welcomes Curtis Hazel to Leadership Team

Former PLAYERS Championship Chairman and Jacksonville-area business executive hired to lead marketing for rapidly growing logistics company. 

Jacksonville, Florida: AGX Freight is proud to announce and welcome Curtis Hazel as the Company’s Director of Marketing & Communications. He is responsible for executing the firms’ marketing objectives in support of its growth goals. Hazel is the latest in several key leadership team additions for AGX Freight as the company expands its network to meet the increasing national demand for freight transportation and logistics services. 

Hazel brings over two decades of sales and marketing experience to AGX Freight, including recent positions with Citizens Education and the Jacksonville-based nonprofit, Operation New Hope. Hazel served as President of Hazel Partners LLC, a business consulting firm from 2011 to 2017, specializing in transportation & logistics. He was Tournament Chairman of The PLAYERS Championship in 2012, where he led more than 2,000 volunteers and helped raise over $6.5M for local charities. 

“Curtis possesses a unique combination of leadership talent, relevant experience, and creativity that will enhance our marketing effort at a pivotal time for us”, said Mike Williams, President of AGX Freight. Williams added, “market challenges and opportunities intersecting with our relentless effort to exceed customer expectations is fueling significant growth for AGX and our organization will benefit from his addition”.

About AGX Freight LLC

AGX Freight is a transportation services platform company offering freight transportation and logistics solutions through a network of North American independent branch locations. With our promise of service excellence and professionalism, we provide or arrange freight transportation services, and other value-plus supply chain services, to manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Learn more at www.agxfreight.com

 

Contact

Marketing & Communications Department

Marketing@AGXFreight.com | 904-518-6631

 

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AGX Freight sets $100 million gross revenue target for 2021, creates new leadership positions

AGX Freight sets $100 million gross revenue target for 2021, creates new leadership positions

 

AGX Freight, LLC., a North Florida-based provider of non-asset transportation and logistics services, predicts a strong freight market for 2021. “As the economy and pandemic conditions continue to improve, we expect to see an increasing demand for transportation services in the coming year. We have set $100 million as our target gross revenues in 2021,” said Mike Williams, President and Chief Operating Officer, AGX Freight. “To help us get there, we have added leadership talent to achieve our business goals in the coming year.”

Chris Reeves has joined the company as Chief Commercial Officer. In his new role, Reeves will lead the expansion of AGX Freight’s service offerings through a nationwide network of sales and operations professionals. He has more than 20 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry, holding management positions with Blue-Grace Logistics, US Xpress and, most recently, as Senior Director of Revenue Management at Forward Air. Reeves has helped build third-party logistics organizations, like AGX, in the areas of sales, pricing, and operations.

John Phipps has also joined the company as Vice President, Intermodal Operations. Phipps’ responsibilities include managing intermodal operations, capitalizing on relationships with railroads, shippers, and intermodal marketing companies (IMCs). He brings more than 30 years of experience in the intermodal truck segment, most recently serving as head of sales and marketing for intermodal operations at Sunteck/TTS. Before that, Phipps held senior management positions with Blue Dolphin Express, All Points Transportation and Savannah Intermodal. Phipps is a retired United States Marine, and we thank him for his service.

“We’re excited to have both Chris and John join our organization as their collective experience and talents will help put AGX in a prime position to capitalize on growing freight demand as we scale the size and scope of our network,” added Williams. We’re now well-poised for the opportunities that will lie ahead in 2021.”

Both Reeves and Phipps will be based out of AGX Freight’s corporate office in Jacksonville, Fla.

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We Love Our Chamber, We Love Jacksonville, We Love Logistics!

We Love Our Chamber, We Love Jacksonville, We Love Logistics!

 

We love our Chamber, we love our city, and we love logistics at AGX. The politicians in Washington, now that’s a different kind of love story. In June of this year I had the opportunity to participate in a “fly-in” to DC with the Transportation Intermediaries Association. We chased our elusive Florida representatives around the capitol all day advocating for commonsense legislation for a national carrier selection standard for brokers. DC is an amazing place to visit if you can’t make it down to the Florida Everglades.

Every step we take has a purpose and an effect. Success and happiness, good health, meaningful relationships at work and at home.

Some of us will sacrifice too much for our mission, and others not enough. Finding a productive, satisfying balance between your unbridled aspirations and relaxing on the beach or hiking the Grandfather Trail in NC or whatever your heart desires is a personal decision for each of us.

Jack Welch, former legendary CEO at GE, and one of my favorites, said “there is no such thing as work-life balance. There are work life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences.” Forget about all the others, study Jack Welch’s principles of business organization leadership and Jack will set you straight.

That being said, the freight logistics business takes no prisoners. Freight Life is 24/7/365. Its global. Its multi-modal. The speed at which data moves surpasses human pace. Big Data, Predictive analytics…the automation revolution is threatening entire segments of the supply chain. But freight is freight. A container of lawn furniture from Asia will always take about 38 days to reach JaxPort through the Panama Canal. The speed limit for big trucks will remain 65, even if R2D2 is driving.

Nevertheless, freight logistics remains a marketplace of opportunity for people who like to work collaboratively with others, innovate solutions for their customers, and determine the size of their own slice of the pie. Its intensely capitalistic, and highly attractive to entrepreneurs.

AGX is both a motor carrier and a broker, that makes us a logistics company. Through our network of relationships, we help freight professionals on their mission to achieve their greatest success. We are a safe zone, a sanctuary of sorts, for people of any persuasion, who want to chase the biggest paycheck they’ve ever seen or not. Work 7 days a week, or 4 days a week, it is a choice. Remember what Jack said, life choices have consequences.

AGX offers an operating platform, including Finance, Technology, Risk and Insurance, and outsourced business administration services, from which freight professionals and their teams can launch their own business, chart their own course, and achieve their own missions. We offer scale in critical back office services while our network remains focused on sales and freight logistics execution.

We measure our success exclusively by the quality of our engagement with customer service excellence, which includes continuous communication with the freight professionals who trust us with their business, and of course cash flow. All of the spin, marketing and buzz words don’t mean much without cash flow.

Our corporate team in Jacksonville is one of the all-time greats: it includes a winning combination of capable, collaborative, and frankly, very likable people. I predict that they will all earn gold watches and have their pictures on the AGX Wall of Fame before all is said and done. In a nutshell, they are individually and collectively energized to create and sustain great value in our network relationships.

Together with our network, we provide truckload, including vans and flatbeds, specialized and heavy haul, dedicated shuttle and yard management, highway logistics, railroad intermodal logistics, and with a shout out of gratitude to our friends at Jax Global Cargo, Robert Fox and Chris Sloope, we offer warehousing, foreign trade zone capabilities, and international logistics and freight forwarding.

The future is bright at AGX and we look forward to doing our part to make Jacksonville “America’s Logistics Center.”

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Interview with John Edwards, Agency Principal in our Savannah, GA office.

Interview with John Edwards, Agency Principal in our Savannah, GA office.

 

John Edwards is a long-time partner with AGX. We recently spoke to him about his experience.

How long have you been in the transportation business? And in those years, how long have you been in the chassis stack business?

I started in the business in 1989, as a salaried employee for my uncle’s business in Savannah, GA. We were moving project cargo for the new Toyota and Nissan plants in America. 

My uncle went out of business and my brother Scott and I were out of a job. I went to work as an agent in Savannah for Ace Transportation out of Lafayette, LA. At that time, the agency model was a new concept. We wound up working as an independent agent for GT Worldwide Transport in 1999.

We stayed there around 5 years and started moving chassis in 2001. I love this business and this specific niche. I’ve built solid relationships with carriers, suppliers and the depots where units are generally picked up from. 

I’ve built a strong rapport. Because of it, I get calls for many special needs loads because my team and I get the job done!

What’s your favorite part of the transportation industry? 

I like the current trend. ELD’s, safer trucks, stronger rates, and high-demand. Finally, we’re earning what we’re worth.

There were many years where the shippers were beating us up, and we had to work twice as hard to get half as far.

What’s the craziest story you have since becoming a transportation professional?

Bringing my brother back into the business with me in 2009, after being out of the industry for 5 years. I knew he was unhappy where he was. I talked with him and brought him back into the fold.

Scott is my right-hand man. I couldn’t do what I’m doing without him, his support, and his knowledge.

Where do you see your agency in the next 5 years? 

I see our agency generating $15 million, being in a larger office space with upwards of 15 employees and having an expanded presence in the South Atlantic market!

I’d like to add, there are now so many companies that offer an agent program. I worked with several over the years. What sets AGX apart from the others I’ve worked with is their team and the day in and day out respect they demonstrate for my agency. From business support to customer billing and AP, to carrier onboarding, to new driver recruiting and onboarding, to technology systems and support, AGX is built the right way.  Mike Williams has put together an incredible team and system, giving us exactly what AGX promised, the tools and support to continue our growth. Thank you to the entire AGX team for their support!

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Takeaways From the Transportation & Logistics Council Conference

CHARLESTON / TLC EVENT I’d like to give a shout out to the Transportation & Logistics Council. Their Annual Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, March 18-21 was great.

The 44th edition held up its reputation as a compelling learning forum. It covered a broad range of both practical and technical aspects of freight safety and risk management.

I really enjoyed reconnecting with Bob Voltman, President and CEO at Transportation Intermediaries Association. Bob is a tireless advocate and educator for freight intermediaries in the D.C. swamp.

Overall, the conference attracts attendees that include skilled transportation attorneys, insurance executives, underwriters, adjusters, freight security specialists, including law enforcement officials, freight brokers, and motor carriers.

Sound boring? Mix in the procurement teams from dozens of diverse buyers and sellers of freight, and it will keep you going all day. Along with myself, AGX was represented by James Bagwell, our senior vice-president sales.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that it was in the beautiful city of Charleston. Here are a couple of highlights from the conference:

Overreaching (contract) terms can sink your ship.”

  • It is clear that the experts, mostly attorneys and insurance adjusters, place significant importance on what the transportation and/or insurance contracts actually say regarding a loss event.
    • My take is contract matter and reasonable contract terms allocating appropriate risks should be the goal. Overreaching terms can sink your ship.
  • SensiGuard’s Supply Chain Intelligence Center reports that recorded cargo thefts in the U.S. dropped 15% in 2017 versus 2016.
    • I think the statistic makes sense. Freight distribution has become more regionalized, meaning the carrier is in possession of the freight for shorter periods of time and distance.
  • The Sanitary Food Transportation Act of 2005 and the FDA Food Modernization Act of 2011 are well intended, but carry potentially onerous compliance burdens for brokers.
    • I believe carriers need to step up their game and increase training for their drivers and quality of equipment. Or we’re all in trouble.

CHOPPER / BRAMLETT – How many of you saw my motorcycle picture last week?

We re-posted the 2016 pic in honor of our own Jon Bramlett, vice-president of operations. The chopper actually belongs to him, an avid rider.

My picture represents the only safe way I know how to ride. A couple of weeks ago, Jon laid the chopper down on A1A headed to bike week in Daytona.

Thank God Jon’s injuries were not life-threatening. Big Jon has vowed to get back on and ride again – after his broken leg and ribs heal. In case you missed it, here it is again:

 

RESULTS MATTER – We started AGX in mid-2016 with ambitious goals.

As some of you know from your own experiences, starting a new business is a tough climb. It’s even tougher doing it in the highly competitive U.S. freight transportation and logistics markets.

We finished 2017 up 167% over our start-up year. For 2018, our preliminary first-quarter results are up 102% versus last year.  

AGX is definitely headed in the right direction as we move forward in our second full year.

Here’s how we’re doing it:

  • We transitioned to a new cloud-based TMS application and development partner.
  • AGX refinanced our capital structure, adding financial depth to ensure access to future needs.
  • We added strong sales and operations specialists to our network, representing truckload, less than truckload, expedited, dedicated, and managed yard services.

We expect 2018 to be a solid growth story at AGX and hope you see the same for your business, whatever segment it may be. If you’d like to learn more about our company, please contact us with your questions and comments. 

NETWORKING – I don’t know about you, but networking is a tough forum. I’m just not very good at it. Its fight or flight for me.

On March 29, I fought the good fight. I attended the TCJax Membership Drive event at TopGolf in Jacksonville. Pretty good turn out.

It’s always good to see a few familiar faces, like Linda Carrion from Jax Global Cargo, Bill Dorazio from Grimes Companies and Lisa Diaz from JaxPort, while meeting new people. As for the golf itself, I finished dead last in the one game I played, oh well, there’s always next time.

 

Mike Williams, President

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