Drinks, Doughnuts and Drivers

We had a great time handing out doughnuts and coffee last Wednesday at Missouri’s Midway Truck Stop & Travel Plaza. Chatting with the truckers who stopped by was an enlightening experience – we got to hear firsthand what a day in their lives is really like. Here are some of the photos taken during our time there.

Along with 200 doughnuts we also handed out some Freightquote goodies.

We weren’t the only ones celebrating truck drivers that day.

Some of the rigs lined up at Midway. It’s interesting to see the different kinds of freight they haul.

A couple of Freightquote employees talk with one of the drivers as he collects some souvenirs.

More drivers line up to get their free coffee and doughnuts.

Thanks to all the drivers and the folks who work at Midway for a memorable day!

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week: Kindness Is Contagious

In honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week we asked the truck drivers we work with to share some of their best tales from the road. We judged the story below as the best and awarded the driver with a $150 American Express Gift Card. It’s a wonderful story and a great example of how the kindness of one person can be rewarding in multiple ways.

 I was headed home one Friday afternoon and had stopped at a rest area on I-55 in Illinois. While I was there I couldn’t help hearing a conversation this lady was having on the pay phone. She was telling someone her car had broken down and had a flat. She said a guy stopped to help change her tire.  When she went to give the guy some money for helping her he grabbed her purse and took off. She was in tears while she was talking to the person on the phone. I overheard her saying she had no money with two kids in the car and no ID – she did not know how she was going to get back to Chicago. I waited for her to get off the phone to see if I could help. All I had with me was $60 in cash so I gave it to her and told her I hoped that would help her get home. Three months later I received a check in the mail from that lady with a Thank You note saying that she had gotten my name and address off the side of my truck. I was shocked. I never expected to be repaid by her, and didn’t care, because I was brought up to lend a helping hand whenever possible. I guess good karma really does exist.

–          Roger A.

He was right about good karma. In this case it paid off with interest.  His $60 ended up paying him back $150! We also awarded our second place winner with a $50 American Express gift card. Congratulations to both of our winners and Happy Truck Driver Appreciation Week to all the great drivers out there!

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Freightquote Openings and Events

We’re currently seeking applicants for the following positions at our company headquarters in Lenexa, KS:

  • Freight Broker Trainee
  • Sr. Business Intelligence Developer
  • Sr. Application Developer

To learn more about one of these exciting positions, check out our Careers page at http://www.freightquote.com/about/careers/ or visit us at one of these upcoming Career Fairs:

KU School of Business Career Fair

  • Thursday, September 20th
  • 10am – 3pm
  • Kansas Union, 5th Floor
  • Lawrence, KS
  • More Details

Missouri Southern State University Fall Career & Majors Fair

  • Wednesday, September 26th
  • 10am – 2pm
  • Leggett & Platt Athletic Center
  • Joplin, MO
  • More Details

Congressman Kevin Yoder Jobs Fair

  • Thursday, September 27th
  • 9am – 1pm
  • Holiday Inn
  • Overland Park, KS
  • More Details

University of Central Missouri Fall Career Expo

  • Wednesday, October 3rd
  • 1pm – 4pm
  • UCM Multipurpose Building Arena
  • Warrensburg, MO
  • More Details

Cumulus Radio Employment and Education Expo

  • Thursday October 4th
  • 10am – 4pm
  • Overland Park Convention Center
  • Overland Park, KS

Columbia College Virtual Job Fair

Hope to see you soon!

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At Freightquote, We Have a Taste for Wine.

Many people think that shipping alcohol is just like shipping anything else, but it isn’t. Freightquote has been a key player in the wine distribution business for many years so we have gotten used to all the intricacies of the business. We handle shipments coming off the ship and load them to our trailers to be delivered all over the country. There are many moving parts to this process and it has to be coordinated perfectly from the ship to door. Each state has their own laws governing how liquor can be transported to and through the state. In order to facilitate the movement of alcohol we have to be licensed in each state to know what each requires and provide the right solution so the alcohol is delivered legally and intact. Since there are such varying degrees of transportation law from state to state, we have to make sure we know the value of the shipment and whether or not the carrier we choose is the right one for the job. You would be shocked at the difference in value from shipment to shipment of alcohol!

For the past three years we have handled a project of Beaujolais Nouveau – translated to “the first grape.” The distribution date of this particular wine is the third Thursday of November, but French law does not allow the wine to leave France until the very end of October. Once it hits the port in New Jersey, we have less than a week to distribute over 1.2 million bottles of this wine throughout the U.S. The coordination of this project takes months to work out, but we are very good at it. And we are proud to say we have never missed our deadline.

That is just one example of the complexities that go along with shipping wine. Thankfully, our expertise has allowed us to form strong relationships with distributors. If you have questions about shipping alcohol, or anything else for that matter, visit us at Freightquote.com or call one of our Account Representatives at 800.323.5441.

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