Tim Barton named Regional Entrepreneur of the Year

Freightquote founder and executive chairman, Tim Barton, has been named Regional Entrepreneur of the Year by the Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Henry W. Bloch School of Management.

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Freightquote takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Challenge accepted! Fellow Kansas City based company Perceptive Software challenged Freightquote to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last week. Our first-place Corporate Challenge team stepped up and accepted. Along with the ice-cold bath, a donation was made to ALS from Freightquote. We challenged Burns & McDonnell, AMC Theatres and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City to take the challenge as well. Check out the video below!

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media fundraising campaign where participants are challenged to record themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their head and post it to social media and make a donation to ALS research. At Freightquote, we believe that Community Matters and are active in supporting various charities and giving back in the Kansas City area.

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Freightquote supports KCK RBI & Trent Green Family Foundation

Today, Monday December 16, 2013, Freightquote announces sponsorship of Trent Green Family Foundation in the morning and hosts holiday dinner for 200 KCK RBI children in the evening.

WHO:
Freightquote, the Trent Green Family Foundation and the Kansas City Kansas Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (KCK RBI)

WHAT:
‘Green Monday’ with the Trent Green Family Foundation
   To announce Freightquote’s sponsorship of the Trent Green Family Foundation, former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Trent Green, Chiefs cheerleaders and KC Wolf will surprise Freightquote employees by handing out donuts Monday morning. The Trent Green Family Foundation develops and supports family-focused programs that improve the health and wellness, education, and futures of thousands of Kansas City-area children in need.

KCK RBI Recognition and Holiday Dinner
Executive director of KCK RBI and Freightquote employee Cle Ross, along with his employer, Freightquote, founding sponsor of the league, will host a dinner to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of more than 200 urban children who participate in the program. KCK RBI, the first and only RBI league in Kansas, is a 45-team baseball league with more than 750 players. The children and league organizers will enjoy Gates Bar B.Q.

WHERE:
Green Monday with Trent Green
Freightquote
901 Carondelet Dr.
Kansas City, Mo. 64114
Located just south of I-435, east of State Line Road

KCK RBI Recognition and Christmas Dinner
Pierson Community Center
1800 South 55th Street
Kansas City, Kan. 66106

WHEN:
Green Monday with Trent Green – Monday, Dec. 16, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
KCK RBI Holiday Dinner – Monday, Dec. 16, 6-9 p.m.

BACKGROUND:
Freightquote is the largest online freight logistics provider in the country and a leader in the freight shipping industry. Its philanthropic focus, and one of Freightquote founder Tim Barton’s passions, is childhood education. Freightquote is a supporter of the Trent Green Family Foundation and its innovative HIKE Reading Achievement Program, which works to improve the reading levels of more than 2,000 low-income children in Kansas City. Freightquote also is the principal sponsor of KCK RBI and has been since its inception in 2009. The league uses participation in baseball as a means to overcome academic and social disadvantages most inner city children face.

ABOUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS:
Freightquote
Freightquote and its subsidiaries serve freight shipping customers’ needs across North America. The company currently has more than 1,000 employees nationwide and annualized revenues exceeding $600 million. Founded in 1998 by Tim Barton, Freightquote delivers a vast array of freight services for a large and diverse customer base. These services enable customers to instantly quote and compare freight rates of hundreds of national and regional freight carriers. Freightquote specializes in creating customized freight solutions to meet its customers’ needs, including truckload, LTL, expedited LTL and intermodal freight options. Visit http://www.freightquote.com for more information or call 800-323-5441 to reach Freightquote directly.

Trent Green Family Foundation
Since 1999, the Trent Green Family Foundation has helped improve the quality of life for thousands of individual families, from all walks of life. Its mission is to develop and support family-focused programs that improve the health and wellness, education and the future of Kansas City kids in need. The Trent Green Family Foundation currently concentrates the majority of its efforts on impacting lives through partnerships with Children’s Mercy Hospital, Phoenix Family, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.

KCK RBI
Success Achieved In Future Environments (S.A.F.E) is a private, 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization serving the youth of the Kansas City, Kansas metro area since 2009. Unlike other area youth sports organizations, S.A.F.E receives no federal, state or local tax dollars. S.A.F.E offers baseball/softball to inner city youth through its Kansas City Kansas Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (KCK RBI) program, which directs the activities of more than 45 teams and more than 750 players. KCK RBI is the only little league in the state of Kansas affiliated with Major League Baseball.

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Fuel Surcharges impacted by Government Shutdown

Fuel surcharges impacted by government shutdown

The Energy Information Administration (EIA), a division within the Department of Energy, typically publishes the Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update each Monday. Freightquote, as well as many other businesses in the transportation industry, uses this report to index fuel surcharges for freight shipments.

A spokesperson for the EIA has announced that as of October 11, 2013, the department will have to furlough its employees due to the partial government shutdown. During the furlough, the Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update will not be published. For the remainder of the government shutdown, Freightquote will base all fuel surcharges on the last published data from the EIA, from October 7, 2013.

Freightquote customers can expect to see the fuel surcharge included in their shipment summary like normal. When government officials negotiate an end to the shutdown and the EIA is publishing the Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update again, Freightquote anticipates returning to our weekly adjustments of fuel surcharges based on this report.

We appreciate your business and if you have any questions about how this change impacts your shipments or how we can be of service to you, please call 800-323-5441.

Update 10/21/2013: The government shutdown has ended at the EIA has announced it will resume publishing the weekly Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update. Freightquote will resume adjusting fuel surcharges based on this index. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Freight Broker at 800.323.5441. 

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Getting on Board with Intermodal Freight Shipping

rr_editIntermodal shipments have been growing steadily over the past few years. According to truckinginfo.com, domestic intermodal traffic was up 9% in Q2 2013. This growth is fueled by a constantly expanding network for rail, shippers seeking more cost-effective fuel solutions and improved service offerings from providers. As Intermodal options expand, it may be time to consider moving your freight on the rail.

Does Intermodal work for my freight?

Domestic intermodal transport typically consists of an intermodal container being moved by a truck to the rail, then a truck again to the final destination. Regular or recurring shipments are particularly well suited for intermodal because it can provide a consistent supply chain solution. Intermodal is a good fit for a range of freight and products. However, the shipments that are best suited for Intermodal are typically longer haul lanes moving to or from 200-300 miles of a major metro. 

Why chose intermodal?

Rail is the most fuel efficient mode of transport available today, so intermodal freight shipping can provide significant fuel cost savings over road-based transport. This fuel efficiency also translates into a greener, more environmentally friendly way to move cargo, which many shippers are looking for.  Additionally, intermodal is safe and secure for your freight, providing a dependable alternative to the truckload spot market, especially in lanes of tight capacity. Many freight commodities are insured up to $250,000 while on the rail, providing even more security for your cargo.

On top of all this, rail is still expanding its footprint in North America. More logistics centers and miles of rail line are being put into place, increasing destination options and service level for intermodal shipments.

How do I get started with intermodal?

Freightquote is a certified IMC (Intermodal Marketing Carrier), buying intermodal capacity at wholesale from the best rail lines. This means we can pass the savings and selection on to our customers. Getting an intermodal shipment set up can take a little more coordination than a truckload shipment, but Freightquote has a team of dedicated intermodal expects to help guide your shipment. Contact Freightquote at 800.323.5441 or  visit Freightquote.com to start shipping intermodal now.

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