“Trucking industry agents are easing the back office demands for smaller carriers and helping them thrive in a challenging transportation climate”, says Alfredo Esparza, Director of Agent Development for MERX Global. He sits down with host Daniel Litwin to discuss this topic on a new episode of the Transportation podcast brought to you by MarketScale.

“Four or five years ago, the market was good for small carriers,” Esparza says. “But lately the driver shortage is causing a real strain on small carriers.”

Truck driver shortages have impacted the entire transportation industry, but small carriers, in particular, are strained most as they try meeting a growing demand for over-the-road shipments without the sophisticated infrastructure support that larger transportation companies enjoy. That means smaller companies are navigating the confusing waters of insurance, new driver recruiting, accounting, legal, safety, and back office operations on their own expensive learning curve or outsource to different third-party individuals.

“With real tough demands, it makes sense for a smaller carrier to be an agent,” Esparza says. “A small carrier can partner with MERX Global that’ll offer insurance, recruiting, and back office and that will cut their overhead in half. In order to be successful in this climate, they’re either going to have to wait out the storm or partner with a carrier like MERX Global. We’re going to help them thrive and grow in this tough industry we’re in.”

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