Choptank's Growth Adds Value for Shippers and Carriers
Choptank Transport's services and capabilities continue to increase as our company grows. New regional offices give us a localized presence. Our larger sales and logistics staff allows us to maintain top-notch customer service. A larger accounting department affords us the opportunity to offer a variety of unique, customer-centric solutions.
Some 2013 Choptank Milestones:
- Opened 2 new offices - Tampa and Dallas
- Launched a new temperature-controlled LTL division
- Named a Top 100 3PLs and Cold Storage Provider by Food Logistics
- Total staff increased 31% in 2013
by James Lee, V.P. Legal Affairs
What's in your Broker's Wallet?
Shippers Need to Ask
Many of you probably remember the Capital One credit card commercials featuring Alec Baldwin, the rowdy group of Vikings, and others where the tagline of the ad is, "What's in your wallet?" With the recent passing of MAP-21, effective December 1, 2013, brokers are now required to have in place a surety bond equal to or more than the amount of $75,000. With that date already surpassed, shippers and receivers should be asking themselves, "What amount does my broker have?"
Going forward from that date, any broker that does not have the surety bond for at least that amount will have their Brokerage Authority revoked by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). While no one has the exact figures, a recent article stated that the FMCSA has already revoked the authority of some 8,180 brokers since December 2, 2013.
(L-R) Geoff Turner, Terrence Brown
Agent of the Year
President/CEO Geoff Turner presents Terrence Brown with Choptank's Agent of the Year award last week during a visit to our Atlanta office. Congrats, Terrence!
Director of Human Resources
Pam Hutchinson has been promoted to Choptank Transport's Director of Human Resources. In her new role, Hutchinson will be responsible for all human resource functions including: human resource management, recruiting and corporate training.
Bob Franklin, "Maryland's Truck Lawyer," Remembered
Choptank Transport would like to remember lawyer and Baltimore native, Bob Franklin, who passed away earlier this month. Franklin was a great friend to the trucking industry, having served as general counsel to the Maryland Motor Truck Association. His expertise was in personal injury and workers' compensation relating to the areas of trucking and transportation.
Franklin was responsible for establishing a 24-hour response team at his own practice that handled the investigation of trucking accidents and caring for the driver, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest
Choptank makes work fun!
Making sure our customers' freight is picked up and delivered on time during this busy holiday shipping season can make things a little hectic. At Choptank, we think adding a little fun to the workplace can be a great stress-reliever.
Below are some additional photos of our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater contest participants. The winner received $100.