Do you hear that.....it's the theme from Jaws......the busy season in the moving buisness it once again upon us.
This week our registrations and offers heated up for moves wanting to load in May, June and even some July.
I can feel the tention and the felling of being overwhelmed in operations already.
It is always difficult to adjust our minds and our daily routines when the gun goes off.
More and more , especially with our military moves, it is like flicking on a light switch. One day we are slow and the next day we have problems trying to get jobs covered.
For the past few years May has been the month that it begins and it looks like this year will be the same.
Drivers and agent dispatch are also adjusting and getting prepared, if that's possible.
With that drivers always start to get wondering eyes and want to know what the other guy is doing in fear that they will not get that "fat" load .
Paul Arpin would always say it is not always what you do in the 3-4 months of the busy season that counts, it's what you do the rest of the year.
Agent operations start to fill their bag as quick as they can because they have been slow and they want to assure their business.
Be wise and watch what you take and who you take it from.
More people think that they can just always take jobs from any carrier, they look at the discounts and for a few percentage points they jump around.
Again it is not what you all do in the next few months that will matter in the long run. Who will feed you year round? Who do you trust will be there when you need them?
In order for us to keep good scores and our alliances with our top accounts we need to be there for them year round. If so they will reward us all with that tonnage that we all need in the off season.
Take a breath...take one day at a time and keep your partners and your alliances in check, you will need them. Any business is all about working with each other and knowing that the other guy has your back.
At Arpin we still have Paul Arpin's philosophy with our drivers. He grew this company knowing that our drivers are our most important partners. Having been a driver himself he knew first hand.
For all you dispatchers out there hang on to the raft once again and work together.
For all our drivers, thank you and understand that you have a building full of people at Headquarters that are working for you- year round.
For our agent operations out there please communicate with all of us and assist our drivers when they roll into your town.
Remember we are family -and if you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.