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Sep 2020

Truckers aid in Laura relief despite market tightness

In the days leading up to Hurricane Laura’s landfall, Louisianans and Texans along the Gulf Coast made their way North to escape the storm’s wrath. Despite evacuations, fleets of commercial truckers came the opposite direction to deal with Laura’s aftermath. Hurricanes and tropical storms present big business for freight. The destruction wrought by a powerful storm spurs major retailers as well as state and Federal […]

Jul 2020

Prioritize the health and well-being of your drivers

Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many companies to operate remotely. The sudden change in work-life balance has been challenging but has also provided peace of mind for concerned workforces. In addition to avoiding rush hour traffic and the 9-5 grind, working remotely has become an attractive alternative for those looking to spare themselves from infection. However, not everyone is afforded this luxury. Truck […]

Jul 2020

Hurricane season heats up – responding to a big one

Believe it or not, hurricane season is well underway, which means it’s time to keep a close eye on the weather. The Atlantic hurricane season started in June and continues through the end of November; this roughly six-month timeframe presents many opportunities for a storm to wreak havoc on economies and entire infrastructures of coastal communities large and small. Motor carriers and independent drivers operating […]

Jun 2020

Ensuring a non-owned trailer becomes a non-issue

A truckload of goods will often exchange hands multiple times between its origin and destination. In fact, it’s pretty common for a trailer to be hauled by one driver between points A and B only to be handed off to another to continue the journey to point C and so on. For instance, a truckload originating in Jacksonville bound for Los Angeles may find itself […]

Jun 2020

To keep or not to keep: What to consider when engine problems arise

Truckers often develop a sentimental attachment to their vehicles. Through long night hauls and truck stop naps, rush hour traffic and lonely stretches of road, a driver’s attachment to a truck can be compared to a cowboy’s love for his steed. That is why it can be extremely difficult for a driver to part ways with a years-old truck with engine problems. But truck owners […]

Jun 2020

Analyzing the response to COVID-19 and the importance of contingency planning

Entering 2020, the possibility of a pandemic seemed unfathomable. If companies thought about such a crisis at all, it was a “what-if” scenario. But “what-if” quickly became “what now?” There’s no shame in a company admitting it was blindsided by COVID-19; in fact, most probably found themselves unprepared. However, as the pandemic approaches the six-month mark, trucking companies and logistics providers should reflect on their […]

May 2020

In the market for a used truck or trailer?

Those in the market to buy their own truck or trailer often face a binary choice – new or used. It’s a question as old as the highways itself and one that permeates the minds of forward-thinking truckers. Purchasing a truck fresh off the assembly line has its perks but can be expensive. On the other hand, used trucks lack certain elements of performance and […]

May 2020

Albrecht joins Reliance Partners as CFO and CRO

Reliance Partners, the Chattanooga-based insurance agency serving the commercial transportation and trucking industries, announced Monday that Thom Albrecht has joined the company as chief financial officer and chief revenue officer. Prior to joining Reliance Partners, Albrecht was a transportation equities analyst and investment banker for nearly 30 years at several banks, including BB&T and Stephens. In October 2017, he joined Celadon Group to help Paul […]

May 2020

Prioritize mitigating credit risk, especially during economic uncertainty

Freight brokers and commercial fleets process hundreds if not thousands of shipments daily. In an industry characterized by a huge amount of transactions, risk must consistently be weighed against reward. While most transportation companies diligently assess the profitability of each load before inking the deal, even the most thorough risk management practices cannot mitigate each and every risk. Many companies fall victim to the ever-present […]

May 2019

The Next Generation of Cargo Insurance: Real-Time and On-Demand.

Recent trends in the cargo insurance business mark a revolution for the transportation industry as a whole: real-time risk management.  Managing risk in real time offers the potential for businesses to have more control of their changing risk exposures. In the past, this meant shippers and logistics providers could spend up to 20 minutes per transaction with insurance brokers to obtain and reconcile various quotes and […]

Feb 2019

The Glossary of Trucks

As of 2017, there were around 23 million civilian trucks in China, 15 million in the US, and 6 million in the European Union. As of 2010, there were about 4 million refrigerated trucks worldwide. The different types of trucks include off-road trucks, heavy trucks, medium trucks, light trucks, very light trucks, and ultra light trucks. What is a Truck? A truck is a commercial vehicle […]

Feb 2019

Hazardous Materials Transportation Training

High-security transportation services can move hazardous materials while avoiding potentially dangerous situations. A large number of hazardous materials are shipped by government agencies. They are also outsourced to carriers who maintain their own fleet. These carriers are approved by the concerned agencies. Each agency has its own standard of approval for transporting different kinds of hazardous materials. Hazardous materials, because of their nature, should not […]

Jan 2019

Why You Need Owner Operator Insurance

If you have made the move from a paid trucker to a proud owner of your own trucking business, congratulations are definitely in order. This is because becoming an owner-operator is a huge step. There is big money in the trucking business and you are likely to make serious money as an owner operator. Now, it does not matter if you have just one truck […]

Jan 2019

The Implication Of MCS 90

If you drive a commercial vehicle or run trucks on the road, you may have come across the term MCS 90 or MCS-90 endorsement. While you may be aware of the basic requirements of insurance, many people are not aware of the specifics of MCS 90 and confuse them with general insurance. You should know MCS 90 is not an insurance policy in the conventional […]

Dec 2018

How to Become A Freight Broker with No Experience?

A freight broker assists shipping companies to move products from one point to the other. Instead of doing the job themselves, the broker finds a trucking company to haul the cargo. While doing so, the broker ensures that the trucking company will charge less than the shipping company is willing to pay. In this way, they make a profit. Also known as a load broker, […]

Nov 2018

Trucking Companies That Train Drivers

The trucking industry is an exciting career choice hence many people are now considering to either invest or seek employment opportunities in the industry. Those who want to get jobs as truck drivers may however wonder how they could get training. There are some training companies that train drivers as well as some dedicated training institutions that train these professionals. Trucker driver training by these […]

Oct 2018

Log Truck Insurance

Log Truck Insurance Logs are typically between 20 and 100 feet in length (or even longer) and depending on the tree; each could weigh over a ton. As such, the risks of them tipping and causing accidents and injuries are even higher in comparison to boxed loads. Log truck insurance provides coverage for the driver, the vehicle and any motorist impacted by accidental tipping and […]

Oct 2018

Long Haul Truck Insurance

Long haul truck insurance safeguards trucking companies from a lot of the potential costs that could result from an accident. Tractor-trailer trucks fall in the category of the biggest vehicles that are driven on public roads in the United States. The accidents in which they are involved can be tremendously severe and costly. When involved in a collision, an 18-wheeler can cause serious injuries and […]

Sep 2018

Commercial Truck Insurance Quotes

Commercial Truck Insurance Quotes When you venture into the truck business, one of the key requirements you need to fulfill is taking out commercial truck insurance quotes for your vehicle or fleet. To pick the ideal policy, you should check relevant information about your trucks. One of the first things you must do is to compile a list of details about the trucks, such as model, make, […]

Aug 2018

How Do Long-Haul Drivers Stay Awake

You are continually fighting exhaustion, fatigue, and boredom. Your body wants to stop but you have to meet the deadline. How do long-haul drivers stay awake: There are several things you can do to stay awake during your long-haul driving. Know the Signs of Drowsiness You are repeatedly yawning. It is becoming difficult to keep your eyes open. You are facing difficulty in focusing on […]

Aug 2018

Reliance Partners Names Howell Chief Operating Officer

Reliance Partners has promoted Laura Ann Howell to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Prior to the promotion, Laura Ann began her career with Reliance Partners in 2015 as Vice President, overseeing HR and Finance. She was promoted in 2017 to Senior Vice President overseeing operations. Howell, 29, previously served as Vice President for Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods where she co-founded a trucking company and freight […]

Jul 2018

Liquor Liability Insurance – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

If you own an establishment that serves alcohol, but you have no idea what liquor liability insurance is, you need to read this pronto. In simplest terms, liquor liability is a type of insurance that covers you for any liability arising from selling, dispensing or otherwise serving alcohol. Let’s assume, for the sake of example that there’s been a bar brawl in your establishment. Liquor […]

Employment Practices Liability Insurance

Employment Practices Liability insurance is a coverage plan for employers to safeguard their financial concerns arising from claims made against them by employees. Generally, referred to as EPLI, these insurances are to cover the employer in events of allegations raised against the employer or the company on issues such as employment malpractices, sexual harassment, and wrongful or forced terminations. The Need for Employment Practices Liability […]

Cyber Liability Insurance – Why You Need It

In the past few years, cyber liability insurance has become increasingly popular due to the growing number of cyber security incidents, such as data breaches, hacking, extortion, data destruction and denial of service attacks. Unfortunately, in the event of a cyber incident, such as a data breach, your business may be liable for damages, especially if cybercriminals manage to steal your customers’ data, such as […]

Jul 2018

New Venture Truck Insurance

The truck industry is one of the volatile markets today. It is crucial that you have a new venture truck insurance policy to cover liabilities that come in losses and damages. Any start-up company needs insurance cover for primary auto liabilities and physical damage coverage. Make sure you go through comparison shopping to help in settling for the best option. Why You Need Insurance Coverage Being […]

Jul 2018

Business Owners Policy (BOP)

Designed specifically for small business, a business owners policy (BOP) is a type of business protection insurance product that combines a several basic protection insurance products, including commercial property, business interruption insurance and general liability insurance, into one policy. Because a BOP is a consolidated insurance product, it typically costs less than the sum of its individual components. In other words, it is cheaper to […]

Jul 2018

Garage Keepers Liability Coverage – What You Need To Know

When you drop off your car at an auto repair garage, you do not only expect it to be fixed, but you expect it to remain safe while in the custody of the garage keeper. A general liability policy does not cover damage to vehicles that do not belong to the insured party. This is where the garage keepers liability coverage comes in. Here is […]

May 2018

Lease Purchase Trucking

Lease purchase trucking agreements are basically a situation in which a driver that is working for a particular company is allowed to continue driving while making partial payments for the truck they are responsible for. The agreement often stipulates that the driver should make weekly or monthly payments. At fruition of the agreement, the driver has the option to purchase the particular vehicle or upgrade […]

May 2018

Truck Insurance Exchange – What Is The Definition?

Truck Insurance Exchange (TIE) is among the several insurers that make up Farmers Insurance Group (FIG). In tandem with Fire Insurance Exchange and Farmers Insurance Exchange (FIE), and the several affiliates and subsidiaries, TIE offers homeowners, automobile, business owners and personal umbrella insurance. The Exchange is owned by its active members or subscribers. The subscribers choose a governing board that supervises the Exchange’s financial affairs […]

Apr 2018

OOIDA Truck Insurance – Features and Benefits

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) provides a whole range of budget-friendly OOIDA truck insurance covers to small-company truckers. With a good amount of experience and expertise in the commercial truck insurance business, OOIDA has pretty much pioneered the development of low-cost insurance goods for truck owners and operators. And it has been doing this since the 1970s. However, OOIDA is more than just OOIDA truck […]

Apr 2018

Interstate Trucking Insurance

In the US, Interstate Trucking (the movement of commercial cargo from one state to another) is often more expensive that Intrastate Trucking (the movement of commercial cargo within the same state). The high costs are linked to federal requirements. One major requirement for Interstate Trucking is auto insurance. With an Interstate Trucking Insurance, the costs for moving cargos from state to state are significantly reduced. […]

Apr 2018

Reliance Partners Announces New Office Opening in Central Florida

Reliance Partners is pleased to announce an office expansion in Vero Beach, FL. The expansion marks the fifth office location for Reliance with additional expansion plans underway. Reliance Partners is a commercial insurance specialist with a large presence in the transportation marketplace where the company offers insurance services in 48 states. Reliance has been recognized by numerous publications for its growth and top work environment. […]

Apr 2018

Reliance Partners Announces New V.P. of Risk Services – John Seidl

Reliance Partners is pleased to announce addition of John Seidl as V.P. of Risk Services. Seidl is recognized as a leading expert in DOT commercial transportation compliance and will be strong resource for Reliance Partners’ current and future clients. As a former Wisconsin State Motor Carrier Trooper and FMCSA Investigator with more than 20 years of experience in risk services, Seidl is well versed in […]

Mar 2018

Reliance Named One of the 2018 Best Workplaces by FORTUNE

  Reliance Partners Named One of the 2018 Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance by FORTUNE and Great Place to Work® Chattanooga, TN – Great Place to Work and FORTUNE have honored Reliance Partners as one of the 2018 Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance. The ranking considered input from more than 76,000 employees in the Financial Services & Insurance sector. Great Place […]

Feb 2018

Reliance Named Chattanooga Business of the Year

Reliance Partners was named Chattanooga’s Business of the Year by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. We are thrilled to have won the large category for Business of the Year and would like to thank our employees, clients, markets and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce for the honor. We look forward to another year of serving our customers, expanding our presence around the country and shaking up […]

Nov 2017

Reliance Partners Open Chicago Office

  Reliance has expanded its Midwest by opening a new office in the Chicago area. Reliance Partners has been recognized by numerous publications for its growth and top work environment. The company was most recently featured in Inc Magazine as a member of its 500 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in 2017, Inc. Magazine’s 2017 ‘50 Best Workplaces,’ and in Fortune as one of “America’s Best Workplaces.” Edgar Mercado will lead the […]

Sep 2017

Reliance Partners Named Best Place to Work in Insurance

 Reliance Partners has been named in the annual Best Places to Work in Insurance program, which recognizes employers for their outstanding performance in establishing workplaces where employees can thrive, enjoy their work and help their companies grow. “We recognize that the well-being of our team is the key to our agency’s long-term success,” says Andrew Ladebauche, CEO. “We are honored to be recognized for our strong […]

Aug 2017

Freight Broker Insurance

Working with a freight broker will be a common occurrence if you own or run a shipping company. They are an important part of the process if you want things to run smoothly and are fairly expensive to hire. A freight broker is essentially the middleman between a shipper and a carrier. They manage the interactions and inform the carrier where to go. This is […]

Aug 2017

Reliance Partners Named to Inc. 500 List

Reliance Partners has been named to the annual Inc. 500 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Reliance Partners secured the number 461 spot on prestigious list, ranking as the fastest-growing property & casualty insurance agency in the country and the 10th fastest-growing company in the state of Tennessee. Companies included on the list collectively generated 619,631 jobs over the past three […]

Jul 2017

Heavy Haul Trucking Insurance

Heavy haul trucking is a very lucrative business and if you are in it or are considering getting into it, you know that you will gain immense profits from the operation. However, there are many set-backs involved in heavy haul trucking which include accidents that damage your truck, illnesses and mechanical breakdowns. These challenges can be a very huge drawback and can end up taking […]

Jul 2017

Reliance Partners Opens Northeast Office

Reliance Partners will expand its market presence in the Northeast with the the opening of the company’s Buffalo, NY location on July, 14, 2017. The company has been recognized by numerous publications for its growth and top work environment. The company was most recently featured in Inc. Magazine’s 2017 “50 Best Workplaces”, in Fortune as one of “America’s Best Workplaces” and Inc.com as a member […]

Jul 2017

Part III: 2017 Transportation Outlook

The third installment of this year’s look into the commercial trucking industry as seen through the eyes of your favorite insurance brokers comes at the heels of another blisteringly paced Q2 for Reliance Partners. We’ve successfully moved and settled into our new HQ in Chattanooga, TN and are anxious for offices in Chicago, IL and Buffalo, NY to open by the end of the year. […]

Jul 2017

Semi Truck Insurance

Whether it’s a tanker, flatbed, car hauler or reefer, any semi truck has the potential to cause extensive damage to anything it may run into or over. So no matter what your reason is for owning and operating your vehicle, you will need special semi truck insurance before you can get started in the business. And to ensure the coverage you invest in actually suits […]

Jun 2017

Tow Truck Insurance

Tow trucks come in all shapes and sizes. They are normally used for a variety of purposes. For instance, some tow trucks are used to provide roadside assistance for clients. Others may be used to clear roads after collisions. These trucks can also be used to repossess vehicles owned by people who are behind on their car loan payments. There are many tow truck companies […]

Jun 2017

RELIANCE PARTNERS PROMOTES HOWELL TO SVP

Chattanooga, Tenn., June 22, 2017 – Reliance Partners, a leading commercial insurance agency has promoted Laura Ann Howell to the position of Senior Vice President. Prior to the promotion, Laura Ann began her career with Reliance Partners in 2015 as Vice President, overseeing HR and Finance. She previously served as Vice President for Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods where she founded a trucking company and freight brokerage. […]

Jun 2017

Reliance Partners Ranked Among Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces in 2017

Reliance Partners is one of the highest-scoring businesses with standout employee engagement featured in June 2017 issue of Inc. Magazine. Reliance Partners, a commercial insurance agency, has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2017, the publication’s annual ranking in the fast-growing private company sector. Hitting newsstands and online today in the June 2017 issue, the list is the result of a comprehensive […]

May 2017

Shipping Oversized Loads Over Water

With countless overdimensional shipments moving throughout the United States on a daily basis, most everyone has seen transported on our nation’s highways. But what about oversized loads and overweight loads that need to travel to domestic locations outside the contiguous 48 states? When roads and rails don’t span the gap between origin and destination, ocean-going barges and transport ships are the solution for these hard to […]

May 2017

Part II: 2017 Transportation Outlook

With a record-setting Q1 in our rear-view, Reliance Partners is entrenching itself in Q2 efforts and continuing to grow at an exciting and sustainable rate.  We’ve outgrown our second office in the past 18 months and are anxiously anticipating the move into a new office in the heart of Downtown Chattanooga later this month.  Check out a sneak peek below: https://i.imgur.com/NfhKUdT.gifv We’re fortunate to have […]

Apr 2017

The Potential Impacts of Electronic Logging Devices on Transportation Insurance

Reliance Partners’ CEO, Andrew Ladebauche, speaks to Freight Waves about the potential impacts of the upcoming Electronic Logging Device ELD rule change on transportation insurance marketplace. Learn more about how these devices will affect insurance rates for the transportation industry. To read the full article, follow this link.

Mar 2017

Reliance Partners Continues to Grow, Adding to Leadership Team

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Reliance Partners expands its leadership team with the addition of veteran insurance professional, Stephen Copeland as Senior Director of Customer Service. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Copeland’s expertise and leadership skills will strengthen the agency’s capacity to expand and continue serving its national client base with excellence. “We are fortunate to have Stephen on board leading our customer service […]

Feb 2017

Reliance Partners Named One of ‘8 Companies to Watch’ in 2017

Don’t miss the write-up on Reliance Partners in this month’s CityScope Magazine. “Why it’s a Company to Watch // Reliance Partners brings a young, energetic startup culture to an old-school industry – a competitive advantage in an evolving market. “Reliance looks very different from your typical American insurance brokerage company,” says Reliance President and COO Chad Eichelberger. “We’ve got a lot of hungry, driven people.” Fortune, […]

Feb 2017

A Detailed Look At Occupational Hazard Insurance For Truck Drivers

According to the North American Transportation Association (NTA), truck drivers endure some of the toughest and most demanding working conditions. This includes long hours on the road, minimal physical exercise, as well as the inherent risks all drivers face while driving. Due to this, truckers require coverage that protects them and loved ones from financial difficulties in the event of an accident or even job […]

Feb 2017

Things To Know About Flatbed Truck Insurance

A flatbed truck is a kind of truck used to carry loads. The load could be heavy metal sheets, machinery, bikes and vehicles, all of which need flatbed trucking insurance. These trucks are also used for towing. Either rigid or articulated, the truck’s load-carrying body is completely flat, with no roof or sides. As a result, the goods carried on a flatbed truck are more […]

Jan 2017

2017 Transportation Outlook

Gentry Smith – Transportation Insurance Specialist We’ve all heard the same cheesy clichés and business mantras from companies over the years, and they often go in one ear and out the other; however there is something to be said for phrases like ‘adapt to change,’ ‘survival of the fittest,’ and ‘early adoption,’ – even in an industry as age-old and timeless as transportation and logistics. […]

Dec 2016

Guide To Bobtail Insurance And Rate My Truck Insurance

Bobtail Insurance offers great solutions that are designed to satisfy your insurance needs. The available plans are well suited to different types of customers, including single owner operators and those running large fleets. The company has a solid reputation in the sector thanks to a superb customer service. Bobtail makes it easier to select the ideal insurance products for your organization. The service provider also […]

Jul 2016

Reliance Partners Named a 2016-2017 Great Workplace

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Reliance Partners was certified as a great workplace today by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. Reliance Partners earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys. A summary of these ratings can be found at https://reviews.greatplacetowork.com/reliance-partners. Reliance Partners is one of fastest-growing commercial insurance agencies in the nation. The company expects to double revenue […]

Jul 2016

How Shipping Dangerous Goods Can Be Done Safely

Many types of materials ranging from biological hazards to nuclear waste are shipped across the nation daily. Though each cargo has the capacity to do serious harm, a large number of regulations exist so that the threat is kept to an absolute minimum. Shipping dangerous goods under the auspices of the United States Department of Transportation keeps all hazmat transports regulated by federal code, dictating […]

Jul 2016

Identifying Sound Hazmat Transportation Insurance

Similar to any other industry, there are risks that have to be managed by trucking operations. A huge part of managing these risks is having the right insurance coverage. However, in contrast to a number of other businesses, trucking is both a way and an industry for managers of fleets and owner/operators alike. For this reason, it is extremely essential that truckers have insurance from […]

Jul 2016

Understanding MCS90 Insurance

The Motor Carrier Act was developed and passed in 1980. This act was passed by the US Congress in an effort to lessen the large number of regulations that were required of for-hire motor vehicles. The aim was to allow competition among transportation companies. Price competition allowed carrier companies to publish and use their desired rates with regard to freight hauling. In the past they […]

Jun 2016

What Is Supply Chain Management And Why Is It Important?

You have probably heard the term numerous times, but you may have wondered what is supply chain management. To many people, the term supply chain management sounds like technical jargon that could only be meaningful to those working in certain industries, but in reality, supply chain management is something that affects almost everyone in the world. When goods are purchased, many people visualize the complete […]

Jun 2016

Cargo Theft Is Hurting The Transportation Industry & Tips To Prevent It

Cargo theft is a growing problem in the United States. Back in 2014, it was reported that more than 18 million dollars worth of cargo was stolen in the first quarter of the year. It is important to recognize how problematic this issue is and how it is affecting the transportation industry. Is Cargo Theft That Big of a Problem? You probably have a vague […]

Jun 2016

New FDA Regulations & How They Are Affecting Freight Brokers

Being a freight broker means you need to be ready for changes. And the time has come to reconsider some of the practices you are used to since there are new FDA regulations for freight brokers. The following guide will help you understand how some of these regulations are going to affect you. A Break in Tradition Freight brokers have never been the shippers. Your […]

Jun 2016

Basic Hazardous Materials Transportation Training

High security transportation services can move hazardous materials while avoiding potentially dangerous situations. A large number of hazardous materials are shipped by government agencies. They are also outsourced to carriers who maintain their own fleet. These carriers are approved by the concerned agencies. Each agency has its own standard of approval for transporting different kinds of hazardous materials. Hazardous materials, because of their nature, should […]

Jun 2016

Cyber Liability Insurance: Why It Is More Dire Than You Think

A business cannot afford many setbacks, so it is imperative that you do your best to make sure that every possible setback is covered. Some businesses are covered for certain issues that might occur, such as an electrical problem or theft. But one of the most overlooked issues–which also happens to be an increasingly growing threat–is a cyber attack. It is essential that a business […]

Jun 2016

A Crash Course On A DOT Regulator Compliance Audit

The transportation industry can be rewarding for all those involved, but that does not mean things will always run smoothly. One of the experiences that many transportation companies have an issue with is dealing with DOT regulatory compliance. Sure, a transportation company understands the importance of compliance audits, but they may not have much experience dealing with them. You can increase your chances of a […]