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  • Go One-on-One With Motivated Buyers

    The Cleveland B2B Matchmaker is a unique opportunity to go one-on-one with customers who want to buy from you.

    A lot of the blogs, videos, webinars, and other content we publish centers around how entrepreneurs can position their small businesses to stand out and bring in business.

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    Brand-Building Basics for Small Business

    How to Make Your Business Stand Out

    Tools, Tips and Tricks You Need to Add to Your Marketing Mix

    There’s a lot of really solid advice in the links above that will put your small business on the road to picking up additional business. But what if I told you there’s still another way to run headfirst into new business for your company? And what if I told you this way required virtually no effort on your part, aside from clicking a link and then showing up?

    I’m talking about COSE’s Cleveland B2B Matchmaker 2017 event, which is being held this year from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 8. For those who might be unfamiliar, this Matchmaker event (our 12th annual) is a unique small business contracting event, which presents a great opportunity for small businesses to gain access to buyers that represent millions of dollars in purchasing. The goal of the event is to create future contract opportunities for your small business through one-on-one sessions between buyers and sellers.

    There’s a reason why we here at COSE spend so much time producing content that supports your efforts to get your small business on buyers’ radars. If you’re an entrepreneur, you know doing so is easier said than done. But this is a chance to go one-on-one with buyers who are ready to take action and pull the trigger on deals, while allowing you the opportunity to increase the number of contacts you’ve earned for your business.

    Sound good? Learn more and register for the Cleveland B2B Matchmaker.

    And check out a list of other upcoming COSE events that will help you broaden your business’ reach and give you the insight you need to help your company succeed.

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  • Growing Your Business by Staying Motivated

    The Cleveland Trucking industry isn’t always the glitz and glamour you might imagine. Working anywhere in the county as a logistics professional can sometimes be dull. If you are a Freight broker, Freight forwarder, working with Truck load or LTL, flatbed, or reefers, it doesn’t matter, if you can’t stay motivated you are going to get bored. I think of time as money and if I am wasting time waiting for work then I am wasting money.

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    One thing I do to help stay motivated and kill the boredom is by working on parts of the industry we currently aren’t successful in. By spending down time learning the other aspects of this industry I can speak more intelligently about it to our customers if topics ever come up. For example, we are currently growing the flatbed portion of our business and every minute I have away from my day to day routine I am learning about the flatbed industry. Calling carriers and getting feedback, what works and doesn’t work, what information they prefer from their brokers. Information is power and whomever has the most can call the shots. We are a relatively small fish in the flatbed industry but even the smallest fish can make waves if they stay motivated. Instead of twiddling my thumbs waiting for work to do, I like to make the work happen for myself.

    Getting comfortable in your daily routine is a breeding ground for boredom and will stop you from seeing your true potential. Getting out of your comfort zone is a terrific way to build you brand. Don’t know anything about LTL? Call UPS. Don’t know anything about intermodal? Go down to the rail yard. Don’t be afraid to make yourself vulnerable, if you are uncomfortable it probably means you are doing something right and putting yourself in a position to learn. You can’t learn to swim if you don’t get wet and you can’t get wet unless you get in the water. Get out there and make some waves.

    For more information about Global Transport, check us out at www.GlobalTransportInc.com

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  • Growth and Innovation Lead to Vertex Computer Systems Win

    Return on Data is a phrase recently coined by the team at Vertex; it defines one of the key ways their clients benefit from the company’s services. Vertex focuses on Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, bringing unique perspectives and solutions from the company’s solution scientists. Resulting from their innovative approach and high-value engagements: double digit growth year over year, expansion to numerous cities in the US and growth to almost 300 associates.

    Return on Data is a phrase recently coined by the team at Vertex; it defines one of the key ways their clients benefit from the company’s services. 

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    Vertex focuses on Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, bringing unique perspectives and solutions from the company’s solution scientists. Resulting from their innovative approach and high-value engagements: double digit growth year over year, expansion to numerous cities in the US and growth to almost 300 associates.

    We’re very proud to recognize Vertex at the 2015 Best of Tech Awards.

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    Learn more about the company in our recent podcast interview with company president, Ganesh Iyer.


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  • GTS Insight: 3 Tips to Take Control of Inbound Shipping

    In the world of freight, one area that causes ongoing confusion for our small- to midsize-clients is inbound shipping. When you don’t have a dock or logistics resources, inbound shipping can quickly be pushed to a vendor responsibility and control of costs and visibility is lost. Here are three inbound shipping basics to help you save time and money.

    In the world of freight, one area that causes ongoing confusion for our small- to midsize-clients is inbound shipping. When you don’t have a dock or logistics resources, inbound shipping can quickly be pushed to a vendor responsibility and control of costs and visibility is lost. Here are three inbound shipping basics to help you save time and money.

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    Create a Vendor Compliance Policy

    It’s beneficial for vendors, shippers and everyone in-between for a supply chain to operate efficiently. This can be done through visibility, compliance, and continual examination of the supply chain operations.

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    This starts with a solid vendor compliance policy. A vendor compliance policy is a document that can help your company avoid numerous problems, including improper purchase orders, incorrect labels, incomplete bill of landing, late deliveries, damage, and much more. You can use a vendor compliance document to spell out your company’s requirements, expectations, and penalties regarding orders and shipments to your business. 

    Keep Visibility

    You can achieve visibility over inbound shipments by implementing a set of specific “Ship Via” instructions. Using the term “Best Way” for your shipping instructions, allows your vendor to choose a shipping method and bill you accordingly. In most cases, it will be the most convenient method for your vendor, not at the least cost to you. This section should be used to refer the vendor to your compliance policy or your 3PL for proper shipping instructions.

    You can also gain visibility of your shipments by using a transportation management system (TMS). There are a wide variety of transportation management systems on the market to fit every business’ needs. Most companies can cater their software to fit your processes and budget, driving the value up for you. 

    Many small businesses choose to partner with a 3PL, such as GTS, to handle their shipping and freight needs. Not only do you gain access to their TMS and carrier network, but you also get a team of logistics experts for personalized service and solutions.

    RECEIVING FREIGHT

    By instituting a standard receiving process and enforcing it among employees, you can make sure you receive a proper settlement if a claims situation occurs. 

    When a shipment arrives at your location, it is imperative that you inspect the container and contents for damage. When you sign a delivery receipt without noting the damage or missing pieces, your freight claim may be denied.

    If you approve the condition of your shipment, review the delivery receipt closely. If you sign on the dotted line without reviewing all of the information, you could pay for services that weren’t needed or rendered.

    For more information about taking control of your inbound shipping program, you can visit our blog and download our Inbound Shipping eBook.

    Still not sure if a partnership is right for you? Learn more or request a free consultation today with a GTS expert and discover how you will benefit when making GTS your one stop shipping resource.

    This blog was originally posted at blog.onestopshipping.com. Visit to learn more about how shipping and logistics impact your business.

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    Listen to our members talk about how their COSE membership has helped their business.


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