Topic: Apex News
Remember the days of CB radio and public pay phones? Now we have cell phones and mobile apps. How about the days of mailing stacks and stacks of invoices so that you can get paid for hauling loads across the country? Now we have email and image capture. The trucking industry has changed in the last decade and technology has been at the forefront of that change. At Apex, we’ve worked diligently to stay proactive instead of reactive, especially when it comes to implementing technological advancements designed to improve efficiency for truckers. Our goal has always been to make the process of getting paid faster for truckers. Meet five Apex experts that have seen more than 10 years of technological changes in the trucking industry. They have stories to tell about the way things were 10 years ago, the way things are today, and thoughts on how things will be tomorrow.
Closing out this decade has certainly been a roller coaster for the freight and trucking industry. After the freight boom of 2018, brokers and carriers saw a dramatic downturn for most of 2019 and unfortunately there were some carriers who didn’t survive it. For the carriers that did make it, learned valuable lessons on how to be prepared for the ups and downs of trucking. This year started out with a list of hot topics to watch in trucking. From changing regulations, technology improvements, to changing marketplaces – we covered it all!
All of us at Apex are super excited to announce that we are golden – again! For the second consecutive year we received a Gold Level Workplace Health Achievement Index Recognition from the American Heart Association (AHA). That means we are still quite healthy. In fact, we had 92% participation in our most recent health screenings, and we always encourage employees to include their spouses in the health screenings.
At Apex, we appreciate our clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. How do we do that? Well, one of the ways is by featuring them in a calendar. The Apex Capital Client Calendar is where we frame 13 chrome and steel beauties and showcase them as shining examples of pride and joy. This year’s contest to select the baker’s dozen trucks and pick a cover winner began July 29 with photo submissions through Aug. 12. From Aug. 13-20, our fellow Apexers voted to select the Top 13, and from Aug. 22-Sept. 3 public votes determined the cover-winning truck. So, without further ado we present to you the client calendar cover winner…
Big rigs are fascinating. When you see a larger-than-life, shiny, and decked out truck with light bars or a custom paint job they really catch your eye. They sparkle down the highway. So, if you’ve got a truck, you want to show it off. You need to take great photos of that rig! A great picture can make your already captivating truck look super amazing.
Can you believe it? It’s almost time for the Great American Truck Show (GATS) 2019! GATS 2019 gets underway August 22-24 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas! GATS is one of our favorite events every year for a lot of reasons. It’s the annual Dallas truck show, so just a stone’s throw away from our home in Fort Worth! GATS is also one of the biggest trucking events every year, so we get to learn, shake hands, see friends, clients, and the entire trucking community. We get to give away some $$$. As one of the nation’s best freight factoring companies , we know cash flow, and we know trucking. That’s why our Blue Cash Crew plans to give away over $2,000 to many lucky GATS attendees found wearing our famous t-shirts!
Two and 12 – those numbers have a nice ring to them. We are so proud of two and 12. This is the second year Apex Capital is named one of the Healthiest Companies in America by Interactive Health. That means we take the health and wellness of our employees very seriously. What about the 12? Well, this is the 12th year that Apex is named one of the Best Companies to Work for in Texas. We call it our lucky dozen. That honor is quite special because it’s all about our employees. Sarah King, Apex’s Health and Wellbeing Manager, offered some thoughts about the Healthiest Companies in America award. Apex was one of only 151 companies in the United States to earn this award in 2018. That number went down from 184 companies in 2017, when Apex first won. And Shelley Goodrum, Apex’s Chief Human Resources Officer, has watched Apex grow through the years and she’s pleased to know that the Best Companies to Work for in Texas honor reflects keeping all employees happy during that growth.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB), founded in 1912, remains the standard bearer organization for advancing marketplace trust. The non-profit BBB, which consists of 106 independently incorporated local chapters in the United States and Canada, makes it its mission to accredit businesses that meet and maintain a set of eight standards. What does BBB accreditation mean? The BBB accreditation process is essentially them putting their stamp of approval on a business based on their specific criteria. Why does it matter? Because it lets your potential customers know that your trucking company will be a trustworthy business partner. Think of it as a glowing business green light.
The Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) is the largest annual heavy-duty trucking event in the world. It’s the mecca of all things trucking. This year MATS is celebrating 48 years at the Kentucky Expo Center March 28th through March 30th. When they say it’s the largest trucking event in the world, they mean it. You can expect to see over a thousand exhibitors representing 47 states and 10 countries and over 70,000 attendees from 50 states and 61 countries.
All of us at Apex Capital Corp, from owners David Baker and Dean Tetirick to every Apexer, are thrilled to have been chosen as one of six businesses in the state of Texas to receive the honor of a Better Business Bureau 2018 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. The awards were presented February 11, 2019 during a BBB luncheon at Joe T. Garcia’s La Puertita in Fort Worth.