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The Hub, Hosted by ES. Our New Contractors Lounge!

Expediter Services is excited to announce that their NEW contractor’s lounge, THE HUB, is now open!

The-Hub-Logo-3The Hub has been in the works since early this year, and is a part of ES’s recent office expansion. According to Jason Williams, President, Expediter Services, the new addition is more than just a place to visit. “We’re really excited about The Hub! ES has realized the need for a place where contractors can visit and relax, but it’s much more than that. The Hub is  a place where people can get together to share thoughts and ideas. It’s a part of ES’s continuing effort to support this community. We want The Hub to be your lounge, where you Never Stand (or Sit) Alone.”

Clean. Spacious. Well-Appointed. Safe.

The Hub brings together a number of amenities to help make contractors feel at home. The common area is clean, spacious and well-lit, with a large flat-screen TV, comfortable lounge chairs where you can put your feet up, and a kitchen area featuring free coffee. In addition, The Hub also provides a free shower and a washer & dryer. And if the mood strikes, you can sit outside on our patio. Access to The Hub is monitored and controlled, so you don’t have to worry about unwanted “guests” hassling you the moment you step out of your cab.

Simply Enjoy.

The Hub is your place to meet, share resources, support one another and enjoy a clean, quiet respite from the road. If you have questions, please contact our team at 877-349-9303. to learn more.
We look forward to seeing you at The Hub!

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SAVE THE DATE

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 The Spring EGG 2017 is about to hatch!

This year’s EGG (Expediter Group Gathering) will focus on the new year and new opportunities for anyone looking to purchase their own truck or grow their fleet.
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The EGG will also feature industry experts who will discuss the state of the industry and share information about trends that will affect Expediting, the industry and YOU in the new year. ES will also have representatives on-site from Expediter Truck Sales, Expediter Equipment Finance and Expediter Management Services to assist you at every level and answer questions about our selection of great low-mileage trucks, financing options and our tried-and-true programs and discounts through our Owner Operator Program.
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We welcome the opportunity at the Spring EGG to meet new people, as well as old friends to create and strengthen close and personal relationships that will help you Bring Home the Bacon in 2017 — and beyond!
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Please take a moment to register here — It’s FREE. And don’t forget to check back for updates to the EGG Agenda as we get closer to the Spring EGG May 12 & 13 at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi. We look forward to seeing YOU here!

Register Here for the Spring EGG 2017.

 

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New Year. New Truck. New Opportunity.

glissontruckFollowers of Spotlight News are no doubt familiar with Steve Glisson, a successful fleet owner we’ve featured several times over the years. He’s signed on with FedEx as his carrier, and has built a fleet of six trucks. Read more of his story here and here.
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Within the past couple of weeks, he purchased a 2014 Cascadia with a Bolt Custom Sleeper from Expediter Truck Sales, utilizing Expediter Equipment Finance for financing. The new addition to the fleet was purchased as an upgrade in anticipation of growth in freight and the economy overall in the new year. According to Glisson, the new unit will help position his company for an economic uptick. “With the new political climate I feel very good about the direction that the country and the economy is headed — as well as freight. I purchased the new Cascadia (our sixth unit) in order to capitalize on this anticipated growth. We should be well positioned with the addition of the new unit to maximize freight and profits.”
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This most recent addition to his fleet was purchased from Expediter Truck Sales and sourced from the Expediter Services fleet. According to Glisson, the low mileage dry box unit with a Bolt Custom Sleeper was a good fit for this upgrade. “I called Expediter Truck Sales to consult with them about my need to better position the mix of units throughout my fleet. Danny Vernon got right on it and quickly sourced my truck. I’ve been working with ES, Expediter Truck Sales, and Expediter Equipment Finance for many years, and I know they stand behind their products. If I ever have a problem, they step up to make sure things are put right. They are the most honest group of people I have ever worked with and always do what they say they will do, so I truly Never Stand Alone.”
ES-managementGlisson was also quick to point out that ES is a great partner with exceptional service and support. “I’ve often said that affiliating my company with Expediter Services was the best business decision I’ve ever made. Initially, I was drawn in by their great insurance rates and fuel discounts in their Owner Operator program under Expediter Management Services. But over the years I’ve come to rely on their expertise when it comes to freight and back office support. They’re also a great resource to bounce ideas off of. If you’re looking to get into Expediting or if you’re already in the business, I recommend highly that you contact ES for their services,  discounts and support.”
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When asked about the anticipated uptick in freight and further expanding his company, Glisson was philosophical. “I feel better about the prospects for the economy in many, many years. Even at my age (sixty-five), I can see myself  upgrading older units and possibly adding another truck, depending on how things go. But one thing is for sure, I will continue to trust ES and rely on their support and programs to help maximize my earning potential.”

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Trying It Before Buying It Pays Off

ES-logo-short-72How many times have you had the opportunity to try out an Expediting truck, or even try out the Expediting business before making a commitment? Chances are, you haven’t — unless you’ve taken Expediter Services’ up on their “Try it Before You Buy” It offer. This edition of Spotlight News tells the story of how Terence Paul became a Contract Driver at ES who took the Path to Ownership. As you’ll see, he tried it and he liked it, becoming a new truck owner in the process!
Terence Paul’s driving career stretches as far back as the 1990’s delivering loads on flat beds. And over the past fifteen years, he has driven a Class 8-style truck, making deliveries for the dairy industry. As he explains it, there was just no room for growth or opportunity. “I had been making deliveries of dairy products to schools, hospitals and the like for a number of years. The pay was OK, but I realized that I had reached a dead end when it comes to pay and growth potential.”
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Sensing it was time for a change, Paul began looking around for a career with real opportunity. That’s when he found Expediter Services. “I knew I wanted to stay in the trucking industry. So, I began doing research online. I found the Expediter Services website and learned about the many services they offer to both Contractors and Owner Operators. The Path To Ownership really piqued my interest, as I had always wanted to own my own truck. I contacted them to get more information. I learned that the PTO was real and that I could use my work history with ES to buy a truck. From that point on, I was onboard”.
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Paul’s Path to Ownership began in November of 2015 as a Contact Driver. In March of 2016, his track record with ES had proven that he was ready to become an owner. “Like a lot of people, I had to overcome financial difficulities from the past. But I knew that I had what it takes to be a success, all I needed was the opportunity. In five short months, me and my son Dalton Smith, who is also my driving partner, worked hard to produce the numbers necessary to take the step to ownership. This past March, I picked out a 2012 Cascadia from Expediter Truck Sales, sourced from their very own fleet and utilized Expediter Equipment Finance for the financing. We’ll be picking it up in a couple of weeks,” said Paul.
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Terence was quick to point out that his Path to Ownership was more than just a means to an end. “When I made the decision to be a Contract Driver at ES, I saw an opportunity to be an entrepreneur and start a business that could some day help my son become an owner too. At the age of twenty-two, he has many years ahead to build a large fleet. As for me, I could see myself adding a few trucks of my own in the near future.”
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Introducing The Hub, Hosted by ES!

Expediter Services is excited to announce that their NEW contractor’s lounge, THE HUB, is now open!
The-Hub-Logo-3The Hub has been in the works since early this year, and is a part of ES’s recent office expansion. According to Jason Williams, President, Expediter Services, the new addition is more than just a place to visit. “We’re really excited about The Hub! ES has realized the need for a place where contractors can visit and relax, but it’s much more than that. The Hub is  a place where people can get together to share thoughts and ideas. It’s a part of ES’s continuing effort to support this community. We want The Hub to be your lounge, where you Never Stand (or Sit) Alone.”
Clean. Spacious. Well-Appointed. Safe.
The Hub brings together a number of amenities to help make contractors feel at home. The common area is clean, spacious and well-lit, with a large flat-screen TV, comfortable lounge chairs where you can put your feet up, and a kitchen area featuring free coffee. In addition, The Hub also provides a free shower and a washer & dryer. And if the mood strikes, you can sit outside on our patio. Access to The Hub is monitored and controlled, so you don’t have to worry about unwanted “guests” hassling you the moment you step out of your cab.
Simply Enjoy.
The Hub is your place to meet, share resources, support one another and enjoy a clean, quiet respite from the road. If you have questions, please contact our team at 877-349-9303. to learn more.
We look forward to seeing you at The Hub!

ES is working for You!

Call us at 877.349.9303 and Never Stand Alone.

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We Deliver on the Exclusive Healthcare Rewards Card!

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It’s Here! As promised, ES has delivered on bringing the new ITG Rewards card to ES affiliated Independent Contractors! The Rewards Card represents a great opportunity to help contractors cover healthcare costs, making it affordable, attainable & sustainable.
From an insurance standpoint, independent contractors have not had coverage as a “group”, because they are self employed, as opposed to drivers who may work for an employer. This situation has made it difficult for contractors to purchase insurance that’s affordable and ACA (Affordable Care Act) compliant. ES’s community benefits from ITG’s ability to pull together a large and diverse risk pool in order to make health insurance offerings affordable, attainable and sustainable.
es-agentra-rewardsThe new healthcare offering provides minimum essential coverage, as currently required by the Affordable Care Act. The ACA states that an individual must be compliant in order to AVOID paying the PENALTY, based upon their current tax year. This new plan meets these requirements, so you pay no penalty for healthcare coverage. A real plus!
How it Works
ITG’s insurance coverage and member benefits are available exclusively to contractors in the expediting segment who are affiliated with Expediter Services. Members who select insurance through this program will receive a Rewards Card that can be used at approved vendors (Chili’s, TGI Friday’s, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, Subway and thousands more) in order to get real discounts. These are actual dollars that contractors already are spending with participating businesses. $250 will be applied to each participating member’s card monthly. The Rewards Card is a perfect trade off that’s real and tangible, allowing the card holder, to apply the money saved at participating businesses toward insurance benefits you must have.
Affordable Cost for Membership
To be a member of the Independent Truckers Group there’s a monthly fee of only $10. This small amount is a “ticket of entry” that allows members to be eligible for a number of benefits, regardless if any other actions are taken within the group. It also gives members access to other insurance products. In addition to providing ACA minimum coverage, the program provides insurance plans for dental, vision, disability and life insurance. These services are a “one-stop-shop”, where agents can help walk members through a number of different offerings, in order to choose the coverage that’s right for you, saving both time and money. ES will provide affiliated contractors with settlement deductions that will be automatically paid to ITG. This makes the process easy, avoiding potential lapses in coverage.
“We encourage anyone who is an independent contractor affiliated with Expediter Services to take advantage of this opportunity to get affordable healthcare. If you’re not affiliated with ES, we encourage you to contact our team in order to benefit from this great healthcare offering, as well as the many other support programs offered by ES,” said Jason Williams, President, Expediter Services.
Visit the ITG Rewards website for more information.
 

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Ready for Opportunity, Not Retirement

Larry and Sherril Rater

Larry and Sherril Rater

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Over the past sixteen years, Larry Rater and his wife Sherril have owned a successful expediting business. They started off as drivers, then bought their own truck a short time later. Today, they are fleet owners, signed on with Panther, having just added a fifth truck to their fleet. And at the tender age of seventy-five, Larry is showing no signs of slowing down.
“When I look back on how we started in the business, it’s been quite a journey. Sherril and I ran a dairy farm, which we sold to our son. I had planned on just helping him, when a friend asked if I’d like to drive a truck for his company. We tried it and were hooked. After driving for other people for a while, we had the opportunity to buy a new truck from the owner that we drove for, who was getting out of the business. We’ve been owners ever since. We’ve had as many as eight trucks in our fleet at one time,” said Larry.
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The Rater’s latest truck, although purchased from an individual, still has an ES connection. “We purchased our latest truck from someone we know who was looking to downsize. But, we still utilized Expediter Equipment Finance for the financing. They are great at helping you get a truck even if you don’t purchase it from them. I signed the paperwork for the truck November 11th, on my seventy fifth birthday. I guess you could say it was a birthday gift to myself! The other four trucks in our fleet, all Cascadias, were sourced from Expediter Truck Sales, and we used EEF to finance all of them too. They just make everything so easy.”
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While most people are slowing down at seventy five, Larry is still seeking opportunities and looking toward the future — with help from Expediter Services. “We met some people from Expediter Services six years ago at an owners gathering. I was impressed with what they had to offer. ES has tremendous leverage and negotiating power due to the size of their fleet for discounts on things like fuel and insurance. Add to that the support and programs they offer, and you have a real team to help your business grow. The kind of support ES offers is important, even when you have a great carrier like Panther behind you. It represents a tremendous benefit for fleet owners like us.”
pantherlogo-cropAnd speaking of benefits, the Raters are well-positioned to profit from the recently announced restructuring of the Panther/ArcBest brands; the first in the company’s ninety year history. As of January 1, 2017, the new company structure will be a combination of ABF Logistics, ABF Moving and Panther consolidating as a single asset-light logistics operation (Read Panther’s Press Release here). “I’m looking forward to the new year,” said Rater. “With our newest truck and ES behind us, the road into 2017 is looking good! We’re also expecting good things from Panther. As a carrier, they’ve been good for our business over the years.”

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Having Your Say About Our Annual Survey

new expediter services logoOver the past several weeks, Expediter Services has introduced it’s annual survey in order to obtain valuable feedback about how the company is servicing and performing on a number of levels. The survey is an easy-to-take online questionnaire that drivers and owner operators affiliated with ES are encouraged to take. Take the survey here.

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Cindy Sutton, ES’s Survey Coordinator

Spotlight News talked to ES’s very own Cindy Sutton, Survey Coordinator, to get her input about the importance of the survey to participants and to the future of ES. We also reached out to several of the survey participants and iPad winners to get their take.

SLN: Why is it so important for ES to give this annual survey?
We perform the survey to collect data from the most important portion of our business model, which is independent contractors made up of drivers, owner operators and fleet owners. By collecting this data, we can then know how to better serve them and improve operations on our end as we go forward.

SLN: How is the survey going so far?
The survey has been going great! We appreciate everyone’s participation. Also, everyone who takes the survey is eligible to win weekly prizes, from a new iPad to Swag Bags.
es-surveyOur goal is to reach 60% of our survey base — which we’ve already achieved. The response has been truly outstanding. Originally, we had planned to run the survey for 12 weeks. But with the response we’ve had, we’ll be ending the survey early on December 2nd. This is due to the participation of our community, showing that they are engaged and involved.

SLN: Is there still time to take the survey?
Absolutely! If you haven’t already taken the survey, you still have time to login, give us your feedback and win prizes! Just go to this link:  Take the survey here.

As promised, SLN caught up with several of the weekly survey participants and iPad winners to get their feedback about the annual survey, and about the service they get from Expediter Services.
Shirley Voyles
Contract Driver TVAL/White Glove
Carrier: FedEx
“I took the survey and it wasn’t any problem at all. I understand the purpose of it, and that’s to make sure Expediter Services knows how we feel about what we do, and how they can better service us. Years ago, when we first came on with ES, our contacts were Alicia, Amanda and April. Over the years, their staff has grown, but their level of service and quality has grown with them. Also, I have to say, it’s exciting to win an iPad! “
Lauretta Morton
Contract Driver
Carrier: Panther
“I found the survey easy to take, and I’m glad to give input because I know it helps everyone. We’ve been with ES for about six months as contract drivers. They’ve always served us good by advising us about the loads we need to keep moving. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to use the iPad for yet, but it will probably be to listen to music. What a great surprise!”
Dan Worrell
Fleet Owner
Carrier: FedEx
“I felt that the survey was quite comprehensive and I certainly got the impression that ES was going quite a bit deeper than just a general surgery. I can see how the information the company is seeking would be beneficial in moving theirs and our business along. ES has outperformed in answering every question I’ve had as a fleet owner, helping us resolve a number of issues. We got our iPad and have already programmed it in and we’re using it for our business.”
Joseph Dees
Contract Driver
Carrier: FedEx
“I’m the first to admit that I’m not the best when it comes to working on the computer, but I took the survey on my phone and was able to answer all the questions. It was thorough and I’m sure it will give Expediter Services a good look into what drivers are experiencing as we do our jobs. ES has always been responsive to us and I’m sure they will take the information and use it to improve what they do even more. Oh yes, I’ll be picking up my iPad soon!”
Expediter Services is always looking for opportunities to improve how we can service YOU and YOUR business. If you have questions about what we do, or if you’d like to access the opportunities offered by ES as an independent contractor, please contact our team at 877-349-9303.

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ES & ITG: An Affordable Health Insurance Opportunity for Independent Contractors

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In our last issue of Spotlight News, we introduced an exclusive Healthcare Offering from Expediter Services designed specifically for Independent contractors. This new plan is a great way to take advantage of the savings and stability offered by our association with Independent Truckers Group (ITG).
jason williams expediter servicesJason Williams, President, Expediter Services, says the new healthcare plan represents a great opportunity for contractors to get real healthcare at competitive prices. “Our tie-in with ITG is a win-win for independent contractors. The coverage is real, and offered exclusively to Expediter Services contractors in our market. We hope every contractor takes advantage of this opportunity to cut costs and mitigate risk following a volatile presidential election.”
Affordable, Attainable & Sustainable Health Insurance
From an insurance standpoint, independent contractors have not had coverage as a “group”, because they are self employed, as opposed to drivers who may work for an employer. This situation has made it difficult for contractors to purchase insurance that’s affordable and ACA (Affordable Care Act) compliant. ES’s community benefits from ITG’s ability to pull together a large and diverse risk pool in order to make health insurance offerings affordable, attainable and sustainable.
The new healthcare offering provides minimum essential coverage, as required by the Affordable Care Act. The ACA states that an individual must be compliant in order to AVOID paying the PENALTY, based upon their current tax year. This new plan meets these requirements, so you pay no penalty for healthcare coverage. A real plus!
How it Works
ITG’s insurance coverage and member benefits are available exclusively to contractors in the expediting segment who are affiliated with Expediter Services. Members will receive a Rewards Card that can be used at approved vendors (Chili’s, TGI Friday’s, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, Subway and thousands more) in order to get real discounts. These are actual dollars that contractors already are spending. $250 will be applied to each member’s card monthly that rolls up. The Rewards Card is a perfect trade off that’s real and tangible, allowing the card holder, to apply money toward benefits you must have, such as insurance coverage.
Affordable Cost for Membership
To be a member of the Independent Truckers Group there’s a monthly fee of only $10. This small amount is a “ticket of entry” that allows members to be eligible for a number of benefits, regardless if any other actions are taken within the group. It also gives members access to other insurance products. In addition to providing ACA minimum coverage, the program provides insurance plans for dental, vision, disability and life insurance. These services are a “one-stop-shop”, where agents can help walk members through a number of different offerings, in order to choose the coverage that’s right for you, saving both time and money. ES will provide affiliated contractors with settlement deductions that will be automatically paid to ITG. This makes the process easy, avoiding potential lapses in coverage.
Shifting Healthcare
Even in light of a change in the White House, you still need  health insurance.  One thing is for sure, change is always on the horizon but you have to make decisions based on the current requirements.  And rest assured, ES is already preparing for any future changes in requirements and regulations, so you can have coverage that’s affordable and available.

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ES & ITG: An Exclusive Healthcare Offering for Independent Contractors

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Expediter Services and ITG (Independent Truckers Group) have teamed up to bring Independent Contractors operating under ES’s umbrella, a new, affordable health insurance offering, designed to provide minimum essential coverage, as well as options for additional coverage that can be tailored to your level of choice. Spotlight News talks with David Brown, President ITG, to learn more about this exclusive program.

Affordable, Attainable & Sustainable Health Insurance

SLN: How did ITG’s healthcare offering come about?
From an insurance standpoint, independent contractors have not had coverage as a “group”, because they are self employed, as opposed to drivers who may work for an employer. This has made it difficult for contractors to purchase insurance that’s affordable and ACA (Affordable Care Act) compliant.
Through ITG’s insurance arm, we’ve been able to develop a plan providing coverage that’s affordable, attainable and sustainable by pooling contractors through our association. This effort was monumental in many respects as our offerings have had to improve and adjust based upon healthcare regulations passed down legislatively.

SLN: Tell us more about how the coverage is affordable, attainable and sustainable?
Our insurance arm provides minimum essential coverage. This is what the ACA states: an individual must be compliant in order to AVOID paying the PENALTY, based upon their current tax year. The plan we developed meets these requirements.
As most everyone is aware, in the individual healthcare market, prices for coverage have sky rocketed as many carriers have gotten out of the market. We’ve wrapped this offering with a limited benefit program which makes this a budgetable item from the insurance company’s standpoint, as well as the independent contractor. When you put these two components together, you get a program that contains doctor and prescription coverage. But more importantly, it’s affordable, it’s attainable because it’s a guarantee issue program, and it’s sustainable because it won’t have the rate increases we’ve seen over the past couple of years.

Brand New and Exclusive Benefits to the Expediter Services community

SLN: Tell us how it works?
We’re proud to announce that ITG’s insurance plan and member benefits are available exclusively to Independent Contractor’s affiliated with Expediter Services.
Members will receive a Rewards Card that can be used at approved vendors (Chili’s, TGI Friday’s, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, Subway and thousands more) in order to get real discounts. These are actual dollars that they’ll be spending anyway. $250 will be applied to each member’s card monthly that rolls up. The Rewards Card is a perfect trade off that’s real and tangible, allowing the card holder to apply money toward benefits they must have, such as insurance.

SLN: Are there costs to be a member of ITG?
To be a member of the Independent Truckers Group there’s a monthly fee of only $10. This small amount is a “ticket of entry” that allows members to be eligible for a number of member benefits, regardless if they take any other actions within the group. It also gives members access to products offered by our Insurance arm. In addition to providing ACA minimum coverage, we provide insurance plans for dental, vision, disability and life insurance. Our insurance services are a “one-stop-shop”, where our agents can walk members through our different offerings, in order to choose the coverage that’s right for them, saving both time and money.
Expediter Services will provide its affiliated contractors with settlement deductions that will be automatically paid to ITG. This makes the process easy, avoiding potential lapses in coverage.

A History of Working Together

SLN: Can you give us some background about ITG?
We created ITG (Independent Truckers Group), a professional trade association back in the 90’s, to help independent contractors from a working environment standpoint. This also includes an insurance division, which is a hot topic these days as it relates to healthcare.

SLN: ES and ITG have a history of working together, can you tell us about that?
Expediter Services has a reputation for always being on the cutting edge of services and benefits when it comes to independent contractors. Several years ago, ES and ITG worked together to provide additional benefits, including insurance services for contractors under ES’s umbrella. This arrangement worked out initially, but challenges and changes in the market proved to be a deterring factor to the offering under the program. Today, enhanced offerings and technology have overcome these issues. ITG and ES have once again brought to the forefront these benefits and services exclusively to contractors under ES’s umbrella.

Going Forward

SLN: Is there any risk to ITG’s healthcare insurance plan from the results of the recent presidential election?
We feel our experience with the changes in the ACA mandates over the years have prepared us for future changes that may occur within the market. Our ability to develop insurance groups to spread risk will allow us to adapt to future market conditions, helping our products to remain stable and competitive, even if the ACA is repealed. ES and ITG are already in conversations and making preparations for future healthcare requirements for Independent Contractors.

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