A Scary Good Time

September 19th, 2016

The MetroGistics staff works hard to ensure top-notch service and to improve our systems and operations every day. But that doesn’t mean we don’t like to have fun as well. Even better, we like to have fun while supporting good causes.

On October 15 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., we will be holding our Fifth Annual Monster Mash Halloween Party at the St. Louis Zoo. Tickets are $30 each, and 100 percent of funds raised will go to support the Humane Society of St. Clair County, Michigan, and the Humane Society of Monroe County, Illinois.




This fun and fundraising event will take place in the Living World Building of the zoo, located at One Government Drive. The festivities will include music, food, drinks, prizes and a few surprises. We’d also like to thank our sponsors: Crowe Horwath; McCarthy Leonard & Klaemerer; and Finney’s.

“Last year’s Monster Mash raised $15,888 from ticket sales, and we want to surpass that this year,” said Managing Partner William Billiter. “We also have great support from many of our partners and vendors who donated prizes.”

To donate a prize, contact Melissa Trautman at 314-334-3493 or m.trautman@metrogistics.com.

For more information about the Monster Mash, or to purchase tickets, visit http://monstermash.metrogistics.com/.

Jennifer, Keith and Eric Are Part of Our Smart, Interesting Team

August 29th, 2016


We would like to once again recognize the talented people who make up the MetroGistics team. This quarter, we are getting to know Jennifer Stockhausen, Keith Goff and Eric Gillespey.

Jennifer Stockhausen, sales representative, has been with MetroGistics for over a year. Her typical day involves assisting in the transportation of vehicles, maintaining and growing her database of clients and prospects, and ensuring that day-to-day transports are properly updated and delivered on time. Jennifer loves her job because she is responsible for checking on the efficiency of vehicle deliveries and providing customers with quality customer service.

Jennifer’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, swimming, and garage sale and thrift store shopping. Another cool thing she enjoys is checking out the insides of abandoned houses before they are torn down. One interesting and random fact about Jennifer is she once worked in a brick refractory. And, guess what else? She has a really good shot with a bow and a rifle – impressive! Lastly, Jennifer always goes by her favorite life motto: “The rewards will be great!”

Jennifer describes MetroGistics as creative, involved and dedicated.

Keith Goff joined MetroGistics five months ago, and is a web developer on the IT team, where they build technology-based solutions to create efficiency and streamline processes. He enjoys his job because technology is always changing and evolving, and as a result, he gets the opportunity to learn every day.

Did you know that Keith is a twin? Outside of work, he spends time with his kids or plays poker and other card games. His biggest pet peeve is when people give up without even trying.

Keith describes MetroGistics as generous, expanding and fun.

Eric Gillespey has been with MetroGistics for over a year. He is a dispatch coordinator for the western region, pricing and paying transport orders. He puts similar transport requests together, finds drivers to move the vehicles at the most reasonable rates, and fixes issues that arise when drivers, buyers and pick-up locations fail to do their job correctly. What Eric enjoys most about working at MetroGistics is that he is never bored – there is always something to do.

Eric loves traveling to the Northwest, especially the area just outside Seattle. At home, he enjoys time with his kids, and claims that every weekend is a fun adventure – even when they don’t leave the house. What makes Eric cringe when thinking of his past is his high school emo/Goth phase (perhaps many people went through this). He has a few personal mantras he abides by, one being “Life is a long game of chess, not a quick game of checkers.”

Eric describes MetroGistics as young, smart and motivated.

The success of MetroGistics is a result of the efforts of our bright, hard-working and dedicated staff. Thanks for being a part of our great team!

Yes, We Ship Vehicles for Pro Athletes and Celebrities

August 18th, 2016

Yes, We Ship Vehicles for Pro Athletes and Celebrities

In the six years we’ve been in business, MetroGistics has handled vehicle shipments for a wide variety of clients ranging from college students and military personnel to auto dealers and rental agencies. What many may not know is that we also handle special shipments for professional athletes and celebrities.

Through our dedicated call-in number of 877-571-6235 to senior-level dispatchers, we deal directly with sports agents, managers and athletes themselves. We take great care in transporting athletes’ vehicles since we know many of them are prized possessions. Our job is to make the transport process as easy as possible, so it’s one less thing that athletes and stars need to worry about.

While we operate with the greatest discretion and respect for privacy, we have transported vehicles for the following:

  • Member of the Houston Texans football team
  • Player for the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team
  • Professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter
  • Well-known musician in a very popular band

In addition to our value-added services such as special rates, simple and easy vehicle ordering, an iPhone Track and Trace app, $500,000 in contingency cargo insurance, and our SaferShip program that verifies carriers are properly licensed and insured, MetroGistics also offers enclosed or open car haulers.

To learn more about our services for athletes and sports agencies, gives us a call at 877-571-6235 or email info@metrogistics.com.

Carrier CARE Team Appreciates Feedback

July 20th, 2016

At MetroGistics, we have a dedicated Carrier CARE Team that assists new carriers with the on-boarding process and helps active carriers with day-to-day activities such as reminders on insurance expiration dates and MetroLoads tutorials. We view our carrier base as a valued partner and like to hear from them on ways we can improve our services and our technologies.

Members of our CARE Team recently attended the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, where they were able to meet some of our active carriers and get feedback on our services and processes.

Another way carriers share information with us is through our annual survey. This year we had over 800 carriers participate, and we’d like to share some of the results:

  • 90% of respondents were pleased with how politely our dispatchers treat them
  • 92% were pleased with how clear the order information was provided
  • 85% were pleased with how quickly questions were answered
  • 91% feel that MetroGistics offers adequate payment options
  • 84% are very likely to recommend MetroGistics to other carriers

“I really would like to thank our carriers for taking the time to participate in the survey,” said Sabrina Summers, manager, Carrier Strategies. “Their feedback means a lot to us because it helps us better serve them, and that is what we’re here for.”

Sabrina says the CARE Team will be meeting with the accounting, dispatch and technology teams to review comments and ideas submitted in the survey. Sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest impact.

Remember, you don’t have to wait for a survey to provide feedback. You can call us any time at 855-580-8666 to chat with one of our dedicated CARE Team members, or you can send an email to care@metrogististic.com.

Observations from Finished Vehicle Logistics North America Conference

June 22nd, 2016

This year MetroGistics was once again a Gold sponsor of the Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference (FVLNA) in Newport Beach, California.

Several members of our Sales Team attended this industry event that brings together more than 350 industry professionals for two full days of presentations, roundtable discussions and networking.

According to our staff, here are some of the major takeaways from the conference:

  • May sales were down 6 percent year over year but have not changed the top line forecast. 2016 is forecasted to be the peak year for vehicle sales in the United States, at 17.8 million units. However, we will see a dip in the sales forecast for 2017, at 17.4 million units, and in 2018, at 16.5 million. We won’t get back to 2016 levels until 2022, at 17.9 million units. North American vehicle output is also expected to increase from 17.5 million units in 2015 to 20 million by 2022, with Mexico capturing most of the growth. Source: PwC Autofacts 2016 Q2 Forecast Release
  • While so much has been done to optimize the automotive supply chain, empty miles is still an issue that plagues the automotive transport industry. One solution presented was the use of convertible trailers by CTM Worldwide (Convertible Trailer Manufacturing). In December of 2015 President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.  The legislation includes specific authorization for automobile transporters to haul general freight on backhaul trips so long as it complies with weight limitations for a truck tractor and semitrailer combination. The Act also amends the definition of backhaul to “the return trip of a vehicle transporting cargo or general freight, especially when carrying goods back over all or part of the same route.”
  • Steve Tripp, vice president of global strategy and execution with ICL Systems, proposed a “haulaway™ load exchange” that would allow carriers and OEMs to collaborate on co-loading opportunities. Per Mr. Tripp, this idea is a win-win-win solution. OEMs would get vehicles to dealers faster, rail facilities would have space freed up quicker, and haulaways would be able to optimize deliveries across multiple brands and destinations. While both convertible trailers and load exchanges offer viable solutions, much still has to be considered in order to minimize disruptions in the distribution network.
  • Many of the OEM panelists stated that they continue to work with rail and truck suppliers to find and fix inefficiencies in their delivery networks. Improved technologies are allowing for more collaborative efforts to finding innovative ways to further optimize the distribution network.

If you did not have an opportunity to meet us at the FVLNA conference, gives us a call at 877-571-6235 and ask to speak to a member of our Sales Team. We welcome the opportunity to discuss ways MetroGistics can help you optimize your vehicle-distribution network. You can also email us at info@metrogistics.com.

Tips for Summer Shipment of Personally Owned Vehicles

May 17th, 2016

As the school year comes to an end, MetroGistics usually sees an uptick in orders for shipment of personally owned vehicles (POVs). Whether it’s families moving when their kids are out of school, or new graduates relocating to another part of the country, many utilize our services to transport their vehicles.

Following are some useful tips we’ve compiled to help prepare for and track shipment of your POV.

 Before you ship

  • Your vehicle must be operable (drivable). This makes loading and unloading much easier. If your vehicle is inoperable for any reason, please inform our sales team so that we can arrange for adequate equipment and transportation.
  • Provide MetroGistics with several different methods to contact you. This is essential so that the driver can call ahead to verify pickup and destination times and details.
  • Please inform our sales team of any blackout dates where the origin or destination may not be available to release or receive the vehicle. It doesn’t benefit anyone for a carrier to show up with your vehicle at a time when nobody can receive it.
  • Car haulers need adequate space to load and unload a vehicle. Alert our sales team to any physical obstructions that may impede pickup or delivery such as low bridges, low-hanging trees, dead-end streets, etc. You may need to consider meeting at a nearby parking lot or large open space.

Preparing your vehicle

  • Have your car in relatively clean condition so that any damages are easily visible.
  • Remove all detachable personal/household belongings from the vehicle. In no event shall MetroGistics or its subcontractors be responsible for the loss or damage of any such contents. We and our subcontractors and agents can refuse to move a customer’s car until all such items are removed from the vehicle.
  • Remove any temporary bike racks, camper shells, aftermarket antennas or anything else that is a temporary addition. If permanent, alert your sales representative.
  • Make sure there is gas in the vehicle. A full tank isn’t necessary but the vehicle needs to have at least a quarter tank of gas.

Origin and destination inspections:

At pickup and delivery, you or someone you give consent to must take the following actions:

  • Complete a thorough vehicle inspection with the driver, acknowledging all damage before and after
  • Sign off on the bill of lading finalizing pickup and delivery.

Status Updates

When you work with MetroGistics, you can track your shipment anywhere and anytime. Here are five easy ways to check the status of your vehicle.

  • Nightly Status Reports keep you informed on the location of your vehicle each night. Just ask our dispatch team to set you up!
  • Enter your VIN in the “Check Status” box at metrogistics.com.
  • Text “STATUS” to 35819 and follow the prompts to receive an instant status report.
  • Contact our office at 877-571-6235
  • Download the MetroGistics App from the Apple App Store

We’ve even created a short video that covers the POV-shipment process. If you have any questions about transporting your POV, let MetroGistics help you. We work with customers big and small to get their vehicles transported safely and in a timely manner.

Live Chat Offers Real-Time Communication with Our Staff

April 15th, 2016

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Perhaps you’ve noticed the “live chat” icon on our home page, or have seen us close blog articles with an invitation to live chat with us. As a leading vehicle-transport company dedicated to using state-of-the-art technology, we like to provide as many options as possible for customers, carriers and partners to reach us.

The live chat feature makes it easy for anyone to communicate in real time with a MetroGistics agent seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Central Time. Our trained staff are dedicated to providing assistance in the most efficient and professional manner.

Customers can access live chat for any number of reasons:

  • To request a quote
  • Get a status update on a transportation order
  • Ask about how many vehicles to buy to fill out a truck load (for example, when buying vehicles through an online auction)
  • Enquire about the estimated transit time from point A to point B
  • Ask about how the process works when shipping a personally owned vehicle (POV)

Carriers can also use live chat to receive information on the following matters:

  • Get clarification on an assigned load
  • Check on pending applications
  • Receive assistance with their login IDs

MetroGistics’ live chat functionality integrates directly with our customer service and support-ticket platform. That way, our agents can quickly access information rather than having to consult different systems to get answers.

If you have any questions, call us at 877-571-6235 or email info@metrogistics.com. And yes, you can still live chat with us via our home page.

A Lot to Learn at Conference of Automotive Remarketing

March 14th, 2016

This year’s Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR) from Bobit Business Media will be held March 16-17 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. CAR is organized with the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) Spring Business Meeting and the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) Spring Roundtable.

MetroGistics staff will be on hand along with 500 remarketing professionals to get the latest information on new technologies, wholesale market conditions, industry standardization and more.

Representing MetroGistics at CAR will be:

William Billiter – Owner and Managing Partner

Melissa Trautman – Director of Process Improvement and Planning

Dustin Ruch – Director of Business Development

Adam Laura – Director of Strategic Accounts

If you’re attending, we invite you to visit us in Booth #10 where you can register to win an Apple Watch and other great prizes. Everyone is a winner!

Our message to CAR attendees this year is that MetroGistics + McNutt Automotive Logistics = a winning combination driving the future of automotive logistics. That means we are driving the future of automotive logistics through our commitment to delivering cost-effective, reliable transportation solutions, exceptional service and value, and the latest innovations in technology.

We’ll be happy to talk to you about how MetroGistics provides the reliability you need, the service you deserve, and easy-to-use technology.

Hope to see you at CAR!

If you have any questions, call us at 877-571-6235, live chat via our home page, or email info@metrogistics.com.

Addressing Normal Wear and Tear on Pre-Owned Vehicles

February 12th, 2016

In last month’s blog post, we provided tips for receiving vehicle shipments and stressed the importance of doing a thorough inspection at both the origin pickup location and destination (receiving) location. In the article, we pointed out the distinction between normal wear and tear versus major damage.

It’s difficult to define what “normal wear and tear” is because it’s very subjective. So much so that two people looking at the same car can have very different opinions over what is or isn’t normal wear and tear.

For example, on a recent visit to a pre-owned car dealership, a buyer noted a broken taillight as damage, while a service writer noted it as normal wear and tear because of the age of the vehicle.  Experience also plays a role in the subjectivity of vehicle inspection.  At another dealership, a porter inspecting a vehicle claimed a ding on the car was transportation damage. Upon getting a second opinion from a service writer, it was decided that it was not transportation damage.

For new cars, there are defined standards, damage codes and inspection procedures to follow before the car is even removed from a bay location. Each party along the supply chain has defined procedures.

For pre-owned cars, however, there are no universal standards at this time.  Leasing companies, dealerships and auctions will all have their own guidelines for normal wear and tear.

From a dealership perspective, vehicles bought online will almost always have pictures to show the condition of the vehicle. The dealer will expect to receive the vehicle just as it was shown in the pictures and expect not to see damages that were not noted in the vehicle condition report.

From a carrier’s perspective, so much can happen before a vehicle is even issued to a driver. That’s why it’s equally important for drivers to conduct a thorough inspection prior to moving the vehicle, and if there are any doubts, take pictures. Most importantly, they should write it down on the Bill of Lading and have the origin point of contact acknowledge the damages noted.

Perhaps one day industry associations will get together and develop comprehensive and mutually-agreed-upon standards for what constitutes normal wear and tear on pre-owned vehicles. In the meantime, the intent of this post is to educate all involved on the importance of vehicle inspections and proper documentation on the Bill of Lading. Don’t let a subjective inspection cost you money.

If you have any questions, call us at 877-571-6235, live chat via our home page, or email info@metrogistics.com.

Get to Know Our Metro Auto Express Staff Members

January 29th, 2016

For this Employee Spotlight, we’d like to highlight some members of the Metro Auto Express team, our owned-and-operated transport division. Meet Robert Hoery, Timothy Nunez and Jim Durant.

Robert Hoery, team driver, has been with Metro Auto Express for a little over a year. His role involves transporting client vehicles from one facility to another. What he enjoys most about his job is the company’s stress-free environment.

You may not know that Hoery is a published historian of Colorado history. He likes to promote and perform country music in his spare time, and, get this – he was once a bodyguard for Bob Dylan. He can also impersonate Waylon Jennings, both in his singing on stage and on CDs. Jennings also performs Hoery’s favorite song, “Never Could Tow the Mark.”  If Hoery could spend a day in someone else’s shoes, they would be Merle Haggard’s.

Timothy Nunez (AKA Tim) is another team driver. His responsibilities include ensuring a safe, efficient and professional pickup and delivery of customer vehicles. Nunez has been working with Metro Auto Express for just over a year. He enjoys interacting with and helping others, but his favorite part about his job is the driving.

Nunez loves to spend time with his family, especially outdoors while camping and fishing. An unusual previous job of his was working in California, where he collected and counted money for a company. He possesses a hidden talent of troubleshooting, and if he could, he would be Nikola Tesla for a day.

Jim Durant, transportation manager, has been with Metro Auto Express for over a year. On a daily basis, Durant directs operations and the movement of EchoPark Denver metro area vehicle transports. What he enjoys most about his job is providing excellent service to EchoPark while meeting the daily challenges it presents, along with working with the great employees on his team.

In his spare time, Durant enjoys going to the movies with his family as well as drawing to relieve daily stress. He has many hidden talents, including playing the piano, drawing, and shooting a basketball proficiently with either hand. This must be why Durant would choose to be Larry Bird for a day, playing in game seven of the finals against the Lakers.

Each staff member is a very important part of our team, and we wish to thank the Metro Auto Express employees for all they do.


L – R Jim Durant, Tim Nunez, Robert Hoery