There are many freight agencies throughout the country and often these freight agencies will assist each other in ensuring consignments safely reach their destinations in time. A top freight company will therefore work closely with other freight companies but, they would still be happier if they had someone they knew they could trust, on the spot where they were needed. To this end some of the better freight companies offer to train people all around the country, so that they can call on them in times when they may be needed. This is not just beneficial to the freight company as they know that when they call that person for assistance, they will have been properly trained to deal with the situation; it is also beneficial to the person being trained. It is beneficial to the person being trained because as well as using their new gained knowledge to assist the company that trained them, they can also use that same training to create a freight company of their own or at least become a freight agent in their own right. The job as a freight agent is perhaps a secure one as the transportation of freight I something that will always be needed. New technologies may change the form of transport to be used but one form of transport will always be available for the transportation of freight. The freight agent’s job has also just become easier and that is due to new technology. The new technology is in the form of computer software which has especially been designed for use by freight agents. The software can not only store the information about trucking companies and their fees for quotation purposes but can also track any consignment. The reason why freight companies need assistance throughout the country is because of less than a truck load (LTL) of freight. When one consignment does not completely fill a truck on its own, that consignment will have to share a truck and may also be off loaded and loaded on to another truck halfway to its destination. If a freight agent does not have someone on the ground where the off load and reload of the consignment takes place, they have no control over as to whether or not it is done correctly, causing no damage to the freight. Obviously they can put their trust in another freight agency to oversee the process but at the end of the day, that other company is a competitor in the business. It is therefore understandable that an agency would want their own person overseeing the transfer. Once someone has been trained in how a freight company wants them to respond in given situations, they can then usually be trusted to apply that same knowledge when needed, allowing the freight agency to fully understand what action is being taken and why. This training is especially important for consignments of a fragile or dangerous nature as damages to the freight can occur or, more importantly, people could be hurt.