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A perfect paradigm is a partnership between Client, Carrier, and BBA.
About Our Company
For over 30 years, Berman, Blake Associates Inc. (BBA) has been recognized as one of the leaders in
the freight bill pre-audit, carrier payment, and information processing industry. BBA
uses state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated transportation software to provide a system customized
to fit your individual needs and current environment. BBA has the ability, expertise, and
desire to provide you with systems that can assist you in effectively managing your transportation
costs. Our only focus is to provide our clients with the premier control freight payment
By outsourcing to BBA, our clients gain valuable time to focus on their priorities, while BBA maintains
the responsibility for accurate carrier payments, invoice inquiry, and state-of-the-art reporting
services. This is one of the prime reasons clients have selected BBA; the value of BBA’s
customized management reporting expertise.
The BBA management team and operational departments are experts in the entire freight payment
process. Our principals, Donald Berman and Harold Baldauf, are directly involved in
the day-to-day operations. Their commitment for over 30 years ensures that every BBA
employee is focused and dedicated on delivering the very finest client service. A unique
combination of experience, (many employees have been with BBA for more than 20 years), technical
knowledge, creativity, and enthusiasm on the part of BBA employees provides our clients with systems
that will assist them in effectively managing their transportation costs.
Our relationship with our clients is viewed more as a working partnership than a mere vendor/client
association. The BBA Implementation Conversion Team is set up to make the transition an
exceptional accomplishment. Our on-site Implementation Team consists of BBA professionals
who, working with your unique requirements, design and test the quality assurance controls necessary
to ensure the integrity of the information processing.
Key Business Statistics
Our dedicated and motivated staff of approximately 100 trained freight bill payment and MIS support
specialists just last year processed over 20 million freight bills, totaling more than seven hundred
million dollars for our clients. They definitely have the industry expertise to provide
the data controls and information necessary for error-free processing, carrier payment, and
third party logistics management reporting necessary to exceed your expectations.
BBA’s objectives are to eliminate the paper freight bill, improve the efficiency of customer
operations, and to capture and provide easy access to information for management reporting.
All data capture and information processing systems at BBA are dedicated to providing
the data controls and information necessary for error-free processing, payment and reporting.
Through our perpetual engineering efforts, BBA continually identifies processes that
reduce costs, increase efficiency, and most importantly, improve the quality of information
management for our customers. BBA’s management information services are sophisticated
and responsive, and generate clear, effective tools for informed decision-making.
We have established a Quality Plus program for the evaluation and improvement of our services to
our clients. Our employees measure and report conformance to client requirements,
implement corrective action, and also learn and teach quality improvement techniques.
At BBA we strive for superior, error-free services to our clients and their carriers. Our
Quality Plus program evaluates the accuracy of the Audit, Coding, Data Entry, and IT Departments.
The records processed are checked and balanced four times: prior to Data Entry, after
processing, in the database, and again in the Quality Assurance Department. Quality
Assurance balances daily and weekly transactions processed between Data Entry and EDI to the weekly
clients reports. Client reports, as well as internal reports, are reviewed by Quality
Assurance to verify accuracy and totals prior to report distribution to our clients. The
data transfer process from Data Entry, EDI, and other electronic media is also audited and all
transfer control totals are logged and checked daily.
BBA's definition of Quality is conformance to our client's defined requirements.
Why Berman, Blake Associates?
The services provided by BBA are services that we feel we can provide more economically, and more
efficiently because of a combination of factors; our specialization, our industry expertise and our
economies of scale.
Certainly, you improve your cash flow by the payment of timely and accurate freight bills.
You pay only the corrected amount, eliminating duplicate payments and overcharges prior to
payment. Recovery from pre-audit will exceed the cost of the service.
You reduce clerical expenses associated with researching freight bills to avoid duplicate payment,
and carrier inquiries regarding past due or balance due bills are handled via our Web site.
Eliminates A/P costs both in labor and materials, while improving your control procedures.
We tie information together and generate management reports for accurate management decision-making
and planning purposes. Our reporting will provide increased visibility of your expenses.
Reports bring expenses to the surface that need to be monitored. Any reduction
represents an opportunity for improvement.
At BBA we view ourselves as transaction processors and as a source of information. We will
act as a gateway for our client’s migration to EDI sophistication.
Cost savings are definitely an advantage of outsourcing. However, by establishing a
strategic partnership with BBA, technological services are available sooner and with less risk.
You can have real time transportation information, on-line access or PC download.
In today’s competitive environment outsourcing freight payment and information technology will help
you to become more focused and more competitive. Your accounting, information systems,
and transportation personnel will be able to focus on core responsibilities to maximize efficiency.
In short, BBA gives you the ability to focus on management, not on clerical functions.