Todd Dills

‘Shippers have a soul’ –Overhaul cofounder on pitch to customers for better rates to owner-operators

In the transportation ecosystem, says Overhaul cofounder Barry Conlon, "the most important guy is the driver," too often getting the short end of the compensation stick. High-end shipper customers are hearing that message, he says, in bid to connect owner-operators directly via freight marketplace.

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Live from GATS: ‘Stars, Stripes and White Lines’ — hear Tony Justice and his band

Live from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, trucker and singer-songwriter Tony Justice delivered this amazing performance to drivers attending GATS. Hear the full audio here.

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‘Renegade’ country singer-songwriter Jayne Denham, live at GATS

Australian singer-songwriter Jayne Denham is on her first trip to the U.S., as Overdrive reported last month. Hear her live from the Great American Trucking Show here.

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ELDs: Owner-operators have some decisions to make

Considerations in just when and how to move to ELDs were in the foreground Thursday at GATS. More may find themselves obligated to make a change, even if OOIDA's ELD lawsuit is successful, in the end, as more shippers/brokers require ELD use.

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Why does Gorilla Safety have a ’97 Lamborghini at the center of its GATS booth?

The ELD and management platform provider may hope it illustrates a desired "fresh approach" to the potential for tech to assume more of the burden of what is becoming ever more of a paper-pushing, record-keeping-intensive business -- trucking.

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New roadside assist network from Apex Capital

Apex Capital’s new 24/7 Roadside Rescue program offers clients quick and affordable access to truck breakdown assistance, road service, towing, and accident dispatch services.

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Spot market update — van, reefer transitional period, and a few hot markets

Midwest writ large is trending up, the Southeast down, with the exception of lanes into Louisiana. Increases were dramatic on lanes into the Shreveport market, which includes Alexandria, La. Ensler Field outside Alexandria is one of the staging areas for FEMA.

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Audio: Starting GATS off right — a little front-porch singalong with Tony Justice, Bill Weaver

The Great American Trucking is under way today, and I can't remember a better beginning to it for me than this treat, a Wednesday-night front-porch singalong with Tony Justice, Bill Weaver.

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Music video premiere: Boo Ray’s “Keep That Hammer Down”

Exclusive to Overdrive, this premiere of outlaw Americana musician and songwriter Boo Ray's "Keep That Hammer Down" video comes on the heels of Ray's release this year of the "Sea of Lights" record.

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67 percent: Share of owner-operators who handle IFTA reporting entirely on their own

Recent polling showed that 67 percent of owner-operators reported handling their IFTA reporting entirely on their own -- only 2-3 in 10, further, utilized specialized software or third-party reporting services.

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