Todd Dills

Rates hall of shame: Bottom 10 U.S. states for outbound freight

Turns out it's true: Colorado on average is on the list for outbound freight -- so are many Northeast states. At once, some states in the NE region show some of the highest rates for inbound freight. More data, discussion here.

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DashHaul aims at the truckload spot market with automated brokerage

DashHaul’s automated brokerage is focused on streamlining shipper/carrier connections with rates that adhere to either the shipper’s custom-set rates or default rates set by an algorhythmic pricing methodology.

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POLL: How far in advance do you negotiate your loads?

Independents, this poll probes the extent to which you pre-plan loads (negotiating a day or days ahead of time) or look to maximize rates by negotiating "the day of" the load.

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S.D. adds Drivewyze bypass

The smartphone-based bypass service is now available in 545 locations in 34 states, including some mobile inspection sites. More data here on South Dakota inspection rankings.

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On-demand load matching: Where it’s on the way

Tech startups aimed at long-haul TL need critical mass of freight, carrier capacity and more to compete with systems entrenched in the freight market, themselves adopting some Uber-like functionality.

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POLL: Will the GermanWings crash result in changes that improve air travel safety?

With pilots around the U.S. sounding familiar to many truckers on subjects of safety, medical certification, and more, this poll probes reader opinion on potential changes that could result following the recent disaster.

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When airline pilots sound like, well, highway pilots

With French media reporting apparent location of the second "black box" from the GermanWings flight, a note about some reporting that rung some familiar bells on the line between profit, safety.

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South Dakota pushes speed limit to 80 mph

Know before you go: Most commercial truck tires are rated at 75 mph max speed -- prolonged running above that will build excessive heat, accelerate wear and could cause blowouts.

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uShip’s vision for mobile-driven ‘little LTL’

uShip CEO envisions tomorrow’s trucker as an independent who uses on-demand platforms to “help them maximize utilization of the asset”; readers' worries over "sharing economy" competition foregrounded.

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On-demand load matching: Where it’s happening

As mobile communications technology advancements give rise to streamlined freight transactions, some startups go so far as doing it all with a single app. Who will be the 'Uber of trucking?'

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