Todd Dills

Two calls this week highlight driver advocacy efforts in D.C.

Scott Grenerth with Trucking Solutions Group today Those of you who've read this blog with any regularity are probably well familiar with Fikes-leased owner-operator Scott Grenerth (pictured with a new custom-designed bike at the Great American Trucking Show this past August -- Grenerth is also coproprietor of the rideandroll.me site cataloging biking trails in proximity to truck parking). I first met Grenerth when I ran with Jazzy Jordan last year and, since, have had the ...

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Truck-Lite goes gonzo with customer service in new YouTube series

"Customers often ask the same questions about the features and design of our products," says Bob Ives, Truck-Lite's marketing vice president. Coming upon a creative way to address those customer questions and concerns, the company has undertaken a series of YouTube vids that Ives says has proven an "excellent tool" to address "feedback and concerns with an entertaining and educational experience." The series, headed "Capucci Labs" on Truck-Lite's YouTube channel, sees company Director of National Aftermarket Sales ...

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Jost to be featured today and tomorrow on Motorhead Garage TV

Tune into Fox Sports Network this morning at 11:30 in all time zones for an edition of the Motorhead Garage television series that features Jost International. The segment was filmed October 18 at the Jost U.S. manufacturing site in Greeneville, Tenn., and will air again tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 31, at 4:30 pm. During the segment, Jost Engineering Vice President Greg Laarman takes show hosts on a tour of the company's fifth wheel technology. The shows features ...

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How to get — and keep — the contract

Success in hauling with your own authority often requires negotiating contracts directly with shippers and keeping those contracts when bigger competitors come prowling. The father-son operation of John and Erick (pictured) Engbarth learned this by experience. Erick makes regular hauls from North Carolina to California loaded with plastics and usually carrying motorcycles back. When Engbarth Trucking first bid on a key contract with a N.C. manufacturer, the rate didn’t exactly seal the deal, but the prospect of regular, ...

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Friday Channel 19 news round-up: Cross-border trucking; ‘driver shortage'; and the 1 on the 53 and the 99

Separate but not equal That separation could be diminishing when it comes to U.S. and Mexican tucking, now that a new pilot program for cross-border long haul is under way.  In the wake of the Oct. 21 border ceremony at Laredo, when the first Mexican truck crossed as part of the new cross-border pilot program, notes J.E. Dyer at the Hot Air Green Room website, the job-creation rhetoric so prominent in Washington these days has been revealed for ...

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New freight-finding Android app from ATS

A new freight matching app for owner-operators and other carriers comes by way of Anderson Trucking Service's brokerage wing, ATS Logistics. It didn't arrive in time for my cover story in the November edition of Truckers News, a survey of on-highway apps making life easier for drivers on the road today, so I'm sharing here. Similar to many of the other freight-finding apps detailed in the online supplement to the cover story, available here -- from ...

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New Trucker Buddy app for iPhone, Android

Pen-pal program Trucker Buddy announced it teamed up with uFollowit (developer of the software in the TripPak Mobile service) to develop a Trucker Buddy-branded smartphone application (for iPhone and Android) that allows drivers to take pictures and upload them to a secure site that Trucker Buddy teachers can access and share with students. It’s a “way to circumvent the time and cost of mailing something – it gives drivers and teachers a direct link to ...

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Money/budgeting apps

The free Chase Mobile app allows Chase account holders to snap a photo of a check with an iPhone or Android phone and deposit it directly. Log mileage and photos of receipts for purchases under $75 for tax record-keeping with the free Expensify app, available on most platforms. Create central space for tracking account balances and bill payment due dates with the Pageonce app, available on iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile platforms, as well as for laptop ...

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GPS navigation

Google Maps’ satellite view and Google Earth’s ability to realistically render the topography of most any location has been a boon to drivers scouting shipper facilities and parking. But for turn-by-turn directions, Earl Milroy, leased to C.R. England and based in Tempe, Ariz., relies on his Rand-McNally TND GPS unit on the dash, as do so many other operators. To get that satellite view in his pocket, Milroy’s been contemplating an upgrade from his Blackberry device, ...

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Finding freight

All the major load boards have apps with varying degrees of functionality. The first on the market, iGetLoaded (iPhone), enables mobile access for GetLoaded.com load-board users, with GPS-enabled and other load searches, access to broker credit ratings, rate indexing, one-touch calling for load details, PC Miler routing/mileage and more. An Android version of the app is being planned. ITS Trucker (Android, iPhone) allows access to the Internet Truckstop load board to search for freight using GPS ...

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