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

| November 02, 2011

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 ...

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

| November 01, 2011

"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 ...

Jost to be featured today and tomorrow on Motorhead Garage TV

| October 30, 2011

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 ...

How to get — and keep — the contract

| October 29, 2011

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. ...

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

| October 28, 2011

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. ...

New freight-finding Android app from ATS

| October 27, 2011

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 ...

New Trucker Buddy app for iPhone, Android

| October 26, 2011

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 ...

Money/budgeting apps

| October 26, 2011

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 ...

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at OverdriveOnline.com. His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to tdills@randallreilly.com or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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