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 ...

GPS navigation

| October 26, 2011

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 ...

Finding freight

| October 26, 2011

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 ...

Scenes of Chrome & ClassImage Gallery

| October 26, 2011

That's David Holbrook's 1986 Peterbilt 359, winner of both Working Bobtail and People's Choice awards in the second annual Chrome & Class Truck Show, held at the Rush Truck Center location in Smyrna, Tenn., on ...

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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