Todd Dills

Xata now XRS, new platform

The new mobile-centric XRS platform of trucking software combines Xata Turnpike's RouteTracker EOBR solution with reportedly robust business data management and analysis software.

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TruckBytes founding owner-operator: Software ‘still a great deal’

Channel 19 checks back in with independent owner-operator W. Joel Baker, also a National Guard member and creator of the TruckBytes owner-operator software.

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Equipment: Probing sticker shock

Reports from operators show roughly a 30 percent rise in new-tractor pricing between 2006 and 2012 model years. Find out how operators are reacting to that rise -- and some advice -- in supplementary reporting on the No. 5 top challenge to owner-operator businesses.

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Owner-operator challenges, No. 5: High equipment costs

Rates aren’t exactly keeping up with the level of cost increase for equipment, a trend owner-operators have felt hard in the last several years.

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VID: Humor in everything — even trucking software

Online video advertising group Epipheo's vid for Accellos/Prophesy's trucking business management software.

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Results: uShip’s new online-payment system

Carrier Dry Creek Express reports benefits of new uShip Payments collections system, now available to haulers booking freight in the uShip online marketplace.

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Whence the great rates?

Supplementing reporting on the No. 4 top owner-operator challenge -- freight rates -- here find an update on the state of pay and further anecdotes, information and perspective from trusted sources.

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Rates and pay: Owner-operator challenge No. 4

Based on a survey and Overdrive social media channels, owner-operator challenge No. 4 is low freight rates. Here find partial solutions from owner-operators, fleet representatives and others.

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Driver on detention pay: ‘If all else fails, pray’

Following August 2012 reporting on uncompensated detention pay, Overdrive readers weighed in on practical problems with collecting detention from shippers and receivers.

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Playing the cards right in driver appreciation

Personal relationships drive good businesses -- nowhere is that more true than in trucking.

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