Todd Dills

Latest ‘uber for trucking’ launches app — this time, it’s from Uber itself

“Uber for trucking,” long considered a freight-matching unicorn, has come to a kind of fruition, with the ride-sharing giant today unveiling its brokerage's Uber Freight matching app aimed at the owner-operator market with a focus on dry van and reefer loads.

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POLL: What’s your bigger business priority, profit growth or income stability?

Climing the ladder v. holding down a gig, greater risk is greater reward v. sticking with what's dependable, economic growth v. stability -- the prioritization choice is cast in a lot of different ways. Which side, if any, do you fall on when thinking about your business' future?

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Van shows sluggish volume signs on spot market

The national average van rate was down 2 cents to $1.68 per mile, but the average rate on the top 100 van lanes was up, suggestive of bright spots among the otherwise flat to down picture. Reefer hot spots, van hot spots and more detailed here.

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Paul Marhoefer’s ‘Elloree’, with a new music video, tells Jason’s Law story

Asked to write a song for Jason's Law by a friend, Marhoefer asked himself what bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley would do and wrote it as a murder ballad -- the final result, a powerful invocation of the story behind the parking-funding/security legislation.

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Good move, bad timing: Majority of readers approve of FBI director’s firing

In the immediate wake of President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey last week, most readers weighed in on the side of it being the right decision, though the president didn't go without criticism himself.

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New e-log from ELD Solutions Inc.

The ELD Solutions company finalized an electronic logging device product in April. It's subscription-based services are available at price points from $20 monthly and more for its BYOD configuration to $50 or more for its dedicated-tablet options.

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A salute to ‘Old Filthy’: Preserving owner-operator Gene Ballinger’s first new truck, a 1957 Kenworth fuel hauler

Bill Ward of Delta Junction, Ak., tells the story of how he came to own one of his first employers' classic 1957 Kenworth 925 fuel hauler. "Old Filthy" was the first truck bought new by Montana-based owner-operator Gene Ballinger.

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Podcast: Cold water on the ELD mandate’s potential rates impacts

While recent polling shows most owner-operators view the ELD mandate's chances of positively impacting rates either short- or long-term as good, don't count OOIDA board member and B.L. Reever Transport small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold among the true believers.

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Re-creation of the Smokey & the Bandit Mulberry Bridge jump to take place June 24

June 24, in Jonesboro, Ga., Hollywood stunt driver Oliver Keller, owner-operator Tony Pennello and others will join a crowd of spectators near the end of the Snowman's Run and Bandit Run events for the jump, a short distance from the actual location where the original stunt took place.

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A nine-year-old’s view of the so-called ‘autonomous future’

"When I asked if she could imagine a big truck going down the road maneuvering with its own controls, with no person behind the wheel, the look of horror that passed across her face was fairly priceless."

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