Todd Dills

Spot market update: Hot states for van, flat, reefer

Ring in the new year with these hot market maps for dry van, refrigerated and flatbed trailer loads moving on the spot market within the last week.

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Optimus Prime Peterbilt stunt truck from ‘Transformers’ franchise on the auction block

Want to be able to say you haul in a piece of action-movie history? This 1992 Pete, utilized as Optimus Prime in the Transformers franchise, goes up for auction in Arizona later this month.

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Building the customer base: Work the relationship for the long term

Working the spot market via load boards, you may never lay eyes on the face of the freight broker. By contrast, going after direct shipper contracts is largely an exercise in long-term relationship building.

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The question any independent owner-operator business must answer

“Why is anybody going to use you to ship their material?” -- your business' distinguishing "why you" factor could take many forms, such as in these examples related to specialized equipment, geography and freight niche.

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A view on increasing safety through training in wake of historic Indiana bridge’s destruction

"It’s difficult to imagine how a driver could earn a CDL without understanding weights and how they pertain to axles, gross weight and bridge laws." --Ellen Voie

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U.S. Postal Service unveils truck stamp designs

International Harvester, Ford and Chevrolet are among classic pickup truck makers whose models are to be celebrated this year in a special line of postage stamps.

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Owner-operator 2016 business outlook trends pessimistic

Results of recent polling show a trend toward a pessimistic outlook following a 2015 that didn't exactly live up to expectations as they stood this time last year.

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POLL: How does your 2015 business income compare to prior years?

Owner-operators, if you've put your business numbers together for 2015 as yet, how'd it turn out relative to 2014?

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Building the shipper customer base for freight

With expected long-term demand for capacity, it’s a good time for independents and small fleets to work toward securing contract freight direct with shippers.

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Another medical certification cautionary tale: Eric Toms’ cancelled CDL privileges

Eric Toms' medical certification lapsed by just one week early in 2015 -- late in the year, when he went to renew his CDL, he found it had been cancelled, without word one from the DMV.

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