Todd Dills

‘Legitimate freight options’ — old ways in new times

There's many ways to skin the cat on freight -- in response to a reader question about legitimate freight options, an update on newer load boards/marketplaces and mobile-optimized brokerages and a revisit to tried-and-true methods, doing the hard work, etc. ...

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Peterbilt ‘Red Oval’ used certification to include PacLease trucks

In addition to long warranty coverage, buyers of qualified pre-leased PacLease trucks receive the full lineup of Red Oval benefits, including comprehensive vehicle inspections, preferred financing and parts discounts.

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Health-insurance exchanges open through Jan. for ‘Obamacare, round 4’

Affordable Care Act open enrollment is to purchase and change plans is open through January 31, 2017. The biggest issue this year include premium price increases and the need for many current policyholders to shop their plans due to the mass exodus of insurers from the exchanges.

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Are small carriers singled out for inspection? Short answer: Yes

FMCSA routinely bumps the Inspection Selection System scores of "data-insufficient" carriers -- i.e. those who haven't been inspected enough to product CSA SMS scores -- to 99, making bypass systems virtually useless and ensuring more inspections.

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Rate forecast functionality coming to Truckstop.com’s Rate Analysis tool in Q1 2017

The Rate Forecasting tool will allow users to "predict the future" in a sense, offering the ability for carriers and brokers to see with some confidence just "where you’re going with rates," company reps said.

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Van freight ‘unseasonably strong,’ reefer holding — rates haven’t followed up with volumes

The past couple of years have seen the Fall freight season dwindle in intensity, but it's lasted through December and January due to e-commerce. In this weekly spot market update, intel on just what markets are benefiting dry vans and reefers.

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Kevin Rutherford’s case to brokers for stronger partnerships with owner-operators

Hear how Kevin Rutherford broke the ice with a roomful of brokers: "Many of my listeners think the majority of this room are lying, cheating scumbag parasites sitting in a room with a phone and an internet connection sucking all the profit out of the load."

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Parking needs on Washington State’s radar

If you don’t include three truck stops at the north, south and eastern edges metropolitan Seattle, the area containsonly about 200 to 300 truck parking spaces. It's a fact that Washington State patrol is well aware of and is making moves to combat.

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Convoy tech-enabled brokerage inks deal with Unilever to handle ‘millions’ in freight in 2017

The Convoy deal with shipper Unilever is victory for a young brokerage operating in something of a nontraditional way, enabled by technology to streamline elements of the freight transaction (think "uberization of trucking") -- in an increasingly crowded market.

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Spot market demand tilting toward a stronger environment for carriers in 2017

FTR analyst and COO Jonathan Starks feels truckers' demand position in the spot market will improve well into 2017, particularly if movement toward electronic logging devices picks up. As in any improving-demand situation, rates will follow up.

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