Todd Dills

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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Washington state: Putting the move on moving violations, logs

The one-two combination of hours of service and traffic enforcement packs the biggest punch for Washington State -- with a technology assist.

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Whiplash: Heard Trucking’s cabover lover’s dream 1996 Freightliner FLD

Don't get 'Whiplash' trying to look at this truck.

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‘Keep fighting’: One reader’s reaction to the 7th circuit’s ELD decision

In this Overdrive Radio 'mailbag' series podcast, more than one trucker strikes a defiant yet hopeful tone in response to yesterday's Halloween decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the FMCSA's ELD mandate final rule.

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Cargo theft trends: With Scott Cornell and the Travelers Insurance sting trailer

Cornell says the fastest-growing category of "strategic cargo theft" is seeing thieves utilize sophisticated identity theft and other schemes toward posing as legitimate truckers to make off with freight. How Travelers' sting trailer has been used to combat it.

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Of personal bests, the St. Christopher fund and truckin’, writin’ and runnin’

The competitive spirit of the Truckin' Runners Virtual 5K, benefiting the St. Christopher fund, yields a personal best, and an update: To date, the "Truckers Fund" has "given out more than $1.4 million on behalf of 1,653 drivers" in medical dire straits, for more than just medical expenses, too.

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Spot market: Mixed bag for flatbed, dry van, reefer

Surging van freight in the Southeast post-Matthew fell off as flatbed picked up there last week. Reefers were in demand in markets along the Mexican border with produce coming north.

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