Todd Dills

Full-service leasing on the rise?

Combine rapidly developing and complicated truck technology with new-equipment cost pressures and the Millennial generation’s rising presence in trucking, and some watchers see full-service leasing being increasingly attractive to small fleets.

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Making the truck acquisition decision: To lease or purchase?

Rising equipment, maintenance costs drive closer looks at options old and new for acquiring a truck by purchase, lease-purchase or full-service lease deal.

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Truckers: No to ‘beta’ testing when lives at stake

Truckers polled this month agreed by and large with much of Consumer Reports’ "Too much autonomy too soon" verdict about the 'Autopilot' technology deployed in the Tesla Model S in 'beta' form, recently in use during a fatal crash in Florida.

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What’s your dream gear?

What piece of trucking gear could you use most effectively that, well, just hasn't been invented yet? Some examples here. Weigh in yourself via 530-408-6423 on our podcast voicemail line.

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New mobile app from C.H. Robinson

C.H. Robinson announced the release of Navisphere Carrier, a mobile app designed with greater levels of automation to support carriers working with the 3PL.

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Holding pattern: Van, reefer rates flat nationally but some markets heat up

Rates on the lane from Buffalo to Allentown, Pa.¸ were up 13 cents to an average of $2.59 per mile. The Midwest has also been improving, with outbound prices up in both Columbus and Chicago.

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Podcast: Tony Justice’s ‘Brothers of the highway’ — the trucking brotherhood reinforced

For a country singer, is it career suicide to re-record a George Strait cut? For Tony Justice and Aaron Tippin's "Brothers of the Highway" rendition, not hardly. Run through several other tracks on Justice new record and their stories in this podcast interview with the ETI Transportation driver and artist.

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KeepTruckin ELD now on FMCSA’s registry

Since the KeepTruckin logbook app initially launched three years ago, followed by a low-cost ELD in October 2015, the company's undertaken "a full-on effort in both hardware and software development focused on user experience" and with an eye toward compliance with the ELD mandate.

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POLL: How do you handle your IFTA reporting and info recording?

Owner-operators, how do you handle your IFTA reporting and data collection -- pen-and-paper or electronic records? Specialized software? Third-party filing services? Or does your leasing carrier handle it? Weigh in here.

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‘Why do you hang on to that old truck?’

One answer here from Jenson Lawrence illustrates just what's possible with his recently overhauled Cummins M-11 in a 1996 Freightliner FLD hauling within a 750-mile radius of his Wisconsin home base.

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