Todd Dills

Audio mailbag from the ‘driver wage shortage’

In this mailbag podcast, an owner-operator out of Charlotte, N.C., offered an addition to the "driver shortage" phrase that he -- along with many others -- feels might well clear things up a bit. He's not the first to say it, but it bears repeating.

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‘CSA-equivalent’ scoring pitched to brokers, shippers

Regarding its "CSA-e" re-engineering of CSA percentiles, SaferWatch raises the specter of negligence lawsuits for brokers not utilizing available information assessing risks when selecting carriers -- but if Congress and so many others are right, it's never been a better time to stop such use altogether.

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File under ‘Uberization of trucking’ — two recent announcements

Trucker Path's "Truckloads" feature to officially launch publicly with brokered freight March 30. And: Overhaul service for high-value/high-security loads coming later in the year.

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POLL: Biggest issue you’ve seen lately with road conditions/maintenance?

Given falling federal infrastructure investment and lack of funding in some states for adequate highway expansion and repair, this poll looks at the issue where the rubber meets the road -- what have you experienced?

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Tomorrow’s Trucker: Wireless inspections: 24/7 exposure of truck, driver violations

It’s easy to conjure a scenario of total on-highway enforcement of truck and driver regulations, enabled by a nationwide rollout of vehicle-to-infrastructure wireless communications. Growing industry adoption of telematics systems, work by FMCSA to ramp up wireless inspections and several other trends could lead to such a national system in the coming decades.

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Change for the better or nails in the coffin: Talking the future with Gary Carlisle

Whether the future landscape of greater risk translates to a boon for the future generations of owner-operators willing to assume the risk themselves as independents, or not, is one of many areas discussed in this podcast conversation with current owner/former operator Gary Carlisle.

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Spot market van, reefer, flat update: March living up to its name

Here's the skinny -- and more detail on hot markets -- on activity and rate movement within the last week in flatbed (up), reefer (up in spots) and van (fairly flat) segments.

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One independent’s comeback from the brink: A run with Ted Bowers

A rare opportunity to make part of a run with Kingston, Tenn.-based Ted Bowers, owner of the small trucking company that bears his name, yields a story of adversity overcome that holds lessons in the importance of close freight, accounting, driver and other partnerships.

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FourKites’ new load-tracking service for any cellphone

Real-time location information is fed into the FourKites platform to predict ETAs and provide delay alerts and arrival and departure times at stops using circular and polygon geo-fences.

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Audio preview: Howard Salmon’s ‘The War Within’ to be unveiled at Mid-America

Independent owner-operator Howard Salmon is back this year ahead of the Mid-America Trucking Show with another recorded song -- a moving account of a soldier's struggle with relationships, memory and more on the return home after combat.

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