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Randy Houser to perform at GATS

Great American Trucking Show in Dallas packed with seminars, exhibits, show trucks, live music and more.

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Would you like fries with that?

Driver demand is higher than it’s been in more than two years. For leased owner-operators, it could be a good time to get updated on compensation packages and other lease terms, especially if you’ve been with the same carrier for more than a few years.

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PIB TIP: COSTS VARY MONTHLY. If you drive 9,600 miles one month and 10,000 miles the next, you’ll have two sets of costs for each month. If your monthly tractor payment is $1,850 and you drive 9,600 miles in a month, the payment will cost 19.3 cents per mile. But, if you drive 10,000 miles, the payment will cost 18.5 cents per mile. Fixed costs do not go down over time, buy you can reduce ...

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Pulse

In the case of your career, the biggest cost could be opportunities you’ll never know you missed.

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PIB TIP: SATURDAY IS AN EXTRA DAY. The week is over and your work and planning should have resulted in a profitable operation. But like Sunday, Saturday is an extra day if you can pick up or deliver a load. Weekly plans don’t always work out, but over time they will help you succeed. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and ...

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PIB TIP: FRIDAY BEST DAY FOR FREIGHT. A Friday is usually the best day of the week for freight. Being under a load with the most possible miles over the weekend will make the best use of your time. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by Schneider National Inc. and Freightliner Trucks.

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PIB TIP: THURSDAYS ARE MAKE OR BREAK. A load picked up Thursday should be short enough, less than 600 miles, to deliver Friday, or should be at least 1,600 miles to go through the weekend. On Thursdays, however, it's almost always better to take a 350-mile trip and deliver it Friday. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored ...

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Manufacturing still growing, but more slowly

The recovery is still with us, note the factory-watchers at the Institute for Supply Management. The manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 11th consecutive month, though at a less heated pace than in May. The overall economy for the 14th consecutive month in June. Of course, the housing and labor markets still suffer. The first affects flatbed freight, though flatbed seems to have enough other business to have started the year well. First-quarter data from ATBS ...

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Business and pleasure

Great American Trucking Show in Dallas packed with seminars, exhibits, show trucks, live music and more.

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Dirty dozen

Stay on top of these 12 PM items to escape big repair bills and frequent downtime.

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