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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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PIB TIP: AIM FOR THE MIDDLE ON WEDNESDAYS. By midweek, about half of your gross revenue for the week already should be in hand. The other half of your gross revenue should be generated by Saturday to be profitable for the week. 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: TAKE STOCK ON TUESDAYS. If it’s a 2,000-mile trip, delivering the week’s first load on Tuesday may yield profit. Otherwise, Tuesday is the day to take a hard look at how many miles you have and how many more you need for a profitable week. 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 the load-matching service ...

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June 18: Partners in Business

It's tough to run a successful owner-operator business. Overdrive's Partners in Business seminar at the Great West Truck Show, sponsored by Freightliner Trucks and Schneider National, provides training to make it work.

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June 3 PIB TIP:  MAKE WEEKLY PLANS. One week is the right amount of time to deal with efficiently. To do so, look at the advantages and disadvantages of every day of the week. Match trip length to the optimum day in the week. Plan to deliver on the day you have the best opportunity of getting a load. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s ...

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PIB TIP: TRY TO DEPART EARLY. Especially when bad weather poses potential delays, try to depart early. Leaving late gives you no time to recover from an unexpected storm and is the major reason for service failures – such as running out of hours on the morning of a delivery. 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 ...

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PIB TIP:  TRY TO DEPART EARLY. Especially when bad weather poses potential delays, try to depart early. Leaving late gives you no time to recover from an unexpected storm and is the major reason for service failures – such as running out of hours on the morning of a delivery. 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 ...

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