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Making the e-log switch: The evolution of small fleet Old Time Express

"I know a lot of people, and especially a lot of drivers, would like to cut my head off when I say this ..." -- that's Old Time's Mark White in preamble to some perhaps underappreciated e-log lessons he delivers toward the end of this week's Overdrive Radio podcast. File under: things people might not want to hear. 

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Expedite Expo kicks off July 14 in Lexington, Ky.

Drivers, owner-operators and fleet owners all are part of the target audience for the long-running Expedite Expo show, whose 2017 edition is taking place July 14-15 in Lexington, Ky., at the Lexington Center.

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Dedicated freight — an antidote to chasing rates

After years chasing rates and high miles, over the last decade and more Keith Sampson shifted his thinking. His example is clear evidence that keeping your eye out for dedicated-freight opportunities can deliver the best of both worlds -- income stability and high profitability, without sacrificing your home life in the process.

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POLL: Owner-operators, how’s business trending for you over the last months?

What's your business-conditions situation been over the last few months as the traditional spring freight season has come into play.

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Don’t get ‘beat up’ on rates: Strong service to keep the customer honest

This podcast talk with owner-operator Monte Wiederhold focuses in on the direct-customer base Wiederhold notes he’s been fortunate to maintain through the recent "ebb and flow" years of spotty freight and demand in the wider economy, and the emphasis on timely communication and dependability that's helped immensely to keep those customers.

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Spot demand heating up to levels not seen since 2014

A 5:1 load-to-truck ratio on DAT Load Boards was seen for dry van freight last week. It's the highest load-to-truck national average since March 2014, when demand skyrocketed with polar-vortex-related severe weather and led a big rates rally on the spot market that year.

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Partners in Business tip: Log your spending

Record every check or debit card purchase as soon as the money is spent. Here's how.

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Partners in Business podcast: Managing your money and time

This installment in the podcast series of Overdrive’s Partners in Business, excerpting portions of the manual coproduced with ATBS, covers how to develop and use profit and loss statements, and how to understand your revenue, earnings and costs.

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Owner-op Dean Carnahan: Poor health is often a ‘preventable accident’

Carnahan urges drivers to take control of diet and health generally in hopes more attention to it might spur a movement against the growing "quick food, get-in-get-out-type attitude" of so many truck stops when it comes to diet options.

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POLL: What’s your bigger business priority, profit growth or income stability?

Climing the ladder v. holding down a gig, greater risk is greater reward v. sticking with what's dependable, economic growth v. stability -- the prioritization choice is cast in a lot of different ways. Which side, if any, do you fall on when thinking about your business' future?

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