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Carriers’ ‘magic eraser’ role in compounding uncompensated-detention issue: Rico Muhammad on the e-log shift

As a trade-off for the ultimate hassle of mandated e-logs, in this Overdrive Radio podcast Muhammad's hopeful owner-operators can both individually and collectively use the change as a cudgel to their advantage when dealing with brokers, shippers, receivers ... anyone who would insist on wasting drivers' time.

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New app puts load tracking in the hands of independents

FreightPrint is out with a smartphone app and tracking service that harnesses the GPS and cellular communication capabilities of smartphones in order to put tracking tools and service into the hands of independents and small fleets.

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An 85th birthday wish to Carl Rhodes — from his son — after well more than a half century trucking

Run through bits of the history of Carl Rhodes, a fixture of Morgantown, W.Va.-area trucking business since his own father hauled pulpwood in a 1932 Ford from his area down to Westernport, Md., and Carl got his start in the local coal business. Carl turns 85 today.

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Rates up: A result of last week’s ELD protests?

Rates haven't been as good as they were last week since the Snowpocalypse of 2014, notes DAT's Ken Harper. But before you attribute that to the number of owner-operators who shut down last week in solidarity with ELD protests around the country, consider truck posts on DAT boards weren't off by much. Reefer, van demand updates here.

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Voices on the call for a shutdown starting October 3

This week’s edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast takes a run through the mailbag following last week’s conversations with organizers of two ELD mandate protest actions set to take place in Washington, D.C., beginning Oct. 3.

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Spot update shows high demand across the country — vans, flats in detail, disaster-relief opportunities, more

Freight lanes re-orient North-South as demand picture shifts for dry vans. Some platform opportunity exists, notes FEMA contractor Foxhole Logistics, and in general terms the typical late-September-beginning fall freight season may be getting an early start.

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Video: ATBS forecasts higher owner-operator income

Amen revisited his forecasts from last year and made some new ones during an Overdrive Partners in Business seminar at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas last month.

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August shaping up well on the spot market, all things considered — van, reefer updates

For vans, reefers, signs still point for strong rates for this time of year, which bodes well for the rest of the third quarter and through to the end of the year on the spot market.

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Engage.Bid tool can be effective for small carriers working large-shipper RFPs

Devliering the ability to "price with conviction" is the goal of the tool, released by TMW last year -- it enables carriers to pull shipper RFPs' lane-by-lane requests for rate bids into a proprietary module and apply analysis tools. Then output bids quickly back to RFP lane files, speeding up the process.

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‘The Drive’ owner-operator-focused three-day conference; NPR radio and truckers

"The Drive" conference, the brainchild of Patriot Star small fleet owners and Trucking With Authority podcast hosts Kenny and Elizabeth Long, happens October 17-19 in North Kansas City.

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