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Building the customer base: Introducing Utah-based Brandt King of King Farms Trucking

King grew from a one-truck Utah-based operation to 34 trucks by building lanes loaded both ways with shipper-direct reefer freight.

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Return safety to drivers’ control: Fix the 14-hour rule

Texas-based Gary Carlisle weighs in on what Overdrive readers have named among the most-needed hours revisions. Also: it's bankruptcies that will drive up rates, not wide ELD use itself.

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Probability of recession in 2016 small, say analysts

At once, some put the probability of a true recession by 2018 around 80 percent. "Go long with your shippers" to solidify relationships, panelists at Truckstop.com's user conference urge.

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Confusion on the sidelines

"So the sky is falling and we're in imminent danger of not having enough truck drivers. We're all going to starve and perish, unless they can get speed limiters on the trucks and everyone on electronic logs. ... "

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‘Convoy’ service for on-demand freight matching

Another entry in the would-be "uber for trucking" category, the Convoy app and service is initially centered around local/regional freight opportunities in Washington State.

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What’s the best smartphone app out there for document capture/scanning?

What's your choice for document scanning -- we're working on a survey of what's out there, both trucking-specific and otherwise. Weigh in here.

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‘Trucking boom’ in driver pay, says the WSJ

Driver pay on the rise, according to a new Wall Street Journal story. What's been your experience for income this year compared to last?

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National van freight — end-of-quarter rush boosts volume, demand

Rate trend of the week: End-of-quarter van volume boost leads national demand surge -- declining fuel surcharges, however, balance overall rate picture.

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2015 picking up? July tonnage nearly hits all-time high, base rates continue climb

Following 2014's trucking boom — when freight and rates took off, truck orders set records and the industry saw some of the best economic times for carriers since the '08-'09 recession — 2015 has been a little disappointing, at least by some measures. Expectation gap? Could be. Especially if the expectation was for 2015 to pick up where 2014 left off. Truck orders fell off in the first half of the year, rates have been tumbling (though ...

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Early adopters: Getting ahead of the ELD mandate

Most owner-operators still oppose an ELD mandate as the final rule gets closer. Yet some independents see benefits in trying out new technology to adjust to what they believe to be an eventual reality.

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