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To lump or not to lump, that is the question

George pays a $215 lumper fee, and Wendy gets a good story out of it. "They're now called 'freight handlers,' I'm told. You can call 'em The Queen of England, for all I care, it doesn't change the fact that they're extortionists."

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Priceline pricing model comes to LTL loading

OneMorePallet.com is the latest business entity to attempt to apply the Priceline pricing model to some aspect of the trucking business -- in this case it's partial loads for half-empty LTLs.

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Hurry up and wait or pay $500

A receiver's message comes in over the Qualcomm while Wendy and George have been waiting an hour in a line of trucks to get unloaded: "Late drivers will be fined $500." Oh the humanity!

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LETTER: Do unto drivers as you would have done unto you

A sort of mild-nightmare scenario at a receiver for Prime driver Bob Sauter leads to larger thoughts on the terrible treatment many drivers see from shipping/receiving facility personnel.

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One of the good dispatchers

"On the totem pole, drivers and dispatchers are at the same level” in many trucking companies, says Tim Bell II, the dispatcher Wendy Parker interviews in this story.

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Modest proposal: $65/hour, fair detention rate to protect small biz

A reader sees a need for mandatory detention pay to protect the small business trucking life from the continuing encroachment of big-business competition and government regulation in the form of tightening hours and EOBRs.

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Open call with Anne Ferro

The folks at the Trucking Solutions Group -- including members we've written about on the blog, from owner-operators Rick Ash and Bob and Linda Caffee to Henry Albert -- are hosting an open conference call with FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro today at 3 p.m. EDT today. Call-in details you can find here, and I'll include them in this post as well below. If you have questions for the administrator, please email them ASAP to Ash at ...

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Suspecting foul play in trailer deck collapse, car hauler vows vigilance

File this under "lessons learned," folks. On May 9, 2011, after an afternoon loading cars in Shreveport, La., car hauler Marc Pogrebneak wheeled over to the Petro off I-20 for a quick shower, dinner and a call to his wife. He was set to roll into West Texas to stage near his load's destination, and after a walk-around inspection of his truck, he set off. All seemed routine. But when he made his destination and got out ...

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