owner-operator

Factory growth picks up from September

Cars, computers and exports are leading some of the most recent manufacturing growth, according to the latest report from the Institute for Supply Management. Only two areas (Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Furniture & Related Products) shrunk during October, says ISM, while 14 showed expansion. October was the 15th consecutive month for manufacturing to expand, and the overall economy grew for the 18th consecutive month, ISM reports. And last month’s growth measured 56.9 percent on ISM’s scale, up 2.5 ...

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SpeakOut

Truckers weigh in on stress and respect, spot inspections, intermodal euipment providers and selling alcoholic beverages at truck stops.

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Idaho to increase patrols

Idaho law enforcement agencies are mounting high-visibility driving enforcement patrols through Nov. 14.

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When the Midnight Cowboy changed his name

Renowned trucking DJ Bill Mack hadn’t planned on being a liaison between spouses when he went on the air decades ago, but he learned that when you open the phone line for truckers and their families, you never know what to expect.

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Rebounding factories slow a bit in September

The recovery is still on, but it’s getting winded. That’s the conclusion of the Institute for Supply Management, which released its monthly manufacturing report today. While ISM’s Purchasing Managers Index “reading of 54.4 percent is still quite positive, the overall picture is less encouraging,” says ISM’s Norbert Ore. “The growth of new orders continued to slow... Production is currently growing at a faster rate than new orders, but it typically lags and would be expected to ...

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Dollars and Sense

You shouldn’t care much about gross revenue, but rather how much of that revenue you get to keep after expenses.

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Sept. 29 webinar: Load selection for profit

Trucking radio host and Overdrive columnist Kevin Rutherford will discuss how to make wise choices in planning your loads in Overdrive’s next webinar

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Misclassification stakes high

A long erosion of the traditional owner-operator model has taken place.

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Aug. 27: Partners in Business

You won't find a better two-hour presentation about running an owner-operator business than the Partners in Business seminar by Overdrive and ATBS, sponsored by Freightliner Trucks and Schneider National.

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‘Monster train’ and other freight supersizers

You might have missed news of Union Pacific testing to see just how long a train can be. I didn’t know of it until reading a Wall Street Journal story this week. Writer Jennifer Levitz cites the train as an example of pressures in rail and ocean shipping, as well as trucking, to haul more freight per trip. The proponents in all three modes cite the potential for using less fuel, and thereby less pollution ...

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