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The question any independent owner-operator business must answer

“Why is anybody going to use you to ship their material?” -- your business' distinguishing "why you" factor could take many forms, such as in these examples related to specialized equipment, geography and freight niche.

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Parking: Creative approach meets small-minded resistance in Hutchins, Texas

Where parking needs may increasingly be met: Efforts by fleets, shippers and receivers, even your preferred service location, to accommodate overnight truck parking needs.

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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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‘Takes a village’ on detention

Driver hits the nail on the head at supply chain management conference, speaking in "driver shortage" context: "If we can figure out how to keep that driver moving, the numbers aren’t that big of a deal."...

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‘Demand detention’ pay: Strong voices on compensation for waits

"Waiting over 6 hours to get loaded and then only getting 5 hours drive time ... Then you lose another day to get your next load, and $50 is not going to cover the lost time."

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Detention détente: Tables turn in carriers’, drivers’ favor in pay/rate negotiations

The tables finally are turning, as examined in this multipart feature. Fleets and owner-operators, for years in a losing battle with brokers and shippers over compensation for wasted dock time, are exercising improved leverage in negotiations.

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POLL: Best method of calculating fair detention-pay rates?

How do you determine what to ask for detention rates per hour? Assuming allowing for reasonable load/unload times to be "free," which of the options here best describes how you do, or would, make the calculation?

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Shout to a shipper

Holly Knoll Services owner-operator Dave Palmer gives credit where it's due -- to B&T Sand of Columbia, S.C., for efficient load/unload practices.

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J.B. Hunt to shippers and receivers: Don’t waste drivers’ time

J.B. Hunt recently released a report on what shippers and receivers can do to increase driver uptime and, ultimately, income.

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Hours of service wish list: ‘We are people, not machines’

Results: Readers sound off in podcast, survey toward a more perfect hours rule.

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