shippers

No more ‘catching up the logbook’ with ELDs, a paradigm shift that raises numerous issues

A panel of drivers at the August Great American Trucking Show illustrated that the seemingly simple change brings with it a raft of complications, from new administrative and operational burdens placed on drivers and carrier dispatch to the pressing need for shipper/receiver customers' appreciation of the new dynamics.

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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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Rebuilding: From bulk dedicated to a base of direct flatbed customers with owner-op Tim Klaus

On Overdrive Radio: Flatbedder Tim Klaus re-entered trucking and found himself at the center of the natural gas drilling boom, hauling frac sand. It dried up earlier for him than for many, and since then he's made several moves in freight, trailer spec and more to build a core of direct customers to keep brokered loads to a minimum.

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A busy independent’s plan to transition his business (and dodge ELDs in the process)

A run with John Hodges in his 1998 Freightliner Classic, part of his small fleet. As independent, Hodges juggles roles as driver, owner, cattle farmer and pastor in his local church, taking it all in stride: "To whom much is given ..."

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Uber Freight update: Regional emphasis shift, personalized app update

With an update beginning roll-out today, the Uber Freight app will learn progressively about user preferences, delivering a “For You” pack that will show owner-operators all of their personalized load recommendations. Also: The broker's new regional emphases around freight hubs on both coasts and in the Midwest.

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Don’t get ‘beat up’ on rates: Strong service to keep the customer honest

This podcast talk with owner-operator Monte Wiederhold focuses in on the direct-customer base Wiederhold notes he’s been fortunate to maintain through the recent "ebb and flow" years of spotty freight and demand in the wider economy, and the emphasis on timely communication and dependability that's helped immensely to keep those customers.

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GoLoad service coming in July

GoLoad, a partnership between TMS provider Cloud Logistics and ELD provider Konexial, is a load matching service connecting the power of a networked transportation solution to drivers' smartphones and helping bring any shipper’s TMS and freight into the network.

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Hey, Mr. Shipper! (or: Another selling point for dealing direct)

Tip of the hat to a Rate Per Mile Masters member for this scenario/question: "When you book the load at noon, get to the pickup at 1 p.m., shipper says, 'You're late, you were supposed to be here at 10 a.m.!' ... What is your would-be response if you just said what you felt like saying?"

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Podcast: Cold water on the ELD mandate’s potential rates impacts

While recent polling shows most owner-operators view the ELD mandate's chances of positively impacting rates either short- or long-term as good, don't count OOIDA board member and B.L. Reever Transport small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold among the true believers.

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When a straight 14 might not be the ideal, or safest, option: Four loads over two days in Ohio with Scott Reed

Hear part of Overdrive Senior Editor Todd Dills' many conversations with Buckland, Ohio-based owner-operator Scott Reed over two days on the road in mid-April 2017. It tells the story of what Reed sees as a certainly less-than-ideal hours rule when it comes to his shorter-haul van operation.

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