shippers

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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New uShip CEO Mike Williams hoping to increase business freight in principal marketplace

In an interview with Overdrive, Williams also stressed uShip's Pro platform as one that could be adopted by more brokers and 3PLs as the tech backbone of their freight-management operations, as has been done in Europe by D.B. Schenker.

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‘Show me the money’ – rates and pricing in the on-demand freight environment

Would-be freight market disruptors are attempting to provide a certain level of automation and data science into their pricing/rates that “better reflects the market” than what arises from the typical process, often tilted against carriers in one-on-one spot negotiations.

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Negotiating the brokerage contract: Back solicitation, detention and more

Leander Richmond of Mich.-based eight-truck Eagle Express Inc. learned the hard way of one broker's no-detention-pay standard policy at first-come first-served shipper/receiver facilities -- likewise the "insulting" offer when he objected.

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Loadsmart freight platform lands shippers

Anheuser Busch (AB InBev) recently signed a contract with Loadsmart, the latest in a series of Fortune 500 companies the company says is utilizing Loadsmart’s technology to shift how they quote, book and ultimately move their freight.

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BridgeHaul app offers services, including logs, toward a shipper-exclusive freight marketplace

The latest start-up attempting to provide that "elusive holy grail" of a shipper-direct marketplace for freight to owner-operators is Los Angeles-based BridgeHaul, whose app likewise provides a smartphone-based logbook (ELD on the way), trip planner and more.

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