Todd Amen

Video: ATBS forecasts higher owner-operator income

Amen revisited his forecasts from last year and made some new ones during an Overdrive Partners in Business seminar at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas last month.

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‘Benefit of the doubt’ to the driver on the ELD mandate: Texas sergeant urges officers ‘punt’ in questionable situations

In this Overdrive Radio podcast, listen in on a conversation with Texas Sergeant Dana Moore at GATS about roadside hours reality and ELDs post-mandate. Plus: Todd Amen on the burgeoning freight economy, tunes from trucker-songwriter Michael Lochmiller...

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ELDs’ capacity squeeze assumption no. 1: Fewer miles

Examining the assumptions behind the varying predictions of the post-ELD mandate demand situation. If some predictions come to pass, there’s reason to believe rates may rise enough to be a notable reward from an unwelcome imposition.

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Looking into the crystal ball on ELDs/rates, and Owner-operator Reed goes to Washington

Two updates -- audio of Todd Amen of ATBS' conference call on operator income from yesterday, and one from owner-operator Scott Reed, fresh off a meeting with legislative aide to Senator Deb Fisher in Washington gone bad, only to turn out positive when Reed dropped in on other Senators from Iowa, North Dakota, Montana.

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Prediction: Rates will jump with ELD transition

"We're going to have a truck shortage when this ELD rule gets put into effect," said ATBS' Todd Amen said during his Partners in Business GATS presentation. "Essentially it's like taking 200,000 to 300,000 trucks off the road." Here's how much he sees rates jumping.

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Making the truck acquisition decision: To lease or purchase?

Rising equipment, maintenance costs drive closer looks at options old and new for acquiring a truck by purchase, lease-purchase or full-service lease deal.

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ELD mandate: Independents’ final straw?

An Overdrive survey shows between 50 and 70 percent of respondents threatening to exit the industry over the electronic-log mandate -- the highest percentages are among independents/small fleets.

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Short and sweet: Pros, cons of length-of-haul trends

Part 1 in a two-part length-of-haul analysis presents owner-operator advantages/disadvantages of the trucking trend to shorter haul length in reefer and dry van segment.

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Pay trends, part 1: Near-term forecast mixed

While industry analysts say rising owner-operator compensation for both leased drivers and independents is on a slow rise, anecdotal reports and some polls suggest otherwise.

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What a difference a decade makes

Those of you who’ve been in the business for even 10 years know that a lot has changed.

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