TransCore DAT

Load by phone: How operators are using online tools

Owner-operators' use of online load services varies from occasional use to test the waters in an unfamiliar area to use as a primary freight resource.

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Load by phone: Legacy boards add access tools

Owner-operator access to Internet-based load boards continues to streamline with many operators now using smartphones to access one or another of industry-leading online freight resources.

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Rates and pay: Owner-operator challenge No. 4

Based on a survey and Overdrive social media channels, owner-operator challenge No. 4 is low freight rates. Here find partial solutions from owner-operators, fleet representatives and others.

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Spot market index in February down year-over-year

TransCore’s DAT North American Freight index was up 24 percent in February from January, but declined 5.2 percent compared with February 2011.

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TransCore: July spot freight continues trend

July marked the seventh consecutive month of record year-over-year spot market freight availability.

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Freight on your smartphone: TransCore app on the way

Coming in just a couple weeks is the My DAT Truck Stop app (pictured) from freight matching service provider TransCore, operator of the oldest load-board service out there in the DAT boards. My DAT will be initially released for Android phones, providing drivers and owner-operators up to 25 nearby loads per search from Transcore’s DAT network, in addition to convenient access to truckstop information, alternative parking data and point of interest info. “There’s a call button integrated ...

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Broker freight increased average 10% in 2010

Freight brokers on average moved 10 percent more freight in 2010, while their gross margins declined by 4 percent.

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PIB TIP: KEEP UP WITH A CHANGING MARKET. Use your personal profit and loss statement to compare your performance with your business plan and budget. Your profit and loss statement should show weekly, monthly and annual costs and revenue, as well as miles driven and cost per mile. Compare your profit and loss report with your budget and figure out what changes you need to make to be profitable. The Partners in Business program is ...

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  PIB TIP: KEEP A NOTEBOOK WITH YOUR RECEIPT ENVELOPE. The notebook will be used to record those expenses for which you can’t obtain a receipt, such as for a truck wash at a coin-operated facility or personal use of your auto. You should give a record of these expenses to your business services provider monthly, along with other expenses. You must track the date, location, amount and purpose of each expense in your log to ...

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TODAY’S TIP: When you apply for a loan, be prepared to provide as much information as you can. The more you tell a potential lender about yourself and your operation, the more comfortable he will be lending you the money. Show that you are a business owner first and a truck operator second. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and sponsored ...

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