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Building broker trust to get better loads and rates

One of the most common problems with independents using a broker-based business model is "chasing rates" instead of building relationships with a handful of brokers. When loads are picked at random, "it's almost impossible to build relationships," said owner-operator coach Kevin Rutherford.

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Truckstop.com sets sights on ELD marketplace

After the coming discontinuation of its uDrove ELD, Truckstop.com is committed to assisting customers in finding a new vendor individually and, as was revealed in conversation with Overdrive, collectively. The company is building an ELD marketplace for vetted companies to debut this summer.

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Load boards’ mobile evolution

Trucker Path and its Truckloads app join major players DAT and Truckstop.com in an increasing number of operators' load board experiences, optimized for mobile devices.

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Dodging the middleman: On-demand freight matching progress report

On-demand load-matching services are seeing some success circumventing traditional brokers, promising gains for owner-operators in rates, freight availability and productivity. While no one service will be ‘Uber for all’ in the fragmented brokerage market, technology used by services large and small is moving in the same direction.

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Carrier coalition supports semi-autonomous trucking, wants drivers to remain in cab

A trucking industry group representing a handful of the country’s largest carriers has expressed opposition to the deployment of fully autonomous, driverless trucks.

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Van and reefer rates see uptick in November, flatbed rates fall

Reefer and van rates trended up in November, while flatbed lost a few cents, likely due to the seasonality of the segment.

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‘Legitimate freight options’ — old ways in new times

There's many ways to skin the cat on freight -- in response to a reader question about legitimate freight options, an update on newer load boards/marketplaces and mobile-optimized brokerages and a revisit to tried-and-true methods, doing the hard work, etc. ...

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Rates stagnant in October, reefer rates dip to lowest since 2013

Reefer rates fell to $1.97 a mile in October, the first time the segment has fallen below $2 a mile since February 2013. Van and flatbed rates were flat from September, but down year over year.

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Rate forecast functionality coming to Truckstop.com’s Rate Analysis tool in Q1 2017

The Rate Forecasting tool will allow users to "predict the future" in a sense, offering the ability for carriers and brokers to see with some confidence just "where you’re going with rates," company reps said.

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Spot market demand tilting toward a stronger environment for carriers in 2017

FTR analyst and COO Jonathan Starks feels truckers' demand position in the spot market will improve well into 2017, particularly if movement toward electronic logging devices picks up. As in any improving-demand situation, rates will follow up.

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