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Hotshot trucking: Pros, cons of the small-truck niche

Hotshot hauling offers lower start-up costs and other advantages over running Class 8 over-the-road, but other trade-offs make it challenging in its own right.

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Ryder introduces loyalty program for truck renters

Ryder System recently announced it is instituting a new customer loyalty program for its rental customers, who will now earn points for renting trucks from the company. To participate, customers need to sign up at RyderRedZone.com. Participants can redeem points on things like hotel stays, consumer electronics and home and garden supplies. Points can be redeemed online. Each month, Ryder RedZone members earn ten percent of their organization’s net rental spend in points, Ryder says. Visit RyderRedZone.com to learn ...

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POLL: What’s your cost per mile?

Operating costs can vary widely, depending on truck and freight size and weight, regions of operation, routes and many other variables. What's been your cost per mile most recently?

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POLL: Which of these industry concerns is most important?

Following the release of the American Transportation Research Institute's critical issues report, this poll probes Overdrive readers' own prioritization of ATRI's top ten carrier concerns.

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Class of FedEx Ground independent contractors deemed employees in Kansas Supreme Court

FedEx response to the ruling expressed commitment to protect "the rights of thousands of independent business owners to continue owning and operating their own businesses."

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Getting the best rates: Two approaches

Owner-operators Rico Muhammad and Chad Boblett share Tortoise-and-Hare approaches to using data toward commanding better rates.

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Riding the spot market boom

Higher than typical volumes on the spot market coupled with tight trucking capacity are improving the rate landscape. Independents: Identify high-demand freight situations and negotiate for top dollar.

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Report: Higher driver pay, more expensive equipment drive up trucking costs

The average cost per mile for fleets rose 5 cents a mile in 2013 to $1.68. Retention and recruiting efforts by fleets to mitigate a perceived driver shortage, including wage increases for drivers, are what drove “labor costs” higher.

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Apex’ authority start-up service

The Apex Capital Startup Program adds to its newly minted load board for clients and other benefits the factoring company offers to customers

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Hotels4Truckers.com updated

Company head and former driver Daniel Fuller reports the Hotels4Truckers.com update Overdrive reported on in this story is now live. With the update, the website, offering discounts to drivers on hotel booking as well as verified listings of hotels around the nation with adequate truck parking, removes its membership fee of $9.95 completely. Fuller notes also that former members whose paid registrations had lapsed would need to have their old memberships manually removed "to allow you to ...

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