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June is bustin’ out

It seems that for economic news, June is bustin’ out all over, to cite the song from the old play, “Carousel.” Well, not all over, but there were some strong items announced June 1. I hope you’re seeing evidence in your freight. The overall economy grew for the first time following seven months of decline, according to executives surveyed in the latest manufacturing report from the Institute for Supply Management. Also, “May is the first month of ...

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Rotella show hits the road

The Shell Rotella road show launched this past week with an appearance at the Great Lakes Truck Show in Dundee, Mich. The company’s tractor-trailer (pictured) will be making stops in several locations through the spring and summer. Among the highlights:**The Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck beauty contest, June 18-20, at the Oak Grove 70 Petro, I-70, Exit 28 in Oak Grove, Mo.;**The Truckers Jamboree in Walcott, Iowa, July 9-10;**The Great America Trucking Show in Dallas, Aug. ...

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Managing acres of reefer freight

What company supplies food to a third of all U.S. restaurants, cafeterias, and sports stadiums? If you pull a reefer, chances are you well know that it’s Houston-based Sysco, which each year ships 21.5 million tons of produce, meats and other food-related products. Fortune magazine has an detailed look at the “complex web of software, databases, scanning systems, and robotics” that enables one of the company’s distribution centers to turn over 11,000 items every 17 days. There’s ...

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Trucker of the year

It's not often a trucker gets the front-page treatment in a mainstream newspaper's business section, but such was the case for James Loveland, Willie Shaw Express driver and 2009 Truckload Carriers Association Company Equipment Driver of the Year, an award partly sponsored by Truckers News, after Loveland appeared on the cover of our May issue. In a story in his hometown newspaper, the Mobile Press-Register -- "'Outlaw Hog' top company truck driver" -- by K.A. ...

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TruckerSteve and friends

Trucker Stephen Adams (pictured) -- also a seasoned blogger, podcaster and videographer -- posted this short film (below) to YouTube recently. He describes it as a project embarked upon to "practice working with my new equipment," basically, but the suspense created is nearly palpable. There's quite a bit of humor at his site, TruckerSteve.org, of the occasionally off-color variety, be aware. A funny prank on marathon Twitter-er DriverGeoff is a highlight. (Geoff's near-constant "I'm draggin ...

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GeoWoodstock VII

This past weekend at the GeoWoodstock VII event in Bell Buckle, Tenn. (my first-found personal cache, let it be known, an "event cache" the 3.5-inch Teletype WorldNav GPS navigator led me to without flaw), I got to meet one of the biggest trackable "travel bugs" out there. Pictured, it's the Freightliner driven by Wisconsin-based D.J. Christie and Frank Williams, TwoTruckers on Geocaching.com and GroundSpeak, veteran geocachers. If you're unfamiliar with the activity, geocaching I've heard ...

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Consumer confidence and housing

Your freight might be down, your dog might be snarling at you, but your fellow Americans are looking up, money-wise. At least relative to recent months, which isn’t saying too much. U.S. consumer confidence jumped in May to its highest level in eight months, according to the Conference Board, an industry group that measures this. It was the biggest one-month jump since April 2003. Likewise, the government’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators saw its first rise in ...

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Step right up for interest-free loan

It’s not every day someone offers you an interest-free loan. The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced a program to do just that. As part of the stimulus package, SBA is launching America’s Recovery Capital loans June 15. The basics: Loans are up to $35,000. After you get the money, you have five years to repay. Not only is there no interest to be paid, but there are no SBA fees, either. Qualifying debt includes mortgages, lines of credit, credit ...

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Bringing a trucker home

Shawna Hicks wrote us last week with a request. Her father, Allen, of Orem, Utah, was missing. Before we could get word out about the search, he was found deceased in a Hagerstown, Md., truckstop. She asks that able parties donate to a fund that has been set up to bring him home to be buried: the Wells Fargo Allen Hicks Memorial Fund, account no. 9194243458.By mail to:Allen Hicks Memorial Fund278 N. 400 E.Orem, Utah ...

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Bring on the COEs

The show-truck landscape in the United States is undoubtedly dominated by the conventional tractor. By and large, too, though aerodynamic packages have seen play in some recent custom creations (perhaps most notably in the International ProStar Mayh, customized in large part by the folks at Elizabeth Truck Center in New Jersey), these trucks tend to conform to the ever-popular Outlaw style -- low-slung, big-bumpered, boxy-front-ended rigs with minimalist paint jobs.Over in Europe, though, things are ...

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