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Landstar rides out the storm

When the economy’s in a tailspin, some observers like to speculate that the owner-operator is about to become an endangered species. Indeed, many contractors have fallen out in recent months, but there’s no doubt about the potential for good operators to make money. The biggest owner-operator fleet, Landstar Systems, recently announced it earned $14 million in the first quarter. Granted, that’s 41 percent less than a year ago, due to decreased revenue in a serious ...

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Port trucker makes the news

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Bears in the air — and on the telephone pole

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Diesel: Cheaper than gasoline?

If you’re still smarting over last year’s outrageous diesel prices, you can take a little comfort in a prediction from the U.S. Department of Energy. The feds forecast diesel will average $2.19 over 2009, and $2.51 in 2010. “The expected continuing decline in diesel fuel consumption in the United States this year as well as the growing weakness in distillate fuel usage outside the United States are projected to result in a narrowing of refining ...

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Spoofing the ice roads on the farm

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KL Chrome Shop prez in Progressive commercial

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Fuel surcharge, anyone?

Since this blogger noted his book here, Shane Hamilton keeps making headlines. It's no wonder. An excellent history of the forces at the heart of the long-term 20th-century move toward the deregulatory political climate we've all seen in the past 30 years, his Trucking Country book spells out the central role of independent truckers and agribusiness in said political climate. In a recent interview posted to the emNew York Times' Freakonomics blog, Hamilton spelled out ...

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‘Manual for a downturn’

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Protecting your plastic

I doubt there are many Americans who haven’t been stung by greedy credit card companies’ sneaky tricks of raising interest rates for lame reasons to levels well over 20 percent in some cases. Owner-operators have more than their share of whelps. You often having to rely on credit while far from home. When the economy’s tough, it’s easy to fall behind on bills, a sure trigger for higher interest rates. A tremendous consumer backlash over the issue ...

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K-Crossing coordinates

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