Business

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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Five Apps for That: Keeping tabs on personal finance

These apps are geared toward centralizing your financial information from multiple accounts. Some have extra personal finance features, such as budgeting, paying bills or setting up automatic deductions for a savings plan.

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Telogis/Mack offer telematics free trial

Mack models equipped with MP engines and GuardDog Connect hardware built after 2014 are eligible for the free trial, and up to 10 trucks per customer can be included. All features of Telogis Fleet for Mack, including e-logs, are available during the free trial period,

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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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POLL: Have you tested the e-log waters with a smartphone/tablet-based app?

What's been your experience, or lack thereof, with the myriad of smartphone/tablet-based computer-assisted logs available today to use without a connection to the truck's engine? Have you tested the water of e-logs with any?

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Spot freight volume: 100 percent higher than this time last year

The stat in the headline doesn't tell the whole story, however, as rates are basically flat from where they've been the past few weeks. Some bright spots, however, in flatbed.

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High driver turnover correlated with higher OOS, crash volumes and CSA scores

Data firm Vigillo found a close correlation between high turnover and generally more negative carrier numbers in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's compliance rating program. Also: FAST Act CSA requirements update -- suggested CSA changes expected late Spring/early Summer.

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Teletrac Navman commits to e-log updates

Teletrac Navman, a provider of GPS tracking and fleet management solutions, today announced it is guaranteeing federally mandated electronic-logging-device hours of service (HOS) compliance for its Director product platform.

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America’s Road Team captains to carrier recruiters: ‘Respect your drivers’

"Be honest with the driver. You won’t lost a driver any quicker than to tell him something and then he finds out 30 days later that it’s just not true." --Walmart driver Allen Boyd, to recruiting specialists at a recent panel discussion in Nashville.

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Freight and trucker pay should get a boost in 2017, analyst says

Strong indications of growth in the economy in 2017 should put upward pressure on freight volume and trucker pay, says Bob Costello, chief economist for the American Trucking Associations.

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