Business

Partners in Business tip: Analyze your oil

Getting an engine oil analysis is a great way to determine engine wear problems before they cause too much damage.

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Spot market update: Hot states for van, flat, reefer

Ring in the new year with these hot market maps for dry van, refrigerated and flatbed trailer loads moving on the spot market within the last week.

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Building the customer base: Work the relationship for the long term

Working the spot market via load boards, you may never lay eyes on the face of the freight broker. By contrast, going after direct shipper contracts is largely an exercise in long-term relationship building.

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Love’s plans to open record number of stores in 2016

Love’s plans to open more than 40 new locations across 28 states in 2016.

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The question any independent owner-operator business must answer

“Why is anybody going to use you to ship their material?” -- your business' distinguishing "why you" factor could take many forms, such as in these examples related to specialized equipment, geography and freight niche.

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Daimler announces mass layoff at Freightliner manufacturing plant

Freightliner parent company Daimler Trucks North America issued in late December layoff warnings to nearly 1,000 employees at its Cleveland, North Carolina, truck manufacturing plant.

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Debate set to resume on state’s trucks-only toll plan

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s truck-only toll proposal faces increased opposition when legislators return to work this week.

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Last lawsuit against Pilot Flying J in fuel rebate scheme refiled, carrier claims Pilot targeted ‘mom and pop’ carriers

Wright Transportation out of Mobile filed its suit Dec. 11, 2015, in Mobile County, Alabama, again restating its claims that Pilot intentionally and fraudulently scammed carriers out of tens of millions of dollars in owed fuel rebates.

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Cummins certified for 2017 EPA emissions regs

Cummins has announced it has received certification for its lineup of on-highway diesel and natural gas engines from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Building the shipper customer base for freight

With expected long-term demand for capacity, it’s a good time for independents and small fleets to work toward securing contract freight direct with shippers.

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