Business

POLL: Independents, who’s your primary customer?

Do you haul freight sourced from one broker exclusively or a mix of multiple brokers? One direct shipper with brokered freight on the return? Other combinations?

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Probability of recession in 2016 small, say analysts

At once, some put the probability of a true recession by 2018 around 80 percent. "Go long with your shippers" to solidify relationships, panelists at Truckstop.com's user conference urge.

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‘We’ll get through this e-log implementation’ — projecting carrier-shipper relationships after the ELD mandate

The paydirt on the back side of the electronic log mandate, according to compliance consultant Jeff Davis -- better rates, efficiency, productivity for small fleets.

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ATRI: Crash fault weighting in CSA could help carrier ratings

Implementing some form of crash accountability — that is, not dinging carriers for crashes they couldn’t prevent — in the federal Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier ranking/scoring program could have a significant impact on carriers’ rankings within the system, concludes the American Transportation Research Institute.

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Regulations to present challenge, opportunity in the new year

At Truckstop.com's first user conference in Dallas, company head Scott Moscrip expressed cautious optimism about the coming year and previewed new payment, rate, insurance and other products.

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Shifting truck ownership costs a major question facing truckers fighting ‘misclassification’ claims at ports

While the employment classification debate continues in Southern California ports, some truckers are mulling how changes in job status could affect responsibility of truck costs like insurance, truck payments, maintenance and more.

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Rates dip again in October: Charts on van, reefer, flatbed trends

This is the third straight month all three segments have seen a decline in their national averages. Rates have been trending down since hitting record highs last summer. Here are the latest numbers for reefer, dry van and flatbed rates.

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Fuel prices increase slightly, rise to $2.50 nationally

The U.S.' average diesel price climbed back above the $2.50 mark this week, rising 1.7 cents, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

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Trucking rap sheet: CDL testing schemes, ‘hostage’ loads

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General recently announced court activity in three trucking-related crime investigations. Here’s a summary of what happened with each.

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The ‘poison pill’ that remains in the recently passed highway bill, by the numbers

Unless fixed or removed in the House-Senate highway bill conference committee, the House's carrier "hiring standard" would unduly disadvantage well more than 1.5 million drivers for 440,000 carriers in the competition to secure business.

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