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‘Shippers have a soul’ –Overhaul cofounder on pitch to customers for better rates to owner-operators

In the transportation ecosystem, says Overhaul cofounder Barry Conlon, "the most important guy is the driver," too often getting the short end of the compensation stick. High-end shipper customers are hearing that message, he says, in bid to connect owner-operators directly via freight marketplace.

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HaulHound app aims to connect shippers to owner-operators, cut empty miles

HaulHound officially launched a new shipper-carrier matching system at the Great American Trucking Show Aug. 26, unveiling an app- and web-based platform in which owner-operators upload their truck and routing information and shippers/brokers then search for carriers that fit their load's parameters.

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Three drivers vying to win T680 in military hiring program

Three finalists were named Aug. 26 in the “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” recognition program that will give a Kenworth T680 76-inch sleeper to the winner.

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ELDs: Owner-operators have some decisions to make

Considerations in just when and how to move to ELDs were in the foreground Thursday at GATS. More may find themselves obligated to make a change, even if OOIDA's ELD lawsuit is successful, in the end, as more shippers/brokers require ELD use.

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LoadExpress bringing owner-operator focused freight matching platform to spot market

LoadExpress introduced Aug. 25 a new automated freight-matching platform for the trucking industry. The platform aims to automatically connect shippers and owner-operators in an "end-to-end" system, says LoadExpress V.P. Ken Liu, meaning owner-operators would deal directly with shippers throughout the entirety of the the job.

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Why does Gorilla Safety have a ’97 Lamborghini at the center of its GATS booth?

The ELD and management platform provider may hope it illustrates a desired "fresh approach" to the potential for tech to assume more of the burden of what is becoming ever more of a paper-pushing, record-keeping-intensive business -- trucking.

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Chevron introduces lineup of CK-4, FA-4 oils

Chevron Delo today at the Great American Trucking Show unveiled its new Delo 400 lineup of CK-4 and FA-4 engine oils, part of the new engine oil category licensing that begins in December.

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New roadside assist network from Apex Capital

Apex Capital’s new 24/7 Roadside Rescue program offers clients quick and affordable access to truck breakdown assistance, road service, towing, and accident dispatch services.

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Spot market update — van, reefer transitional period, and a few hot markets

Midwest writ large is trending up, the Southeast down, with the exception of lanes into Louisiana. Increases were dramatic on lanes into the Shreveport market, which includes Alexandria, La. Ensler Field outside Alexandria is one of the staging areas for FEMA.

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One20 launches as ‘membership’ for truckers for on-road discounts and more, releases trucker-focused tablet

A band of trucking industry vets from major trucking tech players launched Aug. 24 a new company, One20, which aims to provide truck operators discounts on products at truck stops, offer truck-specific navigation, aid in finding truck parking and more. The company also developed a trucker-focused tablet.

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