Business

Big carriers’ revenues and profits shrunk in 2016

Owner-operators weren't the only segment of the industry that struggled with tough freight conditions and poor rates in 2016. Some of the country's largest fleets saw their revenue and income take a hit too, according to earnings reports issued in recent weeks by large publicly traded trucking companies.

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iGlobal’s Edge MDT portable scanner/ELD

The Florida-headquartered company's unique among ELD providers in promoting its Edge MDT -- a combo high-speed scanner, ELD and all-around ruggedized mobile office with push-to-talk functionality and more -- as manufactured in the state of Ohio.

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Werner drivers lose court bid for pay for sleeper berth time

The court had previously ruled participants in Drivers Management, Werner’s training and orientation program, were entitled to pay for spending more than eight out of 24 hours in the sleeper berth. A new ruling, however, dismisses that order.

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Small fleet saves time and hassles with ELDs

The biggest ELD hurdle for nine-truck JJ&T Trucking, says Jake Taylor, company co-owner with his wife, Christy, was less operational than technical.

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E-logs and detention, redux | An 800-pound gorilla in need of a few good lumpers

Will ELDs point the way out of the detention 'quagmire'? If they do, it won't happen all at once, no doubt. Could be a wild ride ahead ...

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E-log sticker merits easy time at weigh station

Gastonia, N.C.-based hotshot/tow owner-operator Buster Lewis took up the Continental VDO RoadLog to eliminate the hassle of pushing paper logs, he says -- big bonus: No weigh-station hassles for him and his 2006 Freightliner Business Class straight flatbed.

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Some high notes for flatbeds amid seasonal spot market fall-off

Flatbed rates had a small rebound last week, amid seasonal declines across all segments. On the top 78 open-deck lanes, rates rose on 42 of them, while 31 declined. The other five were neutral.

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ELDs and the detention quagmire

Rico Muhammad's reefer freight operation, based in Atlanta, is comprised of two trucks operating primarily in the Southeast and sometimes outside the region. He names detention's operational quagmire as perhaps the principal issue for owner-operators moving to ELDs.

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Partners in Business tip: When to upgrade your truck

Rules of thumb on when it's time to trade your old rig for a newer one.

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ELDs’ early adopters face productivity, operational challenges

Examining the operational impacts of fully engine-connected electronic logging devices both positive and negative -- adopted by these independents and leased small fleets/operators, well ahead of the ELD mandate.

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