Business

Four ways to erode your profit

Owner-operators need to be alert to these four “profit-killers” so they can avoid being underpaid or incurring unnecessary costs.

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Pushing the limit on trailer fuel economy

Building my Signature Series trailer -- a custom van by RSI and participating suppliers spec'd for maximum fuel savings.

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Chevy pickup turns corner, slams truck’s trailer — Could trucker have prevented it?

Truck driver John Doe was waiting to be unloaded when a pickup roared around the corner of the restaurant and smashed into his trailer’s ICC bar. Was this a preventable accident?

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Diesel price continues slide, down nearly 15 cents since mid-September

The U.S. average price for on-highway diesel continued its downward momentum in the week ended Nov. 11, falling another 2.5 cents and reaching another four-month low — $3.832, according to the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration.

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Mega-carriers combine: Gordon Trucking acquired by Heartland Express

One of the country's largest carriers, Heartland Express, has acquired 100 percent of the stock of another major carrier, Gordon Trucking, in a transaction valued at around $300 million.

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Trucking industry adds 400 jobs in October as economy gains 200k

Four-hundred new payroll jobs were added in the trucking industry in the month of October, according to preliminary numbers released Nov. 7 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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A new type of dyno: Observing your semi with style — and accuracy

May I recommend to you an alternative to standard dynamometer testing? The 'Giraffe' offers better real-world simulation and allows better observation of tire alignment, tread pattern and wheel bearing losses.

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Rates fall in all three segments in October

Per-mile spot market rates for all three segments — reefer, dry van and flatbed — fell in October, sticking with trends of 2012 and 2011, according to Internet Truckstop's monthly rate data, released this week.

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On-highway diesel price continues sinking, down 12.4 cents since September

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell again in the week ended Nov. 4, dropping 1.3 cents to $3.857, according to the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration.

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Topping 10 mpg: Former Trucker of the Year blends driving strategy, equipment

Are we about to pass the 10-mile-per-gallon threshold in long-haul trucking? Owner-operator Henry Albert certainly thinks so. He regularly pushes the envelope in his 2012 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution.

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