Todd Dills

Readers respond to the passing of OOIDA President Jim Johnston with condolences, memories

Some words of condolence and recollection came in response to both the news of the passing of -- in the words of one reader -- "a trucker's trucker," longtime OOIDA President and Cofounder Jim Johnston.

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Blockchain: Chance to speak to a shared language

Blockchain systems could form a backbone for a lot of what happens in the supply chain, says Chris Burruss, president of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance. He believes standardizing systems now will grease the skids for companies being able to benefit from future technology.

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Spot market records broken again for first week of the year

With on-highway anecdotes of $5-plus/mile rates not hard to come by, the weekly spot market demand report gets a little closer to revealing ELDs' rates impact in van, reefer. The first week of the new year "has broken all the records we set when we ended the old year," says DAT's Matt Sullivan.

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Blockchain ‘immutable distributed public ledger’ technology: Makes sense, right?

A late-night-comedy send-up of Bitcoin investment (made possible by "blockchain" network architecture) exaggerates divergent reactions similar to those that follow the notion of automated trucking-business-info sharing in other envisioned blockchains -- from affirmative head nods to "are you insane?" incredulity ... . 

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Blockchain: Better tools to fight detention abuse, with added utility for driver, carrier credentials

Using geofencing and other location data, a blockchain system might document detention time with a high degree of accuracy. If the system is part of a “smart contract,” a driver would receive detention pay quickly. Drivers/carriers, meanwhile, might use private keys to take control of their business data.

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Blockchain: Uncertain future for factors, brokers with less reliance on building relationships, more trust in verified data

Blockchains have been called “trustless,” which isn’t intended to be as negative as it sounds. Rather, the term refers to the trust created by the structure of information contained in a blockchain, which could virtually eliminate the necessity of the personal touch that traditionally has been required to build trust in business relationships

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POLL: Are you running with an ELD/AOBRD for logs or holding off?

With reports varying considerably from operators following the initial enforcement date of the ELD mandate in December, what's your status for e-log implementation, whether already set up with one, protesting the mandate by shutting down/leaving the business, remaining on paper logs with an exemption, or another scenario?

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New vid from ‘Long haul Paul’ Marhoefer

Marhoefer's "Odious Death of the Cracker King" tells the story of a fictional character in the title, which the trucker-songwriter describes as something of a composite of two men he'd known long ago, the "sons of outlaw bull haulers" both, plus a little of that mythic dirge treatment Marhoefer's a master of.

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The coming of blockchain

Carriers, manufacturers and other trucking players are flocking to an emerging ‘distributed ledger’ approach to online business. Here’s how it could affect owner-operators.

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UPDATED: Music to truck by: Overdrive’s curated playlist

Our updated playlist features music from emerging talents among drivers, great driving music, live tracks, podcast interviews with established artists and more.

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