Todd Dills

Cross your fingers and say, three times, ‘Spring freight season’ …

As on a teeter-totter, as on the spot freight market -- what goes down must come up. Well, sort of. Spot market volumes on DAT Load Boards continued their climb last week, enough to finally put pressure on rates to rise.

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POLL: ELDs and business income — what’s your view of the likely (or actual) impact of running electronic for hours?

Whether you're already running an electronic log or not, how do you believe the move from paper to the engine-connected electronic environment would or did (if at all) impact your net income?

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‘Show me the money’ – rates and pricing in the on-demand freight environment

Would-be freight market disruptors are attempting to provide a certain level of automation and data science into their pricing/rates that “better reflects the market” than what arises from the typical process, often tilted against carriers in one-on-one spot negotiations.

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Tennessee carrier’s safety awards offer atonement for past mistakes, new beginnings

Lots of carriers have driver rewards programs, but how many use them in part to honor crash victims who perished at the fault of their own drivers? TN-based Conard Transportation's Jeanne Mannes award is just such a program, recently awarding more than $8,000 to three company drivers in its first year.

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Tech accelerates freight movement visibility

While larger fleets have used trailer-tracking systems for years, more brokers and shippers are relying on mobile tech in the driver’s pocket to do the same. Some truckers are raising privacy concerns.

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Income and ELDs: The ‘rest of the story’ with Wes Memphis

Guest-blogger Wes Memphis returns to Channel 19: "Well, year one of e-logs is officially in the books, and what a year it was. Anyone care to guess how much money I lost in 2016 compared to 2015?" ... The answer may well surprise you.

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A word to Congress, Trump administration on ELDs from Vance Vergon

Anybody else miss a 30-minute break this week? Here's hoping everyone's getting a longer break this weekend. Take a load off with a note to Congress from Vance Vergon and a run back through recent ELD news.

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Dodging the middleman: On-demand freight matching progress report

On-demand load-matching services are seeing some success circumventing traditional brokers, promising gains for owner-operators in rates, freight availability and productivity. While no one service will be ‘Uber for all’ in the fragmented brokerage market, technology used by services large and small is moving in the same direction.

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Telogis/Mack offer telematics free trial

Mack models equipped with MP engines and GuardDog Connect hardware built after 2014 are eligible for the free trial, and up to 10 trucks per customer can be included. All features of Telogis Fleet for Mack, including e-logs, are available during the free trial period,

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CVSA 2017 out-of-service criteria changes go into effect April 1

Few significant changes from years past have been made, but new out-of-service conditions related to the electronic logging device mandate's December enforcement are included.

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