Mailbag round on the One20 F-ELD’s demise; freight-partnership talk with a West Coast produce broker

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Updated Jun 25, 2018

This week’s edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast starts with a brief bit of a mailbag round with two haulers with thoughts on the One20 F-ELD’s demise, one in a situation earlier this week quite similar to that noted by Jerry Allen, which I wrote about earlier this week. Allen was out lost income opportunity given he’d not been able as yet to secure a replacement product.

There are plenty solutions, though, as one owner-op’s note about an easy transition to Switchboard makes clear. That company has enabled former F-ELD customers to utilize their owned hardware, with some firmware modifications, on the Switchboard Android platform for no further cost.

The bulk of the podcast is devoted to the subject of freight partnerships and more of the particulars of the produce brokerage business of California-based Pam Young. Her Pam Young & Company business has been running for 20 years, following a legacy business of an old trucking associate of her father’s.

Broker Pam Young, pictured with machinery at her new-ish Healthy Trailer, LLC, reefer washout location in King City, Calif. Working with some others, she helped patent this partially automated washout machinery anticipating a “better way” being ultimately necessary as a consequence of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s requirements of shippers, carriers and brokers. Read more about FSMA repercussions to date at this link.Broker Pam Young, pictured with machinery at her new-ish Healthy Trailer, LLC, reefer washout location in King City, Calif. Working with some others, she helped patent this partially automated washout machinery anticipating a “better way” being ultimately necessary as a consequence of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s requirements of shippers, carriers and brokers. Read more about FSMA repercussions to date at this link.

Young’s well-schooled in the in old ways, preferring personal touch to digital standoffishness when it comes to building relationships with core carriers, the majority of those her two-office brokerage (Salinas, Calif., and Bend, Ore.) works with being small fleets of around 20 power units and smaller, including independents. Most of the company’s freight goes into Texas and the surrounding region.

Among subjects of discussion: Adjustment (or lack thereof) to mandated ELDs among carriers, honesty in transactions, what happens when an expensive load of cherries goes awry, communication and bedrock trust in business relationships. Take a listen:

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