Tag: Tom Blake
Challenge No. 1: Adapting to change
Among the many challenges owner-operators face, perhaps the biggest is choosing exactly how to adapt to industry change to remain competitive and profitabile.
August 22, 2012
More O/O challenges: Image, health, parking…
After primary reporting on owner-operators’ top five challenges, sources offer their personal sixth — from parking, training standards and health to driver image and industry unity to influence public opinion and regulatory direction.
August 16, 2012
Equipment: Probing sticker shock
Reports from operators show roughly a 30 percent rise in new-tractor pricing between 2006 and 2012 model years. Find out how operators are reacting to that rise — and some advice — in supplementary reporting on the No. 5 top challenge to owner-operator businesses.
August 10, 2012
Owner-operator challenges, No. 5: High equipment costs
Rates aren’t exactly keeping up with the level of cost increase for equipment, a trend owner-operators have felt hard in the last several years.
August 10, 2012
Whence the great rates?
Supplementing reporting on the No. 4 top owner-operator challenge — freight rates — here find an update on the state of pay and further anecdotes, information and perspective from trusted sources.
August 9, 2012
Rates and pay: Owner-operator challenge No. 4
Based on a survey and Overdrive social media channels, owner-operator challenge No. 4 is low freight rates. Here find partial solutions from owner-operators, fleet representatives and others.
August 8, 2012
Uncompensated detention: Owner-operator challenge No. 3
Following our quiz of readers about what they saw as the No. 1 problem for owner-operators, here’s a closer look at challenge No. 3 of the top five, Uncompensated and excessive detention time, with partial solutions from owner-operators, fleet representatives and others.
August 6, 2012
Hours of Service
Hours and EOBRs: Operator challenge No. 2
Using a survey and our social media channels, we quizzed readers about what they saw as the No. 1 problem for owner-operators. Here’s a closer look at challenge No. 2 of the top five, Hours and EOBRs, with partial solutions from owner-operators, fleet representatives and others.
August 3, 2012
Fuel prices top owner-operator challenges
Using a survey and our social media channels, we quizzed readers about what they saw as the No. 1 problem for owner-operators.
July 30, 2012
Could EOBRs solve the detention dilemma?
EOBRs can give owner-operators a powerful tool when dealing with customers and the shipping/receiving facilities relative to detention time. Given that stopped time and location is easily retrievable with the systems, operators now have ready-made documentation to prove detention time to the shipper, beyond just drivers’ word.
May 4, 2012
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