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Uber Freight update: Regional emphasis shift, personalized app update

With an update beginning roll-out today, the Uber Freight app will learn progressively about user preferences, delivering a “For You” pack that will show owner-operators all of their personalized load recommendations. Also: The broker's new regional emphases around freight hubs on both coasts and in the Midwest.

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Sleek Fleet tech-enabled brokerage launches

Sleek Fleet LLC launched its web- and mobile-enabled brokerage, designed to directly connect owner-operators with shipper customers' loads. 

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Podcast: ‘Make mad money! Be a freight broker!’: Independent James Woods on a culture of dishonesty among middlemen

The push for maximum profit, whatever the cost in toil or honesty be damned, clearly infects some corners of the trucking industry, to the detriment, too often, of those doing the work of hauling the freight. That's the message of independent James Woods, who spoke for this edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast on subjects of transactional transparency, fair dealing and more.

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Making the e-log switch: The evolution of small fleet Old Time Express

"I know a lot of people, and especially a lot of drivers, would like to cut my head off when I say this ..." -- that's Old Time's Mark White in preamble to some perhaps underappreciated e-log lessons he delivers toward the end of this week's Overdrive Radio podcast. File under: things people might not want to hear. 

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Disruptive behavior most truckers wouldn’t give a demerit

Would margin transparency in brokered freight transactions be a disruption worth lauding? Here, a run back through recent history's arguments for -- and occasionally against.

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Don’t get ‘beat up’ on rates: Strong service to keep the customer honest

This podcast talk with owner-operator Monte Wiederhold focuses in on the direct-customer base Wiederhold notes he’s been fortunate to maintain through the recent "ebb and flow" years of spotty freight and demand in the wider economy, and the emphasis on timely communication and dependability that's helped immensely to keep those customers.

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Will Uber Freight ‘disrupt’ trucking?

More sophisticated load-matching, combined with the availability of real-time lane data, gives nimble owner-operators a better chance to customize their business as far as net income and efficient route planning.

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Spot market: Van rates get a penny back, reefer demand shifts slightly north, west

Reefer activity has slowed in Southern Florida, while demand for reefer trucks has picked up farther west, but in North-Central Florida, the Lakeland area is still No. 2 for reefer load posts on DAT load boards. Van load-to-truck nationally inches toward 4, where it really starts to favor carriers.

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Hey, Mr. Shipper! (or: Another selling point for dealing direct)

Tip of the hat to a Rate Per Mile Masters member for this scenario/question: "When you book the load at noon, get to the pickup at 1 p.m., shipper says, 'You're late, you were supposed to be here at 10 a.m.!' ... What is your would-be response if you just said what you felt like saying?"

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Latest ‘uber for trucking’ launches app — this time, it’s from Uber itself

“Uber for trucking,” long considered a freight-matching unicorn, has come to a kind of fruition, with the ride-sharing giant today unveiling its brokerage's Uber Freight matching app aimed at the owner-operator market with a focus on dry van and reefer loads.

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