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What your business’ outlook for 2018?

It's that time of year again -- when we all take stock of the past 12 months and look ahead to the next, still with, however, the ELD mandate looming this time around. Considering all of it, amid an improving rate environment, what's your sense of how 2018 will shape up. Better? Worse? The same? ...

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Flatbed operators prospering as economy rebounds

Through September, flatbedder clients of ATBS had net income of $51,602. Even though miles driven did not change much during the first three quarters, net income per mile rose dramatically each quarter, indicating rapidly rising rates: 67.3 cents per mile, 74.7 cpm and 81.7 cpm.

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Driver pay hikes on the horizon, analyst says

Of note from a conference call with pay analyst Gordon Klemp, driver wages are in effect just half of what they were in 1979, before deregulation.

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E-log antipathy ‘not all about the money’: Readers respond ‘around the dunk tank’ to Wes Memphis’ latest

The pseudonymous Memphis noted his Friday positing of the possibility of a "new golden age of trucking" -- if imposed ELDs actually limit available hours in a fashion they aren't already limited post-December 18 toward substantially better rates, income (hardly a certainty) -- was "getting some good comments around the dunk tank." ...

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‘Maybe OOIDA was on to something’ with ‘Run Compliant’ campaign: Wes Memphis stares down another good income year on e-logs

Wes Memphis returns with cautiously optimistic thinking about ELDs: "Maybe, if we constrict the amount of miles that are collectively available, rates will soar and we will see a new golden age of trucking." Or not.

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The double-billion burger they refuse to eat

"Pro-ELD propaganda does not address the true safety issue in the industry, and that is the sense that every driver is disposable. There's always another. (Thin mint, sir? No thank you. Bring me a bucket.)"

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Video: ATBS forecasts higher owner-operator income

Amen revisited his forecasts from last year and made some new ones during an Overdrive Partners in Business seminar at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas last month.

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2017 owner-operator income: Flatbedding hot, reefer hauling chilly

Checking in on owner-operator income through the first half of the year: Flat to down for most segments, with flatbed gaining momentum and reefer haulers losing ground. Here are the numbers for 2017's first half.

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Freight niche transition — HHG to expedited with owner-operator Greg Huggins

Podcast: A talk with Greg Huggins, currently leased with a 2015 Cascadia straight truck to Landstar Express America, about his transition three years ago from two decades and more of household-moves hauling. And: A prediction on scale house inspectors after the ELD mandate.

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Voices on ELDs, hours, pay as grassroots efforts begin to bear fruit

As news out of Congress shows some of the results of anti-ELD mandate forces speaking out, this voices round-up brings commentary under Max Heine's July "Pulse" column on what one reader dubbed "the real problem" at the root of ELD issues, hours. Not everyone agreed, some seeing rates/money as the more bedrock issue in all the back-and-forth over ELDs and hours. 

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