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Blockchain: Better tools to fight detention abuse, with added utility for driver, carrier credentials

Using geofencing and other location data, a blockchain system might document detention time with a high degree of accuracy. If the system is part of a “smart contract,” a driver would receive detention pay quickly. Drivers/carriers, meanwhile, might use private keys to take control of their business data.

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Blockchain: Uncertain future for factors, brokers with less reliance on building relationships, more trust in verified data

Blockchains have been called “trustless,” which isn’t intended to be as negative as it sounds. Rather, the term refers to the trust created by the structure of information contained in a blockchain, which could virtually eliminate the necessity of the personal touch that traditionally has been required to build trust in business relationships

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ELDs put spotlight on the detention quagmire

The uncertainty around detention timing in live-load/-unload situations is perhaps the biggest potential problem for drivers and carriers using ELDs. It’s also one in which ELDs may be the best tool for combatting the issue, to the benefit of drivers and fleets.

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Dealing with hours violations beyond your control in ELDs

Recording hours with ELDs: State and federal law enforcement officials urge drivers to practice blunt honesty in special cases, using annotations on duty statuses and status changes to explain the situation in detail. In many cases, officer leniency could prevail.

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MyRiteLoad shipper-carrier freight platform ‘reboots’

MyRiteLoad hopes to fulfill the promise of what has been called the "elusive holy grail" of load matching, providing load-board-like spot market connections for independents and small fleets to direct shippers rather than brokers.

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Carriers’ ‘magic eraser’ role in compounding uncompensated-detention issue: Rico Muhammad on the e-log shift

As a trade-off for the ultimate hassle of mandated e-logs, in this Overdrive Radio podcast Muhammad's hopeful owner-operators can both individually and collectively use the change as a cudgel to their advantage when dealing with brokers, shippers, receivers ... anyone who would insist on wasting drivers' time.

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New app puts load tracking in the hands of independents

FreightPrint is out with a smartphone app and tracking service that harnesses the GPS and cellular communication capabilities of smartphones in order to put tracking tools and service into the hands of independents and small fleets.

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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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Can I get the 411?

The story behind the Dock411 app, which combines crowdsourced reviews and information about shipper and receiver locations with research-based info -- all verified by a team of bona fide truckers.

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