Business

Quicker pay, lower fees trending for factoring, other fast cash

Factoring companies are taking smaller slices for their quick-pay services as competition has increased for truckers’ business. New offerings from mobile-pay platforms could push those trends further.

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POLL: Is considering driver pay method or driver turnover rate appropriate in carrier safety scores?

The National Academies turned some heads when it offered carrier characteristics like driver pay method and turnover as potential markers of safety to be considered in a revamp of the CSA program. What do you think about such consideration? Weigh in here.

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Spot market tightens ahead of Labor Day — updates in van, flat, reefer

Market tightness slowed the recent trend of falling rates. The national average for van rates was down just 1 cent at $2.15 per mile, and on a lane-to-lane basis, the market stayed pretty well balanced, with regional demand shifts in reefers and flats.  

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Devil’s in the data: Regulators seek sources, improvements for CSA revamp at public meeting

The agency largely punted on issues of any future public display of CSA scores output from the new "IRT" model it's developing. That public display is where the proverbial scoring system rubber hit the road in the past in terms of its problematic nature for companies of all sizes around the industry.

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Partners in Business tip: Define your business

Before buying or leasing a truck, spend time researching what type of freight you want to haul.

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Pilot Flying J ramps up roadside maintenance, rewards programs

Since the launch of its Truck Care program last March, Pilot Flying J has deployed 130 roadside repair trucks and opened 17 shops adjacent to existing truck stops. Pilot Flying J also early next year plans to rollout a revamped version of its MyPilot app, focusing on trip planning and locating Pilot and Flying J stops, reserving showers, finding parking and redeeming awards.

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The small-fleet stop on Martinez’s tour through the industry this Nov.

An update from the National Association of Small Trucking Companies from GATS, where a NASTC was benefiting from an uptick in new motor carrier authorities boosting attendance in their New Entrant Survival Training class -- and more.

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CVSA releases out-of-service criteria app

Access to the OOS criteria via smartphone or tablet is newly available through a mobile app, functional for both Android and iOS devices, that contains "all of the same information that’s currently in the 233-page print version of the handbook," CVSA says.

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Trucker Tools’ ‘Smart Capacity’ rolls out to independents

During the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, the Trucker Tools company unveiled new features and functions for its mobile driver app with the launch of Smart Capacity for independents and small fleets.

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ZED Connect ELD and data platform updates

In California intrastate and Canadian rules modes newly added to the ZED ELD, the status display has shifted from a ticking countdown clock to one more commensurate with driver's long interaction with paper logs, says company Director of Sales John Henry.

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