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Rate Per Mile Masters founder Chad Boblett from MATS: How broker relationships saved him during recent downturn

Following the demand on the spot market is all well and good when times are high, but when the market shifts it's crucial to have solid broker relationships -- more from a talk with Rate Per Mile Masters owner-operator Chad Boblett. And an answer to the question: Does the autonomous trap work on trucks?

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Building broker trust to get better loads and rates

One of the most common problems with independents using a broker-based business model is "chasing rates" instead of building relationships with a handful of brokers. When loads are picked at random, "it's almost impossible to build relationships," said owner-operator coach Kevin Rutherford.

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Haulhound adds freight matching, faster pay options and lane alerts

HaulHound launched in August as an app- and web-based platform designed for carriers to upload their information and for shippers to search for capacity. The app is geared toward smaller carriers and owner-operators, the company says.

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Navigating the trucking ‘tech bubble’: FMCSA reps outline ELD requirements, operation, edits for drivers at MATS

Standing-room-only in the ELD seminar room at MATS -- hear the FMCSA's presentation on implementation of a rule that has spawned something of a "transportation tech bubble," clearly in evidence at the show.

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One20 launches the F-ELD

The F-ELD is aptly named, believes One20's founder, noting its intended target market of independent owner-operators -- it's built with the driver in mind, he says.

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ELD kit new to TomTom Bridge

The TomTom navigation and mapping products provider and M2M DataSmart, a wireless data service provider, announced a solution to provide electronic logging device functionality with the TomTom Bridge, an in-truck toolbox with mount and power cable, a vehicle-specific connector, and a subscription to the Hours of Service app from M2M DataSmart.

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Progressive Insurance offering customers free ELDs

Brett Stalnaker, product manager for Progressive, said the company will give its insurance customers a free ELD and pay the monthly service fee for as long as the driver is with Progressive.

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Rand McNally launches its next generation of the TND GPS and multifunction tablet

The TND 740 is a seven-inch tablet that "takes some of the good things from and adds a lightning-quick, redesigned quadcore processor, along with double the storage and double the memory" , the company notes, also debuting a new partnership with Progressive insurance to offset customer ELD costs with data-sharing/$500 in rebates.

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Navistar getting into ELD market with OnCommand Connection expansion

The first app available in OnCommand Connection Marketplace is the Android and iOS compatible driver log.

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Rethink ‘say no to cheap freight,’ says owner-operator coach Kevin Rutherford

Rates are determined almost exclusively by supply and demand, says Rutherford, not operators' willingness to turn down cheap loads. The remaining percentage is determined by truckers' ability to define their value and negotiate with brokers, he says.

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