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Senate considering National Carrier Hiring Standard

  • Sep 06, 2018
  • Pat Pitz

Legislation intended to protect freight brokers when hiring carriers is making its way through Washington.

The so-called "National Carrier Hiring Standard" has been included as an amendment within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization funding bill and approved by the House of Representatives. The Senate is now considering its own amendments to the FAA reauthorization, which expires September 30.

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4 ways truckers can get more time at home

  • Aug 15, 2018
  • Chad Boblett

When I first got started working with freight brokers in 2011, I was averaging more than 200 nights away from home each year. My primary strategy at that time was to go from one hot market to another hot market, chasing the highest-paying loads. At the beginning of 2015, the spot market demand for trucks slowed down and I needed to change how I use the load board.

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Life before load boards

  • Aug 14, 2018
  • Pat Pitz

Mark Boyer has spent his whole career in the trucking and logistics industry, with a front row seat for all kinds of new technologies, including many products from DAT.

As DAT celebrates its 40th year, we reminisced with Boyer, who serves as Vice President of Brokerage for Keller Logistics in Defiance, Ohio. Keller is an asset-based brokerage with a 150-truck fleet, plus packaging and warehousing services.

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Expect truckload market volatility to continue through the fall

  • Aug 03, 2018
  • Donald Broughton

To say that the first half of 2018 was "a period of both extreme volatility and unprecedented imbalance between capacity and demand for trucking services in North America" at first sounds like hyperbole. But if you ask anyone who lived through it, they'll probably tell you it's an understatement.

That raises two basic questions: What created the environment of extreme volatility and unprecedented imbalance?

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What Does it Cost to Run Your Trucking Company?

  • May 30, 2018
  • Chad Boblett

I love trucking, but let's be honest: I am in this business to make money.

The only thing I like better than making money is keeping it. There are two factors that are in my control and that could destroy my business as an owner-operator: my health, and my ability to cover my expenses.

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Get Your Carrier Authority - Ignore the Myths

  • March 19, 2018
  • Chad Boblett

This is Part Two, the follow-up to my first three myths about getting carrier authority. These myths, fears, and unknowns held me in place as a company driver for years. I wish I had gotten my authority sooner, and I hope other drivers can learn from my experience.

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Getting Your Carrier Authority - Myth and Reality

  • March 15, 2018
  • Chad Boblett

My biggest regret about getting started in this industry was that I didn't get my authority sooner. It was the myths, fears, and the unknown that held me in place as a company driver for years. If you ever meet me at a dock or a truck stop, you might find me talking to another driver about getting their authority and working with brokers.

These are three of the myths that get discussed the most when getting started as a carrier.

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How Did Truckers Find Loads 40 Years Ago?

  • March 13, 2018
  • Pat Pitz

Gene Schultz has been in the trucking business for nearly 60 years.

Schultz got his start in the trucking industry working for his father's produce-hauling business in Rochester, Minnesota in the 1950s. When his father died in 1959, Schultz took over the business. At that time Schultz Transit had six trucks. Schultz grew the business to 235 trucks, 242 drivers, and back-office staff of 42, including warehouse and cross-border operations staff in Laredo, Texas. He liquidated the business in 1991, and in 1997 he and two other partners started another trucking company, Hiawatha Transport, which they later sold.