The State of the Expedited Trucking Market

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Sep 22nd 2021
What's the state of the expedited trucking industry? What are the important trends to watch over the next 18 months that could impact your business? Industry experts addressed these questions and more for a packed house of owner-operators, drivers, and fleet owners on the final day of Expedite Expo 2021 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The 10 am special event on Day Two on "The State of Expedited Trucking" was moderated by yours truly and featu...

The Expediter's Guide to Keeping Your Head When Everyone Else Is Losing Theirs

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Sep 1st 2021
The Afghanistan withdrawal. Vaccine mandates. Automotive plant shutdowns. You listen or watch the news and realize that so much is in flux. And that's when uncertainty, fear, and anxiety often begin to deplete our energy and cloud our judgment. It's easy to become so distracted by everything going on around you that you lose focus on what you need to be doing TODAY to not only survive but thrive in this environment. But, as an expediter, how do you keep your head when everyon...

Key Takeaways from Top Expediters at Expedite Expo 21

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Aug 19th 2021
If you missed Expedite Expo 2021 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, you missed some valuable educational opportunities. But have no fear. We have you covered at Here are five key takeaways from some of those workshops to help you grow in your career and business in expediting. What makes expediting different from over-the-road trucking?Frank Rebelo, partner, Hyfield Trucking "Expediting is not straight trucking where you're a W-2 employee and can't refuse loads, and...

5 Keys to Succeed in Expedited Trucking

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Aug 10th 2021
If you were to boil down what it takes to succeed in the expedited trucking business into a few points, what would those "keys to success" be? Jerry Hayes, an industry veteran and the publisher of National Truckin' Magazine, shared his advice in his general session titled "Practical Solutions to Improve Your Business" at Expedite Expo 2021 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in July. He highlighted these five keys to success. 1. Set goals that pus...

Top Trends to Watch in Expedited Trucking

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Jul 20th 2021
As the U.S. economy transitions to a post-pandemic footing, what does this mean for expedited trucking? What does the prospect of the PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act mean for the industry? What is the current state of the expedite market? And what can we expect in the coming months and years? I recently spoke with John Elliott, chief executive officer for Load One LLC, to get his outlook. EO: How would you describe the current expedited freight market? John Elliott...

The Rookie Expediter's Guide to Fuel Surcharge

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Jul 6th 2021
In a recent EO piece, "The State of Fuel Prices: What Expediters Should Know," I wrote about some of the key trends that are driving up fuel prices. And, in that article, I mentioned how, for expediters, "higher prices at the pump mean lower profit in your pocket." But then I received an email from long-time expedite owner-operator, Linda Caffee, who kindly corrected me. She said that higher fuel prices actually "make us more money." So, I called her to dig deeper into what s...

What to Expect at Expedite Expo '21

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Jul 12th 2021
EXPO IS THIS WEEK! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! Register Now - It's Free! The Expedite Expo '21 is shaping up to be the first in-person trucking event since the COVID lockdowns began last March. The show's presenting sponsor will be Expediter Services. Hundreds of drivers, owner-operators, and fleet owners from across North America will descend upon Fort Wayne, Ind., to meet new people, learn from successful expedite professionals, and open doors to new business opportunities. So w...

The Pre Owner-Operator Checklist

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: May 18th 2021
You're looking to become an expedite owner-operator to be your own boss, set your own schedule and gain control over your financial future. But the reality is that ownership is not for everyone. As an owner, you're taking on more responsibility - and risk. And if you're not prepared, you could be setting yourself up for failure before you even get started. So, what can you do to prepare for ownership and put yourself in the best position to succeed? Use this Pre Owner-Operato...

5 Powerful Quotes to Inspire You to Greater Success in Expedited Trucking

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Apr 12th 2021
Whether you're an expedite driver, owner-operator or fleet owner, so much about success in this business hinges on your ability to keep your thoughts in check, focused on achieving the results you want. Otherwise, when you encounter frustrations and setbacks?slow freight, extended wait times, a family emergency, illness, or whatever it may be?you'll be thrown off balance and tempted to respond in ways that could sabotage your success. So, here are five powerful quotes to help...

GM to Launch an All-Electric Van Later this Year: Here's What We Know

By: Sean M. Lyden
Posted: Mar 16th 2021
A few weeks ago, EO checked "under the hood" of the 2022 Ford E-Transit to give you an idea of what to expect with the upcoming all-electric cargo van. The conclusion: While the van shows promise, the estimated range at 126 miles for the initial version is not (yet) practical for most expediters. Well...about the same time that article was published, General Motors announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that it was also entering the electric van fray. GM said that i...

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