Deck the Hauls: Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Expediter in 2019

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Nov 25th 2019
If you have an expediter on your holiday shopping list, you may not know where to start. What does your favorite expediter really want for Christmas? What's something that you can give that they would love and actually use? At ExpeditersOnline.com, we've done a lot of the research for you. And we've found seven gift ideas that your loved ones or friends in the expedited trucking industry will appreciate. Shoe ChainsPrice: $40.56 (Amazon)Details: https://www.amazon.com/ICETrek...

A Glimpse into the Future of Trucking? 3 Takeaways from Riding in a Self-Driving Vehicle

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Nov 11th 2019
After a handful of high-profile crashes in 2018 involving vehicles in "autonomous mode," I assumed the hype around autonomous vehicles (AVs) would tamp down significantly. And, for the most part, it has. Today, most automakers have pushed back their once-aggressive timelines for full (Level 5) driverless vehicles-that can drive themselves anywhere, at any speed, under any conditions-to some time later the next decade. But, when you look at just one step down to Level 4, where...

Full Circle TMS named to top 100 Freight Technology companies.

By: Contributing Writer
Posted: Nov 4th 2019
For the second year in a row, Full Circle TMS, a web-based transportation management software (TMS) provider, is excited to be named as one of the top 100 Freight Technology companies according to FreightWaves. The Freight.Tech 100 recognizes the most innovative and disruptive companies in freight. Nominations were sought, and a panel chosen by FreightWaves narrowed the list of more than 1,200 nominations to 100 companies. "I'm humbled that our small, start-up technology comp...

5-Point Checklist for Purchasing an Expedite Straight Truck

By: Sean M. Lyden - staff Writer
Posted: Oct 28th 2019
You're looking to purchase an expedite straight truck that will strike the right balance between your lifestyle needs, business objectives, and budget. But making a sizeable five-or six-figure investment in a truck can give you heartburn if you don't know what to look for. So, what should you consider when purchasing an expedite straight truck? Expedite Now recently spoke with John Lalonde, sales representative at Buckeye Western Star. He recommends that new owner-operators k...

Expedite Owner-Operator Advice on Choosing (and Using) Dash Cams

By: Sean M. L:yden - Staff Writer
Posted: Oct 14th 2019
As a commercial truck driver, you're a target. If your truck is involved in a collision, you can bank on the fact that the finger of blame will be pointed at you, unless you can prove otherwise. That's where dash cams come in. "As independent contractors or small business owners, I think dash cams are a must," says Jason Hutchens, an owner-operator who, with his wife Heather, shares advice on all things expediting on The Crafty Trucker Youtube channel. "The way people drive t...

Getting Your Amazon Packages When You're on the Road

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Sep 30th 2019
You're an expediter with an Amazon Prime account because you like the product selection, cost savings, and convenience. But how do you get packages delivered to you while you're away from home for weeks at a time? Amazon offers a service to solve this challenge that folks in the expedite industry are just beginning to notice-and use: Amazon Hub Lockers. In fact, YouTubers Jerry McCallister and Don Clute with Expediter Boogie (watch video) and Heather and Jason Hutchens with T...

How to Navigate a Cash-Flow Crunch

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Sep 23rd 2019
A union strike that shuts down several automotive plants. Trade wars that create economic uncertainty. A drone attack in Saudi Arabia that drives up global oil prices. These are just a few recent events outside of your control that may be impacting your business as an expediter. So, how do you respond when your business starts taking a hit? Focus on what you can control-cash management. Ideally, you will have built up a large enough emergency fund to weather most economic st...

5 Workforce Trends Impacting the Driver Shortage (and What to Do About It)

By: Sean M. Lyden - Steff Writer
Posted: Sep 17th 2019
The driver shortage is the most critical issue in the trucking industry, with driver retention taking the third spot, according to the American Trucking Research Institute's (ATRI) most recent survey. Tim Hindes, CEO at Stay Metrics, cited this study during his talk on "Driver Retention: Engage, Reward, and Keep Your Best Driver" at Expedite Expo 2019 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in July. "[ATRI] asks every year: 'What's keeping you up at night? What are the most critical things yo...

Proposed Rule Changes for Hours-of-Service: What's Your Opinion?

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Sep 9th 2019
Improved safety. Greater flexibility. Increased productivity. These are the key reasons why the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently published proposed changes to hours of service (HOS) rules. "We listened directly to the concerns of drivers for rules that are safer and have more flexibility-and we have acted. We encourage everyone to review and comment on this proposal," FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez said ...

3 Success Tips from Top Expedite YouTubers

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Sep 3rd 2019
Imagine you could be in the same room with the expedited trucking industry's most popular YouTubers and ask them questions to get real-world advice on how to start and grow your business. That's precisely what attendees got to experience in the "Q&A with Successful Expedite Drivers" session at Expedite Expo 2019 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in July. The panelists included: The Trucking Couple: Frank and Stephanie Rebelo, who were also finalists for Expediter of the Year The Cr...

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