Small Company Making Big Waves

By: Brandon Scott - Staff Writer
Posted: May 25th 2022
Pinnacle Freight Brokers, a small woman/minority-owned company out of Raleigh, North Carolina, has a solution that is bound to perk the eyes and ears of the shipping industry, while potentially ruffling a few feathers along the way. But sometimes causing a stir is the sure-fire way to not only make your mark in this industry, but also to inject some much-needed positivity into the veins of the transportation landscape. Crystal Mwaura, CEO of Pinnacle Freight Brokers, a compan...

What is Expedite and Why Choose This Profession?

By: Brandon Scott - Staff Writer
Posted: May 20th 2022
Expedite freight has been classified as time-sensitive material, which is certainly true from a purely logistical standpoint. However, to think of it in terms a lifelong long hauler might need to have it explained is a little more complicated than that. The Driver's Perspective Hurry up and wait. This phrase is perhaps the best way to describe the nature of the load that awaits the driver who's anxious to keep their wheels turning. The prevailing mentality has always been tha...

Not So Fast: speed limiters are on the docket (again)

By: Brandon Scott - Staff Writer
Posted: May 13th 2022
Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) stated that it will once again attempt to mandate speed limiters for heavy trucks and other commercial motor vehicles. While the topic is currently in its opening discussion phase, the initial groundwork for such a mandate originally took root in a proposal from 2016. That proposal barely saw the light of day. 2016 Revisited The 2016 proposed rule was jointly issued by FMCSA and the National Highway Traffic Saf...

Expedite Expo: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

By: Brandon Scott - Staff Writer
Posted: May 11th 2022
Take this as totally unsolicited advice from someone who has, on multiple occasions, enjoyed what the Expedite Expo brings to the table. Not only in the world of expedite, but for the entire transportation society as a whole. Trust me, you want and need to be a part of this annual summertime trucking shindig! My first experience at the Expedite Expo trips all the way back to 2008, when my recruiting career was in its infancy. But the Expo had already been going strong for the...

A Swing and a Drive!

By: Brandon Scott - Staff Writer
Posted: May 4th 2022
Finally, it appears as though someone is willing to step up to the plate and take a healthy cut on behalf of the American trucker. On April 14th, U.S. Rep. Andy Levin of Michigan introduced legislation for commercial drivers called the Guaranteeing Overtime for Truckers Act. Whether this swing is going to connect, remains to be seen. However, if solid contact is made, this act could turn into a homerun for truck drivers across the country. Where's the Protection? Since 1938, ...

Sprinter Van Tips and Advice

By: Brandon Scott - Staff Writer
Posted: May 2nd 2022
Becoming your own boss comes with a certain level of excitement, anticipation, and fear. When considering starting a career as a Sprinter van owner operator, it's important to perform your due diligence and research what you could potentially come across or what you might expect. The first thing to keep in mind is that you are the master of your own Sprinter, so you decide what you do and where you go with it. Do you already own your Sprinter and you're simply looking for a p...

Regulators: Mount Up

By: Brandon Scott - Staff Writer
Posted: Apr 29th 2022
Just when you thought the gap-widening driver shortage can't get any more difficult to maneuver, the new entry-level driver training (ELDT) rules quietly went into nationwide effect back on February 7th of this year. Making what was once a simple obligation, for many carriers, to fully train and onboard their newly hired commercial drivers, a now fully regulated and flat-out legally licensed procedure. For some, the new entry-level driver training rules will seem like a petty...

Let's Get Engaged!

By: Brandon Scott - Staff Writer
Posted: Apr 27th 2022
Ready to get engaged?! Okay, I'm not talking about actually getting hitched or running away on a weekend elope journey to Sin City. Although, that second option sounds like some good stories could come out of an adventure such as a Vegas destination wedding. However, I digress. What I'm referring to is simply an invitation for our readers to submit and express their thoughts, feelings, and emotions about the state of the expedite industry in its current form. An engagement, o...

New TCA Chairman Announced

By: Brandon Scott - Staff Writer
Posted: Apr 13th 2022
Congrats to John Elliott, CEO of Load One, on his appointment....

Cargo Van Owner Operators and What to Expect

By: Brandon Scott - Staff Writer
Posted: Apr 6th 2022
When looking into starting a career as a cargo van, or Sprinter, owner operator it's pertinent to perform your due diligence and research what you may come across or what you should expect. A quick Google search of "expedited cargo van owner operator salary" brings up quite the smorgasbord of additional questioning. Queries such as: Are cargo vans profitable? Is a cargo van a good investment? How do cargo vans make money? You Get Out of It What You Put into It It's been state...

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