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...

Don't Fall Asleep on Autonomous Trucks

By: Sean M. Lyden
Posted: Mar 1st 2021
A few years ago, numerous headlines predicted how a brave new self-driving world was just around the corner to put three million truck drivers out of work. Today, the media and industry analysts have slow-rolled their predictions as technology companies and automakers still grapple with developing autonomous driving systems that are ready for prime time on a large scale. As it turns out, humans still have the edge in making decisions in a wide range of challenging driving si...

What's New in Cargo Vans for Expediters in 2021

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Feb 24th 2021
If you run cargo vans for your expedite business, you'll want to stay on top of any developments that could impact your vehicle purchase decisions. This way, you gain insight into whether you should pull ahead a purchase sooner than you planned, hold off for now, or try a different van make or model than you currently own. So, as you evaluate your options, here are the highlights of what's new in cargo vans for 2021. Ford TransitAn electronic parking brake replaces the manual...

The Expediter's Guide to Sun Tzu and the Art of Persuasion

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Jan 18th 2021
Sun Tzu and the Art of Expediting What can expediters learn about the art of persuasion from Sun Tzu's "Art of War," the classic ancient Chinese text on military strategy? A lot. That's because there is a key parallel between warfare and persuasion: Each is about deploying strategies and tactics that defeat the advancement or resistance of an enemy. It's just that the nature of the "enemy" is different. Here's what I mean. In warfare, an enemy is a person or group of people-s...

2021 Goal-Setting: Are You Willing to Pay the Price for What You Want?

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Dec 16th 2020
What do you want to accomplish in 2021? Perhaps you're a driver and want to take the next step to buy a truck. Or, you're an owner-operator looking to purchase a second truck to become a fleet owner. Or, you're a fleet owner with, say, five trucks and want to double your fleet to 10. Whatever your big 2021 goals might be, your answer to this question will determine your odds of success: Am I willing to pay the price to achieve this goal? After all, it's easy to dream big; but...

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