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By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Nov 30th 2021
The ancient Roman emperor and philosopher, Marcus Aurelius, put it best when he said, "Our life is what our thoughts make it." And the same can be said about your business. It becomes what your "thoughts make it" to be. But how do you ensure you're focusing on the thoughts that take you toward your goals and not away from them? One way is to consume content that inspires you to grow, challenges you to think differently, and offers good ideas and tested strategies to help you ...

Thank You Veterans!

By: Contributing Writer
Posted: Nov 11th 2021
From all of us at the On Time Media family, we thank ALL our military members - past, present, and future - and their families for the huge sacrifice to keep our country awesome!...

What It Means to 'Sell' in Expedited Trucking

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Nov 12th 2021
"I'll be honest, Sean. I don't think sales is for you." As I reflect on this piece of "advice" from a potential employer about 27 years ago, I think about how misunderstanding what "sales" truly means can hold us back from achieving our highest potential in any business, including expedited trucking. Here's my story and how I believe the lessons learned can also help you be more successful in your career in expediting. What Sales is NOTIn 1995, I was a seminary student lookin...

Finding Mentors to Help You Succeed in Expediting

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Oct 20th 2021
When it comes to your success in expedited trucking, ignorance is NOT bliss. That's why it's essential to build a team of mentors who are accomplishing what you want to achieve. They're ahead of you on the journey. So, they're especially qualified to share advice to guide you along the way. They encourage you to persist when you feel discouraged and ready to quit prematurely. And they can help you avoid catastrophic mistakes that put you out of business before you really get...

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...

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