A High-Growth Investment Opportunity (That's Free): Expedite Expo 2019

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Jul 8th 2019
"The best investment you can make is in yourself." This quote by billionaire investor Warren Buffet captures the essence of why you should consider attending Expedite Expo. It's an opportunity to invest in yourself and reap an immediate return of new ideas, contacts, and business opportunities. Launched in 2001, Expedite Expo is the only trade show in the world geared exclusively to the expediting trucking industry. And today, the Expo-which runs July 19 and 20 at the Allen C...

Expediter of the Year Finalist Spotlight: Frank & Stephanie Rebelo

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Jun 24th 2019
Editor's Note: Expedite Expo 2019, which runs July 19 and 20 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, is the only trade show in the world geared exclusively to the expedited trucking industry. And this year's show will feature the announcement of the winner of the Expediter of the Year award, which will be presented to one of these three finalists: Vanessa Schroeder, Lisa Morway, and Frank & Stephanie Rebelo. The purpose of this award is to recogni...

Expediter of the Year Finalist Spotlight: Lisa Morway

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Jun 17th 2019
Editor's Note: Expedite Expo 2019, which runs July 19 and 20 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, is the only trade show in the world geared exclusively to the expedited trucking industry. And this year's show will feature the announcement of the winner of the Expediter of the Year award, which will be presented to one of these three finalists: Vanessa Schroeder, Lisa Morway, and Frank & Stephanie Rebelo. The purpose of this award is to recogn...

Expediter of the Year Finalist Spotlight: Vanessa Schroeder

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Jun 10th 2019
Editor's Note: Expedite Expo 2019, which runs July 19 and 20 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, is the only trade show in the world geared exclusively to the expedited trucking industry. And this year's show will feature the announcement of the winner of the Expediter of the Year award, which will be presented to one of these three finalists: Vanessa Schroeder, Lisa Morway, and Frank & Stephanie Rebelo. The purpose of this award is to recogni...

Expediter of the Year 2019: Introducing the Top 3 Finalists

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Jun 3rd 2019
The three finalists have been selected. So...who will be the next Expediter of the Year? The winner will be announced at Expedite Expo, the only trade show in the world geared exclusively to the expedite trucking industry, which runs July 19 and 20 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. (Registration is free. Go to https://www.expediteexpo.com/2019/.) The purpose of the Expediter of the Year award is to recognize those hard-working, professional, an...

Top Trends to Watch in the Cargo Van Market

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: May 28th 2019
Cargo vans have been a staple of the expedited trucking industry for decades. They offer a much lower cost of entry for aspiring owner-operators than straight trucks and tractors. And with newer high-capacity Euro-style vans-like the Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit, and RAM Promaster-today's vans can haul larger, more profitable loads than previous generation vans while staying below 10,000-lbs gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) to avoid regulatory constraints. But when freig...

The Robot Trucks are Coming! (Or, Are They?)

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: May 20th 2019
Ever wonder why there hasn't been as much talk lately about how self-driving trucks are "right around the corner," poised to eliminate four-million trucker jobs in the U.S.? I was wondering the same thing. So, I tested my hypothesis. If you ever want to put your finger on the pulse of specific trends, go to Google News. Then search the topic you're interested in, and there you have it: the latest headlines on that topic. My search: "self-driving trucks eliminate trucking jobs...

Daimler Trucks CEO: The Future of Trucking is Electric

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: May 13th 2019
During his keynote at the ACT Expo in Long Beach, Calif., Roger Nielsen, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA)-which owns Freightliner-declared that the future of commercial vehicles would be battery electric. "The road to emissions-free transportation is going to be driven with battery-electric vehicles. I believe the future is electric," says Neilson. DTNA says that near-zero-emissions natural gas medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are currently available an...

The Pursuit of Freedom on the Road: David Manley

By: Sean M. Lyden
Posted: May 6th 2019
If your goal is to become an expedite owner-operator, most wise folks in the industry will advise you to first drive for a fleet owner for at least six months or so. This way, you can test the waters and learn the business without taking a significant risk. And that's the advice mentors had shared with David Manley, a former maintenance technician for two decades with Frito Lay. Says Manley, "I'm like, 'Nah. I've had a boss my entire life. I want to do this on my terms. How h...

Fleet Owner Conversations: Susan Medlin

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Apr 22nd 2019
Meet Susan Medlin. Susan is a former back office software developer for Pilot Flying J Truck Centers, who got into the expedited trucking business as a driver in 1998. She bought her first truck in 2008 and became a fleet owner about 18 months later in 2009. Today, Susan operates a fleet of 16 vehicles-15 expediter straight trucks and one cargo van-all leased to either Tri-State Expedited Service or Premium Transportation Logistics (PTL). So, what led Susan to expedited truck...

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