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...

Deck the Hauls 2020 Edition: Holiday Gift Ideas for Expediters

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Dec 7th 2020
If you have an expedite driver or owner-operator on your holiday shopping list, what's something that you can give that they would love (and actually use)? At ExpeditersOnline.com, we've done some research for you. And we've found seven gift ideas that your loved ones or friends in the expedited trucking industry will appreciate. Masks for TruckersPrice: VariableDetails: https://www.etsy.com/market/truck_driver_mask If you've got to wear masks in this COVID-19 world, might as...

How to Know When You Should Accept a Load (and When You Shouldn't)

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Nov 18th 2020
Bestselling author John C. Maxwell put it best when he said, "Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you." In this spirit, perhaps you could also say: If you're a driver in expedited trucking, every load choice you make makes your career. But what can you do to more consistently choose the right loads that put your business on the road to long-term financial success? I recently spoke with Frank Rebelo, an owner-operator with his wife Stephanie, and a par...

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