Full Circle TMS named to top 100 Freight Technology companies.

By: Contributing Writer
Posted: Nov 4th 2019
For the second year in a row, Full Circle TMS, a web-based transportation management software (TMS) provider, is excited to be named as one of the top 100 Freight Technology companies according to FreightWaves. The Freight.Tech 100 recognizes the most innovative and disruptive companies in freight. Nominations were sought, and a panel chosen by FreightWaves narrowed the list of more than 1,200 nominations to 100 companies. "I'm humbled that our small, start-up technology comp...

5-Point Checklist for Purchasing an Expedite Straight Truck

By: Sean M. Lyden - staff Writer
Posted: Oct 28th 2019
You're looking to purchase an expedite straight truck that will strike the right balance between your lifestyle needs, business objectives, and budget. But making a sizeable five-or six-figure investment in a truck can give you heartburn if you don't know what to look for. So, what should you consider when purchasing an expedite straight truck? Expedite Now recently spoke with John Lalonde, sales representative at Buckeye Western Star. He recommends that new owner-operators k...

Expedite Owner-Operator Advice on Choosing (and Using) Dash Cams

By: Sean M. L:yden - Staff Writer
Posted: Oct 14th 2019
As a commercial truck driver, you're a target. If your truck is involved in a collision, you can bank on the fact that the finger of blame will be pointed at you, unless you can prove otherwise. That's where dash cams come in. "As independent contractors or small business owners, I think dash cams are a must," says Jason Hutchens, an owner-operator who, with his wife Heather, shares advice on all things expediting on The Crafty Trucker Youtube channel. "The way people drive t...

Getting Your Amazon Packages When You're on the Road

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Sep 30th 2019
You're an expediter with an Amazon Prime account because you like the product selection, cost savings, and convenience. But how do you get packages delivered to you while you're away from home for weeks at a time? Amazon offers a service to solve this challenge that folks in the expedite industry are just beginning to notice-and use: Amazon Hub Lockers. In fact, YouTubers Jerry McCallister and Don Clute with Expediter Boogie (watch video) and Heather and Jason Hutchens with T...

How to Navigate a Cash-Flow Crunch

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Sep 23rd 2019
A union strike that shuts down several automotive plants. Trade wars that create economic uncertainty. A drone attack in Saudi Arabia that drives up global oil prices. These are just a few recent events outside of your control that may be impacting your business as an expediter. So, how do you respond when your business starts taking a hit? Focus on what you can control-cash management. Ideally, you will have built up a large enough emergency fund to weather most economic st...

5 Workforce Trends Impacting the Driver Shortage (and What to Do About It)

By: Sean M. Lyden - Steff Writer
Posted: Sep 17th 2019
The driver shortage is the most critical issue in the trucking industry, with driver retention taking the third spot, according to the American Trucking Research Institute's (ATRI) most recent survey. Tim Hindes, CEO at Stay Metrics, cited this study during his talk on "Driver Retention: Engage, Reward, and Keep Your Best Driver" at Expedite Expo 2019 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in July. "[ATRI] asks every year: 'What's keeping you up at night? What are the most critical things yo...

Proposed Rule Changes for Hours-of-Service: What's Your Opinion?

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Sep 9th 2019
Improved safety. Greater flexibility. Increased productivity. These are the key reasons why the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently published proposed changes to hours of service (HOS) rules. "We listened directly to the concerns of drivers for rules that are safer and have more flexibility-and we have acted. We encourage everyone to review and comment on this proposal," FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez said ...

3 Success Tips from Top Expedite YouTubers

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Sep 3rd 2019
Imagine you could be in the same room with the expedited trucking industry's most popular YouTubers and ask them questions to get real-world advice on how to start and grow your business. That's precisely what attendees got to experience in the "Q&A with Successful Expedite Drivers" session at Expedite Expo 2019 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in July. The panelists included: The Trucking Couple: Frank and Stephanie Rebelo, who were also finalists for Expediter of the Year The Cr...

Keeping Good Records to Keep More Money in Your Pocket

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Aug 26th 2019
How you keep and organize your business receipts can make a significant impact on how much profit you get to keep after filing your taxes. That was a big topic of discussion in a workshop titled "Expedite Your Financial Well-Being" led by Jim O'Donnell, CEO and founder at Trucker Tax Service Inc., and owner-operator Linda Caffee with Freightliner Team Run Smart at Expedite Expo 2019 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in July. In case you missed i...

4 Mistakes to Avoid with Your Credit

By: Sean M. Lyden
Posted: Aug 19th 2019
Knowledge is power. And when it comes to your credit report, knowledge is buying power. That's because your credit score not only impacts whether or not you get approved for financing to buy a truck or van but also several other factors tied to the cost of vehicle ownership, including the required down payment, interest rate (and, thus, monthly payment), and insurance costs. Even if you could qualify to buy a truck with a below average credit score, it could still cost you hu...

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