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What Do Truck Drivers Make

Most companies pay OTR(over the road) drivers a per mile rate.  This can be anywhere 28-41 cents depending on the skill level of the driver.  That is for long haul big distance.  For local and shorter haul the driver is usually paid per hour.  Usually 15-20 dollars. If an over the the road driver runs 2500 miles a week.  The driver can expect to make between 700 and 1025 per week.  That comes out to 36,000 to 53,000 per year.  The bad part about per mile is that if they don’t drive they don’t earn but on the good side if you like to drive a truck then you can make some pretty good money. Tip:  Make sure you have a good dispatcher and get paid for dead head miles. Small  and big trucking companies both have advantages for drivers.  Smaller companies may have more incentive to keep drivers happy and larger companies may just treat you as a number.  Bigger companies may have better...

If Retail is Dead Then Is Trucking Dead. Will we all just work for Amazon

The buzz around retail is that it is dead.  All the big stores are having issues apparently and everyone is going online to Amazon for purchasing.  Walmart vs Amazon is a fierce battle for the lowest.  I am not sure that retail is dead though.  from the articles I have been reading it looks like it is changing and might be dead for some of the larger anchor stores but not for the rest of the stores.  I think retail may need to be retooled and stores like JC Penny and Belk may have issues in some of their markets but in some areas they will be thriving. Boutique shopping is in and being fast to market is the key to success.  If Kim K wears something the next week it is in a store like forever 21 or Zara but not in JC Penny.  People are used to instant fashion that only lasts a few months.  Disposable culture.  Stores like JC Penny Macy’s and Belk are just a few of the stores that are working hard to embrace this culture and meet the demand.  Doesn’t mean that for example in Arkansas where Belk is a staple it probably won’t go anywhere. But say in Dallas it may not be as popular and some of the other stores at the malls. One example of stores that I think will make it is Fossil.  This company makes some the best watches and is working to adapt to how people are using watches.  Technology is king and they are the only company that I know that actually puts technology into beautiful watches.  The stores are...

Got ELDs? Get Ready for Higher Rates

Like it or not, ELDs are coming. The good news? Rates are going to go up. Here’s why. You can’t drive as many miles in a day when you’re running with an ELD. This is especially true when you have strict appointment times, when you’re detained for any reason, and when you need extra time to find parking. If you’ve been using paper logs all along, you know that there are times when it’s really hard to make everything work without a little “editing” of the logs. To be successful as an owner-operator, you need to cover your expenses. That includes driver pay, even when you’re the driver. There are two ways to do that: run more miles, or charge a higher rate per mile. The paper logs can provide flexibility,  up to a point, to gain just enough time to run those extra miles, but ELDs are not flexible. After December 18, the only solution will be to get higher rates. Photo by ISAAC Instruments Luckily there will be a lot of freight available, and there will be less competition. Trucks will run fewer miles per day every time a driver cuts his day short to find parking before the clock runs out, or a truck gets held overnight because the driver ran out of hours while waiting at the dock. It will happen thousands of times a day, all over the country, costing an hour here and there. Brokers are going to need you more than ever, and they’re going to have more of certain types of jobs that you may not have handled before: power-only and...

Do the 3 OClock-Hustle

Get your 3 o’clock hustle on! This is an excellent time of the year to score some really high-paying loads, and to be the one who saves the day for your customer. I am getting excited, because it’s been two years since we’ve seen such strong demand for trucks, and that demand is incredibly important when you get ready to hustle. What is the 3 o’clock hustle? When demand is high, truckers get less excited about hauling at the current market rate, and a lot of freight deliveries get rescheduled to the next day. As pressure continues to build, and rescheduling is no longer an option, that’s when 3 o’clock becomes hustle time. You’ll know it’s hustle time when there are more team runs posted than usual. You might also see what looks like the same load posted by multiple brokers. That’s because shippers lose patience with that one broker who failed to bring a truck to the dock, and the shipper may give that same load to several brokers until one of them can secure a truck. You can save the day If you’re a carrier and you want to hustle in this high-demand market, remember that it is your responsibility to save the day. If you have a good relationship with a broker, you can save the day by committing to the load, so your broker is the one who wins the shipper’s business. Other carriers might decide that the load that pays the most is the one that needs to be saved the most. I personally have benefited in the past two years from relationships I’ve...

Uber Freight Wants To Get Into Trucking – This is what they should do

So everyone has heard that Uber has actually entered in to the transportation space by starting up a freight brokerage company call Uber Freight.  They use some software and have literally become the Uber of Freight themselves to match drivers with freight.   I am speculating that the software is awesome and based on the comments I have read on blogs is that drivers really like it the convenience of the app. I think Uber can do a lot better then a freight brokerage and I can only assume that they have some better plans then to simply operate a freight brokerage business with some technology attached to it. I think Uber should buy an LTL carrier. They have a crazy 70 billion market capitalization and people want them to make some big moves.  They should by SAIA or AAA Cooper or maybe even go big and buy XPO Logistics.  There are a lot of options out there. Here is why… 1st LTL is local and long haul all in one. They can use their app to work with local drivers to make pick ups and deliveries.  Uber is really good at local because it is has so much experience with ride sharing.  They could use people with straight trucks to to make pick ups and deliveries.  Presumably for a lot less then operating and owning their own fleet. 2nd – Uber freight could use its app to send the freight over the road to each of the other hubs.  They can use the app to assign Freight  to driver standing by ready to go to a certain place.  This also trains...

How To Avoid Fraud When Using a Load Board

Trucking is a huge industry and believe it or not there is fraud.  As the industry moves to take freight brokers out of the middle of the transaction it opens up an unregulated marketplace that is ripe for fraud.  Take a few steps to protect yourself. I was taken one time working as broker in a double broker scam by this guy.  Double broker scam is where a fake trucking company calls the the broker and offer to pick up the load.  They usually ask for a cash advance and quick pay and then they turn around and book the load with another carrier that they never pay.  Load gets delivered and then 30 days later the broker gets a call from the real carrier demanding payment. So in this scenario how can truckers protect them selves from being the guy or girl who gets screwed or how does a driver do business with a shipper directly and how do they insure they will get paid.  Freight is a tricky thing because its a service and once the service is done the sense of urgency to pay the $4000 bill is not quite as high as it was when that load needed to be picked up and delivered. Shipping with a broker – Check the surety bond.  Drivers and brokers don’t really like each other but one thing that is nice about doing business is that freight brokers are required to carry a surety bond of 75,000 dollars.  This is a protection against not getting paid by the broker. So always just just give a call to the bonding...

Don’t Get Tracked Just Because You Want To Find Truckloads

Did you know you when you log in to an app or to a website you are probably being tracked. Phone apps especially. … When you use Trulos load board you don’t have to sign in, You don’t get tracked. Enjoy using the free load board with total peace of mind that we don’t actually want to track your movement.  We don’t think using a free load board should be a reason to follow you around and know your every movement.  Say NO to tracking and YES to the best load board ever. How to find freight using the load board with a state...
Best Load Board for Freight Brokers to Post Loads

Best Load Board for Freight Brokers to Post Loads

Ok.  Maybe this is a little biased but we really think Trulos is the best place for a freight broker to post freight on.  We do have a few good reasons. 1) We have a huge user base that is able to access our freight – Since our integration with Smart Truck Routing we have expanded our eyeballs to over 50,000 users a day.  That is probably one of the highest count of anyone. 2) Trulos is totally free to use for both truckers to search for freight and freight brokers to post loads. 3) Fastest searches with no login needed – We know how to search for freight and we routinely test our products so that even on a mobile phone you can find freight in under 30 seconds. 4) Because we believe that truckers are the center of transportation and the rest of the logistic world revolves around them. Shippers, brokers, manufacturers, huge trucking companies.  Everyone has nothing if the driver isn’t there.  So we make products for them that are supported by the rest of the universe rotating around the trucker. 5) Post Freight to Trulos and you are supporting a great service that helps the industry. I think that is a pretty good top 5 reasons.  We can come up with some more but that might just be a little to much and might make you guys gag a little. Thanks for visting Trulos.com   We appreciate our visitors and sponsors very very very very much....
Load Board With Rates

Load Board With Rates

How to find loads with rates on the Trulos.com Free Load Board. Finding loads with rtes is really pretty easy when using the Trulos load board.  First step is to figure out which load search you would like to use. Zip Code City Load Search – This one allows you to put in your city state or sip code to find truckloads near you. or The State Load Board to find loads by selecting the state and seeing filtering results by equipment type. Second is to search for freight and get some results. last step is to click on the heading that is labeled Rate at the top of the page.  You will have to click on the header twice.  The first time sorts all the truckloads from lowest to highest so the truckloads with no rates are posted first  The second click on the load board heading brings up the loads with the highest paying rates. Thats it.  Super easy to see.  Wouldn’t it be great if everyone put the rate in.  We do try to convince people to do it.  Generally it seems like more and more companies are adding in the rates.  I bet as freight gets more competitive more brokers will add the rates and show that they really want to do business with...