Podcasts for Truckers

I just started listening to a lot of Podcasts related to the trucking industry.  I hadn’t really listened any podcasts until about 3 months ago and found a great one called S-Town and some TED Talks.  I figured there should be some good ones for trucking and did a search and started listening. Here are a few of the ones that I found that were pretty good. TalkCDL – The Trucking Podcast from Truckers for Truckers Ask a trucker / Truth About Trucking Red Eye Radio Lets Truck with Kevin...

UBER Freight to Sponsor Concert at GATS

Should be a good show and I would like to see what UBER Freight is up to.  I think this may be the first time I have seen a Freight Broker sponsored a truck show event.  I have been listening to some pod casts and it seems like Uber Freight is getting good reviews from truckers who are using it. FROM GATS – https://truckshow.com/ On Friday, August 25, we’re excited to partner with Uber Freight to have Tony Justice, Jayne Denham and Bill Weaver help truckers Take a Load Off with GATS and Uber Freight. The party starts at 5:15 p.m. at Eddie Deen’s Ranch, just across the street from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, and will run until 8, with free barbecue sandwiches! Admission to the concert is free with a ticket, and tickets will be available at the Uber Freight booth in Lobby B of GATS, near the main entrance to the show floor.    ...

Stopping or Slowing the ELD Mandate

Some good articles about stopping or slowing the ELD mandate. This Article by Truckinginfo.com says maybe but probably not.  Basically the repeal or slow implementation is in a bill that will probably be taken out when finished.  And that basically that it was put in the bill to look good for voters but will be taken out at the end to appease the lobbyist from the ATA demands.  Kinda par for the course. Sounds like the ATA and ELD manufactures are a really pushing hard to get this back on track.  All I hear is how safe this will make the roads.  And that this is for the safety of the public.  Not so sure about that.  Current system seems to work pretty well. Sounds like some sort of a tax on the driver to make a few people wealthy.  See who on the ATA is also investing in the ELD companies.  Do you think companies will just pay this out of their own pocket.  No way, this is getting deducted straight from most drivers paychecks.  Think about how many trucks and if they all have to have one of these BS trackers on them and pay 100 per month that is some crazy money being put into peoples pockets. Billions are up for grabs here for no real reason.  I like the quotes from ELD makers that people actually are seeing benefits from their products.  Like “I know we are forcing you to buy this but it does do a few things that you guys didn’t ask for either.” What will happen if they do pass this this repeal of the...

Best NMFC Code for Machinery

This is probably the link I use most often in shipping equipment or machinery using LTL carriers.  This page is so well explained how to ship and classify NMFC code related to shipping it should be bookmarked by every freight broker out there. http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/general/machine-freight-via-common-carrier-interesting-nmfc-code-handy-254744/...

Why is Trucking Going to be Amazing

Three things that will make trucking an excting industry. Technology – New tech is getting released everyday that will help a lot Small business Growth – Back bone of the economy and why we are such an economic powerhouse in the world. Automated The opportunities for smaller companies to compete on the same field and soon have an advantage over large trucking companies is coming. As trucking is successful the economy that is driven by trucking is also going to be huge also. With new technology coming out all the time big companies are not able to adopt it and are slow to react to marketplace changes.  Smaller trucking companies are able to take advantage of new technology.  ...

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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...