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.    ...

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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...

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...