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Winter Driving Safety Tips for Truckers

After the holiday seasons it feels as though we’re headed out of winter, unfortunately that’s not really the case; most of winter’s worst is still to come.  Above the equator and especially in the snow belt, the effects of winter on driving conditions are often felt through March, and even into April some years.  For […]

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Understanding the Difference Between a Standard and Excess Surplus Line Insurance

Inherently risk-averse, we do what we can as individuals and business owners to minimize loss or liability from an incident.  Everything from continued training through insurance policies help mitigate risk by either reducing the likelihood of an event or financial recovery after an incident occurs.  But, while policyholders purchase plans to prevent loss, there are […]

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Top Tips for Local Freight Fleet Operational Zen

As a local delivery fleet manager your job is to maximize the number of deliveries while minimizing driver delays. Your main focus must be on the equipment used to provide deliveries for customers. If your fleet is not up-to-date that has negative repercussions from risking delivery schedules to displaying a poor image to customers. Delivery […]

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How Choosing Quality Over Low Cost Builds Your Bottom Line

When shopping for new industrial equipment for your business, we’re often faced with a range of options, from vintage used machines to the Cadillac from top labels and everything in between.  Whether you’re looking to purchase with cash or finance, it’s easy to start your evaluation with the lower cost units first, however it’s important […]

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Struggling to Increase Your Top-Line? Here’s How Growth-Minded Businesses Do It

“It’s all in marketing’s hands”, or “the sales team needs to be more proactive.”  These statements, although may be somewhat true, are rather dismissive of some even greater opportunities for improving your company’s revenues.  It can go deep—product selection and design deep, but combine these strategies with your high-performing marketing and sales teams and your […]

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Avoiding Collisions During Deer Season

As a child, seeing a deer along the road was exhilarating.  A big, majestic creature, standing motionless, observing, listening, then with explosive power, bounding off into the woods.  Incredible.  As an adult, I still feel that same rush of adrenaline when out of the corner of my eye I spot a deer alongside the road […]

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Manufacturing Downturn: What Does Recovery Look Like?

Right now the US is experiencing a slump in the manufacturing sector. The downturn has many factors stemming from the trade war. However, there is more to the picture than just trade wars and tariffs. Consider the downturn of the manufacturing industry in terms of the whole economic scene in order to understand the potential […]

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How Installation Floater Insurance Covers The In-Between

In any business, minimizing financial risk is critical. The same applies to not just commercial but industrial business owners. In some situations, it is crucial to provide a further-reaching, more comprehensive insurance policy to minimize expensive losses that could occur. A very common area where some companies suffer loss is in the “in-between” periods. This […]

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Is Your Business Covered During a Mechanical Breakdown?

As you consider the chance of financial loss to your business, be sure to take a close look at equipment breakdown insurance. If your business constructs or manufactures using equipment then protecting your earnings from mechanical breakdown is worth consideration. What is Mechanical Breakdown Insurance Equipment breakdown insurance, also called mechanical breakdown insurance protects your […]

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Get The Facts About Inland Marine Insurance

When you move equipment or product outside of your facility, or in logistics, freight, or as a function of internal operations, I’m sure your commercial insurance agent has discussed an Inland Marine policy with you.  If you’re in middle America, I’m sure having “marine” as the title of any insurance policy you carry may seem […]

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The Construction Industry Snapshot & Predictions

If there’s one thing that’s true about the construction industry and its outlook, it’s that things are always changing. But how are they changing, and how can you position your construction business to take advantage of that upcoming growth? Here’s a quick look at where we expect the market to move in the last quarter […]

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Deciding Between Equipment Lease or Finance: What’s Right For You?

Walking into an industrial equipment dealer your purchase options can seem a bit fuzzy, with terms like “dollar-out” and “early purchase option”, which makes the deal sound a lot like financing.  Let’s start simple on terms: ownership.  With an equipment lease, the lessee is renting the equipment at a monthly rate for an agreed upon […]

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What Can We Expect For Holiday Sales in 2019?

When it comes to economic news, the headlines are dominated by international trade—particularly the trade wars between the U.S. and China, with each levying new tariffs, countering the other party’s aggressive move in a game of global chess.  Despite the jostling for trade superiority, analysts across the nation are expecting a boost in holiday spending […]

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Tales From The Trenches: Trucker Interviews About ELDs

Recently I sat down with a couple of professionals working hard in the trucking industry. They had some insight into how electronic logging devices and hours of service rules are slowing them down. See how well this relates to your own experiences in the trucking world, and if so, reflect on ways to resolve this […]

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Building Your Business on Healthy Profit Margins

Some companies start off with a rich, financially sound backing due to investors. Some founders launch new businesses off of successfully built and sold companies. Others are brand new startups, just being launched from an idea. In all cases, profits should matter. Companies must pay close attention to not just if they are selling product […]

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What Every Trucker Should Know About the AOBRD to ELD Transition

The latest news from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regarding electronic logging is that AOBRDs will no longer comply. If you are a truck driver or fleet manager that has dependent on an automatic on-board recording device, you are going to have to switch over soon. The only permitted method for recording hours […]

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Do I Need Construction Equipment Insurance?

“I have a GC and Liability policies already, isn’t that enough?” Let’s step back for a moment and take a look at why policies are specialized.  If you look closely at your policies, most of the language will focus on the risk of injury, death, or property damage to others.  If your own equipment is […]

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Construction Industry Watch: What’s Trending in 2019

2019 has been a big year for construction innovation! With the rise of smart technology and the integration of this technology into everyday products, the construction industry is being transformed. Here’s what you need to know about construction industry trends in the year 2019. Safety Equipment Modern construction safety equipment does more to protect construction […]

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Electrified Freight: The Who’s Who Of Electric Semis in 2019

In the truck manufacturing sector, electric truck talk has been rampant for years. Yet 2019 is proving to be rather anticlimactic. For starters, Tesla is not rolling the Semi out on the assembly lines this year as scheduled. The main competitor, Nikola Motor Company, is also showing signs of slowing production. The biggest issue? Having […]

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Are New Tariffs Helping or Hurting American Businesses?

Set all aspects of politics aside for a moment. Consider the new tariffs being proposed and put in place globally. Whether in North America, China, or otherwise, tariffs change the way people invest and spend. The Trump Administration is putting in place numerous tariffs. They claim this should support businesses and drive manufacturers to produce […]

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