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When Is The Right Time To Buy Construction Equipment?

It’s easy to assume a new piece of machinery will solve your job site challenges or be the “game changer” you’ve been looking for to really grow—and that may be partly true—but before running out and picking out a nice $300,000 piece of construction equipment, let’s weigh your options and determine if now is the […]

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Is Your Business Ready For The Next Wave of Manufacturing Reshoring?

Over the past several years we’ve heard a great deal of rhetoric from politicians and business leaders alike regarding manufacturing jobs.  Main arguments surround cost and availability of resources—business leaders stating US manufacturing is too costly with rising labor rates as their leading concern, while politicians clamor for more blue-collar opportunities for their constituents.  Decades […]

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Best Places to Park When You Have No Choice

Now that the electronic logging mandate is in full effect and going nowhere fast, you might find you need to improve your outlook on trucker parking. Yes, it’s time to figure out the best places to park when you are out on the road and your digital companion tells you that you’ve run out of […]

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The Who, What, Where of the Electric Bus Market

Whether you are the fleet owner or transportation company manager, you are responsible for sourcing the most economical equipment. For many forward-thinking fleet managers, the burgeoning electric bus market is beginning to reshape the decision making process. Should you choose an electric bus now, and if so, what types of electric buses are available to […]

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6 Ways to Reduce Your Commercial Trucking Insurance Premiums

Semi truck insurance is a hard-hitting expense for a small fleet owner or independent owner-operator. The continued rate increase by as much as 20% when there are minor claims does not help transportation companies manage overhead. Regardless of how clean your driving record is, your commercial trucking insurance keeps increasing. Unfortunately, commercial truck insurance is not […]

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Trucking on Your Own Authority? Here Are Some Helpful Insurance Tips for New Owner-Operators

Being your own boss as an independent owner-operator can be rewarding. Accepting jobs on your terms and managing your own time and resources can lead to significant opportunities and a higher level of satisfaction than working for others. To avoid the pitfalls of owning your own business, you, as an independent trucker, must understand each […]

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4 Ways Freight Bill Factoring Helps Trucking Companies Succeed

If you’re a veteran trucker, or already looking at cash flow solutions for your business, you’re likely familiar with freight bill factoring which means you’re ahead of the curve.  This factoring primer is for the new owner-operator, or business owner who’s either boot-strapped the business to this point, or whittling away at a bank loan […]

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Insuring Logistics Equipment – Who Covers You?

When you’re building a logistics network, particularly one that stitches to together a number of external players from your own organization, the issue liability will eventually come up, both for the shipping of goods as well as for the management and operation of the equipment doing the shipping and movement. The problem with the liability […]

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End-Of-Winter Road Conditions: What You Need to Know

Through much of North America, road construction and maintenance halts as temps dip below 40 degrees and increased rain and snowfall make for dangerous working conditions.  Wet materials such as concrete and asphalt don’t behave well, and increased moisture near the surface makes excavating a messy challenge.  While this hiatus is good for efficient road […]

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Trucking Tips: Accident Preparedness

You may have chosen this career because of flexibility or freedom, or it’s a family affair, or possibly an opportunity to be an entrepreneur.  Regardless of your reason for entering the Transportation industry, you have the benefit of a corner office with an ever-changing view, and you may have an ownership stake in “rolling real […]

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Is Crowdfunding a Viable Capital Source?

The financial winter of 2008-09 seems really far behind folks in the rearview mirror but it had a lasting effect on how small businesses could get credit and operational financing. After that moment of almost an entire seize-up of the American financial system, the means by which business credit could be obtained changed dramatically. Dubbed […]

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Five Tips for Obtaining Equipment Financing

Obtaining equipment financing is pretty easy when you have time in the business and perfect credit. However, it’s a lot harder when you’re just getting started or have less than perfect credit. The following five tips will help improve your chances of getting your machine tool loan approved. 1. Documentation Provide documentation for any derogatory […]

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When is The Right Time To Buy Another Truck?

As you’re well aware, the greatest investment in your transportation business is your trucking equipment. Whether you are a trucking company owner, lease-to-own operator, or independent contractor, you want to make the most of this investment. But over time your investment will become to expensive to maintain. How do you know when it is time […]

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Choosing the Right Freight Company To Contract Through

For years you’ve been dreaming of hitting the open road, being your own boss, and making a solid living and now you’re ready.  CDL in hand, vision of launching your own trucking company, but you need to get your feet wet with a larger carrier to learn the ropes and get some revenue.  While you […]

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Be Prepared: Transportation Insurance For On & Off Dispatch

One of the great joys of trucking is the opportunity for an individual to move from employee to owner of a small business with relative ease.  Set your own schedule, develop new clientele, expand your business, and afford you the flexibility to run your business inside and outside the cab of your rig.  It’s not […]

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Adapting to the Changing Landscape of Supply Chain

The policy changes and new tariffs created over the last few years have reshaped the manufacturing industry, not only in the United States, but around the globe.  From shifting supply chains for raw materials to rethinking where and how to manufacture finished goods to reach buyers in the most economic fashion.  These changes require a […]

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Manage Trucker Insurance Premiums With These Helpful Tips

Insurance.  The one thing you pay for which you hope to never use. With ever-increasing operating costs, it’s tempting to slash coverage to bare minimum to save on your premium, but where does that leave you in an unfortunate event?  Here’s a list of alternative options to save on your premiums without loss of coverage. […]

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Trucking Trends to Watch For 2019

With 2018 nearly in the rear-view mirror it’s time to look ahead and make a plan for the coming year.  We’ve kept our ear to the ground and have assembled a short list of trends to be on the lookout for in 2019. Trucks & Technology A continuing trend form 2018 is still building momentum […]

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Manufacturers’ Resolutions for the New Year

Many of us make personal New Year’s resolutions—most surrounding healthier lifestyle including exercise and eating better—but have you considered making New Year’s resolutions for your manufacturing business?  Some key considerations for 2019 should include, am I leveraging my existing equipment to it’s full potential?  Are my employees trained to maximize safety and capacity?  Am I […]

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Negotiating Load Fees As A Small Carrier

While the freight business is dominated by larger carriers, they are forced to brush with broad strokes, leaving a great opportunity for smaller carriers to pick up smaller, one-off, or less-traveled routes as an excellent niche.  However, many smaller carriers haven’t yet established the resources to drive down costs and maximize profit margins.  While this […]

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