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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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Innovations Changing The Way Final Mile Delivery Is Made

The residential final mile landscape is shifting violently in recent years, sparked by certain online retail market leaders such as Amazon aggressively pushing delivery providers to offer a more comprehensive tracking and around-the-clock delivery and notification service.  From the United States Postal Service moving from planned shut down of Saturday service, to becoming a key […]

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Getting Paid: 4 Effective Collection Strategies

You’re already having success finding work, but you’re finding the back-office and bill collection on loads delivered is taking too long or your communicating with the customer only after the bill is past due.  At that point, cash flow is non-existent and you’re either dipping into your reserves, borrowing for operating expenses, or even worse, […]

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4 Reasons To Invest in New Packaging Equipment Today

With summer months coming to a close and our focus shifts back from family vacations to getting our hands dirty within our businesses, it’s also a great time to review the capital budget and current assets to identify opportunities for greater operating efficiency or higher performance and output.  While there may be dozens of reasons […]

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Business Loans Versus Factoring: What You Should Know Before You Sign

With an evolving economy, business owners must be nimble both as decision-makers and financially.  As markets change, it’s common to find oneself in a situation where investments in equipment, personnel, material, or vendor services are required to adapt and maintain a competitive edge.  When the war chest is running thin, businesses typically have two options […]

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Insurance Coverage for Truckers: What’s Enough For Your Business?

Trucker insurance is one of those gray areas for most trucking company owners, as well as independent contractors. You want to have enough trucking insurance to be covered, yet you want to avoid overspending. Hopefully you won’t ever have to depend on your trucking insurance benefits to cover an accident or incident. Yet there are […]

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How To Purchase A Big Rig

If you’re an established owner operator or manage a small fleet and you’re looking to purchase a new truck, you have a few options for financing a truck, however just starting out, purchasing your first truck can be difficult due to lack of established business credit. Lets begin with financing a truck for established businesses; funding […]

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Creating Work-Life Balance as an OTR Trucker

To live a happy life, you have to find balance between work and play. Too much work and you are overstressed and physically exhausted. Too much play and you end up sleeping on your buddy’s couch. As an OTR trucker the line between work and play is even more skewed. After all, you live, work, […]

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Are Self-Driving Trucks the Future Of Freight?

The fear of robots taking over the workplace has been around for decades and continues to concern Americans. According to the Pew Research Center, 72 percent of US adults were worried about a “future where robots and computers can do many human jobs” as recently as October 2017. In the trucking industry, the concern is […]

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Make More Money in Trucking by Controlling Your Fuel Costs

One of the most unavoidable, and substantial, expenses for anyone in the trucking business is fuel. When you have a commercial truck and trailer that gets 5 miles on the gallon, you can easily spend thousands of dollars at the pump each month. Fortunately there are several tried and true methods for controlling your fuel […]

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Planning for the Long Haul: Lease or Loan for Industrial Equipment

Running a machining or manufacturing business?  Then you know it doesn’t take long before you’re in a position where you either need to expand or replace your equipment and tooling.  Everything from wear and tear to increase in sales to shift in the market and marketable products will influence the direction you take with regard […]

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How Blockchain Can Reshape Transportation and Logistics

By now you’ve heard a lot of buzz regarding BitCoin and the technology backbone, Blockchain through the news.  Whether it’s the rise and fall of Bitcoin currency or pundits speculating the future of cryptocurrency, however currency is only a small piece of the true potential of Blockchain in the marketplace. What is Blockchain? Blockchain is […]

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Are You Ready For The Electric Truck Revolution?

News and industry buzz about electric trucks were a murmur until mid-November last year when Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s latest creation, the Tesla Semi, touting impressive performance figures and an unbelievable range from an electric rig.  The stunning reveal and specifics cast a new ember on the tinderbox of Transportation equipment manufacturers.  What wasn’t as […]

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Section 179 Updates: What’s Changed For 2018

If you’ve been following national news since mid-December, you’re probably all-to-familiar with the new tax cuts the current Administration championed, and Congress ultimately signed into law.  Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were speculating on the economic impact at the micro and macro levels, and as the dust settles, a few areas of significant […]

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Save Money Through Negotiated Insurance Rates

When you’re the owner-operator of a trucking business, saving money is as important as making it. One expense that can add up quickly is insurance. For a trucking business, the main insurance types to consider are general liability, workers compensation, commercial auto, property, and excess liability. All of these types of insurance can potentially be […]

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Seem Like Production Cools Off When The Mercury Drops? You May Be On To Something

You haven’t closed the books on the month yet, but you have a hunch the cold weather has impacted your ability to produce and sell?  You can’t put your finger on it, but production is lower than expected, and you’re certain the books will reflect this downturn when it comes time to close the books […]

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Tips On Finding The Right Subcontracting Partner

You’ve been a trucker for a few years and are looking for new opportunities in the industry.   The next logical step is to go into business for yourself as an owner-operator, but where do you begin?  We’ve covered starting your own trucking business in previous posts, however you now have a truck and trailer […]

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Tips for Increasing Your Business’ Cash Flow

These days, you hear a lot about individuals and businesses leveraging debt in order to expand or meet obligations, be it payroll, inventory, utilities, or equipment purchases. While this has become a popular method of business financing, it’s not always the right choice, or even an option for new or cash-strapped companies.  When traditional loans […]

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