In my brief absence from these pages, I have been quite busy. Not my usual kind of busy, but busy expanding my knowledge of our industry. I have been doing it from the other side of the desk too, in a poacher-turned-gamekeeper kinda way.
New vs used, aerodynamic vs classic, lease vs purchase. When it’s finally time to go truck shopping, new and existing owner/operators have a lot of options. Ray Haight provides tips on buying a truck in Part 7 of Becoming a Successful Owner/Operator.
At Transportation Media’s Surface Transportation Summit a panel brought together both shippers and carriers to discuss the RFP process. In this episode, two carriers explain what they like to (and need to) see from the shipper before they can put together a comprehensive bid.
Don’t get enamoured with the the pay per mile without considering the complete pay package, Ray Haight warns in Part 6 of Becoming a Successful Owner/Operator. He also discusses the costs of changing carriers, questions to ask a prospective carrier and why frequent job changes may make you unhireable.
When I started our business in late 1999, ‘fuel surcharge’ was a term I had never heard used. During my previous time in the freight business, fuel prices had not fluctuated so much that the increase wasn’t covered by regular…