TOP 10 BLOGS OF 2013

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At, we have the most impressive roster of industry bloggers you’ll find anywhere. They run the gamut from professional drivers (Harry Rudolfs) through to transportation attorneys (Doug Marcello) and everything in between. I’ve assembled a list of the Best Read blog entries of 2013, with links, so that you can read any that you missed. What impressed me the most in assembling this year’s list of best read blog entries, was the diversity of the field. New fewer than eight different bloggers from cracked the Top 10 list. Now, onto the list. Drum roll, please…

#10: Small fleets; large worries: Editorial director Lou Smyrlis does what he does best, breaking down the numbers and applying the layers of analysis only he can provide. In this case, he wonders about the future of small fleets.

#9: Anyone remember the great ICL/GM scandal?: Harry Rudolfs reflects back on the sketchy details about a salacious-sounding story in which ICL was thought to have double-billed GM for transportation services rendered. Or did they? This post drew out some reaction from people ‘in the know’ one of whom claimed the story that made the rounds at the time was more myth than fact.

#8: Alcohol and liquor in the CMV: ‘Alcohol’ and ‘CMV’ go together about as well as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny – the two shall never intertwine. However, what trucker hasn’t wondered about the legality of bringing some low-priced American booze across the border for consumption while off-duty? Kevin Snobel examines this gray area and provides a definite interpretation of the rules.

#7: How ’bout that TransForce, eh?: Harry Rudolfs contemplates the growth of TransForce, which he likened to the old Smith Transport, but probably bigger.

#6: Seven tips to mastering the game: Who do we have here? Lee Palmer cracks the list by taking lessons learned on the golf course and applying them to, well, just about anything else you’ll encounter in business or life.

#5: Driver shortage, what driver shortage?: Super-blogger Harry Rudolfs provides a driver’s eye view of the driver shortage, earning him the praise of one commenter as “the voice of common sense.”

#4: The risk in making safety a competitive battleground: In this entry, yours truly wonders if CSA – and the use of CSA scores as sales tools – would cause fleets to hold their safety secrets closer to their vests.

#3: Not happy in your job? Take this job and ShLove it: Motivational speaker David Benjatschek cracks the top three with his advice on how to adapt to a difficult work environment.

#2: The game of fill the trailer is changing. So should you: Mike McCarron comes in with the second best read blog of the year with this entry, in which he describes changes to the transportation sales environment.

#1: New HOS rules effective July 1: In our best-read blog entry of the year, Doug Marcello brings an attorney’s interpretation to the new US hours-of-service rules that were about to go into effect July 1. A spirited discussion among readers ensued.

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