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Entries by David Roush

Asset Based Trucking During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted 3:33 PM by
This article originally appeared on FreightWaves.com on April 2, 2020. At the end of the last century, when I owned and operated trucking companies, we used to daydream about how great it would be if some sort of capacity constraining event occurred and there were fewer trucking companies, and... Read more →
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Where's "My" Freight?

Posted 6:02 PM by
This article originally appeared on FreightWaves.com. What a difference a few months makes. The highly anticipated truckload capacity crisis and the ensuing truckload rate party lasted from late 2017 through late 2018. Beginning in early 2019 … surprise … the rate party was over. It feels like carriers have quickly gone... Read more →
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Maximize Value in the Short-Term for Long-Term Gains

Posted 6:12 PM by
This article originally appeared on ttnews.com. Recent company mergers and initial public offerings have brought the value of trucking companies to the forefront. Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation merged, and Schneider raised $550 million in its IPO. Daseke shares debuted as part of a deal valuing the company at... Read more →
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Prepare for Change: ELDs, Autonomous Trucks and the Future of Trucking

Posted 6:23 PM by
The electronic logging device mandate could be a “shock and awe” event that reduces capacity and increases freight rates, and it will create a “data explosion” that could reduce driver detention time. Meanwhile, autonomous trucks will not replace drivers any time soon, and new investors are showing interest in the... Read more →
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Freight Network Engineering Drives Carrier Profitability

Posted 8:12 PM by
Note: This article originally appeared on tmwsystems.com. Trucking is a business of pennies. Even the most successful carriers operate on razor-sharp margins, with the majority of carriers being “on the bubble” with an operating ratio that can easily shift from slightly positive to negative. With such a fine... Read more →
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Network Analysis Takes on More Importance

Posted 1:35 PM by
Note: This article appeared in the May 8 edition of Transport Topics. We keep seeing signs that things are looking up for the trucking industry. Most of the relevant economic indicators are favorable for trucking. Commodities are getting stronger, oil rig counts are increasing and the housing recovery is persisting.... Read more →
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How the I-85 Bridge Closure May Impact Your Fleet

Posted 1:56 PM by
By now, many Americans have heard about the collapse of the northbound I-85 bridge in metro Atlanta. People familiar with Atlanta traffic know that the already dreadful transportation issues in this area just got worse. Given the fact that the fire and subsequent collapse appears to be the result... Read more →
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Freight Network Optimization Leads to Profitability

Posted 12:03 PM by
Over the years, many owners have suggested that full truckload trucking (TL) is operationally an easy business – simply pick up a load at point A and deliver it to point B. Although few would suggest that trucking is easy in today's environment, many companies unknowingly continue to operate as... Read more →
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Understand Revenue, Optimize Loads to Mitigate ELD-Related Productivity Losses

Posted 5:31 PM by
The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate that relies on technology to monitor drivers’ hours will take effect later this year, and the operational reality is that there is a productivity loss associated with ELDs. However, carriers can use the data obtained from ELDs to evaluate loads and improve operations while... Read more →
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Optimism Abounds: Happy Days May Be Returning to the Trucking Industry

Posted 6:24 PM by
The trucking industry has been in a slump. Several factors, including a strong dollar, increased capacity, and zero growth in Industrial Production (IP), made 2015 and 2016 a challenging time for transportation. But trends began to reverse course in November 2016, which has led to renewed optimism for trucking owners... Read more →
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