Author: Phil

Ten Secrets To Expediting Success

Investor's Business Daily has spent years analyzing leaders and successful people in all walks of life. Most have 10 traits that, when combined, can turn dreams into reality. Investor’s Business Daily has spent years analyzing leaders and successful people in all walks of life. Most have 10 traits that, when combined, can turn dreams into reality…. 1. HOW YOU THINK IS EVERYTHING: Always be positive. Think success, not failure. Beware of a negative environment. 2. DECIDE UPON YOUR TRUE DREAMS AND GOALS: Write down your specific goals and develop a plan to reach them. 3. TAKE ACTION: Goals are...

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The People Who Say Money Can't Buy Happiness Are Wrong

The people who say money can't buy happiness are wrong. On cross-country runs, Diane and I always feel better when driving for a great rate than when driving for mediocre money. The more profitable the run, the happier we are. Diane and I are in drive/sleep mode on a run from Florida to California. Delivery is scheduled for Saturday morning. The night’s drive was glorious. Under a near-full moon, I got to drive hundreds of miles on I-10 in light traffic, not having to think ahead to my next turn since it was a day away. I kept the...

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Business Planning for Expediters Part 10

In part nine of this Business Planning for Successful Expediters series, we talked about a decision every self-employed expediter must make. You must decide what kind of legal structure — also known as business form of ownership — your business will have. In part nine of this Business Planning for Successful Expediters series, we talked about a decision every self-employed expediter must make. You must decide what kind of legal structure — also known as business form of ownership — your business will have. Will it be a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation of some sort? This part continues...

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Fifty Tips and Tricks for Expediters

Life on the road isn't easy even for the most seasoned driver. Here are some tips to help make the journey more bearable. If you find your mind drifting when driving, read the road signs out loud to regain your focus. If you listen to your wife as well as you listen to your truck, marital bliss will be yours. Brake parts cleaner in an aerosol can is great for removing grease from carpets and upholstery. Spray it on, dab out the grease with a paper towel. It dries in seconds, no rinsing needed. Use colored sheets, underwear and...

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Express-1 Set to Grow Big

Expedite NOW has been talking with Express-1 owner-operators since Jacobs came on the scene. From their vantage point on the road, drivers have seen… Entrepreneur Bradley Jacobs made expediting industry news in June, 2011, when he announced plans to buy Express-1 Expedited Solutions, Inc. and build it into a multibillion-dollar company. Express-1 owner-operators and others were naturally curious about what that meant for them. Expedite NOW recently interviewed Jacobs and Express-1 president Jeff Curry to bring readers up to date. First, a bit of history. While Jacobs was new to the transportation industry, there was little doubt that he...

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Truck Tires Grow Scarce While Prices Soar… What You Can Do

Exasperated by his inability to find new tires for his truck, owner-operator Joe Marra reached out to the ExpeditersOnline.com community in September. Exasperated by his inability to find new tires for his truck, owner-operator Joe Marra reached out to the ExpeditersOnline.com community in September. “What’s going on?” he asked his colleagues in the online forum, “I have been trying to buy four drive and two steer tires for a couple of days now. I cannot find what I am looking for… I have talked with 14 different tire outlets”. Stating the obvious, Joe went on to say, “This kinda...

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The Sound

There is a sound. You know it even if you are not a trucker. I don't know the words to exactly describe this sound, so let me use your memory to bring it into your ears. Imagine for a moment… My wife and co-driver Diane and I haul expedited freight for a living. We were on a run from California to Texas, but this time there is a lot of extra time built in. Because of the pick up and delivery times, we had several more hours to complete the run than are needed. With no security protocols attached to the freight, we were free to leave the truck, sleep, or pass the spare time in other ways. Diane’s driving shift ended about 1:00 a.m. local time in Arizona. I had been asleep in bed for several hours. When she stopped at a rest area we did not switch drivers as we usually do. Since we had lots of spare time, I stayed in bed. Diane went through the routine to “secure for sleeping” as we call it… She made sure the doors were locked, activated the truck security system, took visible valuable items off the dash (GPS, iPod, camera), updated her log book, used the Qualcomm unit to send dispatch a status update, physically shut the Qualcomm unit off, took the key out of the ignition switch, checked...

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CSA 2010 Made Easy: You are a Sitting Duck

Most truck drivers have heard enough about CSA, SMS, BASICs, DataQs, PSS and other such topics to know that they are important. But to grasp it all, you would need to read hundreds of pages of mind-numbing government documents… Most truck drivers have heard enough about CSA, SMS, BASICs, DataQs, PSS and other such topics to know that they are important. But to grasp it all, you would need to read hundreds of pages of mind-numbing government documents that make a day in the bathroom with the stomach flu seem like a better way to spend your time. Another way to understand how these topics affect your ability to earn a living as a truck driver is to enter the game room at any large truck stop and observe the guy who is standing in front of a large video screen, using a gun to select and shoot at targets. In this analogy, the rules and point values of the game are set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The shooter is the scale cop, state trooper or DOT officer who submits truck inspection reports. And you, Driver, are one of the targets on the screen. In this game, some targets are bigger and easier to see than others. It is not a combat game in which the targets can fire back. It is not a wildlife...

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Imagine a Future without Trucks

Every trucker knows that without trucks America stops. It’s not just a slogan. To those of us who drive the trucks and physically deliver the goods that keep America running, the notion of a future with no trucks is laughable, if not impossible to imagine. But is it really? Truck drivers use devices and information networks today that were beyond their grandparent’s ability to imagine. A future without trucks may be as close to us now as smart phones were to your grandparents when they got married. This view of the future came to me innocently enough. My wife and I were on an expedited freight run with an urgently needed piece of medical equipment on board. Such runs are common to us. It’s what we do. But the customer’s different way of communicating with us prompted new thoughts about a new future. Our anxious customer wanted to know our location and progress. He would normally contact our carrier’s dispatchers for that or track our truck online. That was not good enough this time. This customer wanted to talk directly to us in real time. He took dispatch out of the loop by requesting our cell phone number, calling us directly and texting us after that. Now, let me change the subject and ask you to think about something different. We’ll get back to the medical equipment run in...

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Expediters Look Ahead to 2011

If 2010 economic conditions continue into 2011, expediters can expect another great year. But if economic growth and freight volumes pick up even a little… Many of the expediters who survived the Great Recession (December 2007-June 2009) report that 2010 was one of their best years ever. Yet the pain of the recession is easily remembered and in many cases still felt. As expediters move into 2011, strong revenue fuels optimism but recession pain prompts them to delay moves they might otherwise make. As the recession pain fades, another great business year appears to lie ahead for expediters. Additionally, certain forces will be in play in 2011. If they align in a particular fashion, expediters may proclaim 2011 to be not just a great year but a spectacular one. Numerous forces come into play every year that help and hinder expediter success. The two forces to pay special attention to in 2011 are the pace of economic growth and CSA 2010. Expediters often speak of the economy as if it was a thing in itself. It is more accurate to speak of economic conditions. A recession is an economic condition, as is a recovery. We just came through the longest and deepest recession in our lifetime and are now in a slow recovery. While the recession is said to have ended in June, 2009, its negative and positive effects...

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