Author: Sean M. Lyden

How to Keep Your Marriage Together When You’re Driving Together

Earn more income. Spend more quality time with your partner. Travel the country on someone else’s dime. These are just a few reasons why you and your spouse might have gotten interested in driving together in the expedited trucking business. But then, within days–or perhaps hours–of getting on the road together, reality hits. “We went from a large, three-bedroom ranch-style house on seven acres to an OEM sleeper, and we were bosses in our previous jobs,” says Linda Caffee, who has been an expedite owner-operator with her husband Bob since 2005 and will be celebrating their 40-year wedding anniversary...

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15-Year Anniversary Issue: The Story of Expedite Now Magazine

It was a chance encounter at a Cincinnati mall parking lot in the early 1990’s that sparked Lawrence McCord’s interest in expedited trucking. “I saw an expediter in a cargo van who was laid over at that parking lot,” McCord recalls. “And I saw this bubble on top of the van and asked him, ‘What is that thing on top?’ He said, ‘It’s a satellite.” I said, ‘A satellite? And then you can know where you are?’ He said, “I know exactly where I’m at.’ I’m like, ‘That’s just amazing!’ And I wanted to learn more.” A few months...

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3 New Developments in Expediter Trucks and Vans for 2018

Whether you’re an expedite owner-operator or fleet owner, your goals are similar when it comes to acquiring a new truck or van: Purchase a vehicle that can help you run your business more efficiently and cost-effectively–with maximum safety for the driver. So, what’s new in the expediter truck and van market in 2018 that impact how you achieve these goals? Here are three developments to keep your eye on. #1. Rearview cameras becoming standard in vans. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a final rule requiring rearview cameras in all new vehicles under...

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The State of Expedited Trucking: 2018 Forecast

What are the key trends to watch in expedited trucking in 2018? What will be the impact of the ELD (electronic logging device) mandate? What is the outlook for fleet owners? And what direction is the expedite market, as a whole, heading–will it grow, hold steady, or hit economic headwinds? Expedite Now asked four industry experts to peer into their crystal ball and share what they see for 2018. Here are their insights. ELD Impact “I think 2018 will see a little bit of a ‘shaking out’ of the industry because of the ELD mandate,” says John Elliott, chief executive...

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The (Untraditional) Road to Fleet Owner Success

The traditional road to a career in expedited trucking usually goes something like this. You get into the business after you’ve retired or empty-nested. If you start as an owner-operator, you’ll typically wait a few years before ever thinking about becoming a fleet owner. And if you’re married, the spouse usually works in the venture with you, either as a team driver or helping to run the business. But Korey Walper took a different route to success in expediting. He started as an owner-operator—not after retirement, but in his early 20s, a few years after leaving college. He became...

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Know What to Expect With Your Expedited Trucking Carrier

Why do owner-operators leave a trucking carrier? If you ask carrier executives, the vast majority will tell you that the top reason is because of pay, says Tim Hindes, chief executive officer of Stay Metrics, a South Bend, Ind. firm that helps motor carriers capture insightful data to boost their driver engagement and retention rates. And that explains why you see a lot of trucking recruiters tout their sign-on bonuses, compensation plans and benefits. But surveys of drivers and owner-operators tell a different story, says Hindes. “The number one reason across all carriers and all types of drivers, including...

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3 Best Practices to Cut Fuel Costs, Grow Profit

In recent weeks, with the devastating aftermaths of Hurricanes Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida, the national average price for diesel has jumped from $2.52 before Harvey to $2.72 a few days after Irma, a span of about three weeks, according to AAA’s fuel price guide as of press time. This may only be a short-term spike in fuel prices, and it’s definitely a far cry from the over $4.00 per gallon for diesel about five years ago. Back then, veteran expedite owner-operators Bob and Linda Caffee spent over $70,000 on fuel in a year–about $40,000 more than...

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The Road to Fleet Owner: Making the Transition

The challenge is that your income depends on you driving the truck. If you don’t run it, you don’t get paid. That’s why a growing number of entrepreneurial-minded owner-operators are becoming fleet owners, where they own multiple trucks that earn income for them, whether they’re driving, sleeping or playing. The idea is that the more trucks you own and keep on the road, the greater your income potential. And you’re building a business asset that grows in value and paves the road to a more lucrative retirement. But with the bigger potential reward also comes greater risk with fleet...

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Expedite Expo ’17 Recap: A Show That Reflects a Changing Industry

Even after 17 years, Expedite Expo 2017 was marked by several firsts in the show’s history including a new format, new role-specific workshops, and a new industry award–that were all well received by attendees and exhibitors. And while attendance by owner-operators and drivers grew from 2016, the fastest growing segment among this year’s attendees was fleet owners who own anywhere from two to over 30 trucks. “The show’s attendance reflects a trend that’s occurring within our industry as a whole–that is, the fast and furious growth of fleet owners,” says Lawrence McCord, chief executive officer of On Time Media...

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Q & A with Bryan Hadley of Omada Worldwide

Former driver, and current CEO of Omada Worldwide Bryan Hadley shared with us stories of his time on the road as well as the mission of Omada Worldwide. EN: Tell us a little about yourself, Bryan! BH: I am a family man with a lovely wife, 3 beautiful daughters, and two dogs. I enjoy spending quality time with my wife and girls watching movies, playing games, and going to the water park with my daughters. I enjoy working out at the gym and on occasion splurging on Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. My wife and I are the owners...

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