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8 GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK

Each September, National Truck Driver Awareness Week is observed and organized by The American Trucking Association (ATA). For 2018, this week will be observed September 9-15, 2018. Many of the great trucking companies show their appreciation to their drivers by giving them gifts for this week of appreciation.

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National retail systems

There are many gadgets on the market this year that can improve a trucker’s driving experience. Consider purchasing the following products for assistance throughout your travels.

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Trucking Essentials: Top 10 Things Drivers Say Are a Must-Have

Whether you’re new to driving or a seasoned veteran, there are essential items to keep stocked in your cab. We checked in with a few drivers to uncover the essentials for life on the open road. Here’s what we found…

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How much lower will freight rates fall?

Has money been a little tighter for your business lately? If you're a small carrier or owner-operator, you're not alone. Freight rates have been in decline since the calendar flipped to 2019. Prices are typically down during this part of winter, but there are signs that rates could thaw soon. The good news is that volumes have been firming up this month. On the top 100 van lanes, February volumes so far have outpaced both 2017 and 2018, and the number of lanes with higher rates versus lower rat

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3 new tax rules could save you thousands

How big will your tax refund be this year? Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — which applies to the 2018 tax year — most taxpayers will see a reduction in their total tax bill for 2018. There are 3 significant changes to the tax code that should let taxpayers keep more of their money this year, in most cases: Higher standard deduction Doubling of the Child Tax Credit Lower tax rates in most income brackets

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America has a massive truck driver shortage. Here’s why few want an $80,000 job.

America has a massive shortage of truck drivers. Joyce Brenny, head of Brenny Transportation in Minnesota, increased driver pay 15 percent this year to try to attract more drivers. Many of her drivers now earn $80,000, she says, yet she still can't find enough people for the job.

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Finding value with the right approach to technology deployment

The value of adopting open system architecture solutions has often been debated. On the plus side, it opens doors to more innovation. On the downside, though, is the risk of arming competition with access to all those same innovations. Increasingly, the supply chain has been moving to an open architecture approach and that is creating value for enterprises up and down the chain while also reducing costs.

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Technology is crucial for bringing transparency to cold supply chains

The logistics ecosystem has left much to be desired in regard to transparency in trucking operations, with the industry still relying heavily on archaic five-decade-old electronic data exchange (EDI) technology that creates burdensome time lags in operations, and prevents businesses from gaining real-time insights into the whereabouts of their cargo while in transit.

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Driver wellness: Keeping mind and body strong on the road

For you, a truck driver, going to work each day is a lot different than most people. Your office, in the cab of a truck, is almost always in motion. There’s hardly any time to relax, and for too many drivers if you aren’t working, you aren’t getting paid. So staying well is vital.

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Outlook: Top 10 business issues for small carriers

Last year saw many changes for the trucking industry. Here's the rundown of the top issues to watch from Joe Rajkovacz, director of governmental affairs and communications for Western States Trucking Association (WSTA).

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