Autonomous Trucks, ELDs, and More at ATA’s Management Conference and Exhibition.TheRoad
Autonomous trucks. Safety. Today’s and tomorrow’s marketplace. The future of trucking. These, as well as a significant number of others, were key discussion topics at this year’s American Trucking Association’s (ATA) Management Conference and Exhibition. In my role at C.H. Robinson, I study market pressures, disruptors, and evolutionary market cycles to bring valuable insights to our customers. This year, I was able to attend ATA’s conference to listen to the debates, ideas, and insights of today’s trucking industry.
Professional truck driver stories: In their own words.Road
We are in the midst of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Each year we recognize the 3.5 million men and women who deliver the goods we need to survive. We all know truck driving is hard work and can be challenging, however, there are many great reasons and stories why people love being truck drivers. This year I had the opportunity to connect with truck drivers personally and find out why they enjoy what they do and what helps them feel rewarded by their profession. Here is what they had to say.
My Carrier Experience at the Great American Trucking Show.The Road
My career started in 2004 at C.H. Robinson, and I’ve spent a lot of time working directly with carriers of all sizes. At the end of August, I had the opportunity to attend the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. This event was a wonderful experience for me because it was my first time being in a place with thousands of small trucking companies, professional truck drivers, and owner/operators, all at the same time.
Relationships Works Better than Focusing on Rates.The Road
A few months ago, I wrote about how important accurate accounting really is for small carrier profitability. Today I want to continue on the topic of profitability, but from a slightly different angle. It’s my experience that many owner/operators and small carriers have one approach to find loads—one that’s not always the smartest, or the most profitable.
The Image of Trucking: How Can We Change It.The Road
Typically, as we reach this halfway point in the year, I like to discuss current, top-trending issues. Today, though, I’d like to talk about something else that has been on my mind lately: the image of trucking.