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Family, Health, and Technology at the Heart of GATS

Family, Health, and Technology at the Heart of GATS

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I’ve had the pleasure of attending many trucking tradeshows over the years, but this was my first year at the Great American Trucking Show (GATS). GATS is geared toward owner/operators and small trucking companies—those with less than five trucks—which also represent the majority of America’s trucking demographic. More than 500 vendors were on display, allowing carriers to be hands-on with the products they offer. The show was robust, well attended, and fun to be a part of. Here are a few things I took away from the show.
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- Regional Capacity Manager- C.H. Robinson

5 Ways to Improve Driver Retention

5 Ways to Improve Driver Retention.TheRoad

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According to the American Trucking Association, the annual commercial driver turnover rate has been at 90% or higher since 2012. That means trucking companies must replace almost their entire fleet of drivers each year. This problem is compounded by a commercial driver shortage across the country. So what can fleet owners do to mitigate this problem?
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How I Helped Create a Mobile App

How I Helped Create a Mobile App.The Road

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By now, you’ve likely seen that C.H. Robinson has released a new mobile app for contract carriers. What you might not know is that they built it for carriers, with carriers. Since C.H. Robinson is a 3PL, not a contract carrier, you might think they don’t know our business enough to build an app specifically for carriers. But, you’d be wrong. My company, Sanchez Transports, was one of the first contract carriers working with C.H. Robinson to help them build the app that already helps me run my business better.
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- Owner and Manager, Sanchez Transports

Hauling Freight Across the Canada-U.S Border? 3 Things You Need to Know

New to Cross Border Shipments? 3 Tips for an Efficient Experience.The Road

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As strong, cooperative trading partners, the world’s largest trade relationship is between Canada and the United States [1]. Shipments between the two countries are international transactions and subject to government entry and admissibility regulations, so as a driver, it’s important that you are prepared well before you reach the border. Here are three things you can do for a smoother border-crossing experience.
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- Manager, Toronto Capacity    

Relationships Work Better than Focusing on Rates

Relationships Works Better than Focusing on Rates.The Road

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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.
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