Trucking 101 – Safety is no accident!

No employer ever wants to make that dreaded phone call to an employee’s loved ones that there has been an accident; especially a fatal car accident where you needed to have an attorney from Maryland car accident lawyer to fight for justice.  You need to work hard to help avoid that terrible event. In Chicago, […]

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Trucking 101 – Preparing for growth

Many company owners I speak with want to grow, but they report that each time they try, things just don’t come together well and they have to scale back again. The following problems are also reported: Customer failures Communication problems with drivers Lack of quality freight Lack of quality drivers Staff shortages A lot of […]

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Budgeting 101 – Understanding Per Diem

What is a per diem allowance? Per Diem Allowance is an IRS qualified reimbursed expense, paid to employees for ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred while traveling away from home.  The IRS has separate rates for lodging, meals and incidental expenses.   For example, $89 lodging/$51 meals is allowed for military personal.  Lodging and meal rates are […]

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Tips and Tricks – Cargo claims and Brokered Loads.

I have often recommended that you broker excess freight as a way to service your customers and increase your bottom line.  Select your carriers as carefully as you select your drivers.  It only takes a few minutes to review your carrier insurance and safety stats. For starters, look up your new carrier on www.safersys.org   Just […]

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Budgeting 101 – Cutting costs.

There will be a day when due to the shift of business, whether from loss of contracts, shortage of drivers, or other issues, you will need to step back and regroup. You need to back off and take a hard, disinterested look at your own business as a neutral party would, take a nap with your […]

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EDI Transmission – VAN or SFTP?

Today we will be talking about Electronic data interchange  or EDI for short. Wikipedia defines EDI as:  An electronic communication method that provides standards for exchanging data via any electronic means. By adhering to the same standard, two different companies or organizations, even in two different countries, can electronically exchange documents (such as purchase orders, invoices, shipping […]

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A Tribute to Mr. Ahern

I have long been a fan of Mr. Andre Ahern and have religiously read his newsletters for years.  It was with much sadness I heard of his passing last week, which disturbed my greatly due to the fact that he was murdered.  He will be greatly missed by many. About Ahern & Associates Transportation Consulting […]

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Software 101 – Validate your reports.

As my Mama says, ” If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?!” Earlier this week, I worked with a colleague. I followed his instructions.  He asked for data pulled from SQL tables, into a spreadsheet for him to analyze.  Simple, export and done. We had already […]

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Business Models – Yesterdays strategies in today’s world?

When did leaving work on time, become an act of courage? Such a great line from a Hyundai commercial!  And so long past due!  I do hope corporate America will embrace this slogan. A concept I am fond of that is from the 60’s.  It is ‘The Peter Principle’.  The following from Wikipedia explains if very well. […]

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Business Models – Playing with the big boys?

If you are a small to mid-size trucking company, should you go after those contracts where you are ‘playing with the big boys’? Sure, it sounds impressive to say we haul freight for  . . . . .,  but is it a good idea to even go after those huge open contracts? Getting in the door […]

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