Skill Stacking: How to Make the Most of Your Downtime

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Oct 19th 2020 1:00PM
As an expediter, you can't always control how long you'll sit between loads. But one thing you can control is what you do with that time you're having to sit. So, how can you get the most out of your downtime to increase your value-and your income? Try building your "skill stack." What's a Skill Stack?Scott Adams, the Dilbert cartoonist, coined the term "skill stack" in his bestselling book, "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life." H...

California's Ban on Gas and Diesel Vehicles-and How It Will Impact Expedited Trucking

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Oct 1st 2020 12:22PM
In September, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that his state would ban the sale of new light-duty gasoline and diesel vehicles, effective in 2035. And by 2045, new medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold in California must also be zero-emissions. So, what does this news mean for expedited trucking? First, by 2035, you would not be able to purchase a new Sprinter-style high-roof cargo van with an internal combustion engine in California. New vans will be all-electric-with ba...

An Open Letter to Expediters

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Sep 22nd 2020 1:43PM
President John F. Kennedy put it best when he said, "We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives." And that's exactly what I want to do today - to thank all of you in the expedited trucking community for the impact you've made on my life and career since 2014 when I first got to know you as a writer for EO. After all, we recently celebrated "Driver Appreciation Week," which is a great way to spotlight how vital truckers are to making our ...

What's the Outlook for Expedited Trucking for the Rest of 2020?

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Sep 8th 2020 3:44PM
When John Elliot, chief executive officer for expedite carrier Load One LLC, and I had a conversation about the state of the expedited trucking market back in early March, so much was in flux. The COVID-19 pandemic led the U.S. to shut off travel from China and Europe. Several states were beginning to issue stay-at-home orders, except for essential workers. And automotive plants were about to close. Today, nearly five months later, the economy has been reopening in phases, bu...

How to Know Who You Can Trust

By: Sean M. Lyden - Staff Writer
Posted: Aug 31st 2020 9:03AM
You're a fleet owner about to hire a new team. Can you trust them to take good care of your equipment-and your customers? You're a driver looking to work for a fleet owner. Can you trust that this owner will have your back, pay you the right amount at the right time, and not blindside you with unexpected expenses? You're an owner-operator about to sign with a new carrier. Can you trust that the recruiter has your best interests in mind? Whatever role you serve in the expedite...

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