While more and more fleets are utilizing thousands of data points to make operational decisions, insurance providers are tapping into those same data points to help create more accurate risk profiles of carriers and their drivers to build improved insurance offerings for those fleets. And at a lower cost in some instances.
A few years ago, cameras in trucks were viewed negatively by nearly everyone. That has started changing as more providers perfected the systems and word started getting out on how a camera could save a fleet from a million-dollar lawsuit, not to mention reducing risky driving behaviors.
Larger fleets sometimes control their insurance costs by self-insuring. Smaller fleets, though, often don’t have the financial resources to self-insure, so more of them are turning to “captive” insurance programs.
Fleets do not have to be stuck paying high insurance premiums as there are a number of choices they can make to lower their risk profile and cost. Here are 10 ways to help do that.
Like taxes, insurance can be confusing. Many carriers, especially smaller carriers without dedicated insurance experts on the payroll, are at the mercy of an insurance provider. But armed with a little knowledge, carriers can make more informed purchasing decisions.
Many commercial trucking companies will never be impacted by cargo theft, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be prepared. Cargo theft is a multi-million-dollar problem, and like all problems, somebody is going to pay for it.
Using onboard video cameras can not only reduce risky driving behaviors, they can also lead to a significant decrease in insurance premiums, with one fleet reporting it saw its insurance premiums drop 55%.
There is no requirement for cargo insurance, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have it. As you search for motor truck cargo insurance, you will find various plans at various price points. Like those homeowner’s policies, no two are the same. So how do you know what you should be looking for?
Fleets using ELDs say they reduce manual processes related to HOS compliance, reduce compliance violations, and improve driver and public safety. All of these benefits provide fleets another benefit: potentially lower insurance costs.
The increasing use of mobile technology has spawned a new industry that many in trucking – from drivers to fleets – can take advantage of: peer-to-peer (P2P) payments.
When you run a trucking business that has weekly and daily bills such as salaries and fuel, but shippers pay at 30, 60 or even 90 days, ensuring you have the proper cash flow to maintain operations can be tricky. That’s why many owner-operators and smaller fleets have turned to invoice factoring.
If your small trucking company seems like it is operating on a week-to-week basis, you are not alone. According to a new survey from Mercator Advisory Group, 75% of small businesses in the U.S. routinely delay purchases at least once or twice a year because of cash flow issues. You can minimize this impact, though, through proper planning.
There are times in every business owner’s life when you need cash. The business has hit a rough patch, an unexpected expense has arrived, or a new business opportunity has presented itself, but you don’t have the money to take advantage. So how do you get the money?
Filing your taxes can be confusing enough, try writing tax law. The complications in writing a tax law is one of the reasons the nation has not seen a major revamp of current law since the 1980s. Here are some of the key provisions in the draft bills.
As 2017 winds down, many carriers are taking a hard look at their tax situation. Is there anything they can do now that can reduce their tax liability? There is, and it comes in the form of equipment purchases.
Chances are pretty good you got into trucking to make money. Some carriers, though, continue to suffer through lean year. They are always running short of money, and can never seem to get ahead. Their problem may be their hauling rate.
Whether you own a car, pickup or tractor-trailer, it’s a decision that we all face at some point: Should I just buy a new vehicle or continue to repair my current one?
Managing any small business can be stressful. The fact is many small businesses fail. The number one reason for small business failure is the lack of proper cash flow management, according to U.S. Bank. That's why it's so important to learn how to manage your cash when times are good.
Rates are going up, but how can your carrier grab the largest increase possible? There are many things to consider when it comes to rates, but it all starts with knowing your own costs.
Target has made a massive investment in Shipt, a same-day grocery delivery service for online orders that relies on personal shoppers. Target hopes to challenge the rapid growth of Walmart's online food sales and wants to offer same-day shipping for all of its products by the end of 2019.
While all projections point toward a big future for EVs, one big question remains—what type of battery will emerge as the winner?
Morgan Stanley and SIG see great prospects for truckload carrier stocks going into 2018. Large carriers' valuations should benefit from both the ELD mandate and the GOP tax reform.
With the evolution of trucks into computers on wheels, cybersecurity becomes more of an issue. Autonomous trucks are especially an attractive target for the hacking community.
YRC Worldwide CEO James Welch announced he will retire in July 2018. Current YRC Freight President Darren Hawkins is expected to be named to succeed Welch by the Board of Directors at its July 2018 meeting, the company said in a release.
To get a more detailed look at the impact ELDs are having on the industry, FreightWaves talked with drivers and a fleet that has been running the devices, and each has reported different experiences, but in the end, the concern of all of them is that the devices simply work.
Sustainability initiatives are good for business, the long-term health of urban citizens, and the environment, but it will take long-term thinking and engaged problem-solving strategies. (Shutterstock)
The Fed has raised interest rates to 1.25%--rates on new loans, equipment leases, old variable debt, and factoring services will all go up.
The adoption rate for ELDs is slowly inching up as more fleets come into compliance with the law, which goes into effect on Dec. 18.
The enormity of the trucking industry can be realized by looking at the myriad of industries that depend on freight hauling for their sustenance and growth. Add the fracking industry to that list as frac sand has become a major commodity.
Weak workforce training, high corporate tax rates, poor road & rail infrastructure quality, and a lack of regulatory transparency are all hurting America's competitiveness as a manufacturing location.
The Budweiser brewer says this is part of its strategy to reduce the company’s carbon emissions by 30% by 2025.
Dry van spot rates hit a 3-year monthly high in November, according to data compiled by DAT Solutions. The November rate was $2.07 per mile, the highest monthly average since December 2014, the firm said, and 5 cents above October levels.
Both East Coast Transport (ECT) and the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) believe blockchain is one of the most significant developments for the industry since the creation of the internet. ECT has joined BiTA to part of that development.
In an interview with FreightWaves, Tadmore Transportation CEO Pete Emahiser says the blockchain will create a common language that carriers, shippers and brokers can all speak, but he also forsees other possibilities, including a capacity blockchain.
The Rhode Island Trucking Association (RITA) has called out the Rhode Island Department of ansportation (RIDOT)’s allegedly inadequate environmental assessment (EA), hoping that the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) will reject the report.
More than 400,000 Freightliner and Western Star Trucks are being recalled by Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) due to a potentially defective brake light.
Technology startup FR8 Revolution has received an investment from Sandhills Publishing as well as announced a new technology partnership with the company.
UPS faces a major strike threat from 1,300 disgruntled aircraft mechanics, but the good news is that most Christmas e-commerce orders are already onshore.
Recently, Mexico shifted into a supply-and-demand based pricing structure for its fuel markets, ditching the old system where the government set the fuel price through state-owned oil company Pemex as it seeks to attract more U.S. investment.
The demands of today's marketplace are moving in one direction: giving us exactly what we want, when and where we want it. In his 2016 Ted Talk, Alan Amling reimagines the supply chain of the future. By integrating ideas from the past with today’s most promising technologies, he paints a surprising picture of how we might manufacture and move things in the years to come.
Walmart has patented an 'unattended retail storefront' that would be located in customers' homes and stocked by autonomous vehicles, part of its quest to compress or eliminate delivery delays altogether.
South Africa's Heavyweight Group starts a digital load board and joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA).
Warehousing employment surges as Amazon and Walmart are swamped by holiday online orders; UPS aircraft mechanics threaten to go on strike.
Last-minute efforts to delay or stop the electronic logging device rule (ELD) are continuing, but it may be too little, too late unless President Donald Trump throws a Hail Mary.
One of the questions many ask as the electric and autonomous vehicles are introduced to market is: What happens with the “last mile” delivery? It can be the most expensive leg of deliveries, especially in rural areas.
FedEx and UPS are squeezing e-commerce shippers with more expensive DIM pricing, accessorial fees, and tough rate negotiations.
Losses and debts can be a deadly combo for any shipping company to handle. In a report from the Wall Street Journal looking at so-called “zombie companies” in Europe, one logistics company stood out.
Supply Chain Dive has announced its list of awards for 2017 and one award that garnered some interesting attention is the Buzzword of the Year: blockchain.