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Snow and Ice Fines? It’s Not Always Sunny in Pennsylvania

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Today is Groundhog’s Day, the day where we leave winter weather predictions up to a Groundhog. The most famous of the weather predicting groundhogs is Punxsutawney Phil from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and today he didn’t see his shadow, predicting an early spring. Earlier springs may be welcome to prevent some truckers…Read more

Most Truckers Prefer This Presidential Candidate in 2016

Most Truckers Prefer This Presidential Candidate in 2016

So, who do most truckers want to see in the White House come November?  uShip set out to find that answer by polling our trucking community, asking them, “Which presidential candidate will most benefit the trucking industry?” Turns out 6 in 10 (60%) say Donald Trump is their man. Nearly 11% want…Read more

Avoiding the Sting of Your Shipping Contract in Today’s Soft Freight Market

Avoiding the Sting of Your Shipping Contract in Today’s Soft Freight Market

Remember several months ago when you got really excited about signing that freight contract with a carrier or broker that had an 85% discount? At the time, it was maybe a good deal. Production was stronger. Capacity was tighter. You placed a big time hedge as the industry was bracing…Read more

What On-Demand Delivery Startups Can Learn from ‘Lawn Chair Larry’

What On-Demand Delivery Startups Can Learn from ‘Lawn Chair Larry’

For those unfamiliar with this story, let me tell you about Larry Walters (a.k.a. “Lawn Chair Larry”).  To me, there seems some striking similarities between one of Larry’s better-known life experiences and the current state of the on-demand delivery market.   On July 2, 1982, Larry took a flight from…Read more

Half-Million Owner-Operators, Small Fleets Likely Face Stiff Wind with New Hiring Law

Half-Million Owner-Operators, Small Fleets Likely Face Stiff Wind with New Hiring Law

Since you’re out on the road, we wanted to give you the scoop on the legislation that could impact your business if you’re an independent owner-operator and small fleet owner. Here’s a basic explanation, along with a poll so you can sound off with your opinion. The DRIVE Act, the…Read more

New Technology to Test Live View Truck Camera and Display

New Technology to Test Live View Truck Camera and Display

Passing a truck – or being passed – can be a nerve-wracking experience regardless of the other vehicle. In fact, in Argentina alone, one person dies every hour from car accidents with the majority of accidents happening while people overtake other vehicles. Inspired by this alarming statistic, Samsung has set…Read more

Get Ready, Drivers. Roadcheck 2015 Starts Tuesday

Get Ready, Drivers. Roadcheck 2015 Starts Tuesday

Heads-up! Roadcheck 2015 is upon us…almost. According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and other government agencies, the International Roadcheck is scheduled for June 2 – 4, that’s next Tuesday through Thursday. The annual blitz will take nearly 10,000 inspectors from local, state and federal enforcement…Read more

Smartphones are Improving the Lives of Truckers

Smartphones are Improving the Lives of Truckers

If you don’t own a smartphone today, you are part of a dwindling minority. According to recent Nielsen statistics, more than 70 percent of U.S. adults own these devices, with 85 percent of millennials owning a smartphone in the second quarter of 2014. Clearly, age doesn’t matter anymore when it…Read more

On-Demand Printing: Delivery of the Future?

On-Demand Printing: Delivery of the Future?

Just when you thought you had heard it all, Amazon has come up with another way to push the envelope in the shipping industry. Bad puns aside, Amazon is no stranger to experimenting with new and improved shipping methods. However, The Wall Street Journal recently reported Amazon filed for several patents for…Read more

An Ongoing Debate: The 34-Hour Restart

An Ongoing Debate: The 34-Hour Restart

Owner-operator drivers are concerned about the 34-hour restart rule, and they’re letting their elected officials know about it. On Apr. 2, Rep. Richard Hanna (R – N.Y.) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx voicing his concerns about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s 34-hour restart…Read more