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6 Major Lessons from uShip Hackathons

6 Major Lessons from uShip Hackathons

Over the past three years, hackathons at uShip have grown from an idea to a tradition. Ideally, we want each event to feel almost effortless in their planning and execution. While we’ve experienced many successes, we’ve also learned a lot of lessons along the way. Below are some of the…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

Top 5 States for Trucker Pay

Top 5 States for Trucker Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the mean annual salary for general freight truck drivers in the US is $43,180; a competitive rate considering the mean annual salary across all occupations is $47,230. If you’ve thought about changing careers – or locations – a recent report predicted some…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 the Movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Taught Me About Safe Holiday Travel

What the Movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Taught Me About Safe Holiday Travel

Whenever I think about traveling on Thanksgiving, I think of the movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. If you haven’t seen it, then I’m obligated to let you know the next paragraph is full of spoilers. The gist of the movie is that main character, Neal (Steve Martin), gets held up…Read more

5 Times When People Shipped Entire Churches

5 Times When People Shipped Entire Churches

Throughout history, devout believers have built massive churches to honor God and house their worship. Most churches remain stationary throughout time — you know, since they weigh thousands of tons — but sometimes, they get shipped. That’s Right. Entire Churches.  Here at uShip, we’ve shipped altars, organs, and pews, but we’ve…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

First Impressions of npm On-Site

First Impressions of npm On-Site

For the longest time we committed our entire node_modules folder here at uShip. We recently made the switch to npm On-Site. This is our journey. How We Use npm At uShip Here at the ‘Ship we don’t actually run a node server in production, we just use node for our…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

From Zero To Swagger: Retrofitting an Existing REST API to an API Specification Using Swagger

Introduction Here at uShip, our web services have gone through quite a change over the last few years. We have gone from SOAP based services to a RESTful API. Recently we dipped our toes into Swagger, an API specification framework, to provide more value to our developers and external partners….Read more