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Business, Logistics

Tables Have Turned: Shippers Now Courting Truck Drivers

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Once at the mercy of shippers, truckers now are turning the tables, thanks to surging freight demand and a shortage of drivers.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
May 14, 2018
Business, Logistics, TCA, Top 100

Covenant Transport Pays $2,000 Bonuses to 44 Teams

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Covenant Transport handed out $88,000 in its new team bonus program last month to 44 teams that eclipsed the 60,000 miles together to earn the company’s new $2,000-per-team bonus.

Dave Flessner | Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press
May 9, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

California Court Ruling Targets Independent Contractor Classification

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In a ruling that could change the workplace status of people across the state, the California Supreme Court made it harder April 30 for employers to classify their workers as independent contractors.

Maura Dolan and Andrew Khouri | Los Angeles Times
May 1, 2018
Business, Safety, Logistics, TCA

Deaf Washington Man Finally Can Follow in Grandfather’s Footsteps as a Truck Driver

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Justin Brooks has dreamed of the open road since he was a young child, riding along in the front seat of his grandfather’s truck on shipping routes.

Chad Sokol | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)
April 30, 2018
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Trucker Wanders Oregon Woods for Four Days Because of GPS Fail

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LA GRANDE, Ore. — A trucker who was missing for four days in a snow-covered part of Oregon after his GPS mapping device sent him up the wrong road walked 36 miles and emerged safely from a remote and rugged region of the state.

April 30, 2018
Business, Logistics, TCA

Truck Driver Shortage Spurs Rising Prices, Delayed Deliveries

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If you see prices creeping higher for everything from cereal to socks in the next few months, you can probably blame this stark reality: There aren’t enough truck drivers delivering the goods to stores.

Paul Davidson | USA Today
April 26, 2018
Business, Logistics, TCA

Southern Indiana Trucking Companies Battling ‘Catastrophic’ Driver Shortage

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It’s just a paved lot now, but soon, one 16-acre property in River Ridge, Ind., will be the home of a comprehensive over-the-road truck driving school for Mister “P” Express, Inc.

Danielle Grady | The Evening News and The Tribune (Jeffersonville, Ind.)
April 23, 2018
Business, Safety

Walmart Relaxes Deadlines for Some Deliveries Amid Driver Crunch

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Walmart Inc. has relaxed deadlines for some supplier deliveries just months after tightening them, easing pressure on manufacturers who are grappling with a driver shortage.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
April 11, 2018

Improving Pay Is Best Way to Retain Drivers, Companies Say

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Two more trucking companies have announced pay increases for drivers, following a trend that is helping address the industry’s immediate need to attract and retain drivers, and that experts said is part of a larger strategy for addressing the shortage in the long term.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 5, 2018

N.C. School's Driver Training Program Offers Military a Career Path

Instructor Billy Erskine and military graduate Sean Lenn Instructor Billy Erskine and military graduate Sean Lenn, courtesy of Erskine

Members of the military who earn a commercial driver license increase their chances of finding employment once they leave the service, Billy Erskine, director of the North Carolina Truck Driver Training School, told Transport Topics recently.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 2, 2018