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December 2, 2011

"Shipping Wars" to debut in January

Another trucking reality series is set to air in January 2012. In an announcement at the A&E website on December 1, the channel said the 10-episode 30-minute shows would debut January 10 at 9 pm and be immediately followed at 9:30 by the follow-up show. The theme of this series is a competition between six owner-operators who bid for freight that regular freight haulers don’t want to touch or can’t handle.
“Each episode of ‘Shipping Wars’ dives into the cutthroat world of heavy-duty movers as they battle for the chance to transport the unshippable,” according to the announcement. “The competition begins with uShip, the world’s largest online auction house for independent truckers. Every day, thousands of shipments are put up for auction. The battle is fierce as the movers have only minutes to bid, and the lowest bidder gets the load.”

December 1, 2011

Getting a lot more for a lot less

No company still around is doing business like it did in the ‘90s. We’re all leaner, more productive. Doing more with less.

A great example is emerging in the truck maintenance area from the ranks of ATA’s Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC). Some of the most well known members have become limited-time executives, spreading their expertise over a number of smaller truck fleets as they spend time with each client. Doing so brings big-fleet practices and years of experience to the smaller, intermediate fleet level at a cost that’s spread over the client base. And it’s precisely when fleets must tighten belts and look for new ways to manage at a lower cost that these limited-time executives add significant value to operations.