WINNERS ANNOUNCED!! RWIT “Camp Out in the Desert” VIP Pass

THANK YOU TO OUR ULTRA SPONSOR

Small Business In Transportation Coalition (SBTC)

 

Three winners were drawn during the August 2017 Great American Truck Show (GATS) in Dallas, Texas who will receive One (1) Each Exclusive RWIT VIP Package pass during the “Camp Out in the Desert” event to be held at the Phoenix International Raceway, Annual Veteran’s Day NASCAR Race Weekend.

Each RWIT VIP Package Pass winner won the following:

Saturday AND Sunday Race Days Seats with the OPTION to exchange a Saturday Ticket for another Sunday Ticket
• Sunday Pre-Race Pit Pass Access with the OPTION to purchase an additional pass to bring a companion
• Sunday Exclusive VIP Access to RWIT Hospitality Chalet in the Corporate Village at the Raceway

• Exclusive Photo Opportunities from Pit Road on Sunday Race day

All winners and attendees are responsible for their travel, food and lodging arrangements. Free Truck Parking is abundant at the in the oversize lot area and tram service will be adjacent to catch a ride up to the racetrack. Shower trailers are available at the raceway.

RV campers can get unreserved or reserved spots through the Phoenix International Raceway website. RV rentals are available through the “RV Share” website.

The winners who were drawn and notified are:

Barbara Odem
Quality Carriers , Calvert City, KY

Jeff Ogren
Uber Freight

May Lou Roix
Knight Transportation

In Addition, Allen and Donna Smith from the “Ask the Trucker” “LIVE show and “Trucking Social Media” donated (1) One VIP Pass from a contest they ran on their website. The Winner was Truck Driver Joshua Morris who will be joining us at the Camp Out event with his Wife.

This race is scheduled to sell out on Sunday. We have 30 VIP Passes still available for Sunday Only.

( $ 200.00 per person for the Sunday Only VIP Experience ). You can buy your online through PayPal  > 

There will be a photographer at this event taking lady truck driver portraits. If you would like to have your picture taken by a professional with your truck, you must book with her in advance. Her contact information is below:

Facebook Group: Women Trucker Portrait Sessions with Anne Marie Michel

Email: annemariemichel@me.com

Anne Marie Michel – Photographer Website

We Look Forward to Seeing you there!!

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  • Ultra Sponsor ($4000.00)
    • Four (4) RWIT Exclusive VIP Package Passes for your company representatives OR Giveaway to your drivers!
    • Your Company Logo displayed in event promotional materials
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    • Three (3) RWIT Exclusive VIP Package Passes for your company representatives OR Giveaway to your drivers!
    • Your Company Logo displayed in event promotional materials
    • Your Company may provide giveaways and literature to attendees about your products and services
    • Your Company Banner (Medium) in Corporate Village at the RWIT Chalet
    • Your Company Logo (Medium) on RWIT special event giveaway T-Shirt for the camp out event
    • 2 twitter posts through 12/31/17
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    • 1 Interview on RWIT Blog Talk Radio Show (Live or Podcast Show)
    • 1 Blog Post Announcement
  • Basic Sponsor ($1000.00)
    • Two (2) RWIT Exclusive VIP Package Passes for your company representatives OR Giveaway to your drivers!
    • Your Company Logo displayed in event promotional materials
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Expedited Loads: 5 Tips for Fast Negotiations

Expedited Loads: 5 Tips for Fast Negotiations

By: Chad Boblett – Boblett Brothers, Rate Per Mile Masters

Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma led to a lot of urgent loads on DAT load boards. Combined with already higher than usual demand for trucks, that’s creating some fast negotiating.

Why does the broker need a rate so fast? The load could be time-sensitive for the pick or drop-off. The agent could also be competing with other brokerages to be the first to secure a truck. 

Tips for Negotiating Expedited Loads:

1. If you are posting your truck and getting so many calls that you are missing calls, then you need to add more details to your truck posting. Be the person who knows what they want.

2. In the past, I’ve had the best luck posting my truck when others don’t, either after business hours or on the weekend.  

3. Try your best to quote the load now. Don’t tell the broker you will call back with a rate. It’s better to overprice the load than not price it at all. At least now the negotiation can begin. 

4. Know the mileage. A laptop with Google Maps opened up and ready to go is a fast way to calculate mileage while on the phone. Often brokers know what the zip codes for the city names you need and this is faster than trying to spell complicated city names. There are a few things you’ll want to consider when it comes to mileage:

  • Where is the load picking up? 
  • What is your deadhead to pick the load up?
  • Where is the load going?
  • What will your loaded miles be?
  • What would the miles be to get to a desired location? 
  • What is the total number of miles, including deadhead?

If I am unsure about the market the load is going to — or I will be off-loading during the weekend and/or getting reloaded will be unlikely — then I like knowing what the mileage will be to get to my next destination. Remember, this needs to happen fast and with little time for research, but it’s almost impossible to give a realistic rate without knowing the mileage.

5. What are the inconveniences? There are no rules or formulas for fast broker negotiations. I like to look at each load differently, with the thought of how much discontent the load will bring to my life. I told a broker once that I didn’t want to sit in a truck stop parking lot over the weekend, so the agent agreed to pay an extra $300 for a hotel room. Personally, with van and power-only loads, I often use $2.30 times all miles as my magic number.

Thanks for reading, I really like running expedited freight and will share more tips and strategies in future blog posts.          

 

Chad Boblett is the owner and driver of Boblett Brothers Trucking of Lexington, KY. Chad also founded the Rate Per Mile Masters group on Facebook, a communications hub for more than 13,000 members, including owner-operators, truck drivers, and other transportation and logistics pros.

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Emergency Freight: What Harvey Tells Us About Irma

Emergency Freight: What Harvey Tells Us About Irma

Less than ten days after Hurricane Harvey, trucks are already moving freight out of Houston, with almost the same volume as before the storm. That doesn’t mean nothing has changed. 

Harvey hit Houston on Friday evening, August 25, and hung over the metro area for days, dumping more than 50 inches of rain on Southeastern Texas and Southwestern Louisiana. Floods in the Gulf Coast region tragically cost the lives of at least 60 people. Economically, Harvey inflicted enormous damage on homes and businesses.

Houston is home to a number critical industries, including energy exploration, oil and gas refineries, and related manufacturing of petrochemicals and plastic resins, among others. Houston is also a major freight hub for rail and sea traffic, as well as trucking, including trade with Mexico by land and with South America and other regions by sea. The port has since re-opened, as have some portions of the railroads, but some capacity has yet to be restored. It could take months. 

Houston Rates Remain Elevated, Due to Disruption and Pent-Up Demand

Immediately after the rain subsided, trucks began hauling in emergency relief supplies for residents of the storm-affected zone. Inbound rates skyrocketed, as trucks were likely to leave empty, and so were paid the equivalent of roundtrip rates, with additional compensation for detention and layovers.

Outbound freight has picked up by now, and rates have declined in both directions after the initial, post-storm peak. But rates remain elevated in the region due to supply chain disruptions and pent-up demand. Ripple effects from Harvey, and now Irma, extend across the country, and will be felt for months to come. 

 

Flood waters cover a Houston highway during Hurricane Harvey.

 

Irma’s Impact on Truck Freight is Different from Harvey’s

Hurricane Irma’s impact on freight appears to be following the patterns that are more typical of a big weather event, while Harvey was exceptional in many ways.

Big weather events, like Super Storm Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, usually affect freight movements in three stages: 

  1. Before the storm, if it is predicted in advance, shippers hustle to move freight out of the way of the impending onslaught. Outbound rates rise sharply in the zone that will soon be battered by wind and rain.
  2. During the storm itself, nothing moves in or out of the area. It’s just not safe. FEMA and other organizations may move emergency relief supplies to a location on the outskirts of the storm zone, so they are ready to act as soon as roads are clear.
  3. After the storm is over, those emergency supplies are brought in, and the inbound rates shoot way up. This is usually a temporary increase, because conditions are still iffy. Plus, very few loads are available so soon after the storm, so truckers will probably have to deadhead back out. They are glad to help, but they want to be compensated for their time and effort. Van and reefer freight moves in first, and flatbed demand follows when it’s time to bring in construction equipment and materials for cleanup and rebuilding.

As of now, Irma is almost finished assaulting the Southeast. It is sunny today in Tampa and Atlanta, with a light breeze. But Irma caused the deaths of at least 11 people in the U.S., and dozens more in the Caribbean. Homes and businesses were destroyed. Millions are still without power in Florida. On a more positive note, relief supplies are being delivered by FEMA and other groups, and cleanup will get underway as conditions allow. 

It will take a very long time for freight transportation and logistics to return to normal, after two such monstrous storms in the same month. After Harvey smacked into Houston, some shippers started supplying the South Central region from distribution centers in the Southeast. So Atlanta,  Charlotte, Memphis and other regional hubs were moving freight to Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma, because Houston couldn’t do it. 

Then Irma headed toward Florida, and those same Southeast hubs re-focused and moved freight south instead of west. Meanwhile, the Midwest had to supply the Northeast, to compensate for all the freight that would ordinarily arrive from Atlanta. And the Midwestern warehouses were also called on to supply Colorado, which is often served by Houston. So it’s not so surprising that rates went a little crazy last week, in between the two megastorms. The pressure intensified even more because it was a short work week following Labor Day. 

We’ll see how this plays out, and you can score the accuracy of my predictions. Keep checking the DAT blog and DAT Trendlines for updates, as well as Facebook and Twitter, and let us know how the hurricanes have affected your business.

Stay safe out there!

 

DAT employees are donating to American Red Cross to help support those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and DAT Solutions is matching those contributions. To learn more about how you can help, visit the Red Cross website. Transportation and logistics professionals are urged to contact the American Logistics Aid Network, if you can help provide trucks, trailers, or warehouse space.

 

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