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Are you a Courier or an Expediter?

The number of people dabbling in Amazon Last Mile Delivery has thrown a bit of a wrench in the insurance underwriting of smaller vehicles making “for hire” deliveries. A professional cargo van or sprinter driver hauling time sensitive freight on an unlimited radius is a clear cut “Expediter Classification” for most insurance companies. But what about…

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Understanding Owner Operator Motor Truck Cargo Insurance – and Who’s Carmack?

“Hmmmm…so if something goes wrong, who IS responsible for all that stuff I’m hauling in the back of my truck?” The “Cargo” in the back of your truck requires its own type of insurance coverage based on what commodities you’re hauling.   Most Motor Truck Cargo Policies insure the freight for the obvious exposures of…

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Understanding Owner Operator Phys Dam Insurance

Owner Operator, do you ever drive along and wonder “Exactly What IS Phys Dam?” “Phys Dam” is short for Physical Damage. Physical Damage is the Comp and Collision Insurance Coverage on your truck. Collision insurance covers your truck if it is damaged by hitting something or overturns.   Comp is short for Comprehensive.   This insurance…

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FedEx Independent Contractors have new insurance options

I’ve written before on choices Owner Operator Independent Contractors have in purchasing “In-House” insurance coverage through their Motor Carrier, “Independent” insurance plans on their own or “Association” insurance programs. There’s a new association program on the block which is currently exclusive to FedEx Independent Contractors. It offers some great rates and coverage for Independent Contractors…

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Amazon & Uber Rethinking Logistics

CIS shares an interesting and creative take on Amazon & Uber Logistics courtesy of TradeMachines.com: “A new era brings new expectations: faster delivery & higher successful delivery rates. How is it possible to fulfill these expectations? By rethinking processes, improve efficiency and through innovation. Take a look at this infographic to find out how Amazon & Uber…

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MCIEF Conference educates Transportation Risk Specialists with Experts in the Trucking Industry

Truck Industry Leaders shared thoughts and information with key Transportation Insurance Companies and Agents at the 2017 MCIEF – Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation Conference in Orlando. The first topic was “Critical Issues the Motor Carrier Faces and Their Impact on Insurance”.   Mark Willis, radio personality with SiriusXM Channel 146 shared his feedback from listeners…

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Owner Operator update on Wal-mart, Amazon, Google, and Uber

Wal-Mart has partnered with Google Express to challenge Amazon for voice ordered purchases. Wal-Mart will share a buyer’s purchase history with “Google’s Virtual Assistant”, enabling faster processing for items frequently shopped. Amazon has long utilized voice shopping which analyzes buying history by recalling preferred items purchased in the past. Google Express currently enlists Uber and…

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Best Owner Operator Casino Night Yet!

Wow, what a great time! Over 350 Owner Operators, Motor Carriers and Vendors joined us for CIS Casino Night at the Expo in Lexington, KY last weekend. Over $7,000 in prizes were donated and drawn between rounds of blackjack, roulette, craps and texas hold’em. Check out these generous companies who contributed such great prizes for Owner Operators to…

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CIS Casino Night at Expo 2017

I say enough work…it’s time to PLAY!  Let’s blast off a new season and celebrate our positive momentum at Expedite Expo in Lexington, KY July 14th.  CIS Casino Night is our way or thanking our Owner Operators and Motor Carriers for their support.  So let’s kick back and have some fun together Friday night! D.J. Rick with Premier Casino Events…

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Interesting Transportation Court Cases compliments of CAB

Transportation Court Cases: CARGO The District Court in Maryland concluded that a plaintiff’s claims for loss or damage to freight were preempted by Carmack even when the motor carrier only performed an intra-state leg of an international move.  As the plaintiff always intended the goods to move internationally Federal Court jurisdiction existed and a motion…

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Trump Bump means Big Bucks for Truckers

Who can really trust a poll for exact numbers anymore, but suffice to say that most of us in trucking tend to be conservative and patriotic so it’s not surprising that Trump received BIGLY support from individual drivers, organizations like Truckers for Trump and even the Big Boys representing fleets.  What happens now? Proposed changes…

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At Elaine Chao Hearing, Smiles and Laughter in an Otherwise Tense Washington

The confirmation hearing for transportation secretary struck a friendly tone, but hinted at upcoming policy fights. WASHINGTON—On a Wednesday morning of political havoc in the capital, Room G50 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building was a study in Beltway bonhomie as Elaine Chao cruised through her confirmation hearing for secretary of transportation. Ms. Chao, who…

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CDC says Flu Season could be Severe

Yes, if you’re like me when you saw this headline you probably said, “When DON’T they say the Flu Season will be bad?” Anyway, apparently there is an “A” type strain called H3N2 that is a variety that causes more severe symptoms in play this year.  A lot of the really bad Flu Seasons were…

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Interesting Truck Insurance Court Cases and more…courtesy of CAB

Read the 4 quick summaries here so you’re in the loop of what’s going on, or grab a beverage and click to read the full transportation court cases for interesting stuff on Cargo, Brokerage, Couriers and Temporary Substitute Clause: CARGO A reminder to underwriters that motor carriers are liable for loss or damage to cargo…

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The Most Misunderstood Coverage in Owner Operator Truck Insurance – NTL

Here’s a quick overview of NTL, and heads up on a denied claim where a personal auto policy was used in it’s place: A Non-Trucking Liability policy or “NTL” is designed for an Independent Contractor/Owner Operator who is under permanent lease by contract to a Motor Carrier.  The Motor Carrier provides your Primary Commercial Auto…

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Why an Independent Contractor Owner Operator should have his own Truck Insurance Policy

Dave Corfman offers excellent advice through E.O. Sean M. Lyden’s pen in “Should I Stay or Should I Go?  Knowing when to find another carrier.”  I’d like to add this suggestion to Independent Contractors from the insurance angle: Secure your own expedite truck insurance policy. Make it in your name with your own policy and your own…

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MCS90-91X – Protection Might Not Be What Some People Think

Posted By Shelly Benisch “Risky Business” Blog Expediters Online Sep 14th 2016 Today I thought I’d share some information from Guest Blogger Tommy Ruke, “The King Pin Leading Expert in Truck Insurance”.  Tommy is essentially the father of truck insurance. He has educated the majority of truck insurance specialists in the country for their (CIC) Certified…

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Henry Albert new chairman of Trucking Solutions Group

BY Truckers News Staff Randall Reilly September 10, 2016   Henry Albert of Albert Transport Inc., has been named chairman of the Trucking Solutions Group. Albert is from Statesville, Tennessee. He succeeds longtime Chairmen Rick Ash, who was instrumental in leading the group’s driver health initiatives.  Ash is a founding member of the group along with…

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Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy a Logistics Nightmare

While traveling in Asia and the Middle East, it’s easy to recognize “Hanjin” at virtually every port with thousands of shipping containers.  They’re a South Korean company that made its entry into the containerized shipping business in 1969 after a successful 20+ year run providing transportation services for the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force in Korea and…

What questions an Independent Contractor Owner Operator should ask his Motor Carrier

By Shelly Benisch – C.I.C., CIS EXPEDITE NOW Article Ever wanted a cheat sheet on exactly WHAT questions you should ask a prospective Motor Carrier before making the important decision to join their team as an Independent Contractor Owner Operator? Well here you go…and Expedite Expo July 15th and 16th in Lexington, KY is the BEST PLACE…

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Why Expedited Trucking industry standard for Cargo Vans and Sprinters is $1 Million Liability

Why Expedited Trucking industry standard for Cargo Vans and Sprinters is $1 Million Liability By Shelly Benisch Risky Business Blog Posted Aug 5th 2016 9:14AM ExpeditersOnline.com   Here’s an Addendum to the current EO Thread “Insurance Coverage and the ‘Multi’ Carrier Model”…so Why DO Cargo Vans and Sprinters need $1 Million in Liability?” Arguments are certainly made that since…

Expedite Expo 2016 Update: New Venue and More Value

http://www.expediteexpo.com/expo/media   By Sean M Lyden, Staff Writer On Time Media June 17th, 2016 If you want to learn how to grow your business, make valuable connections, and discover new products and services in the expedited trucking industry, then register to attend the Expedite Expo on July 15 and 16 at the Lexington Center in…