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Trucking Transformation Driven by Innovation

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Is technology a threat or opportunity to truck drivers?

Technology in recent times has taken many previously non-automated jobs in the industrial world, now according to reports, there are plans to launch the first automated truck. That is to say, we will start having self-driven trucks real soon. Computer scientists and economists say the threat isn’t merely theoretical: Automated cars pose an existential threat to the many Americans who drive for a living: 2.9 million truckers and delivery drivers, 674,000 bus drivers, 181,000 cab drivers and chauffeurs.

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What Is Blockchain and Why Should You Care

As far as buzzwords go in 2017, “bitcoin” is probably near the top of the list. But this post is not about encrypted, decentralized payment systems. It’s about the framework beneath cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin known as blockchain.

Explaining the technical aspects of blockchain can get complicated pretty quickly. But, in a nutshell, think of blockchain as a digital ledger that is shared across a network to facilitate the tracking of transactions or exchanged goods. In the currency world, a blockchain substitutes a traditional central banking system in an attempt to make transactions more secure and efficient. But blockchain is not limited to currency and payments. Virtually anything can be recorded and tracked in a blockchain network. Anything, such as goods in a supply chain. So, as you can imagine, blockchain networks open up many exciting possibilities in the logistics industry.

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Is This The Future of Trucking?

Elon Musk is no stranger to groundbreaking innovations. Through companies like PayPal, Tesla, and Space X, the entrepreneur has aimed to revolutionize the payment, automotive, and space travel industries, respectively. And he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Recently Musk announced that Tesla has its sights set on trucking.

In a conference held close to Space X’s headquarters, Musk unveiled the new Tesla Semi, an all-electric truck. If it looks radically different than a standard semi-trailer truck, it’s because it is. It has no big motor, no transmission, and its cabin seems like it was made for a spaceship.

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The Iowa 80: Truck Stop Goals

If you’ve ever taken even a long-distance road trip across the United States, you don’t have to travel that far to see that truck stops are an iconic part of the American highway. You might think that they’re pretty much all the same. Some gas pumps, a couple of restaurants, a convenience store, and not much else.

But one truck stop stands above the rest. The largest of its kind in the world, the Disneyland of truck stops: the Iowa 80. If your route ever brings you near exit 284 off Interstate 80 in the town of Walcott, Iowa, you’re in for a treat.

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Leandro Finol and Antonio Ellek Join Quickload’s Board of Advisors

We are thrilled to announce the addition of two accomplished individuals to the Quickload Advisory Board, effective immediately.

Leandro Finol is a highly visible member of the Miami entrepreneurial ecosystem. He recently founded Platform Miami, which provides a playbook of best practices, execution, and Silicon Valley contacts to help early-stage entrepreneurs scale their businesses.

In his previous experience as executive director of The Idea Center at Miami-Dade College, Mr. Finol helped mentor the next generation of business leaders. The Idea Center offers a support network for MDC students and the Miami community to help make entrepreneurial ideas come to life.

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Unbound, Here We Come!

All this year we’ve traveled around the country visiting tech and logistics conferences and events. We’ve met amazing people, made great connections and, above all, learned many things that help us make our product better and better every day.

This time we won’t need to go very far because Unbound 2017 begins tomorrow right here in our hometown: Miami! Unbound is a global festival that connects brands and corporations with cutting-edge tech start-ups. Companies come to Unbound to learn about the latest technology and see how they can implement it to fuel innovation and growth.

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Healthy Trucking, Healthy Living

Every trucker knows the road can be a dangerous place. Besides the obvious transit-related risks of constantly being on the road, some damages are less apparent, slowly worsening until they start to cause serious trouble. We’re talking about what trucking can do to your health.

Think about it: all those hours sitting down behind the wheel, as well as all that junk food we often have to rely on for the sake of convenience, add up over the years. Luckily there are small, manageable steps you can incorporate into your lifestyle in order to mitigate the dangers that come with living on the road.

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9 steps to starting a successful trucking company

A quick checklist that will help you to start your business in the trucking industry:

  •  Commercial driver’s license
  • Apply for Your Federal DOT and Motor Carrier Authority Numbers
  • Complete Your Unified Carrier Registration (UCR)
  • Get an International Registration Plan (IRP) Tag
  • Understand Heavy Use Tax Regulations
  • Obtain an International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Decal
  • File a BOC-3 Form
  • Get A Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC)
  • Start getting loads on Quickload.com

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About our Founder

Ozan Bazan has more than 20 years of experience as a business executive/entrepreneur. A native of Turkey, he has been involved in virtually every aspect of the trucking industry, including logistics, technology, transportation, and finance.

Baran purchased his first truck in 2006 and founded BOS Group, which is today one of South Florida’s largest third-party logistics providers. The company has more than 100 active customers in the regions including large corporations such as Red Bull, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Walmart.

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Greener Trucking

Trucking Can Also Be Green

Trucking is not usually thought of as being environmentally friendly. And with good reason. Trucks emit a significant part of the global supply chain’s carbon footprint. That being said, it’s completely possible to make trucking, and supply chains in general, greener. Here’s a couple of measures you can explore in order to make your supply chain more environmentally friendly. You might find that these will not only have a positive impact on the environment; they can also have a positive impact on your bottom line, making your supply chain leaner and more efficient in general.

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