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Articles by Aaron Huff

Aaron Huff is the Senior Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. Huff’s career in the transportation industry began at a family-owned trucking company and expanded to CCJ, where for the past 14 years he has specialized in covering business and technology for online and print readers and speaking at industry events. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards, Huff holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters Degree from the University of Alabama.

Tempting drivers to excel

Improving safety, productivity and fuel economy are top priorities for fleet owners, but not necessarily for drivers. Some give their best for...

Piece of the action

Randy Peterson is more than a driver and employee at Eastern Oregon Fast Freight. He is an owner. Not the owner, but one of them, ...

Eliminating the paper trail

"I won't open my mail anymore," said J.R. Fogarty after anthrax-infected letters were found originating from the nearby Trenton, N.J., post...

A marketplace for leases

As with other financial commitments, it's much easier to get into an equipment lease than to get out of it. Exiting a lease early, if ...

Hot rates, tough credit

On October 2, the Federal Reserve cut its key federal funds rate for the ninth consecutive time. At 2.5 percent, the rate is its lowest ...
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Putting medical under the knife

Dean Sexton is taking a hard look at two benefits this year: 401(k) and medical. With only 15 percent employee participation in the 401(k) at ...

Time for a retirement plan review

If you have a company-sponsored pension plan, now is a good time to meet with your plan's administrator to review impacts of the Tax Reconcil...

Two-way street

Every day around closing time, Roger Mahoney, operations manager at Tri-Valley Transportation, sorts through incoming faxes and schedules pick...

Benchmarking against public carriers

Benchmarking is a hot topic these days. The Truckload Carriers Association is in the early stages of a major effort that will allow truckload ...

Develop your sales game plan

After 30 years in business, Bill Henry recently developed a new sales strategy - turning his drivers into salesmen. If drivers generate leads ...

Banking on cash flow

Rather than park surplus cash in checking, many businesses use sweep accounts to collect interest while their cash lasts. Sweep accounts autom...

Take it from the bank

It doesn't take an MBA to understand why lenders are cautious toward the trucking industry. Jerold Buchan and thousands of other fleet owners...

Running on empty

Franklin Logistics, a 60-truck carrier based in Houston, Miss., pays 8 cents less per gallon of fuel than the national average. Like 65 percen...

Having it all

If owning a trucking company were a drill exercise, Freddie Wilson has spun about face several times in his 30-year career. As a two-truck car...

Strategic Alliance

When companies reach the size of Q Carriers, it is tempting for the owners to start numbering their drivers. But even with 240 independent con...