Comments Off on On The Road: Mid-America Trucking Show
This month, we will be attending the Mid-America Trucking Show Booth #76125. Check out the schedule below – and if you are heading to this show, make sure to stop by our booth and say hello!
The Mid-America Trucking Show
March 22nd – 24th at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky
The Mid-America Trucking Show is the largest annual heavy-duty trucking event in the world. This show attracts attendees and exhibitors from throughout the United States and across the globe. More than 1,000,000+ Square Feet of exhibit space, educational seminars, and special events. There will be over 1,000 exhibitors representing leading companies from the US and abroad.
Quality attendees include:
German Parra – Director of Marketing
Zac Schoen – Assistant Manager of Tax & Accounting
Gavin Teevan – National Director of Business Development
Comments Off on Future Wars: Hydrogen vs. Electric Semi-Trucks
A battle is looming on the horizon of the trucking industry. This future war has high stakes and promises to change trucking forever. Within the next 3 years’ competitors will vie for the right to put diesel-free trucks on the road. Nikola Motor Company and Tesla have both revealed their perceived future for trucking in the form of Hydrogen Fuel Cells (Nikola) and Electric Battery Powered (Tesla). Both these units ambitiously aim to replace diesel powered trucks in the coming years. While the results will not be known for years both offer lots of benefits and a few possible negatives.
Nikola Motors Hydrogen Fuel Powered Semi-Truck
Nikola Motor Company’s Nikola One (Sleeper) and Nikola Two (Day Cab) both have estimated release dates of early 2020. Hydrogen fuel cells fully power Nikola trucks, eliminating diesel dependency forever. Nikola Trucks claim double fuel efficiency from the standard 7.5 MPG (diesel) to 15.4 MPG of Hydrogen Fuel. Additionally, [...]
Comments Off on 4 Things to Look for in A Used Tractor Trailer
Purchasing a truck is a significant investment that if you’re not careful, can eat up your entire profit. But by being an owner operator, your truck is going to be your livelihood so getting a good truck is going to be important. The next decision will be deciding whether to purchase a new or used truck. Purchasing a used truck provides many advantages, the most obvious being that the cost could be substantially lower. Another advantage is that more owner operators have been purchasing used trucks compared to buying a new one, especially for a first-time buyer. With newer trucks, it is commonly known that after you drive off the lot, it automatically depreciates in value around 20%-40%.
However, if you are not careful, purchasing a used truck can mean that you are buying more risk than opportunity. One of the major disadvantages of purchasing a used truck is that used vehicles are most likely [...]
Here at Quality Companies, we would like to take this time to express our utmost appreciation and gratitude to each and every professional truck driver. We appreciate the sacrifices you make in order to perform your job to the best of your ability. Your dedication, time, and personal commitment doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated. We cannot thank you enough for everything you do and we are excited to share this week celebrating you.
As a driver, we applaud you for your dedication and hard work in an ever-changing and extremely challenging industry. “National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is an opportunity for Americans to show our gratitude to the core of the economy, our professional truck drivers, and to set aside this week for them as they have earned it through their hard work and commitment to the industry,” said ATA Chairman, Kevin Burch, President of Jet Express, Inc.
Quality Companies has designed a new program to help carriers and drivers find success. Low weekly payments and a minimal driver access fee will allow drivers to be profitable and take their first step becoming a successful owner operator. As a carrier, there is no better way to grow your owner operator fleet and create a competitive advantage against your peers. We are going to cover a few of the most commonly asked questions below.
1. What are the benefits of the new Lease Purchase Program?
With our new Managed Maintenance Program and Earned Deferment Program, especially with older models, there is a chance for more maintenance problems. With older models, more than likely, any repair you will have, will be over $500. Our Earned Deferment Program will give you peace of mind. You can earn up to 10 payment deferrals a year and the first deferral can be earned by making 4 full lease [...]
Comments Off on Grow Your Fleet Successfully: What You Need to Know
So, you’ve compared truck brands up and down and know your preferences like the back of your hand. You’ve spec’d and planned, but have held off on actually making the leap on a new rig, because you’re not sure how the purchase is going to affect your company in both the short and long-term.
The thought of growing your fleet assets is always an exciting one. Perhaps you’re an owner operator looking to hire out company drivers (and need the trucks to do it), or maybe you’re the manager of a small or mid-sized fleet who is looking to grow your business in order to grow your profits. Whatever the reason, buying trucks for your fleet is a major decision. So, what do you need to know before making the big investment?
New vs. Used Vehicles
As an owner operator or small fleet owner, you might be drawn to the allure of driving a new [...]
Comments Off on How Maximizing Fuel Efficiency Can Save You Thousands
The current average cost of diesel fuel across the United States comes out to $2.54. And while we have certainly seen worse (let’s not forget 2012, when the average price came out over $4), fuel is far from cheap. In fact, fuel costs have steadily been named the second largest expense to fleet operation, only behind the actual cost of employing drivers. Fuel efficiency seems, for the most part, to be completely out of a fleet owner’s control. It’s easy to push fuel savings to the back burner in favor of more obvious and direct cost-saving cuts. So, how do you manage a cost that only comes into play once your drivers are out on the road?
Veteran drivers and those skilled in the industry regularly produce as much as 35% better mpg than rookie drivers, according to American Transportation Research Institute. Most drivers would never purposefully burn through fuel, but [...]
Comments Off on On the Road: Upcoming February Events
February is a busy month for everyone here at Quality! With spring just around the corner, there are a few different trade shows across the U.S. that we will be attending. Check out our schedule below – if you’re heading out to one of these shows, make sure to stop by our booth and say hello!
14th Annual Recruitment and Retention (R&R)
February 22nd – February 24th in Nashville, Tennessee
The 2017 Recruitment and Retention Conference offers a strong lineup of speakers and information focused on utilizing data to improve driver recruiting and retention success. Vice President of Quality Business Services Ashley Castner, Assistant Manager of Quality Business Services Nicholas Gass, and Recruiting Manager Jordan Roach will be attending the 14th Annual R&R.
Visit R&R’s website
Unigroup Learning Conference
February 22nd – February 25th in St. Louis, Missouri
We have always valued our relationship with Unigroup – they strive to be the first choice for global [...]
Comments Off on Why Every Owner Operator Needs a Maintenance Budget
As an owner operator, the more accurately you can predict your yearly costs, the better. With a concrete idea of how much you’ll spend per mile on variables like food, showers, and fuel, you’ll be able to know with confidence how many loads you need to haul (at what pay rate, factoring in deadhead mileage) to make a profit at the close of the fiscal year.
Maintenance is a substantial cost that owner operators face yearly, but it can be difficult to predict. So, how do you prepare for maintenance issues that your truck doesn’t have yet?
How a Maintenance Budget Helps
Repairs are expensive. Big rig mechanics are a specialty, and as such, can cost upwards of $100 per hour, not including the cost of parts, and your time lost while waiting on the repair. The price may seem steep on the surface, but consider that the shop must account for the mechanics’ [...]
Comments Off on We’ll See You at the UTA Annual Convention!
The Used Truck Association will be holding their 17th UTA Annual Convention in Savannah, Georgia. The convention will take place at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa from November 9-12, 2016. We are excited to attend UTA and look forward to discussing the future of trucking with other industry experts!
UTA will be holding three workshops on Thursday, as well as a vendor expo Thursday evening. The first workshop will cover auction best-practices, and will go over some of the income benefits of auctions. The second work shop will break down social media use for sales, and will explore how to utilize different social media platforms to reach different audiences. The third workshop is perhaps the most important and lucrative for trucking execs. It is a networking session, and allows industry leaders to make important connections with others in the business. In last year’s networking session, over 100 units were bought and sold [...]