Author: Vitaliy

6 May by Vitaliy Tags: , , ,

AFT Dispatch VS. Competition

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted anything on here. Sorry everyone!!! We've been very, very busy. Besides working our own trucks, we've also re-launched our truck dispatch agency AFT Dispatch in Salt Lake City. This has taken up much of my time and other resources. In the process of restarting this service for independent owner-operators and owners of small truck fleets, I've begun to hear some of the same objections. Some are valid, and we cover these; however, some need a bit of evaluation. One objection I run into quite a bit is cost and so I'd like to look into it now.
27 Feb by Vitaliy Tags: , , ,

America’s Largest Carriers Reported All-Time High Profits in 2017! How About You?

How was your second half of 2017? How was your fourth quarter? I hope it was good. It was pretty great for some of the largest carriers in America. It was really great for us. I remember reading in a report the other day that the average spot market rate went up by 35%. That is huge! Ours was more like 50% more money which was fantastic since expenses stayed the same.
26 Feb by Vitaliy Tags: , , , , ,

Who Plays More Games on Their Smartphones – Men or Women? Answer inside!

I love stats. I like being able to take a bunch of data and segment it, cut it up, and make something useful out of it. It takes time and knowledge but the end result is eye-opening. This is one reason I love reviewing our analytics data for the many web properties owned by American Freight Trucking, Inc. What I love more that this is when a huge global conglomerate like Google does the number crunching for me. They also tend to make prettier charts. So when this post hit my inbox, I absolutely had to write about it. I think you just might find it eye-opening, much like I did. So here goes.
25 Feb by Vitaliy Tags: , , , ,

The Highest Monthly Average Van Rate Ever Recorded in DAT Trendlines

National Van Rates Break Records in January 2018. To be more precise, the average van rate for January 2018 was just a tad over $2.25/mile. That is not bad at all for an "average" rate. Imagine if you were working with a dispatch company who consistently booked you at an "above-average" rate per mile. Compared to December 2017, just a month prior, when prices were already beginning to increase once the ELD mandate hit the books, prices were up an average of
24 Feb by Vitaliy Tags: , , , ,

AFT Dispatch – Truck Dispatching in Murray, Utah

[caption id="attachment_261" align="aligncenter" width="525"] It was a big mess when we were putting together the computer systems.[/caption] I talk to a lot of independent owner operators every day. I find out how they're doing, what's going well, what they could use some help with. What I find interesting is how in all the years I've been doing this, I've only ran into one trucker who full-heartedly enjoys filling out those pesky packets. As of this writing, we've been in business just under six years and in all these years, I've only met one such person.
23 Feb by Vitaliy Tags: , , , , ,

2018 Tax Changes – Equipment Investment & Depreciation – How will it affect you?

So earlier I was reading an interesting article on Overdrive about the new tax plan. More importantly how it will affect the trucking industry and all the independent owner operators. In this post I simply wanted to quickly look at these changes. I am not a tax professional by any means and always recommend using one for your personal and business finance management. Here's what I learned about
1 Feb by Vitaliy Tags:

Top 3 Posts of 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve posted last. I intend on being much more active on this blog and sharing more useful content with our readers. Having reviewed the available analytics data, I could see that many of you have found several of my articles helpful. Top 3 Post of 2017 The P&L Statement CMCI […]
14 Oct by Vitaliy Tags: , ,

The P&L Statement

I'm big on calculation, stats, and statements. I believe you need to know the costs associated with making your business work. Profit & Loss statements or P&L statements are of utmost importance in the trucking industry because of the extremely variable nature of our business. Diesel is a big expense and the cost varies. IFTA is based on miles calculation and state fuel tax rates. Putting on miles means increasing exposure to insurance claims and other operating hazards. In addition to all of this, the trucking business is affected by the general state of the U.S. economy. In this post I want to show you what you need to build your very own Profit & Loss statement. This can be done in Excel or if you don't have Excel you can also do the same thing for free at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/ if you have a Google account.
13 Oct by Vitaliy Tags: , , ,

Payroll Payroll Payroll

Payroll is a big deal! You gotta pay yourself, you gotta pay your employees,  and you gotta pay your contractors! The problem here is that Payroll can be a bit of a pain for many people. When doing payroll depending on if you have W-2 employees or 1099 contractors, the situation changes. If you're a one man army, you're a W-2 employee because you just can't be a contractor for your own company. Here are just a few items you have to keep in mind when doing payroll for a W-2 employee and keep the IRS agents happy.