Half of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones, according to Nielsen, compared to 36% in 2011. Furthermore, given a choice between a smartphone and a conventional phone, more than two-thirds choose the smartphone. If you’ve relegated your trusty flip-phone to the junk drawer, you’re already wise to the true costs of smartphone ownership. The expense isn’t the device as much as it is the data plan, which can set you back $35 to $90 a month depending on your carrier and how much data you expect to use. It begs the question: can one free, well-conceived business app for truckers make a smartphone worth the added cost?
If you have a smartphone with a camera, you essentially have a mobile document scanner—one you can use to scan and submit invoices and other paperwork to companies you work with, including Advance Business Capital (ABC), the preferred freight factoring provider of DAT.
Lillie Elizabeth Drennan never had an easy life. She was given up for adoption when she was three weeks old. She was raised by foster parents. Lillie lost much of her hearing when she contracted scarlet fever. She dropped out of school in fifth grade and worked for a telephone company until her hearing impairment made that the job difficult. She married when she was fifteen years old. She gave birth to a son and was a single, divorced mother by the age of 17. She was married and divorced two more times.
The FMCSA has revoked the operating authority of 8,180 brokers since Dec. 2, the date the federal agency began revoking authority from brokers without a $75,000 bond. That’s a whopping 38 percent of the 21,700 brokers that had operating authority at the beginning of the month.
In December, we reported that the FMCSA had revoked authority of 38 percent of the 21,700 brokers with authority when the $75,000 bond requirement went into effect. Despite the big numbers nationally, things played out differently in the DAT Network. Even though the vast majority of brokers on the DAT Network are small businesses, only a few had their authority revoked, and many of these companies will continue to operate as carriers without a brokerage. I think that attests to the quality of companies in the network. But, the new bond has imposed additional business costs on brokers, and small brokers are particularly concerned about the effect of the added expense on their business. This all has some carriers wondering: will it affect the rates that we receive?