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Seminars examine truckload profitability

The Truckload Carriers Association has announced its 2004 spring series of the “Truckload Profitability Fundamentals Seminar” to be held in Dallas TX, Atlanta GA, and Chicago IL.

This hands-on seminar will show trucking executives how to build a truckload financial statement that will serve as a foundation for benchmarking and improving profitability. It will also answer questions including:

  • How do you determine profit centers?

  • How do you allocate costs, revenues, people, miles, loads, etc?

  • How do you begin benchmarking and conducting comparison analysis to industry leaders?

  • How can you apply the truckload profitability fundamentals to your own company?

Decisiv Inc and Jack Porter, outside consultants, will moderate this seminar. Porter will give examples of truckload industry averages and aid understanding of what factors show if a profit is being made. TCA and Decisiv have developed a uniform financial statement, a financial composite for benchmarking, and a best practices program for TCA members.

The seminar will be March 30 in Dallas, April 8 in Atlanta, and June 15 in Chicago. Register by phoning TCA at 703-838-1950 or visiting and clicking on “Events” to download a registration form.

Operation Airbrake to occur sometime in May

The 2004 Operation Airbrake will take place in many locations throughout Canada and the United States on an “unannounced” date in May. Sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), this annual event is aimed at reducing the number of brake-related crashes by encouraging drivers and motor carriers to increase their knowledge of brake inspection and maintenance as well as their compliance with safety regulations and vehicle brake performance.

CVSA-certified inspectors will be conducting inspections of trucks and buses over a 12-hour period during the unannounced day in May. An announced Operation Airbrake inspection event will take place September 1.

The 2004 Roadcheck will take place June 8-10 in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. This year's Roadcheck, a 72-hour continuous event, will focus on commercial vehicle safety belt use and security. The kick-off media event will be held June 7 in West Memphis AR.

About 9,000 state, provincial, local, and federal truck and bus inspectors are expected to take part in Roadcheck 2004. They will check commercial vehicles and their drivers at about 1,000 inspection sites along major interstate highways, and mobile patrols will be on duty on other highways and at alternate locations.

For more information, phone Steve Keppler at 202-775-1623 ext 106 or e-mail him at [email protected].

‘Let's Get Down to Business’ at the ITS

The International Trucking Show, now in its 43rd year, returns Sept 23-25, 2004, to the Anaheim (CA) Convention Center after eight years in Las Vegas NV. “Let's Get Down To Business!” is the theme of the 2004 ITS.

Seminars and workshops for the 2004 ITS are being designed around one goal: to provide participants with new knowledge and expertise to help them run their businesses more profitably.

More than 400 exhibitors from throughout the United States and international commercial trucking industry are expected to participate in the exposition.

The 2004 ITS is scheduled to be open until 7 pm, making it easier for industry personnel and new customers to attend at or near the close of their workday.

All revenue from the show is reported to the California Trucking Association's board of directors. The proceeds pay for legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf of the trucking industry, driver improvement and training, education, and improving the image of the commercial trucking industry.

For a current floorplan and space application, log on to or phone 800-809-8839.

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