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California Trucking Show: See You At The California Trucking Show 2021

Thunder Funding is happy to announce that we’ll be at the California Trucking Show this October 16th - 17th at the Ontario Convention Center! After almost two years since we’ve been to a truck show due to the pandemic, it feels good to be back and to be able to connect with our carriers in person. This is the first time in a long time you will be able to talk and make connections with many vendors like dispatchers, insurance companies, and driving schools. Check out the exhibitor list here.

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Topics: Trade Shows, Thunder Funding

2021 Photo Contest: Looking At This Year's Winners And Honorable Mentions

Thunder Funding held it’s 3rd Annual Photo Contest in honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, and let us tell you that our carriers did not disappoint! With more than 200 photo submissions, it was tough to pick our top 3 photos and 9 honorable mentions.

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Topics: Thunder Funding, Photo Contest

Celebrating Truckers: The New Superheroes of the US Supply Chain

The month of September is a time to honor and celebrate America’s workers, and who better represents the engine that keeps America moving forward than truckers?

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Topics: National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Post-Pandemic: Trucking Industry Perspective and Transformation

No one is certain what the post-pandemic trucking industry will look like now that the economy is opening up and people are getting back on their feet, but there are a few things worth noting.

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Topics: Trucking Trends, Coronavirus

Global Supply Chain Issues Impacting The Trucking Industry

Shortages have plagued the economy since the early days of COVID-19 when stores were emptied of lockdown essentials like toilet paper, personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies. It’s been more than a year since the pandemic’s abrupt arrival and we’ve traded in shortages in hand sanitizer for simultaneous global supply chain problems and growing demand in the wake of a rebounding economy. Let’s examine three key supply chain issues impacting the trucking industry:

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Topics: Supply Chain

Protecting Your Investment: Spring and Summer Truck Maintenance

As fleets and drivers transition out of winter conditions and move into the busier spring and summer months, trucks must also shift gears and undergo key maintenance checks to ensure they’re prepared for the rigors of the busy season ahead.

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Topics: Truck Maintenance

The Debate: Side Guard Rails on Trucks

After its recent exposure in the media on CNN, the issue of underride guards has resurfaced as a topic of interest amongst drivers, carriers, and lawmakers. Side guard rails are not currently mandated in the US and the opinions on that appear to be split. Many certainly agree that underride guards are an effective solution for protecting people from injury and death during truck collisions. However, there are other considerations that need to be made in terms of the substantial monetary costs and challenges associated with these rails that are borne by carriers and truckers. It’s a dilemma that the industry is certainly grappling with. 

So, where does that leave us?

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Topics: Truck Safety, Side Guard Rails

How to Run a Lean Trucking Company!

Are your slow-paying customers bogging your freight company down? As you probably know, trucking customers generally submit payment around 30 to 45 days after delivery.

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Topics: Freight Factoring

The Importance of Broker and Shipper Credit Checks

It’s a scenario that happens all too often: finally invoicing a customer for a delivered load only to not get paid on time or, even worse, to not get paid at all. This continues to be a significant burden on both truck drivers and fleets. Instead of spending your valuable time building your business, establishing relationships with brokers and shippers, and maximizing your roll time delivering loads, a large chunk of your time is now spent chasing down unpaid accounts and dealing with the additional stress associated with not having enough cash flow. 

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Topics: credit checks

Thinking Of Starting Your Own Trucking Company?

Have you ever thought about starting your own trucking company? It’s not uncommon for drivers to consider striking out on their own and becoming their own bosses. It’s a new year and anything is possible. So, what’s it going to take to become an entrepreneur and start your own trucking business? Here are some tips from our partner Evilsizor & Associates who specializes in helping trucking companies big and small deal with all things paperwork related to the FMCSA and USDOT:

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Topics: Start A Trucking Company