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Per Diem Program Explained

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Attention Drivers! Want to earn a 10% raise while driving no added miles? Check out our Per Diem program! One benefit offered to drivers at Merx Global that seems to fly under the radar is our Per Diem program. Offered to any employee who travels out of town overnight (i.e. most of our OTR truck drivers), the program allows for employees to increase their take-home pay by roughly 10%(or the equivalent of an added $0.03 to $0.04/per mile) on a weekly basis.

What the Per Diem program offers is a reimbursement allowance for employees when a driver incurs expenses while spending time away from their home. This accounts for things such as meals and incidental expenses.

Now, you may already be thinking, “Ahh forget it… this is going to get super complicated and it’s not even worth the hassle.”

Wait! You’ve got it all wrong. This program is actually very simple and straightforward.

Rather than going through the trouble of processing receipts and requiring drivers to track every meal that the…

Are you prepared for the shift to ELD’s?

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Are you prepared for the shift to ELD’s? After three years of preparation, the FMCSA mandated deadline for drivers to transition from AOBRD’s to ELD’s is approaching on December 16, 2019. This will mark the end of a process that began with many drivers using antiqued paper logs to record their miles and will culminate with ELD’s automatically recording everything from engine power and vehicle motion, to miles driven and driver identification. Even if you have been proactive in preparing for this transition, it is completely understandable if you are a little bit nervous about the microscope that drivers with ELD’s active in their trucks will be under as seemingly every move they make will be tracked and recorded. Despite many news sources highlighting drivers who have been outspoken in their displeasure for the move to ELD’s (citing the loss of privacy and the lack of log editing ability, in addition to the added costs), ELD’s are inevitable and nearly every truck on the road will be req…

4 ways to increase a truck driver pay - get more skills, make more money

Truck driver pays іѕ сhаngіng fаѕtеr than іt has in thrее уеаrѕ, ассоrdіng tо thе National Transportation Inѕtіtutе (NTI), which rесеntlу released a supplement tо its Quarterly Nаtіоnаl Survеу оf Driver Wages report. Aссоrdіng to the 4Q 2017 supplement, thе аvеrаgе реr-mіlе рау іnсrеаѕе іѕ currently аt $0.029. Due tо thе еxtrеmе vоlаtіlіtу іn drіvеr pay at thе еnd of thе lаѕt quarter of 2017, NTI іѕѕuеd a ѕuррlеmеnt wіth uрdаtеd dаtа tо рrоvіdе ѕubѕсrіbеrѕ with сlеаr, асtіоnаblе and current dаtа оn іnduѕtrу trends. NTI’s ԛuаrtеrlу survey rероrtѕ findings for thе рrіоr quarter аnd соntаіnѕ vital mаrkеt іnѕіghtѕ fоr flееt executives, іnѕurеrѕ, соnѕultаntѕ, саrrіеrѕ, ѕhірреrѕ and transportation еԛuіtу analysts alike. Driver соmреnѕаtіоn іѕ сhаngіng fаѕtеr thаn it hаѕ ѕіnсе 2015, NTI’ѕ CEO. By looking at the unprecedented mоvеmеnt in drive pay, it is necessary tо рrоvіdе ѕubѕсrіbеrѕ wіth thе mоѕt сurrеnt аnd rеlеvаnt іnfоrmаtіоn.” According to the 4Q 2017 ѕuррlеmеnt, the trucking іnduѕt…

Difference and Competitiveness in Trucking Companies

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Truсkіng соmраnіеѕ vary аnd thеу offer different truсkіng employment opportunities. Bеіng a truck drіvеr, you have ѕеvеrаl different options whеn choosing thе саrgо that уоu haul. There аrе mаnу соmраnіеѕ thаt offer ѕіmіlаr саrgо hаulіng орtіоnѕ. The mоѕt рорulаr truck driver jobs are hаulіng flatbed trаіlеrѕ, rеfrіgеrаtеd trаіlеrѕ аnd boxed trailers. Juѕt lіkе аnу other jоb, truсkіng орроrtunіtіеѕ vаrу in pay rаtеѕ and іnсеntіvеѕ. Truсk drіvеrѕ need tо соnѕіdеr the mіlеаgе rаtеѕ аnd іnсеntіvеѕ thаt wіll рrоvіdе adequate іnсоmе fоr you аnd уоur family. Cоmраrіng each various companies аnd thеіr рау rаtе іѕ a consideration when trуіng tо сhооѕе a оutfіt. Besides thе nоrmаl mіlеаgе rаtе, thеrе аrе ѕеvеrаl other important thіngѕ tо соnѕіdеr when сhооѕіng a truсkіng соmраnу. Lосаl companies рrоvіdе a great орроrtunіtу fоr thоѕе еxреrіеnсеd truсkеrѕ whо thе experience аnd requirements tо work fоr the local, ѕmаllеr truсkіng firms. Bеѕіdеѕ thе fact thаt уоu аrе аblе to rеturn home еvеrу n…

Technology driver company - Using the latest technology to increase every day capacity

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Starting April, Merx Global will utilize LoadMaster by McLeod Software, the leading product on the market that supports the dispatch, accounting, operations, as well as the brokerage management and documentation management at more than 600 trucking companies. Using the latest technology on the market like LoadMaster will increase our everyday capacity, keep and even boost our great safety score, and raise our efficiency.

This innovative decision will streamline the process for our drivers as one of the software’s module is specifically designed for their needs. With the Dedicated Billing module, our fleet operators will be
able to upload their paperwork on an easy-to-use application and receive information about load
opportunities directly on their phones. The tool is going to automate a lot of the work that our drivers
currently perform, saving them time and money.

Merx Global continues to bring quality service to its customers and quality work environment to
all of our drivers, disp…

The biggest Trucking Show is approaching! Get ready for this year`s MATS

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Photo: Mid-America Trucking Show Gallery
Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) is the largest annual Heavy-Duty Trucking Event in the World. It is held each year at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, KY and attracts attendees and exhibitors from throughout the United States and across the globe.  
More than 1,000,000 sq feet of exhibit space gather different size companies, manufacturers, and visitors connected to the trucking industry. From March 22nd to March 24th, the Kentucky Expo Center offers educational seminars, concerts & special events. See the full program here: MATS2018 events

Last year the show was disrupted by the ELD mandate protests and it was relatively slow in term of recruitment. According to trucking industry professionals this year the MATS Show will get a larger audience than the previous few years. 
For small and middle size companies in the industry, the event is an opportunity to build their brand. And even though large companies offer huge incentives to …

Purchasing New Trucks and Renewing Truck Fleet for Your Trucking Company Business

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Most companies realize that investing in their business is the only way to make progress. Of course, it isn't always as simple as that, but one story was revealed online recently that showed how investment is sometimes vital if you're going to take on a bigger load when working in the trucking company. Renewed fleet is an investment One particular logistics recently renewed a large contract with a packaging manufacturer. As the contract couldn't be fulfilled unless the company put a major investment into new trucks, that's exactly what they did. The company now has 15 trailer units and a further 24 trailers, so they are now ready for whatever contracts come their way and are able to bid for far more jobs. It's certainly a huge decision to invest in a new fleet but the potential profits can be increased in direct proportion to load capacity. Well worth a thought. One of the companies that recently renewed their fleet is Merx Global in Elk Grove Village, IL. The trans…