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Why Betting on Yourself May Be the Best Succession Plan

Posted 5:12 PM by
There is a chasm left in the trucking industry by the mass retirement of baby boomers – one that is struggling to be filled by the millennial generation. While this void has been felt by the entire industry as one of the contributing factors to the ongoing driver shortage, it is not the only impact the changing generation has had on transportation companies. As operators pass the baton to the next generation, it is imperative this transition is executed in a tax-efficient manner that accomplishes the ultimate goals of the company.
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KSM and McLeod Software Announce Second Annual Trucking Operations Benchmarking Survey

Posted 6:16 PM by
Katz, Sapper & Miller and McLeod Software have launched our second annual Trucking Operations Performance Benchmarking Survey. This initiative seeks to break new ground in giving truckload carriers the opportunity to measure the real performance of their operations against their peers. 
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KSM Recognized as a Member of the Truckload Carriers Association’s Prestigious Ambassador Club

Posted 4:52 PM by
Katz, Sapper & Miller (KSM) has been recognized as a member of the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) Ambassador Club for its 25 years of membership. KSM is the only certified public accounting firm to receive this distinction, demonstrating the firm's commitment to serving the trucking industry.
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Video: Trucking Owners Business Roundtable

Posted 7:45 PM by
In their presentations at the Trucking Owners Business Roundtable held recently at Katz, Sapper & Miller, Bryan Merolla, senior analyst at the Cleveland Research Company, and Thom Albrecht, managing director at BB&T Capital Markets, discussed the 2015 economic forecast and trends in the transportation industry. 
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Indiana Updates Sales Tax Guidance for Public Transportation Exemption

Posted 7:47 PM by
The Indiana Department of Revenue recently announced changes to its policy regarding the sales tax exemption for companies engaged in public transportation. The policy change was announced via an updated Information Bulletin #12, effective December 2014. Information Bulletin #12 serves as an important policy document for transportation companies ranging from traditional motor carriers to captive companies that transport primarily for their parent companies.
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Diesel Costs Continue to Slide

Posted 9:13 PM by
The national average price for a gallon of diesel fell to $3.64, the lowest since February 2011. Fuel is the single largest expense for truckers, who’ve seen the average cost per mile increase each year since 2010, based on the results of the American Transportation Research Institute’s report, An Analysis of Operational Costs of Trucking. In an industry with continued tight capacity and a driver shortage, this could mean great things for companies that can successfully seat their fleet.
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Finding Drivers Continues to Be at the Forefront of Trucking Company Issues

Posted 8:35 PM by
Seating trucks with quality drivers continues to be one of the biggest problems for most trucking companies. The industry continues to experience a driver shortage, anywhere from 25,000 – 35,000 drivers depending on where you look. Truckload Carriers Association chairman Shepard Dunn spoke recently on the topic at the American Trucking Associations annual Management Conference.  
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ATRI Releases Popular Annual Costs of Trucking Report

Posted 6:01 PM by
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently released the 2013 update of their report, An Analysis of Operational Costs of Trucking. The average marginal cost per mile (CPM) increased 2.5% to $1.67 during 2013.
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KSM & McLeod Software Release Key Findings from Trucking Operations Performance Benchmarking Survey

Posted 7:22 PM by
The results from the inaugural Katz, Sapper & Miller (KSM) and McLeod Software (McLeod) trucking industry benchmarking survey are now available. The survey was designed to answer the vital need in the trucking industry for solid and comprehensive benchmarking data. The value of extensive and expertly-analyzed data on the business practices common to a particular industry is well-established, yet the freight transportation industry lags behind other major industries in achieving this milestone. KSM and McLeod have begun the work of collecting and analyzing data from trucking companies, and this report offers the first look at the information that can be gained from this process.
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Video: Almack Encourages Trucking Owners to Improve Operations by Participating in a Benchmarking Survey

Posted 4:53 PM by
Tim Almack, partner in charge of Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Transportation Services Group, discusses the KSM & McLeod Software Operations Performance Benchmarking Project, which aims to provide an operations level benchmark for the trucking industry. The deadline for submissions to be included in the benchmark report is July 1.
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