Spencer Patton’s company is one of the largest FedEx Ground contractors in the United States — or it was, until his outspoken criticism of FedEx Ground led to the company canceling his contract and filing suit against another company he owns. HDT’s Deborah Lockridge talks to fellow fleet editor Chris Brown, who’s been covering the story and interviewed Patton, in this episode of the Behind the New segment of HDT Talks Trucking.
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Patton has been an outspoken advocate for the roughly 6,000 contractors that deliver packages for FedEx Ground. He has been delivering a public message alleging that FedEx Ground has expanded its profit margins through proceeds from fuel surcharges without allowing contractors to share in those proceeds. He also maintains that FedEx Ground has not adequately addressed other strains on contractor profits, such as Sunday deliveries.
Learn more about Spencer Patton and the situation facing last-mile delivery contractors in this episode of HDT Talks Trucking.
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If you think California’s AB5 law won’t affect you because you don’t run in the state or use owner-operators, you might be surprised.
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Wireless electronic truck inspections could revolutionize the harvesting of data from commercial vehicles. But there’s infrastructure to consider, and cost, and fleet sensitivity to sharing proprietary data. Steve Vaughn of PrePass shares his thoughts on what this could mean for the industry in this audio podcast episode of HDT's Leadership Insights.
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