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July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Finding a Good Fit When Selecting a Service Provider

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

For outsourcing to be successful the fleet has to find a provider that is a good fit for its operation. While there is no quick formula you can use to find the perfect company, there are some actions you can take that will get you close to finding the service provider that will mesh best with your operation, writes Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini,

Tags: Outsourcing, Aftermarket, Parts and Service

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELDs Don't Have to Be a Productivity Killer

It may turn out that the ELD mandate that hits in December will not have much further impact on driver productivity as so many fleets have already made adjustments to their operations.  Photos: iStockPhoto

By Evan Lockridge

There are steps fleets can take to offset productivity losses that can occur with the mandatory move to electronic logging devices.

Tags: Productivity, ELDs, ELD Mandate

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: What Happens to SmartWay With EPA Under Fire?

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Looks like SmartWay’s days are numbered, if not those of the entire Environmental Protection Agency, but we shouldn't be especially sad if EPA budget cuts kill SmartWay. We have options, writes Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

Tags: SmartWay, EPA, Donald Trump

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting Smart in the Warehouse

Amazon has been using these small orange warehouse robots for several years to make picking much faster, increasing their number every year. Photo: Amazon

By David Cullen

The surge in e-commerce orders is recasting the role warehousing plays in the supply chain. Part six of our Trucking in the 21st Century series.

Tags: E-commerce, Amazon.com, Supply Chain Management, Internet

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Large and Small, Fleets Focus on the Driver

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

At Halvor and Swift, a focus has been placed on the driver to improve retention, writes Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Swift Transportation, Driver Retention, Halvor Lines

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Evaluating Options for Outside Service

By Denise Rondini

Turnaround time, competency of technicians, and cost are just a few of the factors that go into a fleet’s decision to outsource maintenance and repair.

Tags: Outsourcing, Aftermarket, Parts and Service

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Volvo’s New VNL Tractor Blends Technology, Functionality, Capability

Trucking reporters took the new Volvo VNL for a spin on the test track at Volvo's New River Valley facility. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts shares his first impressions of Volvo's new VNL highway tractor. In a world increasingly focused on new technology, Volvo designers made sure to keep their focus on the “human element.”

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Volvo VNL, Class 8

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Six Months In: Q&A with Yokohama COO, Jeff Barna

Yokohama COO, Jeff Barna Photo: Yokohama

By Jim Park

Yokohama Tire Corporation’s New COO, Jeff Barna candidly looks at his first six months at Yokohama and what he sees as the latest tire industry trends and challenges.

Tags: Yokohama, Tires, Q&A

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Celebrating Independence Day

Public Domain Photo

By HDT Staff

Heavy Duty Trucking is celebrating Independence Day and closing our offices. However, many of our readers will still be working hard that day, so we have filled our newsletter with some of the most popular online articles from the past few months.

Tags: Independence Day

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: Don't Mind the Bumps, Numbers Still Look Promising for 2017

The Cass Freight Index showed positive numbers in April for the fourth straight month, indicating a possible end to the “freight recession.” Source: Cass Information Systems

By Evan Lockridge

It seems just as soon as one report comes out saying there are indications the economy (and trucking) continues to get better, another follows that seems to point the other way, says business contributing editor Evan Lockridge in his July column.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Cass Freight Index

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Innovation and Networking at the Inaugural Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange

Photo: Kareem Girgis

By HDT Staff

The inaugural Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange focused on promoting networking between fleets and suppliers, as well as educational opportunities revolving around the theme of innovation.

Tags: Networking, Events, Fleet Innovators, HDTX

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Truck Drivers Can Eat Healthy on the Road

A big challenge for drivers who want to eat healthy meals is just getting past the typical high-calorie fare to find inexpensive but healthy food choices while out on the road. Photos: J.J. Keller & Associates

By Terri Dougherty, J.J. Keller

The news came as a shock to Emily Plummer. Her blood sugar level had jumped, threatening to end her 18-year career as an interstate truck driver. Find out how she saved her career and learned to eat healthy on the road.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Health, Health

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Drivers Key to Cutting Idle Costs

Fleets must balance the need to reduce idling with the need to attract and retain drivers. Photo:  Randy Heinitz via Flickr/creative commons license

By Deborah Lockridge

No single technology has emerged as a winner in the idle reduction market, but driver satisfaction and comfort are key factors in finding solutions.

Tags: Idling, Idle Reduction, Reducing Fuel Costs

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Nine Energy Service is Coaching Drivers With In-Cab Video

Photo: MiX Telematics

By Brett Quigley, Nine Energy Service

Nine Energy Service decided it would go beyond the ELD mandate requirements, and is adding in-cab video to its telematics strategy. The oilfield fleet's Brett Quigley writes about its decision and how it's implementing the technology.

Tags: Telematics, MiX Telematics, In-Vehicle Video, ELD Mandate, ELDs

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Will Electric Trucks Charge Ahead?

Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

They are already here in small numbers, and several P&D fleets...are aggressively evaluating their performance today. So what does the future hold for electric trucks? Senior Editor Jack Roberts writes in his June column.

Tags: Future Trucks, Electric Trucks, Hybrid Trucks

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aerodynamic Devices Can Translate Into Fast Fuel Savings

This trailer owned by Illinois-based Nussbaum Transportation has both an aerodynamic “boat tail” from Stemco TrailerTails and extra-long trailer side fairings it developed with Wabash. Photo: Nussbaum Transportation

By Jack Roberts

Falling acquisition prices, proven performance and fast ROI times on aerodynamic add-ons can translate into fast fuel savings for even cash-strapped fleets. Learn more in this feature from June's special fuel issue.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, Trailer Skirts, Trailer Aerodynamics

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Rolling Resistance Paradox

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Looking for a tire with the lowest possible rolling resistance? If that’s your only consideration, you might not be happy with the tire you get.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Saving Fuel by the Dollar and by the Minute

The latest development with fuel-card programs is the option to access them with cardless technology. Likewise, pre-existing cardlock systems that enable drivers to quickly purchase fuel at unattended fuel islands may now be accessed without an actual card. The enabling technology is radio frequency identification (RFID). Photo: Comdata

By David Cullen

There’s more to saving fuel than just not burning it. It’s called buying it for less. One of the surest ways to do that is to leverage high-tech solutions that take the guesswork and the data-crunching out of where to buy fuel at the best price on the road.

Tags: Fuel Cards, RFID, Fuel

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Product Standards Coming to Heavy-Duty Market

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a consistent way for everyone across the supply chain to have the same information about heavy-duty truck parts?, asks Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini in her Aftermarket Insight column.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Supply Chain Management, Auto Care Association

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Automated Transmissions Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

More power and increased safety and comfort seem to be the marching orders for OEMs and suppliers developing the next generation of heavy-duty AMTs. The Innovation Truck, unveiled last year, is a concept vehicle proving out these features for ZF. Photo: ZF

By Jack Roberts

Automated manual transmissions surpassed even the most optimistic predictions for adoption. How will the next generation of smarter, faster, and better connected AMTs boost safety, efficiency and, fuel economy?

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Complacency Is a Killer

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Downtime, unhappy drivers, bitching customers... they all contribute to an ugly bottom line, writes Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Training, Technicians, Safety

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FA-4: Oil Worth Waiting For

The new API FA-4 oil-service category was developed specifically to work in concert with the new generation of more fuel-efficient heavy-duty diesels starting to come on the market. Photo: Shell Oil

By David Cullen

The newest API oil-service category promises to boost mpg, but its use is limited to new engines.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Oil, Engine Oil, CK-4

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Latest Fuel-Sipping Engines

Mack will add turbo compounding to is MP8 engine lineup in the spring, as will the Volvo D13. Photo: Mack

By Jim Park

How engine makers have met the EPA GHG Phase 1 2017 emissions requirements head-on, with a lineup promising better fuel efficiency and greater reliability.

Tags: Cummins, Paccar, Diesel Engines, Detroit Diesel, Fuel Efficiency, International Trucks, Engines, Volvo Group

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Innovation Comes from the Top - and yet it Doesn't

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

If someone comes up with an idea and it’s ignored, dismissed, or laughed at, what’s going to happen the next time they have an idea? Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge examines transformational thinking in her June editorial.

Tags: Leadership, Bright Ideas, HDTX

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reports: The Final Piece of the Outsourcing Equation

One key to effective outsourcing isn't the technician -- it's the data. Photo: PacLease

By Denise Rondini

One concern fleets have when considering outsourcing their maintenance and repair is that they will lose control over that portion of their operation. Paying attention to reporting can help address that fear.

Tags: Maintenance, Outsourcing, VMRS

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Swift's New Driver Engagement VP

Scott Barker has moved from vice president of safety, driver recruiting, and driver development at Swift to a new post dedicated to driver engagement. Photo: Swift

By Deborah Lockridge

Swift Transportation's new vice president of driver engagement talks about how the truckload giant plans to make sure its drivers are truly its "driving force."

Tags: Drivers, Swift Transportation, Driver Retention

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Super Trucks: Pie in the Sky, or Pathway to Super Fuel Savings?

Volvo Truck’s SuperTruck was revealed in September 2016. It achieved more than 12 mpg during the test run, and demonstrated an 88% improvement in freight efficiency and a 70% improvement in fuel efficiency over the baseline truck, a 2009 Volvo VNL 670. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

The DOE SuperTruck projects have demonstrated what’s possible. The next challenge is to turn the possible into the practical.

Tags: Navistar, Volvo Trucks, Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, Daimler Trucks North America, SuperTruck, Future Trucks, Concept Vehicles

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

No Tariffs, No Certainty for Truck Tires

About the tariff ruling, Toyo’s Mike Graber says, “It is too early to predict the impact. It is also a possibility that tariffs or duties on truck tires could be revisited by authorities at some point in the future.”

By Joy Kopcha

When it comes to medium truck tires, fuel efficiency and cost-per-mile considerations remain priorities, but there are other trends driving the segment as well.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Commercial Tires, Tariffs

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Disruptive Will Uber Freight be for Trucking?

Will Uber “disrupt” trucking the way it has the taxi world?

By Deborah Lockridge

Uber Freight, an app matching owner-operators and small fleets with loads to haul, launched with much fanfare recently. Yet the use of computer technology to match up freight with trucks that can haul it is hardly new. Three other freight-matching companies share their views on the market.

Tags: Mobile Apps, Uber for Trucking

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Changing Climate: Is There Still a Case for Greener Trucks?

UPS is among the companies that are committed to exploring alternative fuels and drivetrains. Photo: UPS

By John G. Smith

There is no mistaking a change in the underlying business climate when it comes to greener trucks. Diesel is relatively cheap, and a new administration in the White House wants to slash funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But don't prepare to burn coal dust just yet.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, GHG Phase 2

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Ramona Hood of FedEx Supply Chain

Ramona Hood. Photo courtesy FedEx.

By Deborah Lockridge

The Women In Trucking Association honored Ramona Hood with its Influential Woman in Trucking award. In this interview with HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge, Hood emphasizes the importance of recruiting and mentoring a diverse talent pool in the industry.

Tags: Leadership, 3PL, Women in Trucking, FedEx, Q&A

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: Behind the Wave of Trucking Mergers and Acquisitions

Lana Batts moderates a fleet panel discussion at a past Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting. Photo: TCA

By Evan Lockridge

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen the number and size of trucking mergers and acquisitions like we have lately. HDT Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge spoke with Lana Batts at Transport Capital Partners to gain some perspective.

Tags: Transport Capital Partners, Mergers & Acquisitions, Truckload

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreading to Maximize Casing Value

Tread patterns are available for any type of operation from low rolling resistance drive tires to vocational tires. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Retreading extends the life of the most expensive part of the tire, which lowers cost per mile significantly. This is part five in a five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, Retread, National Tire Safety Week

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

IdleAir Not Letting Lower Diesel Prices Stop Idle Reduction Growth

A partnership with Duke Energy is allowing a truck stop facility to be installed in Kenly, N.C. Photo courtesy Duke Energy.

By Deborah Lockridge

As temperatures heat up around the country, IdleAir is working to expand the number of fleets using its idle reduction technology to keep trucks cool and provide power for cab comforts. IdleAir CEO Ethan Garber tells HDT's Deborah Lockridge how the company is adapting to lower diesel prices.

Tags: Idle Reduction, IdleAir

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving Impressions: Volvo's Tough Tech Truck

A bold grill and striking swept-back fenders give the new Volvo VNR tractor a bold, big-truck vibe with real-world aerodynamic and visibility benefits. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Volvo blends real-world work demands and cutting edge technology together seamlessly in its new VNR vocational daycab tractors. HDT Senior Editor Jack Roberts files this report from North Carolina with his first driving impressions of the new regional truck.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Test Drive, Vocational Trucks, Regional Haul

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Should Know About Tire and Wheel Balancing

Balancing compounds such as Equal Flexx from IMI Products keep the tire balanced even as conditions change. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Balanced tires and wheels have been shown to save fuel, but balancing can also save tires -- and money. Part four in Jim Park's five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, Wheel Balancers, National Tire Safety Week

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Align the Truck Before the Need Arises

Misaligned tires increase vehicle rolling resistance and waste fuel -- that's on top of chewing up tires. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Your tires will tell you if your vehicle is running straight and true. Don't wait 'till it's too late.

Tags: Wheel Alignment, Tires and Wheels, National Tire Safety Week

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keep up the Pressure

Inflation pressure should be checked with a reliable gauge at least weekly, and every time a trailer comes out of a drop yard. Photo from Michelin.

By Jim Park

Under-inflation is the leading cause of blowouts while contributing to poor fuel economy and premature wear. This is the second in a special five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: TPMS, Tire Inflation, National Tire Safety Week, Tires

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Regular Tire Inspections Save Time in the Long Run

Stay on top of tire inflation and most of your roadside failures will disappear. Photo from Goodyear.

By Jim Park

National Tire Safety Week is more for consumers and passenger car drivers, but given tires' third-place ranking in trucking fleets' operating costs, we figured a few timely reminders wouldn't hurt. This is part one in a five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, National Tire Safety Week, CVSA RoadCheck, Tires

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Titanium Transportation Keeps an End-To-End Eye on Trailers

Titanium Transportation has adopted the Blackberry Radar, an end-to-end asset management system that provides more benefits than simply tracking trailers on the move.

By Stephane Babcock

In an effort to boost efficiencies and increase equipment utilization in its growing fleet, Ontario-based Titanium Transportation decided to modernize the way it tracks its more than 1,200 trailers.

Tags: Trailer Tracking, Asset Tracking, Big Data

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Drop Deck Decisions

A Mac Trailer aluminum drop deck’s transition area includes the 90-degree step (upper left) and a large curved “radius” beneath the upper and lower decks (center). The radius evenly distributes weight and stress between the two areas. Here, I-beam-like flanges add strength to the curved members. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Special cargos require specialized trailers, and one is the drop deck, whether made of steel, aluminum, or a combination of the two.

Tags: Trailers, Aluminum, Steel, Dropdeck Trailers

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What's Ahead for Wide-Base Single Tires?

Wide-base single tires could start showing up on vocational trucks such as refuse haulers under GHG Phase 2. EPA likes the fuel efficiency, while operators like the weight savings. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Could the next round of greenhouse gas reduction rules push more fleets over to wide-base single tires? It seems likely, given not only their relatively low rolling resistance but weight savings as well.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Tires, Wide-Base Tires, GHG Phase 2

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Behind the Scenes With a Non-OE Aftermarket Parts Maker

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

There is a debate about the difference between OEM and aftermarket replacement parts, with many people thinking aftermarket parts manufacturers can't provide the quality, availability, and warranty as OEMs. At least one aftermarket parts manufacturer thinks that is changing. Commentary by Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Parts and Service, OEMs

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Getting Ready for This Year's Roadcheck

Proper attention to load securement is important not only to pass roadside inspections, but even more importantly, to protect the safety of others on the highway. Photo:  Linda Stelter / The Birmingham News

By Deborah Lockridge

Cargo securement is a special focus of this year’s 72-hour inspection blitz. Do your drivers know how to avoid citations — and keep the cargo where it belongs?

Tags: Cargo Securement, Oversize Loads, International Roadcheck

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Get Ready for Trucking's Future

Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

The only certain thing about the future is that some companies will figure out how to make money using emerging transportation technology. Will your fleet be one of them? Commentary by Senior Editor Jack Roberts.

Tags: Regulations, E-commerce, ELDs, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler Chief Unfazed by NAFTA Talk

Photo: John G. Smith

By John G. Smith

Roger Nielsen, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, doesn’t seem concerned by talk about renegotiating NAFTA – even though its manufacturing footprint includes Mexico.

Tags: Mexico, NAFTA, Daimler Trucks North America

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler Unveils New Oregon Proving Grounds

Trucks under development, like this camouflaged rig, will be put through their paces at the new facility. Photos: John G. Smith

By John G. Smith

Daimler Trucks North America has officially opened its High Desert Proving Grounds, representing a $18.7-million investment that will put the company’s trucks through their paces – including connected, platooning and autonomous vehicles of the future.

Tags: New Facility, Vehicle Testing, Oregon, Daimler Trucks North America

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Your Brakes up to Snuff?

Stability control and collision mitigation systems depend on a fully functioning brake system set to OEM specs. Photo: Meritor Wabco

By Jim Park

With all the advantages provided by today’s advanced safety systems, what a shame it would be if they couldn’t live up to their potential because of poorly maintained foundation brakes or inadequate friction material.

Tags: Electronic Stability Control, Collision Avoidance Technology, Brakes, Air Brakes

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Habits to Create a Culture of Safety

By Jonathan Hubbard

In order to effectively run a safe and profitable fleet, it is critical to create a culture of safety within your company. While this advice sounds simple, the implementation can be daunting and may sometimes seem nearly impossible.

Tags: SpeedGauge, Alcoa, Safety

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Vipar’s New Chief Chris Baer Talks Growth

Chris Baer Photo: Vipar

By Denise Rondini

We spoke with Vipar Heavy Duty's Chris Baer, who recently took over as head of the truck-parts marketing group, about the restructured organization and how it is now well-positioned for the future.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Aftermarket, Vipar

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