October 2015, - Department

What Happens to Trucking When Interest Rates (Finally) Rise?

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

By Evan Lockridge

One day the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates – perhaps as early as this fall. But what will this mean for trucking?

Tags: Economy, Recession, ACT Research, Federal Reserve

August 2015, - WebXclusive

Commentary: Regulatory Drag and the Driver Shortage

Electronic logs, speed limiters, a drug and alcohol testing database and other regulations will mean more drivers are needed, even if the economy slows. Graph: FTR

By Evan Lockridge

Despite projections of an economic slowdown, upcoming regulations could still require fleets to find large numbers of new drivers.

Tags: Economy, Regulations, Driver Shortage, Speed Limiter, 34-Hour Restart

August 2015, - WebXclusive

Commentary: The Coming Headwinds

The red line at the bottom of the graph on the left indicates the most recent recovery, a more gradual affair than seen in the past.

By Evan Lockridge

The trucking industry has enjoyed prosperity in recent years but as the recovery continues, some analysts are projecting a slowdown.

Tags: Economy, FTR

December 2012, - Feature

Yokohama's Rick Phillips Talks Commercial Tire Trends

When it comes to commercial tire sales, 2012 could not have been any more contrasting from 2011, says Rick Phillips, Yokohama Tire's director of commercial sales. Phillips, a 35-year tire industry veteran, discusses what the challenges were within the commercial tire industry in 2012 and how they will affect truck owners in 2013

Tags: Economy, Tires

November 2008, - Cover Story

Credit Crunch - Surviving The Storm

By Oliver Patton, Steve Sturgess, Deborah Lockridge

A month of financial turmoil has turned the economic forecast gloomy. Truckers will need good management to survive recession and the credit crisis.

Tags: Economy, Credit, Truck Sales, Economic Forecast

October 2008, - Cover Story

At A Snail's Pace

By Deborah Lockridge, Senior Managing Editor

The economy likely will stay in the doldrums until at least the middle of 2009, but the trucking industry may have weathered the worst of it.

Tags: Economy, OPEC, Fuel Costs

September 2008, - Feature

Cargo Van Roundup

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

It's all about the slow economy

Tags: Dodge, Economy, Natural Gas, Workhorse, Freightliner, Walk-in Van, Ford, General Motors, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

February 2008, - Editorial

Additives For Fuel Economy

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Perhaps this fuel crisis will propel skeptical users to take a look at fuel economy enhancers.

Tags: Economy, Fuel Prices, Fuel Economy, Fuel and Oil, oil additives

April 2007, - Cover Story

The Driver Debacle

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucks are already parked because there are not enough drivers to move them. Labor analysts warn that in a few years the driver crisis will be worse – much worse. This series will give you tools to cope.

Tags: Economy, Truck Drivers

October 2006, - Cover Story

Slower Growth – But It's Still Growth

By Patricia Smith, Senior Editor

Industry experts look at the economy and trucking.

Tags: Economy



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