August 2016, - WebXclusive

5 Steps to Higher Truck Productivity

For maximum productivity, some fleets can run trucks a second shift. HDT file photo by Ed Alfaro

By Deborah Lockridge

Despite rapid technological advances, Duff Swain believes trucking companies have not made the gains in productivity they should have in recent years. In this interview he summarizes the basic steps fleets should take to maximize each truck's contribution to the bottom line.

Tags: Productivity, TMS, Trincon Group

May 2016, - Feature

Modern Maintenance Manager: Cutting Waste in the Shop

One way to use Lean in the shop is to look for ways to cut wasted time and movement by technicians. Photo: XPO Logistics

By Deborah Lockridge

What can the modern maintenance manager learn from productivity tools designed for manufacturing? Quite a lot.

Tags: Productivity, Maintenance Management, Repair Shops

February 2015, - Feature

5 Ways to Improve Shop Productivity

Reorganizing the shop and optimizing workflow reduces the number of steps technicians have to take when inspecting vehicles.

By Denise Rondini

Every minute a truck is in the shop is a minute it’s not on the road making money. And while there is no way to eliminate all visits to the shop, improving shop efficiency will get trucks in and out faster.

Tags: Productivity, Vehicle Maintenance, Shop Equipment, Aftermarket

February 2015, - Editorial

Commentary: Fuel Economy is Two-Dimensional

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

Fuel economy is really a two-sided matter and we should be striving to avoid zero mpg just as much as we aim for 10 mpg.

Tags: Productivity, Fuel Economy, Downtime

February 2008, - Cover Story

Risky Business: The Pitfalls of Not Managing the Dangers in the Shop

By Deborah Lockridge

OSHA Fines, Worker's Comp Claims, Lost Productivity, Lawsuits, Higher Insurance Costs, Equipment Downtime. The Pitfalls of Not Managing the Dangers in the Shop

Tags: Productivity, OSHA, Lawsuits, Workers' Compensation, Managing the Shop, insurance costs

April 2007, - Feature

High-Tech Temptations

By Jim Beach, Technology Editor

Technologies designed to make fleets and drivers more efficient can also make the driver's job easier and often lead to better pay as well.

Tags: Productivity, Communications, Driver Retention



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