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Reassessing the Independent Contractor
By Robert F. Dow and Douglas A. Smith
Truck driver classification should be weighed in light of current waged hour laws, safety regulations and the Affordable Care Act
Photo courtesy of Hornady 
Q&A: Chris Hornady on Becoming Part of Daseke
By Deborah Lockridge
Chris Hornady is the third-generation leader of Alabama-based flatbed carrier Hornady Transportation. We spoke with him Monday shortly after the company announced it was becoming part of Daseke.
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.
Commentary: The Coming Headwinds
By Evan Lockridge
The trucking industry has enjoyed prosperity in recent years but as the recovery continues, some analysts are projecting a slowdown.
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Commentary: 5 Arguments for Heavier Trucks
By Deborah Lockridge
While states are thinking of ways to fund highway infrastructure, Michigan is considering rolling back truck size and weight regulations.
Brandy Waugh and her father (center) pose with the company's team of technicians and cargo vans.
Old School Plumber Goes High Tech
By Amy Winter-Hercher
A telematics system, digital inventory control and pipe cameras have helped this small plumbing fleet create a more efficient working process — while improving and speeding up its customer service.
To spec a truck the right way, the trouble lies in balancing needs against desires — since those don’t always align. Working with a third-party expert like Ryder will help you find the right balance, where every component is working for you instead of creating problems down the road.
Do You Have the Right Truck for Your Business?
Sponsored by Ryder System Inc.
By Art Trahan, Ryder System Inc.
With new technologies and requirements developing rapidly over the last few years, it takes a certain expertise when taking in all the considerations of spec’ing a truck.

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Photo of GMC Sierra HD AllTerrain crew cab courtesy of GM.
GMC Sierra HD Adds Steering Assist, Gooseneck Trailering
The GMC Sierra HD pickup will add several features for 2016, including active steering assist and a new gooseneck trailering package, according to General Motors.
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To Combat Congestion, So Cal Ports to Adopt Appointment System
To reduce truck congestion, a cargo appointment system will be adopted by 10 terminals operating out of the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Brad Bentley resigned from his position of president of the TCA. Photo: TCA
TCA President Steps Down
Truckload Carriers Association president Brad Bentley resigned from his position, citing family obligations, the association announced.
Photo by Evan Lockridge
Mack Latest OE to Pull Out of Mid-America Trucking Show
UPDATED — Mack Trucks is joining Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar and Volvo Trucks in deciding not to exhibit at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., next March.
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Steve Keppler Departing CVSA for IANA
By David Cullen
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that Stephen A. Keppler, its executive director since 2009, is leaving CVSA after 15 years to accept the position position of senior vice president with the Intermodal Association of North America.
Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: June 2014 - 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT.
Cross-Border Freight Value Falls During June
The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North America Free Trade Agreement partners fell in June, according to a new Transportation Department report, totaling $99 billion, as all modes except truck carried less freight.
Economic Watch: Growth Accelerates in Second Quarter
By Evan Lockridge
The U.S. economy grew by leaps and bounds in the second quarter of the year compared to the first quarter, according to a new government estimate released Thursday, which should ease investors fears in the wake of a global stock market sell-off.
Photo by Kareem Girgis
Heavy-Duty Fleet Technology Expo Awards Announced
Many fleets were honored but only six took the top honors of the HDT Efficiency and Sustainability awards at the 2015 Fleet Technology Expo at an Aug. 26 ceremony.
Spot Freight Rates Stable, Available Loads Drop
Spot truckload rates, including fuel surcharges, remained nearly unchanged over the past week as overall load availability fell 5.5% during the week ending Aug. 22, according to DAT Solutions.
East Manufacturing Appoints Dealer Liaison
East Manufacturing has named Tom Welch as its dealer liaison, a newly created position responsible for dealer network growth, improvement and support activities.

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HNI's DART system allows driver managers to  view average scores from three categories for a quick look at trends that need addressing. Managers can drill down into each category and to individual drivers. HNI Releases Driver Performance Management System Cutting through the scorecard clutter is the aim of a performance management system introduced by HNI. The DART system combines metrics from a variety of fleet operational areas to produce a single driver score that measures the driver’s impact on profitability.
ARI Adds Custom Dashboards to Fleet Management System ARI is launching a suite of enhancements and new dashboards for the company’s insights fleet management system.
Real Time Freight Now Integrates with QuickBooks Real Time Freight has added platform integration with QuickBooks accounting software to its cloud-based transportation management system.
Routist Calculates Routes for Drivers in the Field Fleetmatics introduced the Fleetmatics Routist service providing an intelligent routing solution for fleets in the field.
DOT Direct Screens Applications Online for Fleets First Advantage Fleet Solutions is offering an integrated online employment application and screening product designed for private and for-hire fleets called DOT Direct.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Is Your Business Ready for the ELD Mandate?
This white paper will cover the current landscape of HOS, the new ELD mandate, who must comply, and what fleets need to do to meet the new regulations.
West Air Gases Case Study
Fuel price volatility is still the top concern when considering alternatives. With the price of oil and diesel being highly unpredictable and strict emissions regulations up ahead, clearly, natural gas is the express route to a cleaner, greener fleet. Find out how WestAir Gases made the switch to natural gas with minimal cost, risk or downtime. Learn about the challenges West Air faced and how Ryder created a custom solution to overcome each and every one.
Transportation Operations Needs. Today and Tomorrow.
This report explores how a combination of mobile technology implementations for mobile workers, and process re-engineering efforts can elevate operations to the next level. It also highlights how a lack of adoption can hold T&L operations back, preventing them from capitalizing on significant cost-savings.
Reman Parts Gaining More Favor with Truck Operators
Remanufactured components are a smart price-point alternative for fleets of all sizes and vehicles of all ages given the current market economic conditions. Meritor examines this trend in a whitepaper.
Traffic Violations are on the Rise: How Fleets Can Prepare
Fuel, insurance, preventive maintenance and repairs are generally accepted as standard operating costs for fleets. What about vehicle-issued violations, such as parking, toll and photo enforcement tickets?

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