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Carriers Want Support, Customization From Software Vendors
By Jim Beach
Vendor customization and electronic data integration were the top vendor and software factors fleet managers consider when buying software, according to a survey conducted by Carrier Logistics Inc.
User conferences, such as the Peoplenet User Conference, allow clients to take advantage of new enhancements, network with other users and learn best practices.
7 Steps to Getting the Most From Your Software
By Jim Beach
Trucking companies make significant investments in software systems — to become more efficient, safer and more profitable. But not all have the same level of success.
Nussbaum Transportation stresses communication with drivers. Photo: Nussbaum
How To Build An Engaged Driver Workforce
By Deborah Lockridge
Want drivers who not only stay with your company long-term, but also go the extra mile to make sure it succeeds? The key may be “employee engagement.”
2015 HDT Fact Book
By HDT Staff
Our second annual HDT Fact Book, aims to give you additional numbers and statistics that can help you in your business.
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Q&A: Don Daseke on Building a Nationwide Flatbed Carrier
By Deborah Lockridge
The longtime businessman and investor talks about how he's adapted the Warren Buffet model to trucking as he builds a nationwide flatbed presence through mergers with well-run carriers, and why he got into trucking at an age when many are thinking of retirement.
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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Large Carriers Lead in Rates, Revenue and Retention
Large carriers lead the trucking industry on several key metrics including per-mile rates, driver retention, and revenue-per-driver, according to a recent survey conducted by transportation consultation firm Katz, Sapper & Miller.
John Culp Photo: Maverick
Maverick President to Retire, Successor Named
Maverick president and chief operating officer, Stephen Selig has announced his retirement and the company has named executive vice president and chief financial officer, John Culp, his successor.
Arrow Trucking CEO Sentenced to 7.5 Years for Tax Fraud
The former head of the defunct carrier Arrow Trucking, James Douglas Pielsticker, has been sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison for tax evasion and fraud.
Thermo King Acquires Long-Time Telematics Partner
Temperature control products company, Thermo King, has acquired the its long-time vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions partner Celtrak.
Spot Freight Market Steady, Rates Down
By Evan Lockridge
Spot market freight volume remained relatively stable in September, edging down only 0.6% month over month as rates declined from both the month before and a year earlier, according to monthly numbers from DAT.
Slow Economic Growth Likely to Continue; Fed Policy Big Unknown
By Deborah Lockridge
One economist is predicting continued slow growth for the economy, but believes our current economic models aren’t working when it comes to federal fiscal policy.
TRB says DOT study is lacking in how it estimates impact of future changes in truck size/weight limits, such as to bridge structural costs. Photo: DOT
Truck Size/Weight Study Dinged by Outside Agency
By David Cullen
The Dept. of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study “lacks a consistent and complete quantitative summary of the alternative configuration scenarios... and major categories of costs are not estimated,” contends a study review released by the Transportation Research Board.
Freight Slowdown Will Drive More Mergers & Acquisitions
Trucking companies are bracing for a slowdown in their business, with many looking to mergers and acquisitions for growth instead, according to reports this week in The Wall Street Journal.
Aeris, Isotrak Announce Fleet Telematics Partnership
Aeris has partnered with Isotrak Ltd. to provide improved cellular connectivity and data analytics for Isotrak fleet telematics customers in the U.S. and other global markets.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley delivering an update on the ongoing flood emergency. Image via Facebook/Nikki Haley
DOT Issues $5 Million in Emergency Relief for South Carolina Roads
By David Cullen
The Dept. of Transportation announced on Oct. 6 the “immediate availability” of $5 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to the South Carolina Dept. of Transportation to help repair roads and bridges damaged by the recent rain-driven flooding that has crippled the state.


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SecureFuel Provides Transparent Fuel Payments Electronic Funds Source’s SecureFuel is a payment solution fleets that allows fleets to visualize fuel consumption and purchases at a unit level.
McLeod Offers ‘Branded’ Driver App for Fleets McLeod Software launched a “customer-branded” mobile app, the Carrier Driver App, which lets drivers interact with the carrier’s McLeod LoadMaster transportation management system to get information on their next load and their settlements, scan documents, capture signatures, report accidents and more.
MiX Launches Task Management Application MiX Telematics new task management application, MiX Go, is designed streamline communication and task management between the office and workers in the field.
J.J. Keller Service Aggregates Driver Data J.J. Keller’s Driver DataSense Service aggregates the stream of data from a fleet’s onboard technology, paper logs and time sheets.
Management Software Designed for Small Business Transport Pro is now offering Transport Pro Small Business, the small business version of its transportation management software.
Streamlining Your Freight with an Integrated Transportation Network
In today’s challenging transportation market, where the pool of qualified drivers is shrinking, safety regulations are tighter than ever and fuel prices eat up much of your transportation budget, how do you find time to focus on your business? For many businesses, the key to securing capacity in the “new normal” shipping environment is an all-of-the-above strategy. This approach integrates a base dedicated fleet with procured common carriers, and in some cases, private fleets.
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.
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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