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Third party logistics companies have become a key part of goods movement.
3PLs Today and Tomorrow
By Jim Beach
Outsourcing their transportation management functions to 3PLs gives shippers more flexibility to meet their shipping needs and access to the latest transportation management technologies.
Bypassing weigh stations can save fleets time and fuel, which can cut costs immensely when multiplied over numerous vehicles. Photo: istockphoto.com
Bypassing Tolls and Weigh Stations with Technology
By Stephane Babcock
Toll and weigh station bypass technology can help fleets cut costs and time, while the vehicle keeps rolling down the road.
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Commentary: Make 2015 the Year of Relationships
By Deborah Lockridge
In the day-to-day hustle of deadlines, whether it’s a magazine article or blog, delivering freight or building trucks, it’s hard to find enough time to build and nurture relationships with friends and co-workers.
In what could be the worst driver shortage ever, the industry is currently short about 35,000 truck drivers, and we’ll need nearly 240,000 additional drivers by 2020. 
Driver Dilemma: In Search of Drivers
By Deborah Lockridge
In what could be the worst driver shortage ever, the industry is currently short about 35,000 truck drivers, and we’ll need nearly 240,000 additional drivers by 2020. Unfortunately, fleets are finding it difficult to reverse the trend.
Every Second Counts When Your Driver is at Risk
By Adam Kahn, SmartDrive Systems
It’s the call a fleet manager never wants to get — one where your driver has been in a collision. Fleets can leverage video data to make timely business decisions.

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Court Awards Seven Truckers $2 Million Over Wrongful Classification Claims
Seven U.S. port truck drivers last week won what a Teamsters Union-backed group called a “historic precedent-setting victory” against one trucking company, when they were awarded more than $2 million in a court challenge over claims of wage theft in the form of unlawful payroll deductions and expenses.
Cardinal Logistics Management New Executive Chairman
Cardinal Logistics Management Corp. has announced the appointment of Tom White as executive chairman of Cardinal and its parent company, Cardinal Logistics Holdings LLC.
FedEx Completes Genco Purchase
FedEx Corp. announced on Friday it completed the acquisition of Genco Distribution System Inc., one of the largest third-party logistics providers in North America.
Carriers Named in 'Best Fleets to Drive For' Competition
The Truckload Carriers Association and the driver training company CarriersEdge have selected 20 trucking companies from across North America as top fleets in the Best Fleets to Drive For competition.
Photo: Saia
Saia Posts Significant Increase in Fourth Quarter Profit
The less-than-truckload and logistics services provider Saia Inc. on Friday reported a significant hike in its fourth quarter net income, totaling $13.6 million compared to $8.1 million a year earlier.
American Trucking Associations Announces Promotions
The American Trucking Associations has promoted four to new positions, including a new senior vice president of legislative affairs and vice president of highway policy.
Economic Watch: GDP Growth Slows, Consumer Sentiment Best in 11 Years
By Evan Lockridge
A first look at one of the widest measures of the U.S. economy shows activity cooled in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Photo: Evan Lockridge
Werner Profit Rises by 48%
Net income totaled $32.7 million while revenue increased 7% to $553.2 million. Earning per diluted share were up 49% to 45 cents.
Graph via Stay Metrics.
Drivers Prefer Percentage Split Over Other Payment Methods
Drivers are more satisfied with a percentage split pay compared to hourly or per mile methods, according to a recent study by Stay Metrics.
Tim Meyers, president of Alcoa Wheel & Transportation Products. Photo via Alcoa
HDMA Elects New Board Chairman for 2015
The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association named Tim Myers, president of Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, as its chairman of the Board of Directors.

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Aljex Debuts Capacity Hub for Proactive Truck Booking Aljex debuted its Capacity Hub software tool that allows brokers to search online for trucks and gauge spot availability.
A mobile dispatch app from Acordex is now fully integreated with CLI's FACTS freight management system. Carrier Logistics Announces New Integrations A mobile proof of delivery application and a mobile device dispatch app are now integrated with Carrier Logistics Inc.'s FACTS freight management system.
Efficient Store Delivery Goal of Paragon’s Arrivals Board The Paragon Software Systems Arrivals Board application allows in-store receiving personnel to monitor real-time ETA information of trucks scheduled to make deliveries as well as the load characteristics of each truck.
Transflo On-Demand Transmits Documents Efficiently Pegasus TransTech’s new Transflo On-Demand service allows drivers to print, fax or email documents stored in the network to expedite the delivery of paperwork to truckers on the road.
The Orbcomm chassis tracking system combines the company’s GT 1100 tracking device with its PS 100 proximity sensor to provide operators with chassis location, load status and other information. (Photo courtesy of Orbcomm.) Orbcomm Introduces Chassis Tracking Product A new chassis tracking system was introduced by Orbcomm, Rochelle Park, N.J., this week during the American Trucking Associations' annual conference in San Diego.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
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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