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Transport America integrates severe weather alerts from ALK Maps with its internal alerting system to better manage its fleet during weather events. Photo via Transport America
Using Technology to Manage Trucks in Stormy Weather
By Jim Beach
Transport America is able to keep trucks moving in stormy weather using the Weather Alerts feature of ALK Maps.
Maverick last year completed a $4 million expansion of its training center. Photo: Maverick Transportation
Driver Dilemma: Train for the Long Haul
By David Cullen
Start with the basics when training drivers – but it may pay to look back to bring them ahead.
Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief
Commentary: Trucks vs. Trains Déjà Vu
By Deborah Lockridge
Once again, we have the two sides fighting over which mode is safer and which mode is better for the environment. And not necessarily fighting fair.
We spoke with the top executives of several successful fleets of between 50 and 100 vehicles to learn how they compete.
Competing With the Big Guys
By Deborah Lockridge
We spoke with the top executives of several successful fleets of between 50 and 100 vehicles to learn how they compete in an era where running a trucking company is becoming more expensive, more complex and more regulated.
Henry Popplewell of SkyBitz and Chris Smallwood of U.S. Xpress shared details on the fleet's experience since implementing SkyBitz’s trailer tracking system. Photo: Jim Beach
4 Ways Technology Can Improve Fleet Operations
By Jim Beach
Information technology permeates all parts of a successful trucking fleet's operations today, and sessions at ALK's Transportation Technology Summit last week showcased technology used in trailer detention management, in-cab navigation, in-cab video and driver hiring.
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.

Fleet Management News

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Heniff Acquires Horizon Tank Lines
Heniff Transportation Systems has acquired Horizon Tank Lines, expanding Heniff’s footprint into the Southeastern U.S.
CDL School Owners Charged with Testing Fraud Plead Guilty
Two owners of a Brooklyn, NY, CDL driving school had to forfeit cash and assets totally more than $175,000 in a plea deal for charges stemming from a massive, 11-year long testing fraud scheme.
Old Dominion Shuffles Senior Management
Old Dominion Freight Line announced that Greg C. Gantt has been promoted to the president and chief operating officer of the company, replacing David S. Congdon as the company’s president.
Class 8 Orders Hit 17-Month Low
Net orders for Class 8 trucks fell to just over 22,400 units in April, the lowest amount since November 2013, according to ACT Research.
Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Higher, Inflation Still Weak
By Evan Lockridge
Consumer prices moved barely higher in April, but it was the third consecutive monthly increase, according to a new Commerce Department report.
Photo via Port of Long Beach
Port Trucking Group Unveils Plan to Reduce Congestion
The Harbor Truck Association has announced that it is supporting a new plan to reduce congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Photo: Deborah Lockridge
Continental Tire Sponsors Truck Racing Series
Continental Tire the Americas has been named the tire sponsor of the ChampTruck truck racing series in 2015.
Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Mixed in April
Truckload linehaul rates declined in April from the month before while intermodal rates moved higher, according to two separate reports released on Thursday.
Economic Watch: Manufacturing Declines, Leading Indicators Increase
By Evan Lockridge
A first look at the nation’s manufacturing sector shows activity has declined for the second straight month. However, a measure of future economy activity is on the upswing.
Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Image: Official Portrait
House Dems Push Long-Term Highway Measure
By David Cullen
Peter DeFazio and 19 Committee Democrats have introduced the Obama Administration’s GROW AMERICA Act as a long-term surface transportation funding measure.

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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.
Navman’s Drive Apps Streamline Driver Workflow Navman Wireless released the Drive suite of applications combining fleet management, communication, navigation, dispatching, and documentation systems into a single interface.
Peterbilt’s SmartLinq Shows Fleet Health in Real-Time Peterbilt’s SmartLinq remote diagnostics system provides customers with real-time fleet health information to alert fleet managers to vehicle problems and help them manage service.
McLeod Upgrades Core Transportation Software McLeod Software is releasing version 15.1 of its LoadMaster, PowerBroker and LoadMaster LTL software products.
Cloud-Based In-Cab Video System Launched Convoy Technologies recently introduced its Videomatics video/telematics-based system to help improve driver safety and security.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Understanding new regulations to keep your freight and all drivers safe
New regulatory requirements are demanding higher levels of accountability. As they do, truck drivers, carriers and fleet owners must step up efforts to implement safety programs and stay current with new, amended or suspended regulations. This special report explains the newest regulations in the industry.
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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