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December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Blockchain Shows Promise for Trucking

By Jim Beach

Blockchain is a combination of technologies that allow transactions between parties via a trusted, shared ledger. It's a complex sounding process but the shared record-keeping technology is showing promise for trucking applications.

Tags: Information Technology, Big Data, Blockchain, Blockchain in Transport Alliance

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 5 Takeaways From 2017

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

One of the reasons HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge enjoys covering trucking is because there’s always something new to write about. Here are her top 5 takeaways from the changing trucking landscape in 2017.

Tags: Regulations, Driver Shortage, ELDs, Future Trucks, Electric Trucks, Donald Trump, ADAS

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

How to Make Data Work For You

One of the keys to making data work for you is focusing on the key metrics that can make a difference in your company. Focus on what you want to accomplish and how data can help. Photo: McLeod Software/P&S Transportation

By Deborah Lockridge

Analyzing data can improve operations, safety, uptime, profits, and more, but for a lot of fleets the hardest question to answer is where to begin?

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Analytics, Big Data

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Secure is Your ELD?

By Deborah Lockridge

Ever since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration opened up its self-certification registration system for mandatory electronic logging devices, there have been a number of new-entrant companies offering ELDs – but how confident can you be that those devices are safe from hacking or data breaches?

Tags: ELDs, Cybersecurity, ELD Mandate

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alabama Trucking Chair Weathers Tough Times, Poised for the Future

Terry Kilpatrick is president of Billy Barnes Enterprises. Photo by Corey McDonald

By Ford Boswell

Facing down family tragedy and personal illness, the new chairman of Alabama’s state trucking association has weathered setbacks with grace and strength, retooling his long-running operation for maximum ­efficiency with an eye toward future growth.

Tags: Fleet Management, Alabama, Associations

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Analysis: Freight Payment Index Offers Helpful Regional Benchmark

Regional quarter-over-quarter % change in spending. Source: U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index

By Evan Lockridge

If you want to know how your trucking operation is stacking up against other freight shipping businesses, there is a new barometer available, U.S. Bank's Freight Payment Index, and it offers some features that have not been seen before, says business contributing editor Evan Lockridge in his December Hotline column.

Tags: Economy, U.S. Bank, Freight, Freight Index

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why It's Time to Replace Tractors Sooner

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

By Steven Jastrow, Element Fleet

Many fleet managers have long followed the golden rule of running a tractor to one million miles before investing in a replacement. But it may be time to part ways with that magic number.

Tags: Fleet Management, Trade Cycles

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Happy Thanksgiving

Photo: CDC

By HDT Staff

On this holiday weekend, we pause to look back at the news, stories, commentary, and videos that resonated the most with our readers this autumn.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Thanksgiving

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editors Corner

Commentary: The 3D Force of Disruption

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

3D printing is about as big a disruptor as you’ll find in the freight-hauling world, t has the potential to wipe a lot of freight right off the map, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: 3D Printing, Disruptive Technology, Trucking in the 21st Century

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Which Way to the Smart Highway?

There’s no one route to the future, yet there already are on ramps open to it.

By David Cullen

If you were asked to describe a smart highway, you might say it swiftly collects tolls. You might say it speeds the flow of goods. You might say it advances safety. You might even say it glows. And you might say, how on Earth do I merge onto this ribbon of wonder?

Tags: Smart Highway, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are We Adopting Advanced Safety Systems Quickly Enough?

Forward collision warning is becoming more common, but other ADAS technologies lag behind.

By Deborah Lockridge

Advanced driver assistance systems present an opportunity to save thousands of lives and drive economic expansion over the next decade – but we need to move faster, contended Brian Collie, partner and managing director of Boston Consulting Group, in a recent speech.

Tags: NACV Show, ADAS, Collision Mitigation Technology, Advanced Safety Technology, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trucking Legends Offer Insight Into Surviving Disruption

A panel discussion of four "Industry Legends" at ATA MC&E. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucking may be facing a level of “disruption” not seen since trucking deregulation in 1980, said four “trucking legends” who went through it – but basic business concepts and treating drivers right will likely help trucking companies survive, according to a panel discussion at the American Trucking Associations’ annual Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Drivers, ATA MC&E, Disruptive Technology

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Big Data is Generating Big Returns

Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

By John G. Smith

Data ranging from maintenance costs to video images is increasingly helping fleets to drive down the cost of everything from on-road repairs to collisions. And those who dig a little deeper can realize some of the biggest savings of all.

Tags: Big Data, Analytics, Information Technology, ATA MC&E

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Don't Miss This Critical Step in ELD Implementation

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

By Mark Schedler

There’s more to complying with the electronic logging device mandate than putting the devices in your trucks. Will your new ELD policies and procedures pass FMCSA’s scrutiny as adequate safety management controls?

Tags: J.J. Keller, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Telematics

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Insurance Costs are Sky-High

Adopting more technological advances is the most likely route to cut back insurance costs, including leveraging solutions to curb distracted driving and other unsafe behaviors. Photos: iStockPhoto

By David Cullen

A perfect storm of business conditions has whipped up insurance costs, but applying technology and managing people can help calm the tempest.

Tags: Insurance Claims, Insurance, Safety

October 2017, Government Fleet - Editors Corner

Can Fleets Subscribe to a Vehicle?

By Chris Brown

For fleets, technology is enabling a more efficient way to use vehicles, increase utilization, and more precisely match the type of vehicle to usage.

Tags: Carsharing, Shared-Use Mobility, Cox Automotive, Fleet Forward Conference, Flexdrive

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Can Trucks be Hacked?

By Jim Park

Does trucking face a cyber-threat resulting from weaknesses in the electronic architecture of its trucks? From part eight of our Trucking in the 21st Century series.

Tags: Cybersecurity, Trucking in the 21st Century, Cyberattacks

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Cyber Security: Connect at Your Own Risk

By David Cullen

How fleets can enjoy greater connectivity without risking more cyber attacks. Part eight of our Trucking in the 21st Century series.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Cybersecurity, Trucking in the 21st Century, Cyberattacks

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oilfield Company No Renegade When it Comes to ELDs

Renegade Wire Line Services has been running on J.J. Keller ELogs for more than three years. Photo: Renegade Wire Line Services

By Deborah Lockridge

Todd Caughey was a state trooper for 25 years who retired and took on a new career as HSE/DOT Compliance Supervisor for Renegade Wire Line Services. The company put in electronic logs back in 2014, so he has an unusual perspective on enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Safety & Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Oilfield Services

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Moving From Paper to ELDs Saves Time for Midwest Carrier

Mike Narvaez, safety and compliance director for R&M, talks about the benefits of getting rid of piles of paper. Photo: Fleetmatics

By Deborah Lockridge

Moving from paper to electronic hours of service tracking has made it easier for everyone from drivers to dispatchers to operations at R&M Trucking, which has terminals in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas.

Tags: Fleetmatics, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Fleetmatics Logbook

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: 3 Takeaways From This Year's FTR Conference

“Sometimes growing stronger is also the next thing that leads to the next recession,” said Dr. Larry Davidson (pictured). Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Evan Lockridge

Trying to narrow down the single, biggest point made at the annual FTR Transportation Conference would be a fool’s errand. The event was content rich, covering everything from the economy and freight to equipment and everything in between. Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge found three takeaways.

Tags: Economy, FTR, GDP, ELDs

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

FTC Uses Online Tech to Keep Drivers Trained

Based in Oklahoma City, FTC Transportation is a small dedicated carrier for the Feed the Children Program, delivering food and relief to those in need. Photo: FTC Transportation

By Steven Martinez

With drivers rarely in the same place at the same time, CarriersEdge has helped FTC keep its fleet tops in safety.

Tags: FTC, Online Training, CarriersEdge

September 2017, Work Truck - Editors Corner

What’s Your Future Fleet Strategy?

iStockPhoto.com/Karneg

By Amy Winter-Hercher

While large scale deployment of autonomous vehicles won’t happen anytime soon, it’s important for fleets to formulate their game plans now.

Tags: Telematics, Carsharing, Mobility, Shared-Use Mobility, Internet of Things, Autonomous Vehicles, Fleet Forward Conference

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Panel: Trailers Next Frontier in Telematics

“The trailer is very much increasing in importance.” says Wabco's Jon Morrison. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By John G. Smith

The power of telematics continues to advance, and there are still plenty of opportunities to be realized – especially when it comes to the rolling assets seen in a rearview mirror. A panel at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show explored the topic.

Tags: Telematics, Trailers, NACV Show

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleets Share Best Practices on Implementing New Technologies

TMC panelists Bill Brown, Colin Crowley, Peter Savage and Deryk Powell outlined what they’ve learned as more and more fleets struggled to adopt new technologies and make them work effectively. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Looking at technology as a problem-solver first can go a long way toward its successful deployment in real-world fleet operations. A panel discussion at TMC's Fall Meeting offered real-world advice.

Tags: TMC

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is Hurricane Harvey the Lead-in to Something Significant in Trucking?

By Jonathan Starks, FTR

It’s apparent that people are working very hard in Houston, because the spot market trucking statistics are showing strong positive moves, in some cases to levels above pre-storm benchmarks.

Tags: Texas, FTR, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, Hurricane Harvey

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Other Shortage - Heavy-Duty Technicians

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

The shortage of able technicians is going to bite us if we don’t find a fix. In fact, it already is, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Maintenance, Technician Shortage, Employee Retention, Technicians

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Can Autonomous Trucks Help You Attract Fresh Talent?

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

We tend to shake our heads and roll our eyes at the breathless coverage in the mainstream and tech media about “driverless trucks”. But there’s one good thing about all this coverage: It’s helping to make trucking look “cool”, says Editor In Chief Deborah Lockridge in her September editorial.

Tags: Recruiting, Autonomous Vehicles, Emerging Leaders, Uber for Trucking

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleets Talk ELDs, Specs, Self-Driving Trucks on FTR Equipment Panel

From left, Greg Eddy, president and CEO of Venture Logistics; Don Hinkle, vice president of equipment services at YRC Worldwide; and  Maverick Vice President of Maintenance Mike Jeffress. Photo by Evan Lockridge

By Evan Lockridge

How fleets think about equipment, electronic logging devices and even the future of autonomous vehicles were in the spotlight Wednesday afternoon at the annual FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, as three trucking fleet people spoke on a panel about the challenges they face in today’s uncertain trucking environment.

Tags: Spec'ing, Safety & Compliance, FTR, Maverick, YRC Worldwide, ELDs, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Analysis: Why GDP Numbers Are Better Than You Think

By Evan Lockridge

In the early 1990s, it was common to hear economists define a healthy economy as one with gross domestic product growth of around 3% annually.These days, when growth gets close to that “magic number,” it’s greeted with a yawn — and it shouldn’t, says business contributing editor Evan Lockridge.

Tags: Economy, ATA, GDP

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study: Cutting Methane Crucial to Future of Natural Gas Vehicles

Fleets and natural-gas engine makers are already taking steps to address methane leakage. Photo: Frito-Lay

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman

Commercial fleets that converted from diesel to natural gas power could potentially accelerate the rate of climate change, finds one report. What is the industry doing to address the issue?

Tags: NGVAmerica, EDF, EPA, Emissions, Industry Research, Emissions Reduction, Methane, CNG, LNG, Westport, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, EIA

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Off-Peak Deliveries Can Make a Difference

Photo: U.S. DOT

By John G. Smith

By scheduling shipments at times when there is less traffic on the road, Off-peak deliveries as a route planning strategy can deliver significant savings.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Delivery Delays, Traffic, Schedule

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Need to Know About ELD Mandate Enforcement

Is that an AOBRD or an ELD? Photo: Roehl Transport

By Deborah Lockridge

Whether you’ve got your electronic logging devices on order, or you’re still researching your options, there are many questions out there regarding just what’s going to happen at the roadside when the ELD mandate goes into effect Dec. 18.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Enforcement, ELDs, ELD Mandate

September 2017, Work Truck - Feature

A Closer Look at Diesel Cabover Warranties

File photo

By Paul Clinton

Isuzu, Chevrolet, Hino, and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America offer similar standard warranties for their diesel cabovers, and provide additional component warranties to increase a fleet manager's piece of mind.

Tags: Warranty, Diesel Engines, Cabovers, Truck Warranty, chevrolet, Hino, Isuzu, Mitsubishi Fuso

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT's Summer Videos

By HDT Staff

Kick back this Labor Day Weekend and take a look back at HDT’s hottest videos shot over the lazy, hazy crazy days of summer that are now slipping away from us all for another year.

Tags: Labor Day holiday

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why the ELD Mandate is a Problem for Temp Drivers

Photo: ERoad

By Jim Park

For drivers working for a driver service or temporary driver pool, how do they transfer their logs from one carrier to another? The short answer is, they can't.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, Drivers

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELDs Can Open the Door to Big Data

By Jim Park

Why settle for simple electronic logging when it can serve as a total fleet management solution in a box?

Tags: ELDs, Big Data, ELD Mandate, Data Management

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Over-Regulation and Idiotic Enforcement

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Sure, our trucks can do damage in a bunch of ways, but the regulations outweigh the risk we represent by alot -and they’re driving people away from trucking, argues Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Regulations, Inspections, Law Enforcement

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pushing the Technology Envelope in Trucking

Photo: PeopleNet

By Jim Beach

Mark Botticelli, executive vice president, Technology, PeopleNet, described how some wearable devices such as virtual reality goggles or a smart arm band could aid drivers.

Tags: PeopleNet, Future Trucks, Virtual Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How E-Commerce Disrupts Trucking

Thom Albrecht Photo: Jim Beach

By Jim Beach

While disruption may be a current buzzword, it’s as old as capitalism itself, said Thom Albrecht, president of Sword & Sea Transportation Advisors, speaking at the PeopleNet and TMW in.sight User Conference + Expo in Nashville.

Tags: E-commerce, Trimble, Disruptive Technology

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

User Conference Highlights the Fast Pace of Change

Panel at PeopleNet presentation during the in.sight User Conference + Expo. Photo: Trimble

By Jim Beach

Change and its quickening pace was an over-riding theme at Trimble’s in.sight user conference for TMW Systems and PeopleNet customers that kicked off Aug. 14 in Nashville.

Tags: E-commerce, Trimble, PeopleNet, Connected Vehicle Technology, TMW Systems, ELDs, Autonomous Vehicles

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Is Your Lease-Purchase Program a Problem?

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

There are plenty of horror stories out there about owner-operator lease-purchase programs, and not just at the ports, explains Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her August editorial.

Tags: OOIDA, Ports, Owner-Operators, Lease-Purchase, Independent Contractors

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Clock is Ticking on ELD Compliance

Despite how easy it is to install electronic logging devices and having the ability to use an app to log time, “it still takes fleet management and drivers generally a couple of months to get comfortable with the technology,” advises Tom Reader of ELD supplier J.J. Keller. Photos: J.J. Keller

By David Cullen

Carriers and drivers have a scant four months to be running under the FMCSA's new electronic logging rule.

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Why the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal May Not Mean Much

By Evan Lockridge

Some are predicting the Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition will be a game-changer but it may not be as big of a deal for trucking as we think, says Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge in his August Hotline column.

Tags: Amazon.com, Mergers & Acquisitions, Grocery Fleets

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Statistics

Inside the Small Fleet

Small fleets cite their top three challenges. Graph courtesy Comdata

By Deborah Lockridge

Small fleets make up the vast majority of trucking companies. Comdata shares some research into their challenges and habits.

Tags: Comdata, Research, Small Fleets

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Nationwide Rail Services Gains Safety Advantage With Each Drop-And-Hook

NRS shared with their insurance company how the SmartValve reduces driver injuries by conducting a live demonstration with the assistance of Rush Truck Centers.

By HDT Staff

Fleet credits electronic height control system with reducing driver injuries and boosting productivity.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Landing Gear, Insurance, Drivers, Hadley Products

July 2017, Work Truck - Feature

Telematics in Vocational Truck Fleets: Local Delivery

Local delivery fleets use a variet of trucks, from cargo vans to box trucks to trucks with trailers (pictured). Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

By Lauren Fletcher

Route planning and optimization, scheduling, and complete visibility into a local delivery fleet are just some of the industry-specific benefits of a telematics solution.

Tags: Telematics, Medium-Duty Trucks, Refrigerated Truck, Delivery Fleets

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The 3D Future: Is It a Print?

Laser metal 3D printer. Photo: UPS Longitudes

By David Cullen

E-commerce is all the rage these days, but inventory requirements for shippers may actually decline in the years ahead if 3D printing catches fire.

Tags: Logistics, 3D Printing, Trucking in the 21st Century

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: TransRisk's Craig Fuller on Creating a Trucking Futures Exchange

Craig Fuller Photo: TransRisk

By David Cullen

TransRisk founder and CEO Craig Fuller discusses the first regulated trucking futures exchange his startup is planning to launch.

Tags: TransRisk, Futures Exchanges

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELDs Don't Have to Be a Productivity Killer

It may turn out that the ELD mandate that hits in December will not have much further impact on driver productivity as so many fleets have already made adjustments to their operations.  Photos: iStockPhoto

By Evan Lockridge

There are steps fleets can take to offset productivity losses that can occur with the mandatory move to electronic logging devices.

Tags: Productivity, ELDs, ELD Mandate

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