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March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Omnitracs Pursues a Software Focus with New Trucking Fleet Platform

A key to Omnitracs new software platform is that it is “hardware agnostic.” Users can run the software on whichever kind of device best suits their needs. Photos: Jim Beach

By Jim Beach

Omnitracs’ new computing platform, Omnitracs One, is the latest reflection of the trend by technology providers to move from closed, proprietary systems – those in which their software runs on their proprietary hardware – to open systems.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, Software, Omnitracs, Telematics Hardware

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler Pumping R&D into Electric Trucks, Connectivity, Autonomous Trucks

Daimler Trucks has a 'Baby 8' eActros electric truck in fleet testing in Europe; is an e-Cascadia next? Photo: Mercedes-Benz

By Deborah Lockridge

Daimler Trucks North America chief Roger Nielsen talked to reporters recently about the company's investments and initiatives in technology such as connectivity, electric trucks, autonomous trucks, advanced driver assistance systems, platooning, and predictive maintenance.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Truck Platooning, Electric Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, ADAS, Connectivity, Daimler Trucks

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Analysis: Could History Repeat Itself With Truck Capacity?

Will increasing freight demand and truck sales lead to an excess of truck capacity in the near future? Source: DAT

By Evan Lockridge

When you look back just four years ago to 2014, a lot of heavy-trucks were sold. Freight demand had suddenly increased, and everyone was trying to move more cargo. But when 2015 rolled around, things weren’t as rosy.

Tags: Economy, Truck Sales, Market Trends, Freight Capacity, DAT Solutions

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tire Telematics: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

A new generation of wheel sensors may soon be transmitting surprising new types of operational information via tire telematics to fleet managers. Photo: Maxion

By Jack Roberts

Sensors in tires and other wheel-end components are ready to move beyond optimizing tire management programs in some very surprising ways.

Tags: Telematics, Tires, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT's Salute to President's Day

Photo: Ad Meskens / Wikimedia Commons

By HDT Staff

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is recognizing President's Day by presenting some of our most viewed features, blogs and videos.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Donald Trump

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electronic Log Data May Help Drive Hours-of-Service Reform

ELD data is highlighting "problems with the 14-hour clock and its inability to stop when taking a break and the ongoing detention problem," says TCA's David Heller.

By David Cullen

For truckers, it’s the Holy Grail of regulatory reform. Who would not want to see the Hours of Service rules more closely reflect the real world of driving trucks?

Tags: Hours of Service, Driver Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, ELD Mandate, Split Sleeper Berth

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

With Driver Training, Talk is Not Cheap

Studies by PIT Group show that providing refresher training and coaching via in-vehicle technology is needed to maintain and improve driver performance over time. Photo: Pit Group

By David Cullen

How you communicate with and train drivers can pay dividends in safe and efficient operations and in lower turnover.

Tags: Training, Driver Training

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Analysis: Moving Trends Could Shift Freight Patterns

New to the 2017 top inbound list were Colorado and Alabama, while Massachusetts and Wisconsin were new to the outbound list. Source: United Van Lines’ 41st Annual National Movers Study

By Evan Lockridge

Shifting populations in the U.S. could mean a change where you deliver freight, finds Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight shipments, Moving and Storage Fleet

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Generational Differences Present Challenges for Employers

By Denise Rondini

With three generations currently in the workplace, practices that help you motivate one generation may not work on another.

Tags: Customer Service, Employee Retention, Employee Morale, HDAW

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Triple G Express' Randy Guillot on Intermodal Chassis and Trucker Choice

Randy Guillot says truckers need more choice in intermodal chassis. Photo: Triple G Express

By David Cullen

Randy Guillot, president of Triple G Express and Southeastern Motor Freight, recently gave us his take on how a growing lack of choice and competition in the chassis pool environment is impacting intermodal motor carriers.

Tags: Intermodal Chassis, Triple G Express, Intermodal, People, Leadership

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Trucking Has Evolved and Where It Could be Going

With the ELD mandate now in place, the next step is to educate fleet owners, managers and drivers on how to best use the data and high-level information they can now access. Photo: Omnitracs

By Lauren Domnick

The transportation and supply chain industry has evolved immensely throughout the past year. In 2018, with new technologies in our cabs and the ELD mandate in effect, more eyes will be on our industry.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Analytics, Truck Parking, Omnitracs, ELDs, Big Data, ELD Mandate

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

In Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Photo: Public Domain

By HDT Staff

Heavy Duty Trucking is recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day by presenting some of the significant content of our editorial staff that has appeared recently in our daily newsletters.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Digging into Fleet Data Unlocks Greater Efficiency and Profitability

Once you’ve mastered the basics of analyzing data, go beyond canned reports to unlock the doors to greater efficiency and profitability.

By Deborah Lockridge

Going beyond canned reports and digging deeper into your fleet data is the key to unlocking the doors to greater efficiency and profitability.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Analytics, Big Data, Data Analysis

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The E-Commerce Road has its Ups and Downs

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Peak e-commerce season is stretching the limits of the nation's freight and package handling capabilities. Commentary by Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge.

Tags: UPS, Retail Sales, E-commerce, FedEx, Delivery Fleets

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Preparation the Key to Handling Winter Weather

A key way that fleets can ensure that trucks are prepared for winter and drivers are able to get help if they need it, is to have a comprehensive maintenance partner. Photo: Ryder System

By Steven Martinez

While most of the impact of a winter storm will directly affect drivers, many of the disruptions can be prevented by a well-maintained and prepared fleet.

Tags: Driver Safety, Preventive Maintenance, Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Ryder System, Snow

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: Will We Avoid the First-Quarter GDP Blues?

Source: U.S. Commerce Department Bureau of Economic Analysis

By Evan Lockridge

While final economic numbers for 2017 have yet to roll in, economic growth was strong. Will it keep moving higher into the New Year? Analysis by Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Economic Conditions, ELD Mandate

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Most Important News Posts of 2017

Photo: Jim Park

By HDT Staff

In 2017, the trucking industry saw several major news stories play out on a near daily basis. The looming ELD Mandate, new regulations, and Silicon Valley’s push into the trucking industry captured the attention of our readers in a big way this year.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Top News, Uber, ELDs, Electric Trucks, New Year's

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

2017's Best Blog Posts

Photo via U.S. Department of Transportation

By HDT Staff

In addition to Heavy Duty Trucking magazine's news coverage of the trucking industry, our editors also provided commentary to give insight and context to 2017's stories - both big and small.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Blogs, New Year's

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top 10 Feature Articles of 2017

Photo via ERoad

By HDT Staff

With 2017 in the rear view mirror, we look back at the most popular feature articles of the past year on Truckinginfo.com.

Tags: Compliance, Driver Health, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, ELDs, Big Data, Mobile Apps, Last Mile Delivery

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Top 10 KPIs Every Fleet Manager Should Track

Driver safety scorecards help drivers understand where they rank in terms of safety. Fleet managers can reward the best drivers with incentives.  Source: MiX Telematics

By Pete Allen

ELDs will increase the amount of useful data that fleets can use to improve safety, efficiency and compliance. While KPIs will differ by fleet size and vertical, here are the most common – the ones every fleet should be tracking.

Tags: Telematics, Analytics, ELDs, Big Data, KPIs

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Making Data Work for You

By HDT Staff

There's more data available to fleets than ever, coming from the truck, from their internal TMS software, and from external sources ranging from safety scores to social media. Explore how can use data analytics and business intelligence to turn this data into better safety, efficiency, and profitability.

Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Data Analysis

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Civility is an Important Trait

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

My mandate with this column is to write about the tools that keep our trucks rolling, the hardware and software and operational tricks that make the difference between earning a buck and going broke. But if you think about it, people are one of the most important tools you can have.

Tags: Customer Service, People, Employee Training

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Next Generation: HDT's 2017 Emerging Leaders

By David Cullen

Our second annual Emerging Leaders honors 10 top trucking achievers under age 40 – and their thinking on how fleets can attract more young talent.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People, Emerging Leaders

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 - Department

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: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, ADAS, Collision Mitigation Technology

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

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Tips to Get the Bypass Green Light

Photo: Help Inc.

By Steve Vaughn, Help Inc.

Whether you’re a trucking fleet executive, safety director, company driver or an owner-operator, if your safety scores aren’t where you would like them to be, you’re probably not getting bypass green lights as often as you wish. But there is a solution – and it’s nearly as close as your backyard.

Tags: Inspections, Help Inc., PrePass, Weigh-Station Bypass, CSA score, Fleet Safety

September 2017, Work Truck - Editors Corner

What’s Your Future Fleet Strategy?


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


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