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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

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

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

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting Smart in the Warehouse

Amazon has been using these small orange warehouse robots for several years to make picking much faster, increasing their number every year. Photo: Amazon

By David Cullen

The surge in e-commerce orders is recasting the role warehousing plays in the supply chain. Part six of our Trucking in the 21st Century series.

Tags: E-commerce, Amazon.com, Supply Chain Management, Internet

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Celebrating Independence Day

Public Domain Photo

By HDT Staff

Heavy Duty Trucking is celebrating Independence Day and closing our offices. However, many of our readers will still be working hard that day, so we have filled our newsletter with some of the most popular online articles from the past few months.

Tags: Independence Day

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: Don't Mind the Bumps, Numbers Still Look Promising for 2017

The Cass Freight Index showed positive numbers in April for the fourth straight month, indicating a possible end to the “freight recession.” Source: Cass Information Systems

By Evan Lockridge

It seems just as soon as one report comes out saying there are indications the economy (and trucking) continues to get better, another follows that seems to point the other way, says business contributing editor Evan Lockridge in his July column.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Cass Freight Index

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Innovation and Networking at the Inaugural Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange

Photo: Kareem Girgis

By HDT Staff

The inaugural Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange focused on promoting networking between fleets and suppliers, as well as educational opportunities revolving around the theme of innovation.

Tags: Networking, Events, Fleet Innovators, HDTX

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Innovation Comes from the Top - and yet it Doesn't

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

If someone comes up with an idea and it’s ignored, dismissed, or laughed at, what’s going to happen the next time they have an idea? Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge examines transformational thinking in her June editorial.

Tags: Leadership, Bright Ideas, HDTX

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Disruptive Will Uber Freight be for Trucking?

Will Uber “disrupt” trucking the way it has the taxi world?

By Deborah Lockridge

Uber Freight, an app matching owner-operators and small fleets with loads to haul, launched with much fanfare recently. Yet the use of computer technology to match up freight with trucks that can haul it is hardly new. Three other freight-matching companies share their views on the market.

Tags: Mobile Apps, Uber for Trucking

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Ramona Hood of FedEx Supply Chain

Ramona Hood. Photo courtesy FedEx.

By Deborah Lockridge

The Women In Trucking Association honored Ramona Hood with its Influential Woman in Trucking award. In this interview with HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge, Hood emphasizes the importance of recruiting and mentoring a diverse talent pool in the industry.

Tags: Leadership, 3PL, Women in Trucking, FedEx, Q&A

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: Behind the Wave of Trucking Mergers and Acquisitions

Lana Batts moderates a fleet panel discussion at a past Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting. Photo: TCA

By Evan Lockridge

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen the number and size of trucking mergers and acquisitions like we have lately. HDT Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge spoke with Lana Batts at Transport Capital Partners to gain some perspective.

Tags: Transport Capital Partners, Mergers & Acquisitions, Truckload

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

IdleAir Not Letting Lower Diesel Prices Stop Idle Reduction Growth

A partnership with Duke Energy is allowing a truck stop facility to be installed in Kenly, N.C. Photo courtesy Duke Energy.

By Deborah Lockridge

As temperatures heat up around the country, IdleAir is working to expand the number of fleets using its idle reduction technology to keep trucks cool and provide power for cab comforts. IdleAir CEO Ethan Garber tells HDT's Deborah Lockridge how the company is adapting to lower diesel prices.

Tags: Idle Reduction, IdleAir

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Titanium Transportation Keeps an End-To-End Eye on Trailers

Titanium Transportation has adopted the Blackberry Radar, an end-to-end asset management system that provides more benefits than simply tracking trailers on the move.

By Stephane Babcock

In an effort to boost efficiencies and increase equipment utilization in its growing fleet, Ontario-based Titanium Transportation decided to modernize the way it tracks its more than 1,200 trailers.

Tags: Trailer Tracking, Asset Tracking, Big Data

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Get Ready for Trucking's Future

Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

The only certain thing about the future is that some companies will figure out how to make money using emerging transportation technology. Will your fleet be one of them? Commentary by Senior Editor Jack Roberts.

Tags: Regulations, E-commerce, ELDs, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

There's An App for That

By Jim Beach

There’s a vast array of applications that truckers and trucking companies can tap into to work more efficiently, profitably, and safely.

Tags: Routing, TMW Systems, Freight, Load Board, Mobile Apps, Trucker Path, Uber for Trucking

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Why Innovation's More Important Than Ever

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Never have we seen so many potentially paradigm-changing developments coming at the industry so quickly, writes editor in chief Deborah Lockridge.

Tags: HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Nikola Motor Company, Uber for Trucking

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Six Steps to Thwart Cargo Theft

By David Cullen

“Cargo theft hasn’t necessarily gotten worse lately, but there is more sophistication on the criminal side than 20 years ago when it was strictly a crime of opportunity,” says Eric Fuller, CEO of U.S. Xpress. But there is much motor carriers can do to help protect customers’ goods and their own assets and employees from heists.

Tags: Asset Management, Cargo Theft, CargoNet, Crime, Security

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: Look Deeper Into GDP Numbers for Better Trucking Insight

Photo: istockphoto.com/rimeimages

By Evan Lockridge

GDP doesn't always tell the whole story of trucking's economic climate. That's why MacKay & Company developed its proprietary measure, Truckable Economic Activity, reflecting the portion of the GDP that spends its time in trucks.

Tags: Economy, MacKay and Co., GDP

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Inside U.S. Xpress' Award-Winning Leadership Development Programs

U.S. Xpress headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

We may hear a lot about the driver shortage and even the technician shortage, but increasingly trucking is facing a shortage of talented leadership as well. U.S. Xpress has been taking steps to combat that. HDT's Deborah Lockridge talked to company leaders about their efforts.

Tags: Leadership, U.S. Xpress

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Future of Tolling in America

Photos: PrePass

By Andrew Johnson

Regardless of what happens to improve infrastructure at the federal level, state and local governments are increasingly taking steps to improve roads and bridges through tolling.

Tags: Infrastructure, Tolls, Infrastructure Funding, Highways

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Big and Small of Last Mile Delivery

Final-mile delivery, like this one by XPO Last Mile, requires not only getting the product there in a specific time window, but often can involve getting it into the customers’ home and even setting it up. Photo: XPO Logistics

By Deborah Lockridge

E-commerce is driving a last-mile delivery boom, with everyone from startup drone makers to big less-than-truckload operations getting in on the business. Part four of our Trucking in the 21st Century series.

Tags: E-commerce, Amazon.com, Delivery Fleets, Last Mile Delivery

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Driver is King at All-American MATS

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

At this year's MATS, Made in America was still a big selling point for many trucking suppliers, writes editor in chief Deborah Lockridge.

Tags: Drivers, Events, MATS

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2017 Truck Fleet Innovators

Meet some of trucking’s best and brightest leaders.

By David Cullen

Please allow us to introduce you to four forward-thinkers who are helping lead the trucking industry to overcome challenges and grasp opportunities smartly and swiftly.

Tags: Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What, Me Worry About Higher Interest Rates?

By Evan Lockridge

What does last month's interest rate hike by the Fed mean to trucking? Evan Lockridge explores the question in his monthly HDT Econ Watch column.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Federal Reserve

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Weigh Station Bypass Saves Time for Car Hauler

Moore Transport has been successful recruiting drivers for its fast-growing fleet, but long waits at weigh stations were taking a toll on driver satisfaction. Photos: Courtesy Drivewyze

By Deborah Lockridge

One of the biggest challenges for Ohio-based Moore Transport, a fast-growing auto carrier, is getting experienced drivers. But wasted time pulling into weigh stations multiple times a day was wearing on driver satisfaction.

Tags: Drivewyze, Weigh Stations, Weigh-Station Bypass

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Old Dominion Freight Line Exec on Scope, Scale, and Growth

By Deborah Lockridge

Old Dominion Freight Line recently posted a short animated video highlighting the scope and scale of the less-than-truckload carrier. We spoke with Chip Overbey, senior vice president of strategic planning, to learn more about OD's impressive growth strategy.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, Q&A

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELD Certification: What Does it Really Mean?

One ELD provider, Eroad, is using a third-party verification program to help give customers peace of mind. Photo: Eroad

By Deborah Lockridge

Motor carriers beware: FMCSA does NOT “certify” ELDs. What you need to understand about the electronic logging device mandate's "self-certification" process and how to help make sure you have a compliant device.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Separating Electronic Logs and Hours of Service

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The underlying issue for many fleets really isn’t so much the notion of using an electronic device to track driver hours — it is the hours of service regulations themselves.

Tags: Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Long and the Short of Truckload Today

Intermodal is playing a larger role in changes in long-haul trucking. Ports on the East Coast, like the Port of Savannah, may see more traffic coming through the newly expanded Panama Canal, which could result in less freight being trucked across the country from West Coast ports. Photo: Port of Savannah

By David Cullen

In the third part of our Trucking in the 21st Century series, we look at how the length of haul is no longer the yardstick for truckload — innovation and flexibility are.

Tags: Intermodal, Logistics, Truckload

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

14 Things You Need to Know Before ELDs Become Mandatory

By Deborah Lockridge

Come Dec. 17, the paper logbooks that truck drivers have been required to use to track their hours of work and rest since the 1930s will be history for interstate trucking operations. Here are 14 things you need to know before that day arrives.

Tags: Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Analysis: Mining for Economic Gold

This graph shows the comparative performance of the Transportation Services Index (blue) and Gross Domestic Product (orange) over each quarter in the last three years.

By Evan Lockridge

There are largely overlooked nuggets of information buried in the numbers about the economy and trucking that could be the most telling sign of where conditions are headed, writes Evan Lockridge in his Econ Watch column from the March issue of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine.

Tags: Economy, TSI, GDP

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

5 Ways to Avoid Late Load Payments

By Jeremy Robison

There is nothing fun about not getting paid for the loads you have hauled. Fortunately, there are a few solutions to help you eliminate or lessen the need to chase late payments.

Tags: Factoring, Billing, Freight

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Choosing a Telematics Service Provider for the ELD Mandate

By Ben Osborne

The December 2017 deadline for the ELD mandate is looming and fleets are feeling the pressure to select a telematics service provider to electronically log hours-of-service records. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution and fleets must examine what they need from their newly-required technology.

Tags: Telematics, Noregon Systems, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

California Carrier Builds Own ELD

Photos: Best Yet Express

By Deborah Lockridge

California carrier Best Yet Express decided to develop its own ELD system, which would go beyond the ELD mandate that kicks in this December and become a true productivity tool.

Tags: California, ELDs, ELD Mandate

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Don Daseke on Going Public

Don Daseke

By David Cullen

On Feb, 28, the day the firm he founded began trading as a public company, Don Daseke, chairman and CEO of Daseke Inc., spoke with HDT Executive Editor David Cullen about the process the flatbed fleet operator followed to go public-- and why going public had been a long-held goal of his.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

February 2017, Business Fleet - WebXclusive

Truck Fleet Targets Niche Filming Market

Angel Aerial's fleet includes Kenworth box trucks. Photo by James Miller

By Amy Winter-Hercher

New York City-based Angel Aerial rents its diverse fleet of trucks and equipment to the film and TV industries — and has used its fleet to help the city in times of need, including after the 9/11 attacks.

Tags: New York City, Truck Fleet, water truck, Box Trucks

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

UPS Team Tackles Complex Cross-Border Logistics

UPS has operated in Mexico for 25 years. Photo: UPS

By Deborah Lockridge

In 2014, UPS established a center of excellence for U.S.-Mexico trade. A team of experts evaluated and improved offerings, focusing on shippers’ needs. Then early last year, UPS announced it had strengthened those cross-border services.

Tags: UPS, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Logistics

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

A Salute to President's Day

Photo: Ad Meskens / Wikimedia Commons

By HDT Staff

Heavy Duty Trucking is recognizing President's Day by presenting some of our most recent coverage of our new President's policies as they relate to trucking.

Tags: Donald Trump

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

How E-Commerce is Changing Trucking

By Deborah Lockridge

In the second part of our Trucking in the 21st Century series, we examine the rise of e-commerce and how it is changing the trucking industry.

Tags: E-commerce, Amazon.com, Delivery Fleets, Last Mile Delivery

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