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September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: David Wangler, President, TMW Systems

TMW Systems President, David Wangler

By Jim Beach

In a time of rapid industry change, what trends are driving fleet technology needs and use? TMW Systems President David Wangler talks to HDT about these trends in this Q&A.

Tags: Information Technology, TMW Systems, Industry Trends

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

24 Crucial Things to Know About Running Natural Gas Trucks

By Today's Trucking

At a natural gas vehicle conference, Bison's VP, Western Operations Trevor Fridfinnson and Robert Transport's Engineering Manager, Yves Maurais, shared— quite openly — their challenges with implementing natural gas tractors into their respective operations.

Tags: Canada, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Fleets

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Explaining the Internet of [Trucking] Things

OEMs are increasingly getting involved in this web of smart devices, sensors and data, such as the recently announced partnership between Volvo and Telogis. Photo courtesy of Telogis.

By Jim Beach

OEMs are increasingly getting involved in the web of smart devices, sensors and data.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, OEMs, Internet, Telematics, Volvo, Telogis, PeopleNet, Omnitracs

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Attorneys: Don't Restructure Yet Based on Graves Amendment Case

By Rob Moseley & Kristen Nowacki

Although a recent court decision appears to strike a blow to fleet corporate structures where a separate company owns the equipment and leases it to the motor carrier or driver/owner-operators, one trucking-specialist attorney's firm says don't start restructuring just yet.

Tags: Leasing, Graves Amendment, Litigation

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Inside the Numbers Driving the Heavy-Duty Trucking Industry

By Staff

There are many ways to tell a story – through words in books and magazines, pictures, videos, song, and more. With the inaugural issue of the HDT Fact Book, we are telling trucking’s story through facts, numbers, statistics, charts, and graphs.

Tags: Emissions, Drivers, Safety, Equipment, Statistics, Parts, industry statistics, Fuel and Oil

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Bill Chamblee, Trucking Defense Attorney

By Deborah Lockridge

Earlier this year, attorney Bill Chamblee successfully defended FFE Transportation in a $3.5 million lawsuit after an accident between a company truck and a police car. We spoke with him about trends he's seeing in the realm of legal issues affecting motor carriers.

Tags: Accidents, Litigation

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Carrier Streamlines Communication by Equipping Drivers with Tablets

By Jim Beach

Drivers at Land Air Express of New England keep in touch with home base and handle all the necessary paperwork through the use of tablets.

Tags: Information Technology, Tablets, Smartphones, Fleets, Land Air Express

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

121 Ways to Save Fuel

By HDT Staff

There’s hardly a fleet out there that wouldn’t like to save money on fuel costs. Maybe you’re not sure where to start. Maybe you feel like you’ve picked all the low-hanging fruit and you’re looking for new ideas. Here’s help. From the equipment you spec and maintain, to the fuel you buy, to driver training and incentives, you’ll find tips for nearly any type of fleet.

Tags: Fuel Management, Equipment, Driver Behavior, Driver Training, Fuel Theft, Idle Reduction, Technology, Fuel Economy

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: Inside a Senate Roundtable on Highway Funding

By Tom Sanderson, CEO, Transplace

In late April, Tom Sanderson, CEO of the third-party logistics company Transplace, participated in a roundtable on Capitol Hill about highway funding. As we inch closer to the deadline and the Highway Trust Fund is heading into the red, he offers his impressions of that event.

Tags: Legislation, Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Transplace

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Texting Caught on Tape

By Deborah Lockridge

The consequences of texting and driving can go far beyond your CSA score, a ticket or even the maximum $11,000 fine from the feds.

Tags: Texting, NTSB

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Ergonomics: Round Pegs and Oval Holes

By Jim Park

As well as being in short supply, trucking’s new recruits are also, shorter generally, and thinner, as well as less likely to want a truck to look and feel like a truck. The challenge for truck makers comes in designing truck cabs to fit an expanding body-size profile, while making the driving environment appealing to people who have different expectations about trucks – all without alienating the existing driver population.

Tags: Ergonomics, Volvo Trucks, Women in Trucking

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Providing ‘Comforts of Home’ for Heartland’s Drivers

Key to Bruce Hudson’s change to Heartland Express’s tractors is a larger alternator and mounting batteries on frame rails so they’ll stay cool.

By Tom Berg

Bruce Hudson, director of corporate maintenance at Heartland Express, has a heart when it comes to the Iowa-based truckload and logistics company’s drivers, who must spend nights on the road. So he’s come up with changes to a tractor’s electrical system that will benefit them during off-duty hours.

Tags: Heartland Express, Once Around the Yard

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Ways Private Fleets Keep Drivers Longer

Average pay for drivers in the private fleet community was reported at $60,021 in 2012, up nearly $1,500 from the $58,784 reported in 2011. Starting pay for drivers remained virtually unchanged at just under $50,000, as did pay at the end of year one ($53,417). However, pay after three years dropped 12% to $58,137, while the upper limit for the most experienced drivers maxed out at more than $68,000 annually, a decrease of $14,000 compared to the previous year.

By Deborah Lockridge & Kate Harlow

In 2012, driver turnover at large truckload carriers averaged 98%, according to figures from the American Trucking Associations. At smaller truckload fleets turnover averaged 82%.

Tags: NPTC, Driver Turnover, Private Fleets, Driver Pay, NationaLease

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Safety Technologies: The New Frontier

By Jim Beach

From collision avoidance to cameras, from rollover prevention to analytics, technology is rapidly changing the safety landscape.

Tags: Telematics, Driver Safety, Safety, Con-way Freight, Information Technology, Driver Training, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Meritor, Future Trucks

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: PeopleNet’s Brian McLaughlin

PeopleNet President Brian McLaughlin

By Jim Beach

PeopleNet's Brian McLaughlin talks about the company post-acquisition, telematics trends, the rate of technological change, the 'Internet of Things" and more.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, PeopleNet

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Making Safety a Priority

Verst Group Logistics has a strong commitment to safety and has invested in safety technology for its fleet.

By Kate Harlow

In 2012, Verst Group Logistics had zero Department of Transportation recordable accidents. In 2013, to prove the previous year wasn’t just a fluke, Verst only had one DOT-recordable accident. How did this Kentucky-based logistics provider, with a fleet of 90 power units and 250 trailers, attain such a low number of accidents?

Tags: Driver Safety, SmartDrive Systems, Verst Group Logistics

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Remanufacturing Redux

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Remanufacturing has been in the news quite a bit lately. I recently wrote about the need to include remanufactured parts as an integral part of your fleet’s overall parts strategy.

Tags: Frost & Sullivan, Aftermarket Parts, Remanufacturing

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is Cloud Computing Right For You?

By Jim Beach

Today, fleets have an alternative to on-site rooms full of computer servers – using a hosted environment for your computing needs, known as cloud computing. In the cloud computing environment, the servers are maintained by a third party (or maybe your enterprise software vendor) and fleets access applications and data via a web interface.

Tags: Information Technology, Telogis, NexTraq, Zonar, Sylectus, TMW Systems, Omnitracs, LinkeDrive

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Transmission Trends

Most automated manual transmissions go into highway tractors, but Eaton offers three vocational versions of the UltraShift Plus for on/off-road trucks such as dumps and mixers.

By Tom Berg

The swing continues toward heavy automated products, but manuals still dominate. Light and medium trucks are almost all ‘shiftless.’

Tags: Volvo, Cummins, Eaton, Mack, Transmissions, Allison Transmission, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs

By Oliver Patton

After 28 years of proposals, studies, drafts, revisions, legal battles and technological innovations – not to mention an Act of Congress – federal regulators are close to requiring most interstate commercial drivers to keep track of their work hours with an electronic device.

Tags: GPS, FMCSA, ATA, HOS, OOIDA, ELDs

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Finding and Keeping Drivers With The One-Two Punch: Pay & Respect

One thing the experts agree on is if your company has an incentive rewards program, the rewards need to be given in a timely fashion. (Photo courtesy of A. Duie Pyle.)

By Deborah Lockridge & Kate Harlow

Recruiting and retention. It’s akin to bailing water out of a boat that has a hole in it. You really have to plug the hole first, otherwise you’re constantly fighting to stay afloat. In the trucking industry, that hole is driver retention.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Celadon, Dupre Logistics, Landstar, HNI, Nussbaum Transportation, Con-way Truckload, Driver Pay, Driver retention, Driver recruitment, Affordable Care Act, National Transportation Institute, Prosperio Group

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Utility's Craig Bennett Talks About 100 Years of Being in Business

Craig Bennett. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Craig Bennett, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co., recently sat down with HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge to talk about the company's 100 years in business.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Reefers, Utility Trailer

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Upgrading Your Legacy IT System

By Jim Beach

A number of trucking companies – and thousands of other types of businesses for that matter – run their businesses on what would be considered a “legacy” IT system. Those old workhorse servers might still be getting the job done, but they could be holding your business back.

Tags: Information Technology, Southeastern Freight Lines, TMW Systems, Carrier Logistics, Cloud-Based Technology

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Carriers Caught Between Conflicting Agencies on Hiring

By Jim Beach

Carriers are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to take steps to prevent high-risk individuals from driving their trucks. But an initiative of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may put a hamper on carriers’ efforts.

Tags: Drivers, Background Checks, Litigation, EEOC, Truckload Carriers Association

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Status Quo for DOT Medical Exams is Changing

By Rick Malchow, J.J. Keller

The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners rule was published in April 2012 and effective in May 2012. A compliance date of May 21 of this year is quickly approaching. In its plainest form, it is a database of medical examiners who are certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to perform examinations of commercial vehicle drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The FMCSA, OSHA, EEOC & You

By Deborah Lockridge

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety, Compliance and Accountability enforcement program is one of the major legal and regulatory issues facing trucking companies, but it’s not the only one, as a veritable alphabet soup’s worth of agencies target the industry.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, CSA, HOS, EEOC, SAFESTAT

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

The Highway Trust Fund may run out of money by this summer as discussions for funding sources continue on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

By Oliver Patton

Transportation committees on Capitol Hill are starting to write the policy provisions to reauthorize the highway program that expires this fall, but the finance committees have yet to move on the key issue of funding.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HOS, Highway Funding, OOIDA, MCSAC, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2014 Truck Fleet Innovators: Transforming Trucking

By Deborah Lockridge

Each year, Heavy Duty Trucking honors a handful of the country’s most forward-thinking fleet executives with the title of “HDT Truck Fleet Innovator.” Read how this year's winners are using the power of collaboration to spec the best trucks and operate more efficiently -- and profitably.

Tags: Truck Fleet Innovators, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo, Meijer, NFI, Fleets, Fuel Economy, Vehicle Spec'ing, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Performance With a Purpose

Mike O’ConnellSenior Director, Supply ChainFriot-LayPlano, Texas

By Deborah Lockridge

Frito-Lay’s Mike O’Connell leads a team that focuses on adapting the best leading-edge technologies for its specific needs.

Tags: maintenance, PepsiCo, Smith Electric Vehicles, Frito-Lay, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Supercenter Fleet Super at Collaboration

David HooverDirector, Outbound LogisticsMeijerLansing, Mich.

By Deborah Lockridge

Meijer’s David Hoover finds working with suppliers and dedicated fleets makes innovation easier.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Aerodynamics, Meijer

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reinventing the Beverage Fleet

Shelby GreenSenior Fleet DirectorPepsiCo North America BeveragesSomers, N.Y.

By Deborah Lockridge

If you think you’ve been seeing fewer of those Pepsi bay-type delivery trailers with the roll-up doors, you’re probably right. PepsiCo North America Beverages is revamping the way it delivers its products, moving to specially spec’d dry van trailers, liftgates and pallets that were pre-loaded at the warehouse.

Tags: PepsiCo, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, SAF-Holland, Truck Fleet Innovators, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, CNG, LNG, Low Rolling Resistant Tires

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Innovation In The Details

Bill BliemSenior Vice President, Fleet Services, NFI

By Deborah Lockridge

When Bill Bliem became vice president of maintenance at NFI five years ago, his first priority was to get maintenance costs under control.

Tags: maintenance, NFI, PSI, Aerodynamics, Truck Fleet Innovators, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, TMT, Lightweighting, CNG, LNG, Reducing Maintenance Costs, Meritor Tire Inflation System by PSI

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Wide, Heavy and High, Oh My

To transport the Endeavour, Sarens used four specially designed Kamag self-propelled modular trailers, which were controlled by a person walking alongside using a remote joystick panel.

By Kate Harlow

After traveling more than 124 million miles in space, the Space Shuttle Endeavour had one more 14.2-mile journey to make through the streets of Los Angeles to its final resting space at the California Science Center.

Tags: Trailers, SPMT, Kamag, Self-propelled modular trailers, Space Shuttle Endeavour, L.A.

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Fitness for Duty Exams Can Prevent Worker’s Comp Claims

Con-way Truckload is one of a growing list of carriers that are requiring pre-employment agility testing for drivers.

By Jody Mathy, Senior Claims Consultant, HNI

There’s a simple way to avoid many worker’s compensation claims: Don’t put the wrong worker to work. The “wrong worker,” simply put, is anyone who is physically unable to perform essential job functions.

Tags: Driver Safety, Americans with Disabilities Act, Driver Fitness, Drivers, Driver Health

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

There Are at Least Two Sides to Selling a Truck Fleet

By Max Safavi, Allegiance Capital Corporation

Fleets of trucks are bought and sold every day. Some are small fleets that involve only a few trucks. Others are major transactions that transfer ownership of hundreds of trucks valued at millions of dollars. Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a buyer or a seller?

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Allegiance Capital Corporation

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pushing the Telematics Boundaries

A truck’s telematics unit acts as a communications hub, transmitting data from various sensors and systems on the truck. While they send the collected data back to the fleet, they also receive data such as driver instructions, or commands to various devices such as the refrigeration unit.

By Jim Beach

Most large fleets have extensive experience with telematics: GPS location and mobile communications systems that collect data and communicate it back to a server where the fleet can access the information. As the amount and kind of data has increased in recent years, fleets have adopted tools to make sense of all that information and use it across their operation.

Tags: Telematics, Volvo, GPS Insight, Information Technology, Navistar, Telogis, Daimler Trucks, PeopleNet, XRS Corporation, Carrier Transicold, Cadec, Omnitracs, Thermo King

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Health Care Reform News: Employer Mandate Delayed

By Barb Rand, Compliance Advisor, HNI

This week, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations under the Employer Shared Responsibility (aka “employer mandate”) provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Tags: IRS, HNI, Healthcare Costs, Affordable Care Act

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Spec'ing Work Trucks

This 18-foot steel dump body has a combination double-acting and high-lift tailgate that works well with loads like large rocks, and a forklift can push palletized cargo aboard. The gate is operated by a pair of air cylinders, one on each side, so the driver can stay in the cab.

By Tom Berg

Although work trucks are typically smaller and lighter than Class 8 freight haulers, often they are more complex and take more work to design and assemble. Work trucks are built to carry tools, parts, expendable supplies and other equipment that its driver or crew needs to accomplish a job.

Tags: Chevrolet, upfitting, NTEA, Verizon, Peterbilt, Auto Truck Group, Work Trucks, Ram, Ford, J&J Truck Bodies, The Reading Group

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How To Distinguish Yourself From The Competition

By Denise Rondini

The trucking industry is extremely competitive, and shippers have lots of choices when it comes to getting their products to market. If you are going to capture business, you need to stand out from the crowd.

Tags: Competition, Business, HDAW 2014

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Taking the Costs Out

Electronic driver vehicle inspection tools such as Zonar’s EVIR help fleets control the maintenance part of its costs-per-mile.

By Jim Beach

Whether you operate one truck or 1,000, monitoring and managing costs is one of your most important tasks. Fleets have used technology to help them control costs for some time, but the latest third- or fourth-generation systems are capable of generating tremendous amounts of information fleets can put to use.

Tags: Information Technology, PeopleNet, Routing, NexTraq, Zonar, TMW Systems, Decisiv, Carrier Logistics, Cadec, McLeod Software, Paragon Software Systems, E-logs

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Buying Options: New, Used, Buy or Lease

By Tom Berg

What’ll it be, buddy? New or used? Buy or lease? A salesperson could throw those questions at a prospective buyer and get a combination of answers, and none of them would be absolutely wrong. Because like everything in trucking, “it depends.”

Tags: Truck Country, Used Trucks, Penn Commercial Vehicle Solutions, EPA, Glider Kits, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Freightliner, Clarke Power Services, NationaLease, Ryder, Penske, IdeaLease, Paclease

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Does More Fuel Data Make You Smarter?

Fuel card vendors now provide more data than ever about fueling transactions. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

By Howard Abrams, Sokolis Group

Although technology has enabled us to collect so much data now, does having vast amounts of it really make us any smarter? Negotiating fuel-discount programs won't do you much good unless you know how to make sense of the fueling data.

Tags: Fuel Cards, Information Technology, Diesel Prices, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops, Big Data

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Once Around the Yard: How Salvation Army Won its P&D Battles

Henry Filoteo began buying new trucks to eliminate breakdowns.

By Tom Berg

Over the Christmas holidays, the Salvation Army’s bell ringers raise money to help fund its disaster and human-relief efforts. But considerable dollars also come from its daily pick-ups of donated household and office goods that are delivered to warehouses for sorting and refurbishment. These items are then resold in its Family Stores. For this, SA employs a fleet of medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Once Around the Yard, Salvation Army

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Will Truck Owners Face GHG Enforcement?

By Tom Berg and Oliver Patton

Truck owners and manufacturers share responsibility for compliance with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions and fuel economy.

Tags: ATA, GHG, TMC, EPA, Clean Air Act, GHG emissions, NHTSA

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Rep. Earl Blumenauer on His Bill to Raise the Fuel Tax

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.

By Oliver Patton

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., introduced a bill that would raise federal fuel taxes and index them to the cost of living to pay for more investment in roads and bridges. The bill would repeal the taxes by 2025 in anticipation of replacing them with a vehicle-mile tax.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, VMT, Infrastructure Funding, Legislation

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Looking Back, Looking Forward

By Deborah Lockridge

As the year drew to a close, we looked back on the last 12 months, identifying the high points and low points, our challenges and triumphs, and hopefully, what we learned.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HOS, Healthcare Costs

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: The Ever-Pressing Need for Young Drivers and Technicians

Image Source: 5starcdltraining.com

By Jane Clark

There is one overriding issue that all fleet owners and managers face…recruiting new talent.

Tags: NationaLease, Driver recruitment

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 8 Update: Economics Forge Change

Western Star:The flagship from Western Star, a Daimler Trucks brand, is the 4900 with 132-inch cab and hood and long sleeper that’s built for the highway but looks good in town. It and the shorter 4800 are also equipped for vocational work with forward and setback steer axles or twin-steer configurations. Just announced is a 4800SB 8x8 whose setback, driving steer axle is paired with Meritor tri-drive rear axles.

By Tom Berg

Is trucking in for a transformation? Many believe that long-haul trucking will become less important as regional operations grow and intermodal takes over more long-haul freight, and that will change the type of heavy-duty tractor bought by many trucking companies.

Tags: Volvo, Kenworth, Cummins, International, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Class 8, Western Star, Caterpillar, Mack

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smart Roads, Smart Vehicles

By Jim Beach

Intelligent highways, smart vehicles, connected transportation systems – sounds like the stuff of the future. In reality, though, many technologies currently found on our roadways reflect that future. In many cases they will be integral components of an intelligent transportation system. And the most important piece of technology might be the one most everyone now carries in their pocket, purse or backpack.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Information Technology, Telogis, vehicle to vehicle communication, ITS, Drivewyze, vehicle to infrastructure communication, Omnitracs

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Bond Fallout Could Mean One-Third Fewer Brokers in 2014

By Michele Greene, DAT

The FMCSA has revoked the operating authority of 8,180 brokers since Dec. 2, the date the federal agency began revoking authority from brokers without a $75,000 bond.

Tags: FMCSA, Freight, Spot Freight, Brokers, DAT Transcore

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