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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

February 2017, Work Truck - Feature

Controlling Creeping Fleet Costs

Photo: iStockphoto.com

By Jack Roberts

Running a successful fleet means keeping an eye on both your front office costs, as well as what’s happening in your shop and in the yard.

Tags: Operating Costs, Depreciation, Procurement, Full-Service Leasing, Maintenance Costs

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How ‘Intelligent’ is Your Business?

Graphic courtesy TMW

By TMW Systems

Where are you on the ladder of business intelligence? Using big data can help you understand potentially thousands of variables to help you boost competitiveness and profitability.

Tags: TMW Systems, Big Data, Business Intelligence

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Analysis: Freight Rate Thaw May Be in the Works

The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index shows while freight rates weren’t as good last year as they were in 2015, they were mostly better than in 2014 and appear to be heading higher this year. Source: Cass Information Systems Inc., and Avondale Partners

By Evan Lockridge

Data suggests that freight rates for truckload linehaul and intermodal movements may finally be headed higher, after being frozen in lower territory the last couple of years, says Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge in his February Hotline column.

Tags: Freight, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Roadrunner Freight President on Being the Economy LTL Provider

Grant Crawford Photo courtesy of Roadrunner Freight

By Deborah Lockridge

We spoke with Grant Crawford, president of Roadrunner Freight, about the less-than-truckload operation's recent rebranding that focuses on offering reliable, non-expedited service at a lower cost.

Tags: LTL, Roadrunner Transportation, Q&A

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Old Dominion Dominates Data

Data from PeopleNet units on trucks plus external information, like weather reports, generate graphics on the big wall map. Dispatchers can see it all from their nearby work stations. Photo via Old Dominion Freight Line

By Deborah Lockridge

A high-tech command center helps Old Dominion Freight Line track freight, trucks and drivers as they move across the country.

Tags: Telematics, Old Dominion Freight Line, Vehicle Tracking, Asset Tracking

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Regulatory Outlook: Sunny if Foggy for 2017

“I believe there will not be a ton of regulations that will go 180 degrees due to the change in administration.” – Bill Sullivan, American Trucking Associations

By David Cullen

Trump the candidate promised to eliminate two regulations for every one enacted. Can Trump the president really do that?

Tags: Regulations, Infrastructure, Donald Trump

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tolls: Managing Your Drop in the Bucket

By Sandy Johnson

No matter what you think about public-private partnerships — not to mention the various authorities that predate the National Highway System — they can make fleet compliance complicated. Navigating the various tolling systems in each state can be confusing, but here are some tips to help figure it all out.

Tags: Tolls, Electronic Tolls, Infrastructure Funding

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Cutting to the Chase

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

“In many ways, Tom was both the conscience and subconscious of the trucking press corps." Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge wishes a happy retirement to HDT Senior Editor and long-time trucking industry journalist Tom Berg.

Tags: Retirement, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Trucking in the 21st Century

By Deborah Lockridge

How technology, from e-commerce to autonomous vehicles, is reshaping trucking and logistics.

Tags: Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Last Mile Delivery, Autonomous Vehicles

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: TCA's David Heller on the Regulatory Landscape

David Heller Photo: TCA

By David Cullen, Executive Editor

Late last month, HDT quizzed David Heller on how the trucking regulatory landscape might shape up this year. He’s got an excellent vantage point on all that, having recently been promoted by the Truckload Carriers Association from director of safety and policy to vice president of government affairs.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Truckload Carriers Association, Q&A

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Analysis: Lessons From Interesting Times in the Spot Market

Source: DAT Solutions 2016

By Evan Lockridge

Traditionally, transportation and logistics managers start planning in earnest for the coming bid season with a look back at the previous year for indicators about the future. Well, consider that tradition officially “bucked.”

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

A Look Back at 2016

By HDT Staff

Now that 2016 is behind us, for this special New Year's Day (observed) newsletter, we wanted to reflect on the year that just ended by compiling lists and stories to encapsulate 2016 from the trucking industry’s perspective.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, 2016, 2017, New Year's

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Remote Diagnostics Add Up for Dart Transit

Photo courtesy of Kenworth

By Truckinginfo Staff

Dart Transit has had improved uptime and fewer tows on its fleet of 300 Kenworth T680s running the remote diagnostics program Kenworth TruckTech+.

Tags: Kenworth, Remote Diagnostics, TruckTech+, Dart Transit

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Happy Holidays From Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine

Photo courtesy of Today's Trucking

By HDT Staff

Heavy Duty Trucking’s staff will be out of the office today and Monday for the Christmas holiday weekend and will be back to cover trucking news on Dec. 27.

Tags: Christmas

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: SunteckTTS Leaders on Merger, Technology

By Deborah Lockridge

Sunteck Transport Group and TTS Holdings just officially closed a merger deal creating what they say will be one of the largest multimodal, agent-based freight management service providers in the U.S. We talked to the leaders of the new entity about the merger and how technology is changing the industry.

Tags: 3PL, Mergers & Acquisitions, Big Data, Freight Uberization

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Lessons from an Election

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Editor in chief Deborah Lockridge contemplates the lessons of the volatile 2016 presidential election and what the trucking industry can learn from it.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Politics, Donald Trump

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The Next Generation: HDT's Emerging Leaders

By Deborah Lockridge

Meet HDT's inaugural Emerging Leaders, a group of young professionals who are influential, innovative and successful, who can point to outstanding accomplishments and leadership qualities, and who have a passion for the trucking industry.

Tags: Awards, HDT, Emerging Leaders

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: The Uncertainty of a New President

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

By Evan Lockridge

After an uncertain first half of the year, we finally got the economic news that we had been hoping for with third-quarter GDP. But no sooner were we breathing sighs of relief, everything becomes uncertain…again.

Tags: Economy, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Donald Trump

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving postcard circa 1900 showing turkey and football player. Image via Wikimedia Commons

By HDT Staff

HDT is closing its offices for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, please enjoy some of our best long-form features, photo galleries, and commentary from the past few months.

Tags: Thanksgiving

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 3 Things to Be Thankful For

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

You don’t have to be a driver to know there are plenty of things we can complain about in trucking. In the Nov. editorial, editor-in-chief Deborah Lockridge suggests three things trucking can be thankful for.

Tags: Technology, Fuel Prices, New Trucks

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Anthony Wallace, CEO/Founder of Am Trans USA

Anthony Wallace Photo: Am Trans USA

By David Cullen, Executive Editor

HDT chatted recently with Anthony Wallace, CEO and founder of Am Trans USA, which provides freight transportation and logistics services. Within one year of launching the company, in 2014, Wallace guided it to surpass sales of $6 million. He expects that number to triple in 2016 along with the number of employees.

Tags: Am Trans USA

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Analysis: Economic Growth Springs Back to Life

By Evan Lockridge

Economic growth has suddenly returned in the 3rd quarter but in his latest column Evan Lockridge asks, will it continue?

Tags: Economy, ATA, GDP

October 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Upfitting High-Roof and Compact Vans

Adrian Steel’s Drop-Down and Grip Lock Ladder Racks provide lighter options for ladder storage and ease of access. (Photo: Adrian Steel)

By Lauren Fletcher

From ladder racks to cargo solutions to partitions and more, van upfitting options are ready for any make, model, and vocational use.

Tags: Cargo Storage, Partitions, Ladder Racks, Van Upfitting

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How A. Duie Pyle Manages Warehouse Information

A. Duie Pyle’s dock management system, or DMS, in use. It works hand in hand with Route Planning Solutions to get freight where it needs to be faster.

By Deborah Lockridge

A. Duie Pyle manages warehouse information for more efficient operations, happier drivers and, most importantly, happier customers.

Tags: Information Technology, Managing the Shop, A. Duie Pyle

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Does Clean Equal Green?

Thanks to automation advances, modern drive-through truck washes can clean and wax a vehicle in 10 minutes or even less.  Photo: Whiting Systems

By Jack Roberts

Colorful, clean trucks can offer a gleaming, positive image of a fleet and the services it provides but can a regular wash program pay for itself, or is it just money down the drain?

Tags: Truck Wash, Cleaning Products

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Vanishing Paper Trail

By Jim Beach

A paperless trucking operation is technologically possible, but don’t expect paper to go away anytime soon.

Tags: TMW Systems, Pegasus TransTech, Document Management, Omnitracs, Big Data

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Heady Pace of Technology

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Drones, self-driving trucks, so-called “Uber” for freight transportation as well as the Internet of Things and Big Data all have the power to disrupt today’s ways of moving freight.

Tags: Big Data, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Uberization, Drones

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Analysis: Welcome to the New Normal

Daniel Meckstroth, chief economist with the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, speaking at the FTR Transportation Conference. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Evan Lockridge

When are truck freight levels, pricing and even the economy going to be at the level we are accustomed to seeing? Evan Lockridge recaps the FTR Transportation Conference for his Oct. magazine column.

Tags: Economy, Freight, FTR

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Self-Driving Trucks and the Platooning Stepping Stone: How Soon?

Uber's Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of the autonomous trucking startup Otto, shares video of a truck with no driver. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While it seems pretty certain that some forms of autonomous trucking are definitely on the way, the vision varies on just what that’s going to look like and how fast it’s going to get here. That was the takeaway from a panel discussion on platooning and autonomous vehicle technologies at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, NACFE, Uber, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, ATA MC&E, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TMW Systems, PeopleNet Hold First Joint User Conference

Brian McLaughlin, president of PeopleNet speaking at the In.Sight. conference. Photos: Jim Beach

By Jim Beach

Held in Nashville, the 2016 In.Sight Conference represented the first time the two companies, both of which are owned by Trimble, had joined forces on a user conference.

Tags: Conference, Fleet Management Software, PeopleNet, TMW Systems

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Profit Is Hiding In Dark Places

By Denise Rondini

Most fleets are operating on thin margins and that is not likely to change anytime soon. Yet many of them are missing an opportunity to add to their bottom line because they don’t have complete control over their procurement process.

Tags: Procurement, Business, Revenues

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Climbing the Data Mountain

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Managing data is utterly essential to the successful maintenance of a truck fleet in 2016. That’s a given. But knowing it is one thing – doing it is quite another.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Zonar, Big Data

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Analysis: How E-commerce and Millennials are Changing Retail and Trucking

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services, Seasonally Adjusted

By Evan Lockridge

Retail sales are important – not just to the overall economy, but also to trucking – and the game is changing big-time, possibly thanks to an entire generation.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, E-commerce, Millennials

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hottest Videos of the Summer

By HDT Staff

It’s been a long, hot summer, so relax this Labor Day and take a look at our hottest videos shot over the lazy-for-some season now drawing to a close.

Tags: Labor Day holiday

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

3 Trends in the Spot Freight Market

Graph courtesy FTR and Truckstop.com

By Staff

As FTR and Truckstop.com apply "big data" analysis to spot market pricing, Noel Perry, FTR transportation economist, offers some insights into the volatility of spot pricing and how spot prices correlate with contract pricing.

Tags: FTR, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, Truckstop.com

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Canada Scrambling to Develop ELD Standard

By Today's Trucking

Despite an early start on developing an Electronic Logging Device standard, Canadian regulators are now scrambling to get something in place by the time the U.S. rule takes effect in December 2017.

Tags: FMCSA, Canada, Regulations, ELDs

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Steps to Higher Truck Productivity

For maximum productivity, some fleets can run trucks a second shift. HDT file photo by Ed Alfaro

By Deborah Lockridge

Despite rapid technological advances, Duff Swain believes trucking companies have not made the gains in productivity they should have in recent years. In this interview he summarizes the basic steps fleets should take to maximize each truck's contribution to the bottom line.

Tags: Productivity, TMS, Trincon Group

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: In Search of the Bright Side Following "Brexit"

Photo: Vaughan Leiberum/ CC BY 2.0

By Evan Lockridge

Opinions vary about the effect on the U.S. of the surprise June vote by residents of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, but you should be aware of some of the potential ramifications.

Tags: Economy, European Union, Global, Brexit

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The First Step in Fixing Detention Times

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

As if productivity and driver retention weren’t enough to make detention an important problem, it’s also a safety issue.

Tags: drivers, Shippers, Brokers, Detention Pay, Delivery Delays

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Spot Freight Market Could Be Looking Up

The collapse of oil prices and the resulting pullback from hydraulic fracturingoperations had a major effect on the spot market.

By Evan Lockridge

If you’ve given up on the truckload spot freight market or have been using it less because of the past year’s depressed rates, it might be time to give it a second look.

Tags: Economy, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: J.J. Keller's Tom Reader on Educating Fleets About ELDs

By Jim Park

In this Q&A we sit down with Tom Reader, director of marketing for ELDs at JJ Keller and Associates to talk about how fleets and shippers are learning to cope with the changes that will come with electronic logs.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, ELDs, Q&A, ELD Mandate

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Kottke Trucking Analyzes Freight to Improve Revenue per Mile

Being able to analyze the profitability of loads, lanes, customers and more has helped Kottke Trucking increase revenue. Photo: Kottke Trucking

By Deborah Lockridge

Kottke Trucking's search for more insight into their operations eventually led them to TCG’s Activity-Based Costing and Profitability Management Tools. The fleet says it’s seen an increase in revenue per mile of 10.5% over the past 18 months by using TCG’s Cost Information System to make better decisions.

Tags: Operating Costs, Analytics, Revenues, Big Data

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Retention Begins With Recruiting

Photo: Boyd Bros

By David Cullen

You want to develop a satisfied workforce of drivers who view their employer as a committed partner rather than the highest bidder at the moment. It’s not easy. It requires not just the efforts of the recruiting department, but the engagement of top management.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What the Labor Department's New Overtime Rules Mean for Trucking

By Alexander L. Maultsby

In May the United States Department of Labor published new regulations that will affect who may be paid a salary and who must be paid by the hour. The changes, which take effect December 1, 2016, dramatically change the landscape for employers.

Tags: Overtime, Salary, Department of Labor, Driver Pay

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Uber, Amazon, and What the Sharing Economy Means for Freight Hauling

Uber, of course, is part of the move to the "Uber-ization" of freight too.

By Deborah Lockridge

Despite all the talk of the “uberization” of trucking and tons of venture capital poured into startups that promise cheap same-day delivery, companies like FedEx and UPS aren’t likely going anywhere soon — but Amazon has been and will continue to be disruptive to the logistics business, according to Richard “Dick” Metzler, chief marketing officer of uShip.

Tags: Amazon.com, 3PL, uShip, Freight Uberization

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