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December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

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: Self-Driving Vehicles, Big Data, 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

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Saving Fleets: Cooper Makes An Every Day Effort

Cooper Freight celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Its 8.5-mpg fleet average would no doubt astound its founders. Photos: Cooper

By Deborah Lockridge

By staying on top of data and its drivers, Cooper Freight makes its quest for better fuel economy an every day effort.

Tags: Driver Training, Fuel Economy, Idle Reduction, TrailerTail

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

9 Ways You Can Use Technology to Cut Fuel Use

LinkeDrive’s Pedal Coach provides instant feedback on driver performance delivered to the driver’s smartphone. Photo: LinkeDrive

By Jim Beach

Whether you’re looking to improve mpg or reduce overall fuel use and cost, automated routing and dispatching systems, telematics, in-cab nav, analytics and other systems improve efficiencies, reduce unproductive miles and monitor drivers and equipment.

Tags: telematics, fuel cards, Driver Behavior, Fuel Economy, Routing

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Fleets Answer the Question, 'How's Business?'

The percentage of fleets' parked trucks in the first quarter of 2016 is the highest in a year, but is only one of several signs of a slowing trucking business and overall economy.

By Evan Lockridge

After enduring a bruising first quarter that saw falling profits at many fleets, it comes as no surprise that in a second quarter survey of business conditions fleet executives are feeling a bit down.

Tags: Economy, Utilization, CK Commercial Vehicle Research, Freight

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: J.B. Hunt's Shelley Simpson on Logistics Trends, Diversity and More

Shelley Simpson. Photo courtesy Women in Trucking.

By Deborah Lockridge

Shelley Simpson is executive vice president, chief marketing officer and president of integrated capacity solutions and truckload for J.B. Hunt. Earlier this year, she received the Women In Trucking Association’s Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award for 2016. She talks to HDT about logistics trends, the importance of diversity and more.

Tags: 3PL, J.B. Hunt, Women in Trucking Association, Logistics, Q&A

June 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Current Trends in Mobile Resource Management

Breaking down the year-over-year growth by sector shows a large potential increase in the trucking sector. (SOURCE: CJ DRISCOLL & ASSOCIATES)

By Shelley Ernst

In the early days, telematics were synonymous with GPS. Today, they do so much more. The 2016-2017 U.S. Mobile Resource Management Systems Market Study tells us what’s going on in the market now.

Tags: MRM, CJ Driscoll, telematics

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

RoadCheck Begins: Don't Be Sidelined by Your Tires

Tread wear is the most obvious defect-- and one that immediately catches an inspector's eye. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Vehicle inspections take on a little more significance during RoadCheck, which begins Tuesday. Tires are the special focus this year. Have a close look at your tires before the inspectors do; it's may keep you out of the hooskow.

Tags: Tires, CVSA, Roadcheck, Inspections

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Knight Keeps Drivers Covered With SmartDrive’s Video-Safety Program

SmartDrive representatives at Knight's service center answered any questions that drivers had about the video monitoring system.

By Steven Martinez

After a successful pilot program, Knight Transportation has decided to install the SmartDrive event recorder system in its entire fleet to protect its drivers and coach them on improved driving habits.

Tags: driver safety, Video Event Recorders, SmartDrive, Knight Transportation

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Taking It Slow on the Road to Autonomous Trucks

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The circumstances behind the 2009 crash of a passenger jet illustrate why we should take it slow on the road to autonomous driving.

Tags: Drivers, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Protecting Your Data

By Jim Beach

Keeping a company’s most vital information safe requires a company-wide effort.

Tags: Data Security

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Omnitracs' Brad Taylor Talks About Big Data and the Internet of Things

Brad Taylor

By Deborah Lockridge

Why does Omnitracs need a vice president of Internet of Things Solutions? We talked to Brad Taylor to find out in this Q&A to learn more about the role of connectivity and big data in trucking and in everyday life.

Tags: Information Technology, Omnitracs, Big Data, Internet of Things, Q&A

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Inventory Thorn in Trucking's Side

Source: Census Bureau

By Evan Lockridge

For many trucking companies business has slowed, and recent numbers bear this out, both in first-quarter earnings reports as well as in broader statistics.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Mesilla Valley Streamlined Billing Boosts Working Capital

Mesilla Valley is known for fuel efficiency, but it wanted to improve back-office efficiencies as well. Photo: Mesilla Valley Transportation

By David Cullen

Long known for working diligently to squeeze every mile possible out of a gallon of fuel, Mesilla Valley Transportation also aims to wring costs out of every facet of its operation, including its back office.

Tags: Fleet Profile, Electronic Payments, Billing

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Technicians and Drivers

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Do we have a technician shortage, or are we not taking care of the resources we are provided? Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge looks at this question in this editorial.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Technicians, TMC

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Living With ELDs: Getting Ahead of the Electronic Logs Mandate

Fleets can weather the ELD storm by starting now to integrate the devices into the operation.

By Jim Park

Fleets prepared to make the necessary changes to every facet of their operation will be more successful transitioning to e-logs.

Tags: Regulations, HOS, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDs, ELD Mandate

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Clean Data, Achievable Goals Keys to Avoiding Information Overload

By John G. Smith, Editor, Today's Trucking

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Kirk Altrichter, vice president of maintenance for Nebraska-based Crete Carrier, says the ability to gather maintenance data in real time is nothing short of amazing. But what do you do with it? Second in our series from the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit on the role of data in modern maintenance operations.

Tags: Big Data, Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Big Data Can Guide Big Maintenance Decisions, Panel Says

By John G. Smith, Editor, Today's Trucking

"In the perfect world, I’d like to see a truck tell me what’s wrong with it,” said Crete Carrier's Kirk Altrichter in a panel at the inaugural Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit. Learn more in this first installment of a series on the role of data in modern maintenance operations.

Tags: Canada, Big Data, Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Dana’s Steve Slesinski

Steve Slesinski Photo: Dana Holding Corp.

By David Cullen

We talk about some of the hottest trends in engineering drivetrain components-- including downspeeding and selecting axle ratios-- with Dana’s Steve Slesinski, who heads up product planning for the company's commercial-vehicle operation.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Lightweighting, Phase 2 GHG Proposals, Downspeeding, Axle Ratios

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: The Promise of E-Commerce

Source: U.S. Commerce Department

By Evan Lockridge

E-commerce is nothing new, but it continues rising to new heights. Smart trucking companies are realizing it’s the next area with a huge growth potential, especially when the overall economy is growing at a moderate rate at best.

Tags: Economy, E-commerce, LTL

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Electric Vibration Smoothly Offloads Materials

Dirt, gravel and salt commonly stick to dump beds, requiring a driver to climb in and wield a shovel. That can be risky. Photos: Martin Engineering

By Tom Berg

Material sticking to the inside of dump beds during tipping is a nagging problem for drivers in Manlius Township, Ill., but not for a truck equipped with a certain electric vibration device.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Municipal Fleets, Dump Trucks

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Rough Seas Ahead: How Changes to a Maritime Treaty May Affect Trucking

Photo: Jaxer at English Wikipedia

By John Padgett, Brian Jackson and Benjamin Abel

A storm brewing at the waterfront over containerized cargo may have a substantial impact on trucking interests further inland. The debate centers around who, exactly, is responsible for weighing cargo containers.

Tags: Ports, Shippers, Port Trucking, Legal, Intermodal

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Don't Keep Looking for a Faster Horse

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Throughout history, people have conceptualized the technological future only as a fancier version of the present.

Tags: Technology, Truck Platooning, Commercial Drones, 3D Printing, Freight Uberization

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The 2016 Truck Fleet Innovators

By Deborah Lockridge and David Cullen

This year’s honorees, from fleets both large and small, are leading the way in areas such as driver recruiting and retention, pushing the envelope on fuel efficiency, using data analysis to drive out waste in equipment and maintenance, and more.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

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