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May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Using Technology to Manage Trucks in Stormy Weather

Transport America integrates severe weather alerts from ALK Maps with its internal alerting system to better manage its fleet during weather events. Photo via Transport America

By Jim Beach

Transport America is able to keep trucks moving in stormy weather using the Weather Alerts feature of ALK Maps.

Tags: Telematics, ALK Technologies, Weather, Transport America

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Dilemma: Train for the Long Haul

Maverick last year completed a $4 million expansion of its training center. Photo: Maverick Transportation

By David Cullen

Start with the basics when training drivers – but it may pay to look back to bring them ahead.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training, Driver Shortage

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Trucks vs. Trains Déjà Vu

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Once again, we have the two sides fighting over which mode is safer and which mode is better for the environment. And not necessarily fighting fair.

Tags: Trailers, Intermodal, Reefers

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Competing With the Big Guys

We spoke with the top executives of several successful fleets of between 50 and 100 vehicles to learn how they compete.

By Deborah Lockridge

We spoke with the top executives of several successful fleets of between 50 and 100 vehicles to learn how they compete in an era where running a trucking company is becoming more expensive, more complex and more regulated.

Tags: Fleet Managers, Small Fleets

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

4 Ways Technology Can Improve Fleet Operations

Henry Popplewell of SkyBitz and Chris Smallwood of U.S. Xpress shared details on the fleet's experience since implementing SkyBitz’s trailer tracking system. Photo: Jim Beach

By Jim Beach

Information technology permeates all parts of a successful trucking fleet's operations today, and sessions at ALK's Transportation Technology Summit last week showcased technology used in trailer detention management, in-cab navigation, in-cab video and driver hiring.

Tags: ALK Technologies, Information Technology, Navigation, Trailer Tracking, Detention Pay

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hands-off on the Highway

Driver Antonio Edgar, an electrical engineer in the vehicle test group, kept his hands in his lap while operating at highway speeds. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

There are still a few misconceptions about autonomous commercial vehicles. They are not driverless trucks, but trucks that help make drivers' lives a little easier and roadways safer through the use of advanced technology. Jim Park takes a ride in Daimler's Inspiration Truck.

Tags: Cascadia Evolution, Daimler Trucks North America, Autonomous Drive

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Regulations Inspired Daimler's Autonomous Truck

Regulations can inspire, or they can be a roadblock in the case of requirements for side view mirrors. Photo: Daimler Trucks

By Deborah Lockridge

As it showcased its Freightliner Inspiration Truck automated truck, Daimler Trucks North America talked about sources for its inspiration -- primarily customers, but also other factors, including regulations.

Tags: Regulations, Self-Driving Vehicles, Daimler Trucks North America, Autonomous Drive

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freight Factoring Goes Beyond Cash Flow

Freight-factoring providers are going beyond merely easing cash flow for fleets.

By David Cullen

Freight-factoring providers are going beyond merely easing cash flow for fleets.

Tags: Information Technology, Online Tool, Freight

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Attracting and Retaining Drivers with Satellite TV

A golf tournament is displayed on the EpicVue flat-screen TV inside a truck’s sleeper. The company offers its service based on three-year and five-year contracts. Photo via EpicVue

By Jim Beach

Cargo Transporters recently started installing in-cab satellite TV systems in some of its trucks and the driver feedback has been encouraging.

Tags: Technology, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Dilemma: In Search of Owner-Operators

Of Schneider National’s 13,000-plus drivers, more than 2,200 are owner-operators like Andy Mills, shown here. Photo: Schneider National

By Deborah Lockridge

After a difficult recession caused many to give up trucking, owner-operators are on the rise again and fleets are doing all they can to recruit and retain them.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Owner-Operators, Driver Recruitment, Driver Dilemma

May 2015, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Why GE Decided to Sell Its Fleet Services Business

Kristi Webb, president and CEO of GE Capital Fleet Services

By Mike Antich

Although GE Capital Fleet Services has had strong annual revenue growth and a significant product development agenda, its upcoming sale is part of a larger strategic plan by its parent company to focus on its core industrial businesses.

Tags: GE Capital Fleet Services, Fleet Management Companies, Mergers & Acquisitions

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Glimpses of the Future in Louisville

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

With economists and truck makers predicting what truck sales will look like this year, hints of what products we might see announced next year, concept trucks and prototypes on display, the Mid-America Trucking Show is a glimpse of the future.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Mid-America Trucking Show, SuperTruck, Autonomous Drive

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Will the Next Highway Bill Get Funded?

By David Cullen

More attention is being paid this week to legislating infrastructure funding as the expiration date on the current MAP-21 highway bill looms ever closer - not that deadlines mean much on Capitol Hill.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Bill, Repatriation, User Fees

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Where the Connected Fleet is Headed

While the connected fleet is already here, it has yet to fully arrive.

By Jim Beach

While self-driving trucks plying smart streets in smart cities may be decades away, for most carriers, the connected fleet is a reality and that connectivity will only increase down the road.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Connected Vehicle Technology

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: PeopleNet's New Trucking GM Mark Kessler

By Deborah Lockridge

A chat with the head of PeopleNet's new Trucking Division about big trucking issues and how better using data can help fleets win the day.

Tags: Information Technology, PeopleNet, ELDs

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Online Load Boards Keep Freight Moving

By Jim Beach

Truckers, shippers, brokers and third-party logistics providers have more options than ever to find trucks or loads and to do so much quicker.

Tags: Shippers, Spot Freight, Load Board

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What It's Like To Eliminate Paper Logs

Langer Transport, headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., recently deployed Omnitracs’ MPC50 in-cab devices which include an electronic log applications, navigation and critical event reporting.

By Jim Beach

Tank carrier Langer Transport tossed aside paper driver logs for good this January, opting to switch over to an automated hours-of-service application from Omnitracs LLC.

Tags: Information Technology, HOS, Omnitracs, ELDs, E-logs

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Technology Drives Down CSA Scores

Fleets have been able to improve their CSA scores with automated driver logs and electronic driver vehicle inspection reports.

By Jim Beach

When it comes to improving fleet operations, no matter the immediate issue at hand, technology, in all its forms, is becoming the “go-to” tool.

Tags: Telematics, CSA, ELD, Omnitracs, E-logs

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Will 3D Printing Affect Trucking?

The Strati is a small electric car produced largely via 3D printing. How would that kind of change in manufacturing affect trucking companies that haul mostly auto parts to factories? Photo courtesy Local Motors.

By Deborah Lockridge

Business is booming, fuel prices are down. So it’s time to start thinking about the next threat to the industry: 3D printing.

Tags: Supply Chain Management

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The 2015 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

Thinking Ahead.

By Deborah Lockridge and David Cullen

For Heavy Duty Trucking’s annual Truck Fleet Innovator awards, we look for fleet executives who are willing to change up the way they do things and who have a track record of leading their industries into new and sometimes uncharted waters.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Would You Drive for Your Fleet?

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Are you treating your drivers like employees?That may sound like an odd question. Unless you use owner-operators, of course your drivers are employees. But … do you really treat them like the rest of your employees?

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Dilemma: Expanding the Driver Pool

Carlus Patterson is a former veteran who now drives a dedicated route for Ryder.

By Deborah Lockridge

In the face of a shrinking, aging driver population with high levels of driver turnover the trucking industry and individual carriers are looking for ways to expand the driver pool.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Veterans, Women Drivers, Driver Dilemma

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top Dealers Focus on Changing Customer Expectations

Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product.

By Denise Rondini

Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product. and nobody knows this better than than the fleets nominated for the Truck Dealer of the Year.

Tags: Truck Sales, Truck Dealer of the Year, Truck Dealers

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Dilemma: How Important is Pay?

Truck driver pay is rising at a record rate. Is it the answer to the driver shortage?

By Deborah Lockridge

Truck driver pay is rising at a record rate. Is it the answer to the driver shortage? The second in a series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Dilemma

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Handling the Fallout from the Restart Rollback

Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems.

By Betty Weiland, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems to cope with the 34-hour restart suspension.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, eLogs, 34-Hour Restart

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Fuel Economy is Two-Dimensional

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

Fuel economy is really a two-sided matter and we should be striving to avoid zero mpg just as much as we aim for 10 mpg.

Tags: Productivity, Fuel Economy, Downtime

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Using Technology To Grow and Stay Competitive

Sweetland Transport anticipates a growth rate of more than 150% this year over last.

By Jim Beach

Sweetland Transport is a small trucking company relying on new technology not only to survive but to continue growing.

Tags: Information Technology, SaaS, TMS, Mobile Apps

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Mr. Spock Goes to Washington

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Instead of doing the logical thing and raising the fuel tax, politicians have come up with just about every cockamamie scheme you can imagine.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Infrastructure Funding, Highway Bill

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Strategies For Staying On Top of CSA

A very large percentage of all CSA violations are almost entirely and easily preventable. Others may require more diligence and oversight, but they are still manageable.

By Jim Park

A very large percentage of all CSA violations are almost entirely and easily preventable. Others may require more diligence and oversight, but they are still manageable.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Compliance, CSA

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT Top 20 Products of 2015

By HDT Staff

These are the top 20 products from the past year which demonstrated innovation, significance to the industry and potential to improve a trucking operations bottom line.

Tags: Technology, Innovative Equipment, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Fleet Advantage's John Flynn on Truck Leasing Past, Present and Future

John Flynn. Photo courtesy Fleet Advantage.

By Deborah Lockridge

What does Big Data have to do with the future of truck leasing? Everything, says John Flynn, CEO of Fleet Advantage, a truck leasing company that believes in using data analytics to determine "economic obsolescence" in making equipment life cycle decisions.

Tags: Spec'ing, Fuel Economy, Truck Leasing, Fleet Advantage, Private Fleets

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

3PLs Today and Tomorrow

Third party logistics companies have become a key part of goods movement.

By Jim Beach

Outsourcing their transportation management functions to 3PLs gives shippers more flexibility to meet their shipping needs and access to the latest transportation management technologies.

Tags: Information Technology, 3PL, Freight, Shippers

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bypassing Tolls and Weigh Stations with Technology

Bypassing weigh stations can save fleets time and fuel, which can cut costs immensely when multiplied over numerous vehicles. Photo: istockphoto.com

By Stephane Babcock

Toll and weigh station bypass technology can help fleets cut costs and time, while the vehicle keeps rolling down the road.

Tags: Information Technology, Drivewyze, Drivewyze PreClear, Weigh Stations, Tolls

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Make 2015 the Year of Relationships

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

In the day-to-day hustle of deadlines, whether it’s a magazine article or blog, delivering freight or building trucks, it’s hard to find enough time to build and nurture relationships with friends and co-workers.

Tags: Fleet Manager, Driver Shortage, Meritor

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Driver Dilemma: In Search of Drivers

In what could be the worst driver shortage ever, the industry is currently short about 35,000 truck drivers, and we’ll need nearly 240,000 additional drivers by 2020.

By Deborah Lockridge

In what could be the worst driver shortage ever, the industry is currently short about 35,000 truck drivers, and we’ll need nearly 240,000 additional drivers by 2020. Unfortunately, fleets are finding it difficult to reverse the trend.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Hiring, Driver Pay

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Every Second Counts When Your Driver is at Risk

By Adam Kahn, SmartDrive Systems

It’s the call a fleet manager never wants to get — one where your driver has been in a collision. Fleets can leverage video data to make timely business decisions.

Tags: Liability, CSA, Video Event Recorders, SmartDrive, Information Technology

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Using Telematics to Boost Truck and Cargo Security

A trailer dropped at night in an unsecured lot could be a target for thieves, but the Internet of Things and telematics can help keep it safe. Photo by Evan Lockridge

By Jim Beach

The advent of the "Internet of Things" concept in trucks helps fleets improve security for vehicles, drivers and cargo, with smart devices, locks and sensors that do their work in the background.

Tags: Cargo Theft, Internet of Things, Telematics, Information Technology

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

When Tapping into Technology Leads to Growing Profits

Photo courtesy of AmeriQuestcorp.com

By David Beaudry of AmeriQuest

As resistance to trucking technology steadily fades away, more fleets are discovering the profit-making benefits it can deliver. Route analysis and optimization is one example.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, AmeriQuest

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Con-way Truckload's Strategies for Success

Albert Johnson, Con-way Truckload's vice preisent of human resources, works from the company's Joplin, Mo., headquarters: Photo by Drew Kimble, 12 Eighty-One Photography.

By Stephane Babcock

When you have 2,600 trucks and nearly 3,000 professional drivers on the road you need to make sure that not only are your clients’ products making it to their destination on time, but that they are also making it there safely.

Tags: Driver Safety, Vehicle Maintenance, Driver Training, Con-way Truckload, Driver Recruitment

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

CVS Uses Data To Conquer the Most Expensive Mile

CVS’s fleet of Class 8 haulers use routing software to analyze the best routes for drivers to approach a location, pull into a parking lot, and maneuver into the loading dock.

By Chris Wolski

CVS used the routing software in the Telogis telematics system to analyze the best routes for drivers to approach a location, pull into a parking lot, and maneuver into the loading dock.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Navigation

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Big Data & Trucking

By Jim Beach

Trucking operations generate billions of pieces of information each day, and fleet managers are learning how to put it all to use.

Tags: PeopleNet, Cadec, Omnitracs, Big Data, Information Technology

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

15 Things to Watch For in 2015 (And Beyond)

By Deborah Lockridge and Oliver Patton

A lot is changing in the trucking industry right now – technology, demographics, manufacturing, regulations and more. How will these changes affect your business? We’ve come up with 15 trends you should watch next year and beyond.

Tags: Technology, Regulations, Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Trends, Industry Trends

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Three Things to Consider When Comparing Insurers

By Bill Caudill

When shopping for commercial auto insurance, it’s important to consider a number of factors, not just cost.

Tags: Insurance, Progressive Insurance

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Using Eaton's Procision Dual-Clutch Transmission

Even on a 20% grade, the Hill Helper held the truck until the clutch engaged and the engine got the truck moving. On the downslope the clutch held the truck in gear until an upshift was necessary. It never coasted downhill.

By Jim Park

Eaton’s Procision dual-clutch medium-duty automated transmission promises automatic-like driver feel with manual performance attributes.

Tags: Dual-Clutch, Eaton, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions, Quick Spin

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Attracting New Clients and Drivers through Branding

Long Haul Trucking’s gunslinger paint job has made the rounds not only along the highways and byways, but also at industry events, such as the Mid-America Trucking Show last March.

By Stephane Babcock

From the November issue: A new look can go a long way in turning heads while spreading your brand message to people on the road as well as to potential drivers.

Tags: Vehicle Paint, Branding

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Shrinking Globe

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Today the transportation and logistics world is becoming increasingly global. We want to start giving you a broader global perspective about what's going on in trucking around the world.

Tags: International, Global Fleet Market, Europe, Asia

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Literacy Impacts Workplace Communication

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

By Rolf Lockwood

Literacy isn't just about understanding what words mean but about making yourself understood. And about having some sort of impact with the words you choose to use.

Tags: Communications, Education, Locking It In

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Top 50 Green Fleets of 2014

By Deborah Lockridge

HDT honors the industry leaders in sustainability, which show the path to being green is different for every fleet.

Tags: Green Fleets, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Sustainability, Top 50 Green Fleets, CNG

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Reinvigorated Cargo Van Market

Based on the high-selling Fiat Doblo, the Ram Promaster will offer an 1,833-pound payload, improved fuel economy and 4.5 feet of room between wheelwells.

By Tom Berg

Many product choices means there’s a roomy truck for every hauling and delivery need.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Isuzu, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Daimler Trucks, Chevrolet Express, Ram ProMaster

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Omnitracs Talks About Its XRS Acquisition

Omnitrac’s acquisition of XRS will broaden the company’s portfolio of fleet management applications and augment its current lineup of products, such as the MCP 200 in-cab mobile computing device.

By Jim Beach

Omnitracs announced it had agreed to acquire XRS Corp., Minneapolis, in a deal valued at $178 million. Approved unanimously by XRS’ board of directors, the deal is expected to be finalized by the fourth quarter of this year.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, XRS, Navigation, Omnitracs

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