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September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Carriers Want Support, Customization From Software Vendors

Photo: iStockPhoto.com, Arda Guldogan

By Jim Beach

Vendor customization and electronic data integration were the top vendor and software factors fleet managers consider when buying software, according to a survey conducted by Carrier Logistics Inc.

Tags: fleet software, Software, Survey, Carrier Logistics

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 Steps to Getting the Most From Your Software

User conferences, such as the Peoplenet User Conference, allow clients to take advantage of new enhancements, network with other users and learn best practices.

By Jim Beach

Trucking companies make significant investments in software systems — to become more efficient, safer and more profitable. But not all have the same level of success.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, Software

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How To Build An Engaged Driver Workforce

Nussbaum Transportation stresses communication with drivers. Photo: Nussbaum

By Deborah Lockridge

Want drivers who not only stay with your company long-term, but also go the extra mile to make sure it succeeds? The key may be “employee engagement.”

Tags: Nussbaum Transportation, Driver Retention, Driver Dilemma

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2015 HDT Fact Book

By HDT Staff

Our second annual HDT Fact Book, aims to give you additional numbers and statistics that can help you in your business.

Tags: Fleet Safety, Equipment, Industry Research, Fact Book, Highways, Fuel and Oil, Parts and Service

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Don Daseke on Building a Nationwide Flatbed Carrier

Don Daseke

By Deborah Lockridge

The longtime businessman and investor talks about how he's adapted the Warren Buffet model to trucking as he builds a nationwide flatbed presence through mergers with well-run carriers, and why he got into trucking at an age when many are thinking of retirement.

Tags: Flatbeds, People, Mergers & Acquisitions, Q&A, Daseke Inc.

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Latest Threat to the Owner-Operator Model

Photo by Jim Park

By Deborah Lockridge

New guidance from the Department of Labor issued in July could pose a threat to the trucking industry's use of owner-operator drivers as independent contractors, with the American Trucking Associations calling it "an aggressive departure from prevailing classification standards."

Tags: Driver Shortage, Owner-Operators, Independent Contractors

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Reassessing the Independent Contractor

HDT File Photo

By Robert F. Dow and Douglas A. Smith

Truck driver classification should be weighed in light of current waged hour laws, safety regulations and the Affordable Care Act

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Compliance, Independent Contractors

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Chris Hornady on Becoming Part of Daseke

Photo courtesy of Hornady

By Deborah Lockridge

Chris Hornady is the third-generation leader of Alabama-based flatbed carrier Hornady Transportation. We spoke with him Monday shortly after the company announced it was becoming part of Daseke.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Flatbed, Daseke Inc., Hornady Transportation

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: The Coming Headwinds

The red line at the bottom of the graph on the left indicates the most recent recovery, a more gradual affair than seen in the past.

By Evan Lockridge

The trucking industry has enjoyed prosperity in recent years but as the recovery continues, some analysts are projecting a slowdown.

Tags: Economy, FTR

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 5 Arguments for Heavier Trucks

Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While states are thinking of ways to fund highway infrastructure, Michigan is considering rolling back truck size and weight regulations.

Tags: Regulations, Michigan, Infrastructure Funding, Oversize Loads

July 2015, Business Fleet - Feature

Old School Plumber Goes High Tech

Brandy Waugh and her father (center) pose with the company's team of technicians and cargo vans.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

A telematics system, digital inventory control and pipe cameras have helped this small plumbing fleet create a more efficient working process — while improving and speeding up its customer service.

Tags: Telematics, Technology, GPS Tracking, Service Fleets

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems' Fred Andersky

Fred Andersky Photo: Bendix

By David Cullen

We talk about pending stability control and collision avoidance mandates and other regulatory topics with Bendix's Fred Andersky who guides the company's regulatory, legislative and advocacy efforts.

Tags: Electronic Stability Control, GHG, Intelligent Transportation System, Forward Collision Avoidance

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Freightliner 122SD 8x8 Extreme Heavy-Haul

This 92,000-lb GVW oil tanker looked a little out of place in Napa, Calif., where we test drove it last summer.

By Jim Park

Freightliner can build its 122SD heavy-haul vocational chassis into any number of extreme configurations, but this oil-field hauler is one to be reckoned with. This truck lives for roads that would break your average highway hauler in half.

Tags: Freightliner, Heavy Haul, Severe Duty, Test Drive

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Disruption is the Latest Technology Buzzword

The Freightliner Inspiration Truck at it's Hoover Dam introduction. Photo: Stephane Babcock

By Jim Beach

The key disrupter in recent years has been the Internet, which has changed the way a number of industries operate. In trucking, e-commerce has profoundly affected trucking operations, especially those that serve retailers.

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, E-commerce, Autonomous Vehicles

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Ford's Resident Futurist, Sheryl Connelly

Sheryl Connelly, the in-house futurist at Ford and one of the Fleet Technology Expo's Keynote speakers. Photo courtesy of Ford.

By Steven Martinez

Sheryl Connelly is Ford's in-house futurist tasked with identifying global trends for the manufacturer. She is the closing keynote speaker at this year's Fleet Technology Expo.

Tags: Ford, Fleet Technology Expo, People, Industry Trends

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Moving Toward the Autonomous Truck

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

I wasn’t alone in assuming we'd see an autonomous truck on German or Dutch or maybe Swedish roads long before we saw it here but Nevada and Daimler surprised us all.

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

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Reality of Autonomous Trucks

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

If autonomous Trucks aren't driverless, what, then, are the potential benefits? Think of it as cruise control on steroids.

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

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

Training 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. Part 5 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

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

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

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

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. Part 4 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Driver Recruitment, Driver Dilemma

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 - Feature

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. Part 3 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Veterans, Women Drivers, Driver Dilemma

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

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 - 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

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Important is Driver 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. Part 2 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Driver Pay, Driver Dilemma

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



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