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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: Mobile Resource Management, 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

March 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Vocational Spotlight: Service, Delivery Fleets

U.S. AutoForce operates a fleet of more than 390 vehicles, including medium-duty trucks. (PHOTO: U.S. AutoForce)

By Lauren Fletcher

With a wide variety of fleet sizes and make up, service and delivery vocational fleets must find ways to reduce expenses and handle challenges in unique ways.

Tags: Delivery Fleets, Service Fleets, Amigos Logistics, U.S. AutoForce, Rollins Inc., Vocational Trucks

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: It's Wait and See for Fleets in 2016

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

By Evan Lockridge

One transportation analyst described 2015 as disappointment on the heels of a strong 2014 and this year may end up being more of the same.

Tags: Economy, Market Analysis

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driver Pay Analyst: No Silver Bullet to Solve Driver Shortage

By Steven Martinez

With a subdued economy, high turnover at large carriers and looming regulations, there is unlikely to be a single solution to the driver shortage problem.

Tags: Driver Turnover, Driver Pay, National Transportation Institute

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Bridging the Extremes

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

How do we make the latest technologies attractive to folks who don’t pull white vans down smooth highways?

Tags: Information Technology, Diagnostics, Predictive Analytics, Rodeo du Camion

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Should You Own Your Software?

The majority of software products offered in the telematics, mobile communication and GPS tracking space are SaaS models. Photo: NetworkFleet

By Jim Beach

Most trucking software in daily use is provided by Software-as-a-Service subscription-based delivery model.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, SaaS

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Old Dominion's David Bates on the Keys to the LTL's Success

Photo courtesy ODFL

By Deborah Lockridge

Old Dominion Freight Line, founded by Earl and Lillian Congdon as a one-truck operation in Richmond, Va., in 1934, today is one of the largest less-than-truckload carriers, and one of the largest trucking companies overall, in the United States. We talked to David Bates, senior vice president of operations, about the company’s success.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Custom App Helps Covenant Meet Ever-Expanding Needs

Photo: Covenant Transportation Group

By Stephane Babcock

In the ever-changing world of technology, Covenant Transportation Group is taking advantage of the ever-increasing evolution of some of the smallest of these gadgets — the smartphone.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Fleet Profile, Mobile Apps

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: New Year Brings Hope From Washington

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

The year went quickly, but that’s because so much happened — largely good in our trucking sphere. You don’t need me to review things, but a couple of developments late in 2015 leave me very hopeful about what lies ahead.

Tags: CSA, Alternative Fuels, Highway Bill

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Congress Pulls a FAST One on Highway Funding

Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The simple fact that we finally have a long-term bill is good news yet for a bill that is supposed to be about funding the updating and upkeep of our nation’s highways and bridges, the “funding” portion is disappointing.

Tags: Congress, Infrastructure Funding, Highway Bill

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: ATA Chairman Pat Thomas on What's Ahead in Lobbying

Photo: UPS

By David Cullen

Pat Thomas, senior vice president of State Government Affairs for UPS, and current chairman of the American Trucking Associations, speaks to HDT on the lobbying year ahead.

Tags: UPS, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Regulations

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Size Matters: Changes Kick in to the Affordable Care Act

President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

By By Bill Thomas, Burnham Benefits Insurance Service

Changes to the Affordable Care Act means more companies will be joining the ranks of "small group employers" under the rules. Here's what that means to you.

Tags: Affordable Care Act

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Four Lessons to Learn From 2015

By Evan Lockridge

We’ve all heard the saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It’s one to take to heart looking back at 2015.

Tags: Regulations, Ports, Freight Capacity, Highway Bill

December 2015, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

The Complex Efficiency of Assembling Ford's Transit Van

Photo by Paul Clinton.

By Paul Clinton

Ford offers 58 configurations of its full-size van, and produces them all on one line at its Kansas City Assembly Plant.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Assembly Plants, Vehicle Manufacturing

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Holidays Are a Time for Reflection

Photo courtesy of Today's Trucking

By Steven Martinez

As the year comes to a close for us here at Heavy Duty Trucking, we take a look back at 2015 through the eyes of our readers by posting 10 of our most popular feature articles of the year.

Tags: Christmas

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: What Economic Indicators Tell Us About Shifting Freight Trends

By Evan Lockridge

Recent reports on freight movements, shipper spending and even the spot market can be downright confusing if you’re trying to figure what’s happening to the nation’s freight market and overall economic health.

Tags: Freight, Manufacturing, Economic Forecast

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Can Mobile Apps Do For You?

Trucker Path, San Jose, Calif., recently added load matching features to its lineup of mobile apps. The company introduced a trip planning app in 2013. Photo: Trucker Path

By Jim Beach

There are hundreds of applications for commercial truck drivers and fleet managers and more are announced every week - so how do you navigate the blizzard of mobile apps to find the best ones for you?

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Analytics, Mobile Apps

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

New Accounting Standards Will Affect Lease Reporting

Photo courtesy PacLease

By Staff

For companies that lease vehicles – finance and full-service – new accounting standards will impact their financial reporting, but result in little change to their operations.

Tags: Leasing, FASB, PacLease

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

6 Trends to Track in 2016

From the economy to driver recruitment/retention, there will be several familiar faces in the trends to follow closely in the new year.

By David Cullen

From the economy to driver recruitment and retention, there will be several familiar faces in the trends to follow closely in the new year.

Tags: Economy, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention, Industry Trends, 34-Hour Restart

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 10 Things to Take Away From the Year of the Driver

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

With another year behind us, Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge takes a look back at the year of the driver.

Tags: Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Capacity, Driver Pay, Owner Operators

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