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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

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

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

California Fleet Diversifies to Serve Customer Needs

Dependable Highway Express, which provides truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, is just one of The Dependable Companies’ divisions. Photo: Jim Beach

By Jim Beach

The Dependable Companies talks providing value to customers through diversification of services in this Fleet Talk profile.

Tags: Fleet Services, Diversified Products, Fleet Profile

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Mobile Apps as Brokers

Trucker Path Truckloads lets users access available loads throughout North America.

By Jim Beach

According to a report by consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan, mobile apps are leading the way to what they call “the Uberization” of trucking, or mobile-based freight brokering.

Tags: Information Technology, Brokers, Mobile Apps

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Legal Pot in Colorado: How it's Affected Trucking

Cannabis station, a medical marijuana dispensary, is located at the site of a former gas station in Denver. Photo by Jeffrey Beall via Flickr through Creative Commons license.

By Greg Fulton, CMCA

It’s been almost two years since Colorado officially legalized marijuana. With other states considering similar measures, Colorado Motor Carrier Association President Greg Fulton reflects on the law and its impact on the trucking industry.

Tags: Colorado, Drug Testing

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Why magazines are still important

By Deborah Lockridge

A print magazine like Heavy Duty Trucking magazine may seem quaint. Old-fashioned. Yet magazines give you something you can’t get digitally.

November 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

November 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

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

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. Part 1 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Hiring, Driver Pay

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

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

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Changing How Fleets Buy Onboard Computers

Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

By Jim Beach

Volvo, Mack, Omnitracs have inked a deal for fleet management services straight from the factory.

Tags: telematics, Volvo Trucks, Fleet Management Software, Mack Trucks, Omnitracs

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Technology to Improve Workflow

It’s about more than automating manual processes.

By Jim Beach

Workflow can take automation way beyond simply replacing the pen and paper with a smartphone into which a driver keys information.

Tags: telematics, Information Technology, Automation, Mobile Devices

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What Happens to Trucking When Interest Rates (Finally) Rise?

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

By Evan Lockridge

One day the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates – perhaps as early as this fall. But what will this mean for trucking?

Tags: Economy, Recession, ACT Research, Federal Reserve

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How CSA Compliance Can Benefit Fleets and Drivers

Photos: Con-way

By David Cullen

Thanks to a combination of government regulations and market pressures, operating trucks safely has never been more mutually beneficial to fleets and drivers.

Tags: Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, CSA, Driver Dilemma

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

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

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