Fleet Management

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September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Ways Technology Can Improve Margins and Build a Leaner Operation

By Michael Koploy, Contributor

As the economy rises out of the recession and more goods must be transported domestically, many fleet operators will be hard-pressed to meet the coming demand -- but technology can help

Tags: Information Technology

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleets Find Benefits in EOBRs

While the federal government's efforts to require electronic logging devices have suffered a setback, many in the industry are working to get ahead of an expected mandate.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

In the first year after adopting electronic logs, Cargo Transporters, Claremont, N.C., had not only reduced out-of-service violations related to hours of service, but it also had improved its CSA "Driver Fatigue" BASIC score and was able to cut its compliance staff by 50%

Tags: Information Technology

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top Apps for Truckers: Mobile Technology Drives Success

By Christian Schenk, Vice President of Market Development & Product Marketing, Xata Corp.

Increased regulation. Demanding customers. Driver shortages. These are just a few reasons why the trucking industry is embracing mobile technology and the affordable fleet management solutions that run on cell phones, smartphones, tablet computers and other handheld devices

Tags: Information Technology

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

6 Keys to Choosing the Right Mobile App

By Christian Schenk, Vice President of Market Development & Product Marketing, Xata Corp.

Shopping for mobile apps to help your trucking operation? Here are some tips that can help

Tags: Information Technology

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safety and Driver Engagement

By Rim Yurkus, Contributor

The recession made surviving companies smarter about several things. BR (Before Recession) companies would measure job satisfaction - the premise being: If you make drivers happy, they won't quit

Tags: Drivers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Employee Health: A Little Psychology

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When United Natural Foods Inc. started offering voluntary "know your numbers" health screenings in 2010, 72% of the non-driving employees participated, but only 31% of drivers. This year, 97% of non-drivers and 98% of its approximately 1,000 drivers participated

Tags: Drivers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Speed Limiters: Is the cure worse than the disease?

By Commentary Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Drivers hate them. Fleets love them. I'm talking about truck speed limiters, which to my mind are a blunt solution to a technically delicate problem: how to manage truck speed and efficiency without rendering the things undriveable.

Tags: Safety & Compliance

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sustainable transportation is no longer 
an option

By Commentary Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What kind of a message is your fuel surcharge sending your customers? Perhaps what I should be asking is, what might your fuel surcharge be saying to your customers' customers?

Tags: Topics & Trends

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

IT and MPG

Driver and vehicle performance data gathered by IT solutions is often presented in dashboard-style format, allowing fleet managers to quickly spot problem areas.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

In the abstract, reducing fuel cost represents a pretty straightforward undertaking: Get as many miles as possible out of every gallon of fuel, pay as little as possible for those gallons, and reduce the number of miles each truck travels to get the job done

Tags: Information Technology

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Swift Transportation Got Back on Track

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

SAN DIEGO -- "It doesn't matter if you are big or small, the principles are the same," said Richard Stocking, president and COO of Swift Transportation, in discussing how his company got back on track following the recession

Tags: Topics & Trends

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TCA Safety & Security Division Honors Weight Loss Showdown Winners

From left: Jeff Bone, Cline Wood Agency; Tom Liutkus, TravelCenters of America; Carl Bailey, Hirschbach Motor Lines; Linda Moran and Kathy Ayers, Lindora Clinic; Terry Leahy, Hirschbach Motor Lines.

Losing weight is rarely fun or easy, but winners of the Truckload Carriers Association's inaugural Trucking's Weight Loss Showdown proved that it can be done

Tags: Drivers

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Telematics: The Next Frontier

Tablets are increasing in 
popularity with fleets as part of telematics systems. Here, Xata's tablet captures information from a pre-trip inspection, which is then sent to a back office.

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

Past predictions of future technology called for flying cars and personal robots. Yet the biggest leaps in technology have probably been in communications, and trucking is no exception

Tags: Information Technology

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

10 Ways to Cut 
Business Costs

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Fuel. Equipment. Tires. Tolls. Costs keep rising, and rates aren't keeping up. Instead of chasing after more loads and more revenue, you may be better off taking a careful look at the cost side of the equation

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Technology in the Truck: Changing the game

By Michael Geffroy and Chris Lee, Contributors

Most of us have done of these things manually for so long that the thought of automating can seem overwhelming -- something only the big boys do. Today, technology innovation has put automation within the reach of any carrier.

Tags: Information Technology

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cut Costs with an Accident Management Program

By Luann Dunkerly, Contributor

Most trucking companies are not taking advantage of a proven way to achieve significant net cost reductions: outsourcing their accident management program

Tags: Safety & Compliance

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Little Things Mean a Lot: 10 Ways to Cut Costs and Boost the Bottom Line

Control inventory on office supplies. Otherwise, come back-to-school time, they have a habit of disappearing.

By Andy Ahern, Contributor

It's important to recognize that, for every dollar that your company spends, you will have to make $10-$20 in revenue to make up for it

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

10 Ways to Control Workers' Compensation Costs

Workers' Compensation has fast become a leading cost factor in business insurance programs

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

One Fleet Cuts Lighting Costs

You spend a lot of time, energy and money looking for ways to save on fuel costs, but what about the energy cost at your facilities

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Saving on Business Costs

In our May 2012 issue, HDT looked at ways to save on business costs. The following articles offer more information on that topic

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Logistics Consulting: Convert Inefficiencies to Bottom Line Savings

By David Beaudry, Contributor

With recent reports showing that the nation's transportation costs were up 10% over the previous year, it's no wonder U.S. businesses continue to look for every avenue of cost-savings possible

Tags: The Bottom Line

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Failure to Communicate

By Commentary Jim Park, Equipment Editor

How can you expect to maintain a good relationship if you never talk with your partner? This is where a marriage has something in common with your relationship with your drivers and owner-operators

Tags: Drivers

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

9 Ways to Make Your Numbers Count

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

When Randy Seals, customer advocate for McLeod Software, managed operations for a trucking company years ago, his boss would come in month after month asking the same question: "How are we doing?" Seals would respond, "Looks like we're doing great." He wasn't lying. They were moving a ton of freight

Tags: Information Technology

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Employee or Contractor?

Over the years courts have identified on a case-by-case basis various facts or factors that are relevant in determining whether an employer-employee relationship exists

Tags: Drivers

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

One on One with Jerry Moyes, Swift Transportation

Jerry Moyes is the CEO and founder of Swift Transportation, the largest trucking company in the U.S.

By Jason Rhyno, contributor

As CEO and founder of Swift Transportation, the largest trucking company in the U.S., Jerry Moyes knows a thing or two about trucking

Tags: Topics & Trends

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The 7 Steps to Selling Your Trucking Business

By Peter Carter, Contributor

Nobody's going to buy your business if: a) it's unhealthy or b) they can just take it

Tags: Topics & Trends

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Truck Fleet Innovators Tackle Fuel Economy

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A combination of driver training and monitoring with careful attention to truck specs and being willing to try unconventional technology all contribute to fuel savings for HDT's 2012 Truck Fleet Innovators

Tags: Fleet Innovators

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Remote Temp Monitoring

Systems such as Thermo King's TracKing can alert fleets to temperature problems eve if the driver doesn't.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Automatically watching the perishable load as it goes down the road or the rails saves money and brings peace of mind. When you're delivering temperature-sensitive cargoes, things can get nasty if the produce, meat, ice cream or whatever's in the trailer shows up too cold or too warm

Tags: Information Technology

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

It's All About the Miles: Routing and Dispatch Systems

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Years ago, fleets would spend the overnight hours manually figuring out which route a driver would take the next day. Today, routing and dispatch software can do it faster and more accurately. Some even predict we'll be able to dispense with the human element altogether

Tags: Information Technology

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Infrastructure Funding: What Now?

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

It's more than two years late and still no one knows if Congress will pass a highway bill this year, much less what will be in it

Tags: Topics & Trends

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2012 Truck Fleet Innovators: Bill Malone -- Investing in alternative fuels

For Bill Malone, president of Enviro Express, trucking was a way to fulfill his goal of being an entrepreneur

Tags: Fleet Innovators

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2012 Truck Fleet Innovators: Mike Jeffress - Setting Maintenance Trends

When asked about himself, Mike Jeffress claims it's "a pretty short story," but just about anyone who knows him would disagree

Tags: Fleet Innovators

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2012 Truck Fleet Innovators: John Fershtand -- Making It All Add Up

John Fershtand

John Fershtand, director of fleet operations and energy management for Ben E. Keith Foods, is a math whiz who loves anything on wheels.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2012 Truck Fleet Innovators: Phil Braker -- Setting New Ideas in Motion

Phil Braker

Nussbaum Transportation's very company motto signals its approach to innovation: "Setting new ideas in motion.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Do You Know Your Drivers Are Doing Proper Inspections?

A strong safety culture, driver training and accountability all help make sure pre-trip inspections are done properly. (Photo courtesy of Con-Way)

By Deborah Lockridge

A key strategy that has emerged for fleets to help improve their scores under FMCSA's new Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement regime - more commonly known as CSA - is a proper pre-trip inspection

Tags: Safety & Compliance

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Next-Generation Leaders Run a Tight Ship

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A panel of young truckload executives talked about making sure growth, technology, employees and customers are all contributing to a carrier's success during a panel discussion last week at the Truckload Carriers Association's annual conference

Tags: Topics & Trends

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More than Miles: Routing/Mileage Companies Branch Out

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

In trucking, miles are currency, and there are few companies that have become more synonymous with trucking than commercial routing and mileage software providers. Few truckers start, execute or navigate a trip that wasn't planned using

Tags: Information Technology

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Firm and Fair: Recruiting and Retention at ADM

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

"It pays to operate in accordance with the law." That's one way ADM Trucking Inc., Decatur, Ill., is able to recruit and retain drivers, according to Sam Richardson, assistance vice president of operations

Tags: Drivers

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

An All-Too-Common Conflict

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Successful trucking depends on successful relationships - in every corner of our game. Nowhere is this more true than in the hyper-difficult connection between drivers and dispatchers

Tags: Drivers

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Which Maintenance Software is Right for You? (Part 1 of 2)

O&S Trucking in Springfield, Mo., uses software to track each individual piece of equipment from cradle to grave and understand all the costs.

By Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

The need for first-rate maintenance of trucks and trailers is obvious, so let's not start this article blathering about the necessity of cost control and the ever-increasing challenge of safety compliance. All that's a given

Tags: Information Technology

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The New Hours Rule: Did FMCSA Find A Sweet Spot?

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Almost no one is happy about the new hours of service rule. Maybe that means the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made the moves that will lead to stability, at long last. Or maybe not.

Tags: Safety & Compliance, Hours of Service

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Securement: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You Under CSA

This great-looking load shoul dbe placed out-of-service for violations. How many can you spot? (See the answer at the bottom of the story.)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

You can hide a multitude of sins inside a van trailer, but with an open deck trailer, any indiscretions are out in the open for all to see -- including DOT roadside inspectors

Tags: Safety & Compliance

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top 5 Cargo Securement Violations

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

In 2011, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspectors conducted about 2 million vehicle inspections. In the cargo securement sphere, the most common violations found during roadside inspections were "failure to prevent shifting cargo" (16,345) and "leaking/spilling/blowing/falling cargo" (10,872)

Tags: Safety & Compliance

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Recruiting and Retention: It's All About Respect

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

It was clear at last week's Recruitment & Retention Conference, put on by the Truckload Carriers Association and ACS Advertising, that forward-thinking carriers are realizing that recruiting and retention in the new environment means treating drivers are more than steering-wheel holders

Tags: Topics & Trends

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Tips to Protect Light-Duty Fleets This Winter

By Ed Iannuzzi, Automotive Resources International

As we settle into the new year, winter 2012 is just beginning to flex its muscles

Tags: Safety & Compliance

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CEI Group Says Truck Fleets Missing Opportunities to Cut Accident Costs

Fleets may be missing opportunities to reduce the cost of accidents by millions of dollars, according to Luann Dunkerley, The CEI Group's manager of business development for truck fleet services

Tags: The Bottom Line

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stability Control: Cheap Insurance

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Some time soon, if we don't already, we'll have a rulemaking proposal that ultimately will put a stability-control system on every new tractor, and maybe retrofit such a system on all tank trailers too, old or new. I'm sold on both ideas

Tags: Safety & Compliance

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Technology to Help Cut Main CSA Violations: Speeding and Log Violations

Electronic logs are touted as a high-tech solution for the two leading violations in the Fatigued Driver BASIC: driver's record of duty status is not current and a log violation in general form and manner. Photo courtesy of PeopleNet.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rolled out its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in late 2010, a number of carriers were surprised to find a poorer safety rating than they enjoyed under the old SafeStat

Tags: Information Technology

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Schneider National Safety Guru Don Osterberg on the FMCSA's New Enforcement Program

Schneider National's efforts to improve its CSA scores have resulted in a favorable trend in the number of inspections with violations. Photo by Jim Park.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

We spoke with Don Osterberg, vice president of safety at mega-carrier Schneider National and a leader in trucking safety, about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new Compliance, Safety, and Accountability enforcement progra

Tags: Safety & Compliance

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Data Shows Speeding and Log Violations are Main CSA Culprits; Technology Can Help

Electronic logs are touted as a high-tech solution for the two leading violations in the Fatigued Driver BASIC: driver's record of duty status is not current and a log violation in general form and manner. Photo courtesy of PeopleNet.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rolled out its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in late 2010, a number of carriers were surprised to find a poorer safety rating than they enjoyed under the old SafeStat

Tags: Safety & Compliance

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Survey Reveals Top Trucking Concerns

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry executives by the American Transportation Research Institute revealed the top 10 critical issues facing the North American trucking industry

Tags: Topics & Trends

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