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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

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trends to Watch in 2012: Economy and Business

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A recent survey by GE Capital of mid-market chief financial officers showed that transportation CFOs, while less optimistic about the U.S. economy and the global economy than their counterparts, are one of the more optimistic groups of CFOs when it comes to the state of their own industry

Tags: Topics & Trends

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Big-Fleet IT Functionality for Smaller Fleets

Though First choice only has 55 trucks, Jousma said they decided a few years ago to make the investment in the same type of fleet management software and other technologies used by big competitors.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

When it comes to serving customers, small carriers have the same requirements as the largest. If a small carrier can respond to a customer's demands as well as a much larger fleet, he can be competitive

Tags: Information Technology

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Air Force Truckers Haul U.S. out of Iraq

A U.S. Air Force M915 tractor from the 70th Medium Truck Detachment leads a convoy of 43 vehicles through Iraq with a load of equipment and supplies. They traveled 1,100 miles in seven days. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen)

By U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

Air Force truckers from the 70th Medium Truck Detachment and convoy escort team soldiers of B Troop, 1-94 Cavalry, Pine City, Minn., Army National Guard, met for the first time on Oct. 26. Only hours later, these men put their lives in one another's hands as they convoyed throughout Iraq, hauling out cargo as the U.S. withdraws from the country

Tags: Topics & Trends

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Social Media and Trucking: What a Little Birdie Can Tell You

By Marco Beghetto, Contributor

Although I work in a demographically top-heavy industry that's been understandably slow to embrace free online tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube, I'm convinced that you don't have to know the title of a single Justin Beiber son

Tags: Information Technology

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Monitoring Driver Behavior Can Improve Safety, Reduce Costs

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor & Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Driver monitoring has evolved tremendously in recent years. Some carriers still rely on reports from a 1-800 "how's my driving" number to find out when a driver is driving poorly, but many more are putting technology to wor

Tags: Safety & Compliance

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cutting-Edge Customer Service

Getting the freight there on time and undamaged is just the beginning. (Photo: Con-way)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When a customer calls Southeastern Freight Lines, he doesn't hear, "press one for sales, press two for maintenance, press zero for a company directory.

Tags: Topics & Trends

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

All-Volvo Company Does Log Transport Around The Clock in Sweden

By Text and photos Sven-Erik Lindstrand, European Editor

An all-Volvo fleet of nine trucks with I-Shift transmissions hauls logs 24 hours a day, seven days a week in southern Sweden. For a couple of hours, a group of North American truck editors in Sweden got a chance to follow first-hand the transport of timber from where the trees were harvested to a nearby sawmill

Tags: Topics & Trends

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting the Most from Your Limited Budget Through Life-cycle Cost Analysis

By Robert Johnson, director of fleet relations, NTEA

Financial constraints often force fleet managers to make tough equipment decisions. Should I repair a vehicle or replace it

Tags: The Bottom Line

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

HDT's 2011 Truck Fleet Innovators Talk About Sustainability

C.R. England tests new fuel-efficient equipment and focuses on driver behavior to improve mpg.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

HDT's 2011 Truck Fleet Innovators were honored for their industry leadership in areas such as driver safety, logistics and maintenanc

Tags: Fleet Innovators

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

HDT's 2011 Truck Fleet Innovators Weigh In on Fuel Economy

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

No silver bullet "Fuel economy is one of our top priorities,

Tags: Fleet Innovators

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tracking For Smaller Fleets

Some tracking systems are developing smartphone apps that offer tracking information on the go, such as this one from FleetMatics.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Once upon a time, vehicle tracking and communications meant expensive satellite equipmen

Tags: Information Technology

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2011 Truck Fleet Innovators on the Driver Shortage

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

If you bring up the challenges of carriers today with any fleet manager, the topic of driver shortage is almost certain to come up

Tags: Fleet Innovators

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

So Much for Paperless

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

I'm constantly amazed and impressed by the pace of trucking technology

Tags: Information Technology

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Construction Dead? Think Again.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Construction is dead, right? Not entirely. Even in down times there are things a-buildin,' and some people are buying new vocational trucks, say truck-maker representatives

Tags: Topics & Trends

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Paperless Contracts Can Help Trucking Companies

By Jason Lemkin, Contributor

Beyond the popular enthusiasm for green trends, paperless business practices are proving to be smart business practices, particularly in contract-heavy industries like trucking

Tags: Information Technology

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Real-World Fuel Efficiency Numbers Don't Match up to Lab Tests

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Real-life fuel consumption reduction numbers never live up to the numbers some tire makers tout when promoting fuel efficiency. One reason is that tire makers conduct their testing and evaluation under ideal conditions on test tracks to control as many variables as possible

Tags: The Bottom Line

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smart Fleets Verify Fuel-Saving Technologies

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Fuel is gold," says Jimmy Ray, fleet manager at Mesilla Valley Transportation in Las Cruces, N.M. He's out to save a lot of it with innovative components that have proven themselves in testing and everyday operations

Tags: The Bottom Line

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hands-Free Cell Phone Options for Truckers

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Last December, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration introduced a proposed rulemaking that would prohibit commercial drivers from reaching for, holding or dialing a cell phone while operating a commercial vehicle

Tags: Information Technology

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Changing Supply Chain: It Takes More Than Trucks

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

In 1932, the Brown family started National Hauling with one truck. Today the New Jersey-based company, rebranded as NFI, offers regional truckload, drayage, intermodal (including refrigerated containers), dedicated fleets, warehousing, cross-docking operations, packaging, and global logistics

Tags: Topics & Trends

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How to Secure Commercial Financing: 10 Tips for Smart Borrowers

Dan Clark, president and general manager of GE Capital, Transportation Finance.

By Dan Clark, president and general manager of GE Capital, Transportation Finance

Trucking companies are ready to move beyond merely surviving. They're ready to start growing again, which means they're also ready to resume borrowing

Tags: The Bottom Line

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

9 Ways to Keep Cargo Safe and Secure

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Last November, cargo thieves made off with a truckload of pharmaceuticals worth several million dollars

Tags: Safety & Compliance

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Could a New Internet Network Trash Your GPS?

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Arguments are heating up between Lightsquared, a 4G LTE wireless company, and the GPS industry and user community.

Tags: Information Technology

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trucks Talk Back: Advanced Onboard Telematics

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

As a truck driver guides his rig along an interstate highway hundreds of miles from home, he might have a tendency to feel lonely. Yet in many cases, a multi-voiced conversation is going on inside the rig that he isn't even aware of it

Tags: Information Technology

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Groups Offer Information on Cargo Theft

As we report in the July 2012 issue of Heavy Duty Trucking, cargo theft is on the increase. One way to combat it is by using the resources below

Tags: Safety & Compliance

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Who's Winning, You or Your Fuel Program?

By Commentary Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

You and your fuel program should be working together in harmony. However, with diesel fuel prices going up and down like a yo-yo, and your work schedule getting busier, not easier, it probably feels like neither you nor your fuel program is winning

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Geofencing Breaks Through Efficiency Barriers

By White Paper courtesy of PeopleNet

Geofencing is a critical component of a mobile communications system, with the power to optimize back-office and driver efficiency, customer service, asset protection and safety

Tags: Information Technology

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting Ready for More Volatile Fuel Prices with Fuel Purchasing Strategies

By Guest commentary Ryan Mossman, FuelQuest Fuel Services

Rising and volatile fuel prices are applying significant pressure to commercial fleet operational plans and budgets

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Fuel Prices Are Falling, But Why?

By Commentary Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

&newsIt's hard to believe that fuel prices are falling, especially if your local gas station has not yet crested the hill at the pump. In fact, most of us have yet to see this. This is because most retail locations are taking their time lowering their prices (and your costs)

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELDs and EOBRs - What's the Difference?

Dave Kraft

By Commentary Dave Kraft, Director, Business Development, Qualcomm Enterprise Services

Part of the fun of technology is getting a new vocabulary of acronyms. The latest for automated driver logs is ELDs - or electronic logging devices. According to some reports, ELDs are not only better than Electronic On-board Recorders (EOBRs), but they cost less. That's progress

Tags: Information Technology

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nine Must-Dos for a Successful Social Media Strategy

By Kimberly Pupillo, Contributor

The marketing model of simply blasting out company messages and hoping that someone will listen is outdated

Tags: Information Technology

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Industry Trends Prompting More Fleets to Look at Leasing Equipment

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

As trucking companies cautiously poke their heads out of their shells after struggling to survive the recession, they're finding higher prices for new equipment

Tags: Topics & Trends

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Coming Driver Shortage, Part 2: Who Will Be Driving Your Trucks?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

That trucking is about to experience its worst labor shortage ever should as come no surprise. Our fate was cast years ago, though a few cruel twists have conspired to make it worse than it otherwise would have been.

Tags: Drivers

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2011 Truck Fleet Innovators - Making Sure It Works

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

All trucking is competitive, but the corner occupied by Cardinal Logistics Management Corp. is particularly tough

Tags: Fleet Innovators

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2011 Truck Fleet Innovators: Practical Trucking, Predictive Modeling

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

C.R. England has always been a company that relies on the practical solution. Back in the 1940s, mechanical refrigeration was new and unreliable, so England cooled its trailers by blowing air across a pile of ice with a belt-driven fan.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2011 Truck Fleet Innovators: The Efficient Shop

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Sometimes, innovation is in the details. Take Terry Clouser's invention to help technicians save time and effort when checking to make sure all the lights on the front of the truck work: a mirror.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Innovators talk about regulations, technology and drivers

Innovators, from left, Clouser, England, Baumann, Burg and Johnson.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

At a time when industry analysts are predicting the worst driver shortage trucking has ever seen, thanks in large part due to the unprecedented shifting regulatory environment, some of trucking's most innovative leaders are embracing some of those changes but doing battle on other fronts

Tags: Fleet Innovators

April 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fear and Fleet Fueling Prices

By Commentary Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Fleet fueling prices are going up. We see it every day at the pump. We feel it in our wallets. But what exactly is driving diesel and gasoline prices higher

Tags: The Bottom Line

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