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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

March 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2011 Truck Fleet Innovators - Three Outstanding Trucking Executives

On this page you'll find links to articles about some extraordinary trucking industry leaders, the winners of Heavy Duty Trucking's annual Truck Fleet Innovator awards.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

February 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Outsourcing Fuel Management

By Commentary Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

&newsIt certainly seems that "outsourcing" is the buzzword these days across most industries. Fleet fuel management is no exception

Tags: The Bottom Line

February 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Forecast: A Long Climb Out of Recession but a Busy Couple of Years for Trucking

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

It's going to take many years to rebuild the economy from the Great Recession, but there are positive signs for the near term, and the outlook is good for trucking over the next couple of years, says economist Noel Perry, senior consultant for FTR Associates

Tags: Topics & Trends

February 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five W's for Fleet Fuel Buying

By Commentary Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

The Department of Energy released diesel fuel pricing data Monday showing diesel fuel prices rising for the 11th straight week, up 2.1 cents to $3.534. That's 77.8 cents higher than this same time last year

Tags: The Bottom Line

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trucking Rebounds With New Approach Born Out of Economic Necessity

By Guest commentary Lisa H. Harrington

Supply chains today face extraordinary levels of volatility, and companies are scrambling to manage risk that is unprecedented in scope, amplitude, and frequency. In the wake of the U.S. economic meltdown, no segment of the supply chain has remained untouched by volatility and risk

Tags: Topics & Trends

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rising Fuel Prices Mean You Need A Fleet Fueling Policy

By Commentary Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

I was talking to a client earlier this week, and he was telling me his diesel fuel prices were up 23 percent since this time last year

Tags: The Bottom Line

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Proposed Accounting Changes Would Affect Truck Leasing

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Reforms put in motion after the financial scandals of Enron, WorldCom and others nearly a decade ago will likely soon have an effect on fleets that lease their trucks rather than buying

Tags: The Bottom Line

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Technology in the Next Decade: Safety and Productivity to Drive Advancements

The new CSA enforcement program prompted many providers to offer their customers scorecards or other means of reviewing where a carrier stands in the new safety rating system.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

At its core, information technology is about managing data: the schedules, locations, miles, hours, fuel prices, rates, lanes, speeds, bills, invoices, settlements, etc., that trucking companies compile every day

Tags: Information Technology

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Fuel Prices Going To Break Your Budget?

By Commentary Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

What is going on with diesel fuel prices? Let me try to give you my 2 cents - but please don't shoot the messenger

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Technology to Combat Distracted Driving

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Distracted driving has been the subject of two national DOT summits in the past two years, and new Federal Motor Carrier rules that became effective in October prohibit commercial drivers from texting while driving

Tags: Information Technology

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Happy New Year, Diesel Fuel Prices!

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

The good news about diesel fuel prices is they are only $3.294 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy's weekly report. Prices could be $4.854, like they were the summer of 2008. The bad news about diesel fuel prices is they are at the highest they've been all year

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

11 Trends to Watch for 2011

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

1. CSA will demand better safety performance The federal truck safety program formerly known as CSA 2010, now simply CSA for Compliance, Safety and Accountability, is widely viewed as a game-changer for trucking. It kicked into gear this month and will get up to speed over the coming year.

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Power Of Integration

By Diana Britton, Contributing Editor

About a year ago, TMW Systems asked Epes Carriers to test an integration of the IDSC TripAlert exception monitoring system, its Innovative Software platform for operations/dispatch, and its TMT Fleet Maintenance software

Tags: Information Technology

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Diesel Fuel Prices Need Increased Taxes

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Please wait a second before being upset at this headline

Tags: The Bottom Line

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Fuel Prices Going Up, Fuel Management Needed If You Want Fuel Savings

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Diesel fuel prices are going higher, because the Department of Energy told us so last week

Tags: The Bottom Line

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Crunching the Numbers: What Do You Do With All That Data?

Since April 2008, wholesale distributor J.T. Davenport & Sons has cut its idle time from 20-30 percent to 3 percent.

Tags: Information Technology

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on Going Green

Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators talk about what their companies are doing to help the environment and their bottom line.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bad Fleet Fuel Auditing

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Your company has worked hard to get the right fleet fuel program in place. You have picked the right fleet fuel card provider, and you may have negotiated and set up some fueling discounts with your fuel card provider

Tags: The Bottom Line

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Do Truckers Use Their Mobile Phones?

Owner-operator truckers are using their cell phones to not only help them manage their business, but to help them find new business as well, according to a recent survey

Tags: Information Technology

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