Fleet Management

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diagnostics: Beyond the Fault Code

Various hand-held diagnostic tools,  like these from OTC, offer different levels of diagnostic info.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

New EPA 2010 engine technology has made truck diagnostics even more complex

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October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Changing Face of Trucking, Part 3: The Rise of Third-Party Logistics

Many 3PLs offer warehousing and other services along with various modes of transportation. (Photo courtesy Menlo Logistics)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Werner Enter­prises has grown from a single-truck owner-operator in 1956 to one of the top truckload carriers in the U.S., with more than 7,000 trucks - but it sees its major growth coming not in trucking, but in the third-party logistics business

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October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleet Management and Fuel Savings

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Does anyone remember the days when the only time we thought about high diesel fuel prices was when OPEC decided to mess with us? Fuel cards use to be handed out and drivers would fuel at any place they wanted

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September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on The Driver Shortage

By Deborah Lockridge Editor & Diana Britton Managing Editor

Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators offer their viewpoints on the coming capacity crunch and driver shortage.

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September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Fuel Storage Tanks The Right Choice for Your Fleet?

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Every fleet manager is never really sure if it is good to have fuel tanks on site or a real pain in the neck

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September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are You Comparing Apples to Apples on Fuel Prices? A Little Knowledge Can Go a Long Way

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

In this day and age of high-priced fuel, fleet managers need to have a fairly comprehensive knowledge of the fuel market. This was not always the case

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September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Management and Seven Tips for Putting Together an Effective Fleet Fueling Program

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

People are always surprised to learn that over 1.5 percent of a company's fleet fueling budget goes to theft and that 81 percent of fuel thefts are an inside jo

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August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cheap Diesel Fuel Prices? A Distant Memory

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

For as long as anyone can remember, until recently that is, diesel fuel was always less expensive than gasoline which made things easy for fleet fuel managers

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August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Solutions for a New Driver Era

With Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) about to become a reality, more and more fleets may soon have to face the consequences of hiring drivers with dubious credential

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August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

No Muss, No Fuss: The Latest in Trailer Tracking

The Slap & Track device from TransCore (shown) provides integrated, two-way satellite communications to monitor location, speed, heading and temperature of trailers.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

About a year and a half ago, Kraft Foods' private fleet was experiencing considerable trailer detention and needed to get more control of its trailers

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August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on CSA 2010

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators offer their viewpoints on the FMCSA's new enforcement program.

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August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on Being a Good Fleet to Drive For

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Last month, we introduced you to our 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators. Throughout the year, we'll be sharing their insights on various issues important to the industry. This month, our innovators talk about how they make their companies a good fleet to drive for.

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August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleet Fuel: A Look Back and a Glimpse Ahead

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

What a difference eight years makes in the world of fleet fuel. In May 2002 the average diesel fuel price was $1.30 a gallon and the percentage of that price collected in federal and state fuel taxes was 37 percent

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July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on Highway Congestion

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Diana Britton, Managing Editor

This month, Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators offer their viewpoints on congestion and infrastructure investment.

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July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The True Costs of Congestion

Congestion will cost trucking and the nation big bucks as the economy comes back -- but solutions are unclear.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Truckload carrier Jet Express hauls dedicated, closed-loop freight, and has to give customers updates on delivery times every two hours

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July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Basics of the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Return

By Guest Commentary Heather Ness, J. J. Keller & Associates

Do the numbers 2290 and the date of Aug. 31 ring a bell? If not, you had better keep reading

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July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navigation's Not Another Toy

Navigation solutions have evolved beyond just the consumer market; trucking-specific units are bigger and easier to use for truck drivers. (Photo by Rand McNally)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Before adopting Maptuit's navigation system, drivers for expedited truckload carrier Armellini Express Lines had three choices if they got lost: wait for dispatch to jump onto Google Maps to get them back on trac

Tags: Information Technology

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wow! My Fleet Fuel Card is Burning!

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Every day we deal with thousands of fleet fuel transactions. Some fleet fuel card companies are better than others for customer service, discount deals, acceptance and informatio

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Management When You Least Expect It

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

My guess is that most of you have a fuel management program. It is either real or it's in your head, but you believe you have an effective fuel program that is money saving when it comes to buying fleet fuel

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Truck Fleet Innovators on Spec'ing For Safety

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Diana Britton, Managing Editor

This month, Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators offer their viewpoints on how equipment and technology can improve safety.

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Protecting Yourself From Lawsuits Part 2: Employment Bombshells

Listen for the "tick-tick" and head off employment-related litigation early.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

In employment there are a number of litigation bombshells waiting to explode into your face if you don't hear - and respond to - the ticking you should be hearing

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EDI: Learning the Language

EDI allows carriers to monitor loads and respond quickly. Many say it's necessary to deal with shippers. (Photo by Aljex)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Oklahoma-based Melton Truck Lines used to handle its Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transactions in-house. The in-house process was expensive, and monitoring freight availability and finding loads was labor-intensive and time-consuming for the flatbed carrier

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Changing Face of Trucking Part 2: Riding the Rails

Rail intermodal gives trucking companies another option to sell to customers interested in saving money and being 'green.'

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

In late 1989, truckload pioneer J.B. Hunt ventured into the intermodal business, moving truck trailers "piggyback" on flatbed railcars. The company moved 20 loads that first year. In 2009, it moved more than 900,000

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

In-Cab Navigation: How Did We Go So Long Without It?

By Guest commentary Christian Schenk, Xata Corp.

Today, navigation capabilities using GPS technology are everywhere. Many new cars have built-in navigation units. You can find the nearest gas station or ATM on your smart phone

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Life Is Like Fuel Management: You Never Know What You're Going to Get

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

I had a pretty moving experience last week, and it has led me to think about a lot of things in life

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Road to MPG Improvement

Jim Coffren

By Jim Coffren, PeopleNet

Fuel prices may have temporarily stabilized, but after hitting $4 per gallon during the past few years, it doesn't take a crystal ball to predict continued volatility

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Take the Wild Card Out of Fuel Management

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Have you have been to Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or the horseracing track? Have you ever bet on a football game? Do you ever feel like you're going to win

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Protecting Yourself From Lawsuits

New safety regs will change accident litigation.

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

New safety initiatives under way at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will reshape the legal landscape for trucking, say industry lawyers

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