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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

Tags: Information Technology

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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

Tags: Information Technology

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

Tags: Information Technology

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.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

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.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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

Tags: Information Technology

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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

Tags: Information Technology

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

E-Logs: A New Era

FMCSA chooses strictest option in EOBR rule; industry reaction supportive with reservations. (Photo by Trackwell ADS)

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration opted for the strictest approach it could take in its new requirement for electronic onboard recorders, announced last month

Tags: Information Technology

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on E-Logs: A New Era

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

This month, Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators offer their viewpoints on and experiences with electronic logs.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

E-Logs: 21st Century Timesheets

While drivers may be skeptical at first, most find that electric logging technology makes their lives easier, reducing paperwork and increasing their productivity. (Photo by Alamo Cement Co.)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Refrigerated carrier Pollywog Transportation underwent a safety audit in 2006 after someone made an accusation against the company

Tags: Information Technology

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Et Tu Greece? Makes For Crazy Ride on the Fleet Fuel Express

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Greece provided help last week to the fleet fuel markets helping drive down fuel costs by over $11 a barrel for crude oil and near 30 cents a gallon for diesel fuel

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

E-Logs: A Critical Strategy for Safety, Compliance and Productivity

By Jim Angel, PeopleNet

Electronic logs may be the workhorse of software for the trucking industry when it comes to helping firms meet safety, compliance and productivity goals

Tags: Information Technology

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electronic logbooks in Europe: Endless row of misfortunes, or a paper pusher's dream?

In the EU, the driver's smart card, top, is inserted into the vehicle unit portion of the digital tachograph, above. But there have been reports of the data on the card and the VU not matching up, among other problems.

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand, HDT International Editor

Many in the trucking technology world were relieved that the U.S. government decided to go with a "standards-based" regulation for electronic onboard recorders, rather than a technical specifications approach

Tags: Information Technology

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Prices are Pumping Up!

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

If you read last month's feature article we talked about all of the negative things that were happening that we believe will cause fleet fuel prices to go up throughout the rest of the year

Tags: The Bottom Line

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Geofencing Breaks Efficiency Boundaries

(Photo courtesy of PeopleNet)

By Guest Commentary Kirsten Lester, PeopleNet

Geofencing is a key driver of a paperless environment, with the power to optimize back-office and driver efficiency, customer service, asset protection and safety

Tags: Information Technology

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Can Fleet Fuel Fraud Happen to You?

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

In fleet fueling there are many ways your employees can steal fuel from you. Most companies truly believe, it can't happen to me

Tags: The Bottom Line

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Into the Cloud: The Latest in Web-Based Software

Jeannie Martinez, a customer service representative for Fox Intermodal Corp. of Kenilworth, N.J., begins working at the menu screen of Aljex Software. (Photo by Aljex Software)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

"Houston, we have a problem," is a phrase you'll probably never hear from Houston-based Crane Cartage, which provides ground transportation and logistics service

Tags: Information Technology

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is Bio Fuel Dead for Your Fleet Fuel Program?

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

We aren't going to say that just yet. But Congress has sure made it difficult for that market. As most of you know, the $1 a gallon tax credit went away at the end of 2009

Tags: The Bottom Line

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators: Tom Voelkel, President/COO, Dupre Logistics

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

As a child, Tom Voelkel's parents instilled in him a strong work ethic. The current president and chief operating officer of Dupre Logistics got his first job, cutting grass, at age 8

Tags: Fleet Innovators

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators: Jim Mickey, President/Co-Owner, Coastal Pacific Xpress

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Jim Mickey insists he's not doing anything innovative. Trucking, he says, is a simple business: You show up on time and do a good job

Tags: Fleet Innovators

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators: Jim Burg, President/CEO, James Burg Trucking

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

When Jim Burg bought his first truck in 1984, he thought he was embarking on a lifelong career as a single-truck owner-operator

Tags: Fleet Innovators

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators: Ben Bauman, President/CEO, Bolt Express

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

When Ben Bauman thinks about the accomplishment he is most proud of, he thinks about helping and supporting his son, who won two gold medals in the world championship of Taekwondo at the age of 16

Tags: Fleet Innovators

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators: Doug Duncan, President/CEO, FedEx Freight

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

In February 2001, when FedEx Freight was first established through a series of acquisitions, including Viking Freight, the less-than-truckload sector was still trying to differentiate itself from the rest of the trucking industry

Tags: Fleet Innovators

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spring is in the Air.....and There's Water in my Tank!

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

April showers bring May flowers ... but you might already have water in your fuel tank

Tags: The Bottom Line

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Computer In Your Pocket: What Smartphones Can Do For Your Business

Smartphone technology can keep drivers connected to the back office.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Florida-based Peninsula Trucking, a dedicated less-than-truckload carrier, is keeping up with its drivers, not through satellite tracking, but through their phones. Peninsula is using TeleNav Track, a web-based workforce management software with GPS tracking and navigation

Tags: Information Technology

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tracking Tire Performance

So many brands of tires, so many wheel positions, so many options. Data tracking can help evaluate tire performance. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If you were serious about getting the best odds on a pro basketball bet, you'd research the heck out of the starting lineups, and know in advance that Kobe Bryant's sprained ankle doesn't seem to be much of a liabilit

Tags: Information Technology

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Best Solutions For Locking Up Tools

The Master Locking System from Knapheide Manufacturing includes a bar that runs the interior of each side of the body. (Photo by Knapheide)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

New York City is famous for horror stories about crime in general and theft in particular. Here's one we just heard: A tradesman had all his expensive power tools stolen from his locked van by someone who was destructively determined

Tags: Safety & Compliance

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Changing Face of Trucking: Part I

Supply chain pressures and other factors have meant big changes at many large transportation companies, such as Schneider, which now has a growing regional operation.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Once upon a time, you had truckload companies, less-than-truckload companies, warehousing/logistics companies, rail intermodal companies, port drayage companies, and brokers. But today, the lines are blurring

Tags: The Bottom Line

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Management Lost at Sea

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Fuel Management might be lost at sea, but it hasn't gained any demand on land either. What are we talking about?

Tags: The Bottom Line

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