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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

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Drive Performance Using Key Indicators

By Tom Flies, Xata Corp.

We've all heard the old saying: you can't improve what you don't measure. Yet that is exactly what fleets are trying to do these days

Tags: Information Technology

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

All Aboard: Getting Drivers on Board With In-Cab Technology

If you don't get acceptance from drivers, the benefits of in-cab technology could go out the window. (Photo courtesy of J. J. Keller & Associates)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

In early December, two executives from Panther Expedited Services traded in their suits and ties to take up the job of Panther's owner-operators for a week, delivering freight in the Northeast

Tags: Information Technology

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lifelines: The Tools You Need to Prepare For CSA 2010

Is your safety program ready for CSA 2010? (Photo courtesy of Fleetmaster Express)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

In July, fleets across the country will be hit with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, or CSA 2010, which will completely redefine the way motor carriers must comply with regulations

Tags: Information Technology

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Panel: Electronic Logging Technology Addresses Fleet Priorities

From right: Allan Lowry of Central Refrigerated Service; Dustin England of C.R. England; John Pope of Cargo Transporters; and Kirby Sollom of Schneider National. (Photo courtesy of McGuire Photography)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

According to Allan Lowry, director of safety at Central Refrigerated Service, there are three main priorities for a fleet: safety, service and retention

Tags: Information Technology

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleet Fuel Prices: What are They Now?

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

How many of you forget something that you were going to do today, but you won't remember until tomorrow? I know everyone's hands would be raised if we were in a fleet fuel seminar.

Tags: The Bottom Line

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Motivation Behind Mobile Fleet Fueling

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

There are only a few things that are out of the hands of fleet fuel managers; the price of fuel itself may be one of them. But there are other ways to still have a handle on your fleet fuel

Tags: The Bottom Line

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Controlling Fuel Efficiency When Fuel Prices Are Unpredictable

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

&newsThere have been so many discussions on oil and fuel prices these last few weeks, especially with prices soaring up to $84 in early January to taking a dramatic hit back down to $80 only three days later

Tags: The Bottom Line

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Oil Does What It Does When It Comes to Prices

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Last week's Friday Fuel included a discussion on some factors that drive oil prices such as current weather conditions and stockpiles, or inventory, around the worl

Tags: The Bottom Line

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oil's Ups and Downs

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Oh, the commodity of oil, how its price changes and bends at the drop of a hat. Since December, when prices were at the $70 mark, oil has taken a ride all the way up to $82 earlier this week

Tags: The Bottom Line

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Under Lock and Key: Protecting Your Data

These days, almost every trucking company relies on data. Is yours safe?

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

You probably anticipate problems such as missing paperwork, a driver getting lost, or an unexpected breakdown. But have you thought about the possibility of losing your data to terrorists, extremists

Tags: Information Technology

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Data Critical to Transportation Productivity

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By Guest Commentary Brian McLaughlin, PeopleNet

Knowledge is always power, and in the trucking industry, access to driver and vehicle performance data helps management make decisions that squeeze every ounce of profit out of their fleets

Tags: Information Technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electronic Logs: The End of the Comic Book?

Dart contractor Perry Famularo was skeptical, but fell in love with electronic logs during the company's pilot program. (Photo by Kristin Ries)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Perry Famularo, a longtime independent contractor for Dart Transit, was "one of those die-hards who said I would retire before I would use a computer for log purposes.

Tags: Information Technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Yard Management: The Virtual Clipboard

While the yard is usually the last place to automate, now might be the time to consider yard management solutions.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

When fleets look to automate operations, one of the last places they look is the yard. For most carriers, yard management is still a manual process, with a fleet manager walking around performing yard checks, keeping track on a clipboar

Tags: Information Technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Looking Back: 2009 Fuel Management in Review

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

In 2009, things started off like a lamb and at times felt like a lion, but we certainly didn't see the scary lions in fleet fuel buying, as we did in 2008

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Be Safe, Not Sorry With Fuel Management During the Holidays

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

We are less than a week away from the full-blown holiday season. As part of your company's fleet management program, are your trucks ready to be sitting still for several days during the back-to-back holiday weeks

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Japanese Truck Market: Takeaways for the North American Trucking Industry

By Sandeep Kar, Frost & Sullivan

The Japanese economy has remained in a state of recession for the better part of this current decade. The Japanese truck industry therefore has come to rely on export sales to not only remain stable but also to grow

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dispatchers and Overtime: Forty Miles of Bad Road

By Guest Commentary Mark E. Tabakman, Esq., Fox Rothschild

The latest threat to the transportation industry is not rising fuel costs or clogged highways, but rather, the inevitable wave of lawsuits by dispatchers claiming that they are entitled to overtime pay

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get Ready For Onslaught of New Rules From OSHA

Photo courtesy of MTS Driver Recruiters

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has made it clear that it's back in the rulemaking business, with a sling of new labor rules in the pipeline for 2010 that trucking companies ought to be aware of

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Canadian Interest in EOBRs Remains Strong Despite Delays and Official Apathy

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Even as the U.S. trucking industry awaits the final rule on EOBRs from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canada's trucking industry has been battling with some of the same questions

Tags: Information Technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Put Your Fleet Fueling Policy in Place For 2010, Part II

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

In last week's Friday Fuel, we talked about how to put your fleet fueling policy in place. Today, we have eight tips that will make your fuel management program more effectiv

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Expect More Tech Company Consolidation

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Acquisitions of transportation technology companies seem to be commonplace these days, as the economic environment leaves some companies with no choice, while others want to keep up with the advancing of technology.

Tags: Information Technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Put Your Fleet Fueling Policy in Place For 2010, Part I

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

As a new year quickly approaches, it's an ideal time to review current policies that your company has in place

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reclaim Your File Cabinets With Document Management

Software companies have developed ways to convert documents into electronic format as close to delivery as possible. Above is a TripPak scanning station at a truckstop.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

George Van Dyke Trucking, Tangent, Ore., used to allocate a 100-square-foot storage room, a large in-office filing area, and a team of two to handle the same amount of paperwork controlled by one employee and a computer today

Tags: Information Technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Don't Let Technology Hurt You in Court

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

High on the list of carrier concerns about electronic onboard recorders is how to guard the data these devices collect. The information can work both ways: It can protect a carrier, but it also can be used as weapo

Tags: Information Technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shippers Look for More Than Freight Rates: An Interview With NITL President Bruce Carlton

HDT interviewed NIT League President Bruce Carlton.

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Bruce Carlton is president and CEO of the National Industrial Transportation League, which represents shipper interests in Washington, D.C. Here's an edited version of an interview with Carlto

Tags: The Bottom Line

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 Strategies For Better Customer Relations

To intelligently negotiate rates, you need to know your direct and indirect costs, for each customer and even for each lane. (Photo by Paul Hartley)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Coastal Pacific Xpress is bigger now than it was three years ago - and it's done so while being choosy about its customers, even through the recession

Tags: The Bottom Line

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stability Control Technology Can Lead to More Conservative Drivers

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

While the use of stability control systems could mean the difference between a collision and the avoidance of a crash, it also could help you create safer, more conservative drivers

Tags: Safety & Compliance

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Management or Fuel Inventory? That is the Question

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

As we approach the Thanksgiving season and Black Friday, it's time for us to look at where the fuel market is and how it could affect your fuel management program. There are clearly mixed signs in the fuel marketplac

Tags: The Bottom Line

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