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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Don't Let the Weather Freeze Your Deliveries

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Preventive maintenance prior to the onset of the cold weather is an important factor in keeping your fleet on the roa

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November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Outlook 2010: Slow Turn Ahead

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

Skim the economic news headlines online, and they'll likely leave you scratching your head. What do all these numbers really mean

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November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Safety: Easy On, Off and Walking for Drivers With These Products

Air cylinders raise the railing along the top of this dry-bulk tanker for safe use by a driver or worker. They drop back down when loading or maintenance is complete.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Falling from a tall trailer will almost certainly result in broken bones or worse for a driver or maintenance person, and will cost thousands of dollars in medical and worker's compensation claims

Tags: Safety & Compliance

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hiring Technology: Automated Recruiting

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor, Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Wayne Cedarholm told a story 20 years ago about his employer C.R. England, the major refrigerated carrier based in Salt Lake City

Tags: Information Technology

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Fuel Prices

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

"Forecasting anything beyond 90 days makes witchcraft look like some sort of exact science." That was the caveat of Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service, when we asked him about his oil and diesel price prediction

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November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is Your Fuel Management Ready for Winter?

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Every year the transportation industry faces new challenges during the winter months, and this year is no different

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November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Software Users Hear About Trucking Industry Trends at Conference

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

From the rise in truck intermodal to shippers' use of 3PLs to the coming black box, the changes we're seeing in the trucking industry were front and center during the opening general session of the McLeod Software User's Conference

Tags: Information Technology

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shipper-Carrier Relations: Coca Cola Supply Looks for a Better Way

We're at a familiar point in the business cycle, a dismal one from the perspective of many carriers

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October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleet Fuel Card Shopping

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Your company has decided to get its first fleet fuel card, or perhaps you are tired of your current vendor. How do you go about shopping for the right fuel card

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October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Bees Are Still Buzzing: Handling Fuel on a Daily Basis

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Summer may be over, but our offices are still beehives of activity. In the fleet fuel management business, it never seems as if there are enough hours in the day or days in the wee

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October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mobile On-Site Fueling

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

If you are exploring ways to improve your fuel management program, on-site fueling could be the right solution for your fuel planning process

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October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleet Fuel Price Negotiating: Details, Details

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Many companies large and small have no idea how to negotiate fleet fuel prices and discounts.

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October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Mobile Industry: Cell Phones Useful to Stay Connected With Drivers

As an alternative to in-cab devices, cell phones can provide a way for fleets to track drivers, especially when they're doing work outside of the truck.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Cell phones today are nearly second-nature. You can walk down the street and see almost everyone holding one. And it's almost impossible to imagine how the trucking industry did without the

Tags: Information Technology

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Do You Audit Your Fleet Fuel Invoices?

By Glen Sokolis, The Sokolis Group

The Sokolis Group performs a lot of audits of fleet fuel invoices, reviewing hundreds of thousands of fuel transactions a month

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September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get More Work Out of Your Work Trucks

Trade shows like The Work Truck Show provide the opportunity to research new bodies, equipment and components from a number of manufacturers in a single location.

By Bob Johnson, director of fleet relations, NTEA

Maximizing fleet productivity starts with getting the most out of your vehicles

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September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lease vs. Own: Re-thinking Truck Ownership As Technology Changes

By leasing trucks, Mims Meat could update its fleet immediately without straining the corporate credit line. Dan Mims says buying 16 trucks would have been tough financially.

Several years ago, many fleets thought owning their own trucks made the most financial sense

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September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleet Fuel Margins: Are You Paying Too Much?

Fleet fuel suppliers for over-the-road, bulk, retail, and mobile fleet fuel are no different than any other business. They are in business to make a profit, just like you

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September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Taking the 'Man' Out of Management: Enterprise Software Trends

Technology trends are making the return on investment in fleet management software more attractive than ever.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

The economic meltdown has fleets scrambling to cut costs and improve efficiency in more creative and innovative ways than ever before. This involves getting the most out of fleet management softwar

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September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Who's Watching Your Fuel Program?

Who's watching your fuel program? Sounds simple, right? Not so fast.

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September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Successful Fuel Management Program Equals Discipline

By Glen Sokolis

It's the beginning of football season, so let's talk about blocking and tackling your fuel management program. When you say "blocking and tackling," it sounds so hard.

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August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Making a Plan and Sticking to IT: Routing, Navigation and Mapping

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor, and Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Routing, mapping and navigation all deal with getting a vehicle from Point A to Point B. Transportation management systems may offer all three of these components, but the terms are not really interchangeable

Tags: Information Technology

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Security Smarts: Protecting Your Cargo, Trucks and Drivers

Photo by Jim Park

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

The hijacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates and the dramatic rescue of its captain may have captured the nation's attention, but the hijacking and theft of trucks and trailers is a greater threat to the U.S. econom

Tags: Safety & Compliance

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Geofencing: More Than 'Big Brother'

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

"Big Brother" comes to mind in any otherwise-official definition of "geofencing," the tracking method that keeps track of employees entering or leaving certain geographic area

Tags: Information Technology

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Latest in Handhelds

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Companies surviving in trucking today are all about efficiency. What will drive down costs, increase productivity and speed up cash flow

Tags: Information Technology

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Technology for Cost Control: Report From the ALK Conference

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

There are indications that we are closer to the start of economic recovery - at least, the pace of decline is slowing - but John White, President of U.S. Xpress, is still waiting for inventory numbers to show a turnaround

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August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

'Hey, Where'd My Truck Go?' Driver Security Tips

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Short of rotting pig guts or trash destined for landfill, crooks will grab just about anything they can dispose of quickly and sell without a trace

Tags: Safety & Compliance

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eyes on the Road: First Observer Takes Over for Highway Watch

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Truck drivers' long and storied tradition as Knights of the Road took on new meaning after 9/11

Tags: Safety & Compliance

August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Summit to Focus on Distracted Driving

Recent concerns about the dangers of text messaging and other distractions while driving have prompted a gathering in Washington, D.C., to address the issue in late Septembe

Tags: Safety & Compliance

July 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Report: Cargo Theft Losses on the Rise

While thefts rates vary between commodity groups and industries, across the board the average loss per cargo theft incident is sharply on the rise, according to a report from FreightWatch International

Tags: Safety & Compliance

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

At A Snail's Pace: 2009 Economic Outlook

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

A year ago, experts predicted we'd be turning the corner on the sluggish economy by now. They were wrong.Two things happened this year that economists didn't predict

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Credit Crunch: Surviving The Storm

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Better batten down the hatches and tighten the belts, motor carriers. This thing is going to get worse before it gets better. That was the message last month from economic experts

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rollover Control: Electronic stability technology

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Not a lot of truck buyers are choosing electronic stability enhancement devices, but maybe they should - because they could be saving big bucks

Tags: Safety & Compliance

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mobile Communication: Making it All Work

By Jim Beach, Technology Editor

Trucking operations use a number of technologies to improve both operational efficiencies and customer service: transportation management software in the home office, computers or tracking and monitoring devices on the vehicles

Tags: Information Technology

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Minding the Fleet

By Jim Beach, Technology Editor

In the beginning, fleet management software mostly meant applications that tied together a carrier's accounting and dispatch functions. Today, such products encompass a number of operational activities and integrate with a wide range of technologies

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Wireless Truck

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

There has been much talk about telematics on the car side of the automotive business, with GM the highest-profile early adopter with its OnStar product. Yet trucking had the car people beat by 20 years

Tags: Information Technology

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

An Office in the Cab

By Jim Beach, Technology Editor

Not that long ago, the onboard computer systems found in trucks were little more than data recorders. Pioneered by such companies as Tripmaster, these "black boxes" recorded things such as road speed and engine tim

Tags: Information Technology

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cutting the Hidden Fat May Boost Morale and the Bottom Line

By Dr. Dave Kwinn, Wade & Partners

Cost cutting efforts typically focus on the obvious targets: travel, sales meetings, advertising, overtime, etc. But there may still be hidden fat that can be cut without causing as much pain as these obvious targets

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Time for Preventive Maintenance on Fuel Surcharges

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Funny how things change. Six months ago at $147 a barrel, oil prices were a catastrophe. In mid-December, hovering near $40, they were the only ray of light on an economic horizon that was grim and getting grimmer

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