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January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Data Critical to Transportation Productivity

Brian McLaughlin

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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