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Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product.
Top Dealers Focus on Changing Customer Expecations
By Denise Rondini
Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product. and nobody knows this better than than the fleets nominated for the Truck Dealer of the Year.
Truck driver pay is rising at a record rate. Is it the answer to the driver shortage? 
Driver Dilemma: How Important is Pay?
By Deborah Lockridge
Truck driver pay is rising at a record rate. Is it the answer to the driver shortage? The second in a series on the driver shortage.
Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems.
Handling the Fallout from the Restart Rollback
By Betty Weiland, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems to cope with the 34-hour restart suspension.
Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor
Commentary: Fuel Economy is Two-Dimensional
By Rolf Lockwood
Fuel economy is really a two-sided matter and we should be striving to avoid zero mpg just as much as we aim for 10 mpg.
Sweetland Transport anticipates a growth rate of more than 150% this year over last.
Using Technology To Grow and Stay Competitive
By Jim Beach
Sweetland Transport is a small trucking company relying on new technology not only to survive but to continue growing.

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Art by Annie Yu from Edison, New Jersey, the grand prize winner of the Kindergarten through second grade age group for the 2014 "Be Ready, Be Buckled" art contest."
FMCSA Extends Deadline for Student Art Contest
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending the submission deadline for the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest until March 16, 2015.
Transpo Leaders Urged to Pressure Congress On Highway Bill
By David Cullen
Lobbying by officials of State transportation departments can help get a long-term highway bill passed this year, say key U.S. Representatives and Senators at an annual Washington briefing presented by AASHTO.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. Official Photo
Rep. Ryan Favors Allowing States to Implement Tolls
By David Cullen
Rep. Paul Ryan has stated that he favors changing federal law to afford state governments the “freedom to choose” to implement tolled highways.
Volvo Trucks Seeks Out Safest Fleets
Volvo Trucks is seeking entries for the Volvo Trucks Safety Award which recognizes two fleets with the safest driving records and top safety programs.
Kenworth's K270 and K370 cabovers
Kenworth, Paccar Offer Medium-Duty Extended Warranty
Kenworth is offering an extended warranty program for U.S. buying new Kenworth Class 5-7 trucks financed through Paccar Financial.
Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode; December 2013 - 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT
Trucks Continue Moving Majority of U.S.-NAFTA Trade
By Evan Lockridge
The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North America neighbors increased for the 11th consecutive month in December while the total level for 2014 was better than the year before.
Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons
Economic Watch: Retail Prices Fall, Durable Goods Orders Up
By Evan Lockridge
Retail prices fell in January from the month before and from a year earlier, marking the first annual drop in more than five years.
Quality Distribution Sees a Return to Profits
The bulk chemical transportation provider Quality Distribution Inc moved from being in the red to the black in the fourth quarter of last year and for all of 2014.
Woman Receives 63 Months in Prison for Stealing from Trucking Company
A California woman was sentenced this week to 63 months in federal prison for embezzling nearly $3.5 million from her former employer, a warehouse and trucking-services company.
Truckload Linehaul Rates Increase Nearly 8%, Intermodal Declines Slightly
Linehaul rates in the truckload sector posted a significant gain last month, according to newly released figures, while a separate report shows a drop in intermodal rates for the first time in more than a year.

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DumpTruckLoads.com Matches Loads with Trucks DumpTruckLoads.com is an online service allowing users to find trucks or loads in a single source. Both contractors and dump truck owners can become members, connecting the two sides.
McLeod, iGlobal Integrate Software with In-cab Scanning Billing and payroll documents are scanned and transmitted with iGlobal’s device, and payment for a delivered load can be made by Friday of the following week.
Photo courtesy Rush Truck Centers Rush, Decisiv to Link Service-Info Management Systems Integrating the RushCare communications management system with Decisiv's service platform will improve service, reduce waiting times and sharpen billing accuracy for truck and bus operators and leasing customers.
Enhanced Mapping Application Introduced Nashville-based BOLT, a provider of cloud-based dispatching applications, recently introduced BOLT Atlas, a mapping application that combines a fleet’s customer, dispatch and routing data with telematics, elog, navigation and other information.
Roadnet Insight Offers Business Intelligence As part of Omnitracs, LLC’s global user conference held Feb. 8 – 11 in Dallas, the company’s Roadnet Technologies business unit unveiled new products and enhancements, including a new business intelligence tool.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Reman Parts Gaining More Favor with Truck Operators
Remanufactured components are a smart price-point alternative for fleets of all sizes and vehicles of all ages given the current market economic conditions. Meritor examines this trend in a whitepaper.
Traffic Violations are on the Rise: How Fleets Can Prepare
Fuel, insurance, preventive maintenance and repairs are generally accepted as standard operating costs for fleets. What about vehicle-issued violations, such as parking, toll and photo enforcement tickets?

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