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Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge
Commentary: 5 Arguments for Heavier Trucks
By Deborah Lockridge
While states are thinking of ways to fund highway infrastructure, Michigan is considering rolling back truck size and weight regulations.
Brandy Waugh and her father (center) pose with the company's team of technicians and cargo vans.
Old School Plumber Goes High Tech
By Amy Winter-Hercher
A telematics system, digital inventory control and pipe cameras have helped this small plumbing fleet create a more efficient working process — while improving and speeding up its customer service.
Fred Andersky Photo: Bendix
Q&A: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems' Fred Andersky
By David Cullen
We talk about pending stability control and collision avoidance mandates and other regulatory topics with Bendix's Fred Andersky who guides the company's regulatory, legislative and advocacy efforts.
This 92,000-lb GVW oil tanker looked a little out of place in Napa, Calif., where we test drove it last summer.
QuickSpin: Freightliner 122SD 8x8 Extreme Heavy-Haul
By Jim Park
Freightliner can build its 122SD heavy-haul vocational chassis into any number of extreme configurations, but this oil-field hauler is one to be reckoned with. This truck lives for roads that would break your average highway hauler in half.
The Freightliner Inspiration Truck at it's Hoover Dam introduction. Photo: Stephane Babcock
Disruption is the Latest Technology Buzzword
By Jim Beach
The key disrupter in recent years has been the Internet, which has changed the way a number of industries operate. In trucking, e-commerce has profoundly affected trucking operations, especially those that serve retailers.
To spec a truck the right way, the trouble lies in balancing needs against desires — since those don’t always align. Working with a third-party expert like Ryder will help you find the right balance, where every component is working for you instead of creating problems down the road.
Do You Have the Right Truck for Your Business?
Sponsored by Ryder System Inc.
By Art Trahan, Ryder System Inc.
With new technologies and requirements developing rapidly over the last few years, it takes a certain expertise when taking in all the considerations of spec’ing a truck.

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Photo courtesy of Ryder.
Texas Convenience Stores Enlist Ryder Box Trucks
The Greater Houston Retailers Cooperative Association has outsourced its fleet operations by signing a full service leasing agreement with Ryder System for 25 medium-duty box trucks, Ryder has announced.
Economic Watch: Manufacturing Uneven, Consumer Spending Strong
By Evan Lockridge
The pace of U.S. manufacturing growth, a key indicator affecting trucking, slowed in July from its highest level in five months, according to a survey of the nation’s supply executives.
The darkest areas indicate where cargo thefts happen the most. Graphic: FWI
Cargo Theft Drops, Average Value Around $189,000
By Evan Lockridge
Cargo thefts in the U.S. are on the decline, but the value of each heist is virtually unchanged compared to last year, according to a new second quarter report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.
TA Kicks Off St. Christopher Relief Fund Campaign
TravelCenters of America has launched its annual campaign to support the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, which helps truckers suffering from medical-related financial hardship.
ArcBest Reports $20 Million Profit
By Evan Lockridge
With record second-quarter revenue, ArcBest's net income rose to $20 million, or 74 cents per diluted share, from $17.2 million, or 64 cents per diluted share a year earlier.
Did FMCSA Spin Report on HOS Restart?
By David Cullen
The day after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stated its general satisfaction with a Government Accountability Office study of the hours-of-service changes implemented in 2013, the American Trucking Associations slammed the safety agency for “cherry-picking” a few points “in a desperate effort to influence lawmakers.”
UPS Buys Coyote Logistics For $1.8 Billion
UPS announced it's buying Coyote Logistics, a non-asset-based truckload freight brokerage company, giving it a major presence in the U.S. truckload brokerage market.
Senate Approves House’s 3-Month Highway Bill
By David Cullen
The Senate passed its massive and contentious long-term highway bill and then approved the three-month extension of federal highway funding passed earlier by the House. The $8 billion patch, which runs out on October 29, has been sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill.
Economic Watch: GDP Jumps in Second Quarter, First Quarter Revised Upward
By Evan Lockridge
The first reading on how well the American economy performed in the second quarter of the year shows it accelerated well ahead of the first quarter pace, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
Earnings Watch: YRC Back in the Black, ODFL Profit Up 16%
By Evan Lockridge
UPDATED -- The parent to several trucking companies moved from a loss in the second quarter of last year to a profit in the most recent quarter.

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HNI's DART system allows driver managers to  view average scores from three categories for a quick look at trends that need addressing. Managers can drill down into each category and to individual drivers. HNI Releases Driver Performance Management System Cutting through the scorecard clutter is the aim of a performance management system introduced by HNI. The DART system combines metrics from a variety of fleet operational areas to produce a single driver score that measures the driver’s impact on profitability.
ARI Adds Custom Dashboards to Fleet Management System ARI is launching a suite of enhancements and new dashboards for the company’s insights fleet management system.
Real Time Freight Now Integrates with QuickBooks Real Time Freight has added platform integration with QuickBooks accounting software to its cloud-based transportation management system.
Routist Calculates Routes for Drivers in the Field Fleetmatics introduced the Fleetmatics Routist service providing an intelligent routing solution for fleets in the field.
DOT Direct Screens Applications Online for Fleets First Advantage Fleet Solutions is offering an integrated online employment application and screening product designed for private and for-hire fleets called DOT Direct.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Asset: West Air Gases Case Study
Fuel price volatility is still the top concern when considering alternatives. With the price of oil and diesel being highly unpredictable and strict emissions regulations up ahead, clearly, natural gas is the express route to a cleaner, greener fleet. Find out how WestAir Gases made the switch to natural gas with minimal cost, risk or downtime. Learn about the challenges West Air faced and how Ryder created a custom solution to overcome each and every one.
A Customized Fleet for Phenomenal Growth
Learn how Ryder’s Full Service Lease solution armed one of the nation’s top office supply companies with their “Weapons of Delivery Excellence” fleet, customized to transport an vast array of products and the reliability to travel more than 13 million miles per year.
Transportation Operations Needs. Today and Tomorrow.
This report explores how a combination of mobile technology implementations for mobile workers, and process re-engineering efforts can elevate operations to the next level. It also highlights how a lack of adoption can hold T&L operations back, preventing them from capitalizing on significant cost-savings.
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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