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Carriers Want Support, Customization From Software Vendors
By Jim Beach
Vendor customization and electronic data integration were the top vendor and software factors fleet managers consider when buying software, according to a survey conducted by Carrier Logistics Inc.
User conferences, such as the Peoplenet User Conference, allow clients to take advantage of new enhancements, network with other users and learn best practices.
7 Steps to Getting the Most From Your Software
By Jim Beach
Trucking companies make significant investments in software systems — to become more efficient, safer and more profitable. But not all have the same level of success.
Nussbaum Transportation stresses communication with drivers. Photo: Nussbaum
How To Build An Engaged Driver Workforce
By Deborah Lockridge
Want drivers who not only stay with your company long-term, but also go the extra mile to make sure it succeeds? The key may be “employee engagement.”
2015 HDT Fact Book
By HDT Staff
Our second annual HDT Fact Book, aims to give you additional numbers and statistics that can help you in your business.
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Q&A: Don Daseke on Building a Nationwide Flatbed Carrier
By Deborah Lockridge
The longtime businessman and investor talks about how he's adapted the Warren Buffet model to trucking as he builds a nationwide flatbed presence through mergers with well-run carriers, and why he got into trucking at an age when many are thinking of retirement.
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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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley delivering an update on the ongoing flood emergency. Image via Facebook/Nikki Haley
DOT Issues $5 Million in Emergency Relief for South Carolina Roads
By David Cullen
The Dept. of Transportation announced on Oct. 6 the “immediate availability” of $5 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to the South Carolina Dept. of Transportation to help repair roads and bridges damaged by the recent rain-driven flooding that has crippled the state.
Rates Fail to Follow Increased Load Posts on Spot Market
By Evan Lockridge
The number of posted loads on the spot market jumped 5.7% for week ending Oct. 3, as shippers rushed to move inventory before the end of the quarter while available truck capacity fell 4.5%, but the changes were not enough to advance rates.
Government and company officials take part in a traditional Japanese ceremony at grand opening of new Yokohama truck-tire plant in West Point, Miss. Photo: David Cullen
Yokohama Celebrates Launch of U.S. Truck Tire Production
By David Cullen
The first Yokohama tire plant—which will exclusively produce truck and bus tires-- built in the U.S. from the ground up is now up and running, a scant two years after the company broke ground on a greenfield site within Mississippi’s Golden Triangle business-development region.
Photo of Halliburton pipe recover wireline truck via Wikipedia.
Halliburton Adding Telematics, Safety, and Compliance Solutions
By Chris Wolski
Oil service provider Halliburton Co. will roll out a range of fleet management services under a multiple-year contract it signed with MiX Telematics over the next 12 to 18 months, the fleet management vendor announced.
Photo: Pride Transport
Driver Shortage Hits Highest Recorded Level in 2015
An ATA report is projecting a shortage of 48,000 drivers by the end of 2015, marking the highest recorded level in trucking's history.
Tom McLeod talks change at the McLeod Software user conference. Photo: Deborah Lockridge
McLeod: Use Information to Turn Change into Opportunity
By Deborah Lockridge
We may not have flying cars, hover boards or holographic movies as Marty McFly found in the “Back to the Future” version of 2015, but we have had a computing, communications and connectivity revolution nearly unimaginable 30 years ago. Tom McLeod offered some advice for turning all this rapid change into opportunity during the McLeod Software annual user conference.
Photo of North Carolina highway crews digging trenches to drain a flooded road courtesy of NCDOT.
Flooding Takes Toll on Carolina Fleets
The governors of South Carolina and North Carolina have issued executive orders that suspend hours-of-service requirements as well as certain truck size and weight limits for loads deemed necessary to help speed emergency relief in their states.
Photo: BNSF
Rail Freight Weakens But Intermodal Grows
By Denise Rondini
While a lot of rail freight is not growing, rail intermodal is growing according to an analyst at ACT Research.
Save the Date: 2016 Fleet Technology Expo
The Fleet Technology Expo will take place from Oct. 17-19, 2016 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.
Florida CDL Scammer Pleads Guilty
Ellariy Medvednik pleaded guilty to her role in a Florida CDL fraud scheme that may have illegally obtained licences for as many as 600 people.


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SecureFuel Provides Transparent Fuel Payments Electronic Funds Source’s SecureFuel is a payment solution fleets that allows fleets to visualize fuel consumption and purchases at a unit level.
McLeod Offers ‘Branded’ Driver App for Fleets McLeod Software launched a “customer-branded” mobile app, the Carrier Driver App, which lets drivers interact with the carrier’s McLeod LoadMaster transportation management system to get information on their next load and their settlements, scan documents, capture signatures, report accidents and more.
MiX Launches Task Management Application MiX Telematics new task management application, MiX Go, is designed streamline communication and task management between the office and workers in the field.
J.J. Keller Service Aggregates Driver Data J.J. Keller’s Driver DataSense Service aggregates the stream of data from a fleet’s onboard technology, paper logs and time sheets.
Management Software Designed for Small Business Transport Pro is now offering Transport Pro Small Business, the small business version of its transportation management software.
Streamlining Your Freight with an Integrated Transportation Network
In today’s challenging transportation market, where the pool of qualified drivers is shrinking, safety regulations are tighter than ever and fuel prices eat up much of your transportation budget, how do you find time to focus on your business? For many businesses, the key to securing capacity in the “new normal” shipping environment is an all-of-the-above strategy. This approach integrates a base dedicated fleet with procured common carriers, and in some cases, private fleets.
Is Your Business Ready for the ELD Mandate?
This white paper will cover the current landscape of HOS, the new ELD mandate, who must comply, and what fleets need to do to meet the new regulations.
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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