Information Technology

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July 20, 2012

6 Keys to Choosing the Right Mobile App

Shopping for mobile apps to help your trucking operation? Here are some tips that can help

June 28, 2012

IT and MPG

In the abstract, reducing fuel cost represents a pretty straightforward undertaking: Get as many miles as possible out of every gallon of fuel, pay as little as possible for those gallons, and reduce the number of miles each truck travels to get the job done

May 21, 2012

Telematics: The Next Frontier

Past predictions of future technology called for flying cars and personal robots. Yet the biggest leaps in technology have probably been in communications, and trucking is no exception

May 17, 2012

Technology in the Truck: Changing the game

Most of us have done of these things manually for so long that the thought of automating can seem overwhelming -- something only the big boys do. Today, technology innovation has put automation within the reach of any carrier.

April 20, 2012

9 Ways to Make Your Numbers Count

When Randy Seals, customer advocate for McLeod Software, managed operations for a trucking company years ago, his boss would come in month after month asking the same question: "How are we doing?" Seals would respond, "Looks like we're doing great." He wasn't lying. They were moving a ton of freight

March 22, 2012

Remote Temp Monitoring

Automatically watching the perishable load as it goes down the road or the rails saves money and brings peace of mind. When you're delivering temperature-sensitive cargoes, things can get nasty if the produce, meat, ice cream or whatever's in the trailer shows up too cold or too warm

March 22, 2012

It's All About the Miles: Routing and Dispatch Systems

Years ago, fleets would spend the overnight hours manually figuring out which route a driver would take the next day. Today, routing and dispatch software can do it faster and more accurately. Some even predict we'll be able to dispense with the human element altogether

March 1, 2012

More than Miles: Routing/Mileage Companies Branch Out

In trucking, miles are currency, and there are few companies that have become more synonymous with trucking than commercial routing and mileage software providers. Few truckers start, execute or navigate a trip that wasn't planned using

February 14, 2012

Which Maintenance Software is Right for You? (Part 1 of 2)

The need for first-rate maintenance of trucks and trailers is obvious, so let's not start this article blathering about the necessity of cost control and the ever-increasing challenge of safety compliance. All that's a given

January 17, 2012

Using Technology to Help Cut Main CSA Violations: Speeding and Log Violations

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rolled out its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in late 2010, a number of carriers were surprised to find a poorer safety rating than they enjoyed under the old SafeStat

December 19, 2011

Big-Fleet IT Functionality for Smaller Fleets

When it comes to serving customers, small carriers have the same requirements as the largest. If a small carrier can respond to a customer's demands as well as a much larger fleet, he can be competitive

November 7, 2011

Social Media and Trucking: What a Little Birdie Can Tell You

Although I work in a demographically top-heavy industry that's been understandably slow to embrace free online tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube, I'm convinced that you don't have to know the title of a single Justin Beiber son

October 11, 2011

Tracking For Smaller Fleets

Once upon a time, vehicle tracking and communications meant expensive satellite equipmen

October 10, 2011

So Much for Paperless

I'm constantly amazed and impressed by the pace of trucking technology

September 5, 2011

How Paperless Contracts Can Help Trucking Companies

Beyond the popular enthusiasm for green trends, paperless business practices are proving to be smart business practices, particularly in contract-heavy industries like trucking

August 15, 2011

Hands-Free Cell Phone Options for Truckers

Last December, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration introduced a proposed rulemaking that would prohibit commercial drivers from reaching for, holding or dialing a cell phone while operating a commercial vehicle

July 31, 2011

Could a New Internet Network Trash Your GPS?

Arguments are heating up between Lightsquared, a 4G LTE wireless company, and the GPS industry and user community.

July 10, 2011

Trucks Talk Back: Advanced Onboard Telematics

As a truck driver guides his rig along an interstate highway hundreds of miles from home, he might have a tendency to feel lonely. Yet in many cases, a multi-voiced conversation is going on inside the rig that he isn't even aware of it

May 31, 2011

Geofencing Breaks Through Efficiency Barriers

Geofencing is a critical component of a mobile communications system, with the power to optimize back-office and driver efficiency, customer service, asset protection and safety

May 9, 2011

ELDs and EOBRs - What's the Difference?

Part of the fun of technology is getting a new vocabulary of acronyms. The latest for automated driver logs is ELDs - or electronic logging devices. According to some reports, ELDs are not only better than Electronic On-board Recorders (EOBRs), but they cost less. That's progress


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