HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

April 2013

Cover Story
5 Trends in Private Fleets
By Deborah Lockridge

John Lamonica knows pizza. He can tell you why Brooklyn water makes great pizza dough, and how he has worked to get the same level of great flavor in his California operations using high-quality ingredients and filtered water. The president and CEO of Lamonica's Pizza Dough Co. is also proud of his three bright-red Kenworth trucks that deliver pizza dough to Costco and other customers in southern California.

Features

Management Software: No Longer Islands of Automation PeopleNet recently unveiled a mobile app that sends alert notices to fleet managers when a critical event occurs. The app displays a map of the location, vehicle and driver information.

By Jim Beach

Whether you call it a trucking management system, fleet management software, trucking enterprise software or a freight management system, in a nutshell, these systems manage vehicles (and the things on them), people and money.

The High Cost of Tires

By Jim Park

Ten years ago, you could buy a decent steer tire for $300. Not anymore. But, then again, you're not buying the same tire anymore either. Long-term pricing trends show that the cost of raw materials used in tire manufacturing has gone up over the past decade, along with the shelf prices for tires, but consumers haven't seen the price swings for tires that manufacturers have seen for materials over the same period of time.

Going Green Without Saying Goodbye to Diesel Verizon has tested alternative-fueled vehicles like this one but says there are many other ways to go gree, including using telematics.

By Kate Harlow

Green shouldn't be the only color a fleet is considering when making a move toward “going green.” "The most important colors in business are still red and black," said Joe Fiorelli, fleet and safety director for Gulfeagle Supply, during a session for the National Truck Equipment Association's recent Green Truck Summit entitled, "Compounding the Green: Incremental Measures for Going Green and Sustainable."

Safety&Compliance: Beware these background screening pitfalls

By Deborah Lockridge

If you haven't taken a look at your driver hiring and screening procedures in a while, it's time for a thorough review to avoid running afoul of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Co-op-owned container chassis coming

By Tom Berg

Drayage operators will soon obtain more container chassis from trucker-owned pools than from ship lines and railroads, which signals part of a transition under way in the intermodal industry. A recently formed North American Chassis Pool Cooperative has won government approval and has begun purchasing chassis.

The Return of the Glider Brothers Robert Fitzgerald (standing) and Tommy Fitzgerald Jr. run the enterprise begun by their father, Tommy Sr. In addition to Freightliners and Western Stars, the specialty manufacturer also assembles Peterbilt gliders, like this Model 389, and will soon start on Kenworths.

By Tom Berg

Glider kits — new trucks and tractors that get rebuilt or remanufactured powertrain components — make up a small percentage of total new-truck purchases, partly because most truck operators know little about them.

What's New in Used Trucks?

By Tom Berg

Every day, thousands of used trucks change hands. Last year, 190,000 were sold, and though this year's tally might be lower, it's still a healthy business that sometimes mirrors new-truck sales. That this market is intrinsically tied to new trucks becomes more apparent at times like now, when supplies of late-model power units are growing scarce.

Test Drives

Cummins and Navistar Reunite The cockpit is familiar territory, except for the DEF tank level gauge.

By Jim Park

Red engines have been fixtures under Navistar hoods since the late ‘90s. Except for the recent hiatus, you have to go back some 75 years to the days when Cummins and International trucks weren't almost synonymous in North America.

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