HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

February 2017

Cover Story By Deborah Lockridge
How E-Commerce is Changing Trucking

In the second part of our Trucking in the 21st Century series, we examine the rise of e-commerce and how it is changing the trucking industry.

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Features

It's All About the Customers: Dealer of the Year Nominees Speak Out

By Denise Rondini

Economic conditions, used trucks, spec’ing trends and the Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 regulations are shaping business for truck dealers.

The Quest for Uptime While the complexity is increasing, the reliability of the current generation of trucks and engines is the best we’ve seen in several years. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

We’re doing a better job at keeping trucks out of the shop and out on the road earning money, but it’s been a long, steep learning curve. These fleets find the key to increasing uptime is to make the most of their downtime.

A New Frontier in Driver Health

By Jack Roberts

Very soon, integrated and automated vehicle systems will work together to keep drivers alert and healthy. But that technology will come at a cost.

Driver Wellness Starts at Work Photo: Melton Truck Lines

By David Cullen

Building a healthy lifestyle can be hard work – especially for truck drivers, who are constantly on the go and constantly under pressure to be on the go. Fleets can help drivers attain a healthy lifestyle – and share in the benefits that it brings.

Departments

UPS Team Tackles Complex Cross-Border Logistics UPS has operated in Mexico for 25 years. Photo: UPS

By Deborah Lockridge

In 2014, UPS established a center of excellence for U.S.-Mexico trade. A team of experts evaluated and improved offerings, focusing on shippers’ needs. Then early last year, UPS announced it had strengthened those cross-border services.

Cargo Securement: What You Need to Know Belly strapping: The lower stack of this load was secured before the top stack was placed aboard and tied down. There are more than enough straps to satisfy safety and regulatory demands. Photos: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

By Tom Berg

Securing loads is a matter of safety and good business. If a piece of cargo is damaged because it shifts or falls off a trailer, the carrier and driver won’t be paid because the load didn’t get delivered, and someone could get hurt or killed.

Tried and True Tire Repairs The first, and most crucial step in any tire repair process is to completely remove any foreign material from the damaged area. Photos: Jim Park

By Jack Roberts

Smart fleet managers understand that wringing every possible mile from a truck tire saves money. Which means that getting tires fixed properly after failures do occur is vital for both vehicle productivity and fleet profitability.

Knowing Isn't Fixing

By Laura McMillan

Safety technology on trucks is one reason crash rates, injury rates and fatalities have fallen over the past two decades. Yet insurance rates and the costs of settlements they represent have gone up. Why?

Test Drives

Quick Spin: Orange EV's All-Electric Terminal Tractor Orange EV’s T-Series terminal tractor looks and works just like a diesel, but its fully electric drive system produces no emissions and can save up to 90% over existing fuel and maintenance costs. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

It has all the performance attributes of a diesel without the maintenance and fuel costs. And it’s emissions-free, which will keep your neighbors happy.

Editorials

Commentary: Parts - At A Vending Machine Near You Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Typically when we think of vending machines, we think of snack foods or beverages. More recently, however, they are being used in industrial applications.

Commentary: The Delicate Truck Driver Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Lots of drivers manage a very fine balance between simple frustration and outright anger and executive contributing editor Rolf Lockwood believes they deserve a little more attention and understanding.

Commentary: The Best Maintenance Tools May Not Be in the Shop at All Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Editor in chief Deborah Lockridge explains that the most powerful tools you may not be fully taking advantage of in the shop involve information.

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