HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

July 2017

Cover Story By Denise Rondini
Evaluating Options for Outside Service

Turnaround time, competency of technicians, and cost are just a few of the factors that go into a fleet’s decision to outsource maintenance and repair.

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Features

HDT's 2017 Trailer Update

By Steven Martinez

If tractors with their powerful diesel engines, sophisticated automated manual transmissions, and well-appointed cabs are the lifeblood of the trucking industry, then trailers, sturdy and utilitarian, are the blood type.

Demise of the Dumb Dump Truck Dump trucks have always been tough. But today, they’re getting increasingly smarter as well. Photo: Mack

By Jack Roberts

Today’s dump trucks are smart, connected and integrated — but still tough enough to handle heavy loads in tough working conditions.

ELDs Don't Have to Be a Productivity Killer It may turn out that the ELD mandate that hits in December will not have much further impact on driver productivity as so many fleets have already made adjustments to their operations.  Photos: iStockPhoto

By Evan Lockridge

There are steps fleets can take to offset productivity losses that can occur with the mandatory move to electronic logging devices.

Getting Smart in the Warehouse Amazon has been using these small orange warehouse robots for several years to make picking much faster, increasing their number every year. Photo: Amazon

By David Cullen

The surge in e-commerce orders is recasting the role warehousing plays in the supply chain. Part six of our Trucking in the 21st Century series.

Editorials

Commentary: Finding a Good Fit When Selecting a Service Provider Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

For outsourcing to be successful the fleet has to find a provider that is a good fit for its operation. While there is no quick formula you can use to find the perfect company, there are some actions you can take that will get you close to finding the service provider that will mesh best with your operation, writes Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini,

Commentary: What Happens to SmartWay With EPA Under Fire? Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Looks like SmartWay’s days are numbered, if not those of the entire Environmental Protection Agency, but we shouldn't be especially sad if EPA budget cuts kill SmartWay. We have options, writes Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

Commentary: Large and Small, Fleets Focus on the Driver Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

At Halvor and Swift, a focus has been placed on the driver to improve retention, writes Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge.

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