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

Q&A: TransRisk's Craig Fuller on Creating a Trucking Futures Exchange Craig Fuller Photo: TransRisk

By David Cullen

TransRisk founder and CEO Craig Fuller discusses the first regulated trucking futures exchange his startup is planning to launch.

HDT's 2017 Trailer Update

By Steven Martinez

Our annual roundup of trailer trends and new trailer announcements, from the July issue of HDT.

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.

Departments

Nationwide Rail Services Gains Safety Advantage With Each Drop-And-Hook NRS shared with their insurance company how the SmartValve reduces driver injuries by conducting a live demonstration with the assistance of Rush Truck Centers.

By HDT Staff

Fleet credits electronic height control system with reducing driver injuries and boosting productivity.

Taking Tires for a Test Drive Tread depth measurements and tire condition checks should take place at regular intervals, and all relevant data noted on the evaluation. Photo: Michelin

By Jim Park

If you want to test drive some new tires before you buy — and who wouldn’t — be prepared to invest significant time and energy in the project.

10 Things Drivers Do to Get Pulled Over iStockPhoto

By Mark Abrahamson, HNI

A longtime state patrol officer offers his real-world observations on the most common reasons drivers get pulled over.

Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo's VNR Could be an Urban Legend (in the Making) Volvo’s new VNR 640 with a 61-inch sleeper provides drivers all the comfort and storage options they’ll need for week-long excursions. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

The new VNR line up from Volvo Trucks North America is everything a driver and a fleet could want in an urban or short haul tractor, and then some.

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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