HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

April 2018

Cover Story By Jim Beach
What You Need to Know About Data in the Cloud

Trucking companies generate massive amounts of data. Even if your operation still runs the bulk of your business on servers based on-site, chances are you still have data collected in the cloud — whether you are aware of it or not.

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Features

What Top Dealers Can Tell Us About Trucking Trends The Truck Dealer of the Year award honors excellence in business practices, industry leadership, and community service.

By Denise Rondini

Connectivity, spec’ing trends, market disruptions, and market conditions are among the issues challenging dealers and their customers. We got insights from the nominees for the Truck Dealer of the Year award, presented by American Truck Dealers, Heavy Duty Trucking, and Procede Software.

Should Fleets Own or Lease Trucks? Trucking fleets are looking more closely at all their options, from outright ownership to finance leasing to full-service leasing, even opting to own some trucks while leasing others. Photo: Daimler Truck Financial

By David Cullen

More fleets are looking more closely at all their options, from outright ownership to finance leasing to full-service leasing, even opting to own some trucks while leasing others.

Departments

What's Wrecking Your Tires? Tire service providers and retreaders can be a great source of failure analysis if the unit number and wheel position are tracked. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Since tires rarely self-destruct, there is always a smoking gun, and it’s in your best interest to find it. You do that through failure analysis.

Vinyl Graphics Add Charity Awareness – and Revenue Mike Culbertson collaborated on this “Fight for the Cure” design for a new Alfab aluminum dump body aboard a Peterbilt Model 567 chassis. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

An Ohio fleet is using vinyl graphics to increase company visibility and raise awareness for charities.

How Low Can Flatbeds Go? While the flatbed market looks strong early in 2018, recent moves by the Trump administration could drive prices up and affect supply later in the year. Photo: East Manufacturing

By Jack Roberts

As fleets demand ever-lighter flatbeds, trailer suppliers examine every aspect of designs to trim unwanted weight.

Test Drives

Test Drive: International's Driver-Centric LT The 2018 LT from International is close to 10% more fuel efficient than a 2015 ProStar, 500 pounds lighter, and much more driver-centric. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

International’s new LT highway tractor may look much like the 11-year-old ProStar it replaces, but the resemblance is barely skin deep.

Editorials

Commentary: Creating a Better Technician Training Ecosystem Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

If you want a better technician training ecosystem, sometimes you have to go out and make it happen. That's what some manufacturers created in California's Central Valley.

Commentary: Being Green Goes Beyond Low Emissions Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Is being green just a matter of buying the latest trucks with hyper-compliant engines? Of spec’ing the latest in aerodynamics? It’s both, of course – and much more besides says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Commentary: Don’t Let Fear of Change Mire You in Mediocrity What happens when your shop has to maintain electric bikes like this UPS one in Portland, Oregon? It's just one example of how things are changing. Photo: UPS

By Deborah Lockridge

Some fleets may feel overwhelmed by all the new technology coming at them because they don’t have the expertise. Let’s face it, at the rate new technology is rolling in, no one really has the expertise yet, says Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her April editorial.

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