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The Bulk-hauling Optimized series also includes shorter VNM tractors that, like VNL versions, come as a daycab and several sleeper types.

Test Drive: Optimized Lightweight VNL

HDT Senior Editor Tom Berg takes Volvo's lightweight Optimized VNL430 for a drive near Volvo's New River Valley plant in Virginia.

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Founded in 1932 as National Hauling, NFI has evolved from a trucking company in a regulated environment into one of the largest privately held supply chain companies in North America.

Truck Fleet Innovators: NFI's Bill Bliem

When Bill Bliem became vice president of maintenance at NFI five years ago, his first priority was to get maintenance costs under control. Then he moved on to fuel efficiency and has made great strides. Read more here.

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PepsiCo is moving to specially spec’d dry van trailers, liftgates and pallets that are preloaded at the warehouse.

Truck Fleet Innovators: PepsiCo's Shelby Green

PepsiCo North America Beverages is revamping the way it delivers its products, moving to specially spec’d dry van trailers, liftgates and pallets that were pre-loaded at the warehouse. It saves work for drivers, saves fuel, and speeds deliveries to customers. One of the leaders of this effort and others is Shelby Green, senior fleet director. Read more here.

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Meijer finished converting its 170-truck fleet of regional daycabs to the 2010 engines last fall, realizing a 47% reduction in particulate matter and a 5% increase in fuel economy.

Truck Fleet Innovators: Meijer's David Hoover

David Hoover, director, outbound Logistics for Meijer, is constantly looking for ways to be more efficient, whether it's more fuel-efficient engines or eliminating empty backhauls. Meijer finished converting its 170-truck fleet of regional daycabs to the 2010 engines last fall, enjoying a 5% increase in fuel economy. Last year the fleet started trading some of those in for the latest EPA/NHTSA 2014 engines in the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution. The new trucks are showing a 12% improvement in fuel economy over the ones they replaced. Read more here.

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Frito-Lay found electric delivery trucks work well in some urban areas.

Truck Fleet Innovators: Frito-Lay's Mike O'Connell

During his first years at Frito-Lay more than 20 years ago, Mike O’Connell was focused on the warehousing end of the distribution business. About eight years ago, with the help of a talented team of engineers and others (who O’Connell is adamant about giving part of the credit for his success), he has turned the Frito-Lay fleet into a model of efficiency and sustainability and today is senior director, supply chain. Read more here.

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Don't let anyone tell you that the classic-styled trucks are dead. Peterbilt's Model 389 drew crowds all weekend, as did Western Star and Kenworth with their long-nose models.

Mid-America Trucking Show 2014, Day 3

Saturday in Louisville, Ky., was windy, blustery and rainy -- great weather for an indoor trade show, not so good for those wanting to see the truck beauty competition outside. Inside it was warm and dry, and attendees got some valuable one-on-one face time with the hundreds of exhibitors.

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Show Trucks at Mid-America Trucking Show

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Competitors at this year's Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Championship at the Mid-America Trucking Show had to deal with some cloudy and rainy weather, but that didn't keep away the more than 100 competitors.

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Day Two of Mid-America

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Day Two of the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., featured more interesting people and products.

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Photo: Evan Lockridge

Mid-America Trucking Show 2014 - Day 1

The official start of the Mid-America Trucking Show kicked off with more press conferences, continued with VIP show hours, and officially opened at 1 p.m. Get a taste of the show with these photos from HDT's editors.

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Photo: Evan Lockridge

Mid-America Trucking Show 2014 Pre-Show

The annual Mid-America Trucking Show is being held this week in Louisville, Kentucky. Trucking journalists and trucking enthusiasts are excited to see what's new in trucking. The day before the show kicked off, press conferences and the Fleet Forum provided plenty of pre-show information.

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