February 2017

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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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Commentary: The Delicate Truck Driver

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.

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Driver Wellness Starts at Work

Photo: Melton Truck Lines

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.

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Knowing Isn't Fixing

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?

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The Quest for Uptime

While the complexity is increasing, the reliability of the current generation of trucks and...

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.

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Tried and True Tire Repairs

The first, and most crucial step in any tire repair process is to completely remove any foreign...

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.

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Cargo Securement: What You Need to Know

Belly strapping: The lower stack of this load was secured before the top stack was placed aboard...

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.

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UPS Team Tackles Complex Cross-Border Logistics

UPS has operated in Mexico for 25 years. Photo: UPS

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.

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HDT Top 20 Products of 2017

HDT Top 20 Products of 2017

Each year, HDT’s editors spend a lot of time going to press conferences and combing through news releases on the latest new products for trucking. At the end of the year, they identify the very best of the past year’s introductions to come up with our Top 20 Products. This is HDT's list of the Top 20 Products of 2017.