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How Technology Can Make You Greener

How Technology Can Make You Greener

Trucking operations generally don’t invest in technology with the sole purpose of becoming “greener.” For most fleets, the decision is prompted by a desire to improve operational efficiencies, customer service and the bottom line.

July 9, 2013

5 Ways Software Can Improve Your Bottom Line

5 Ways Software Can Improve Your Bottom Line

It's a rare heavy-duty service shop or parts warehouse/distributor that doesn't use some kind of computer software in its operation. It might be as simple as an accounting package such as QuickBooks, or as complex as a full-featured industry-specific enterprise management package.

June 19, 2013

Questions Continue about CSA; Logs, Lamps Top CSA Violations

Questions Continue about CSA; Logs, Lamps Top CSA Violations

“CSA has had an effect on safety, but people want to make sure their scores are correct and fair,” said Rob Abbott, vice president of safety policy, American Trucking Associations during an update on the program at the recent Zonar user’s conference held in San Antonio last week. Also part of the update, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance head Steve Keppler went over the top CSA violations.

May 22, 2013

Telematics Unchained

Telematics Unchained

You probably have a pretty good idea what a telematics system is, even if you don't know it by that name. You may know it as a fleet management system or GPS fleet management system or GPS vehicle tracking system.

May 22, 2013

FMCSA Safety Chief Opens Zonar User Conference

FMCSA Safety Chief Opens Zonar User Conference

You'd better be getting ready for new hours of service rules that go into effect July 1, to be followed by proposed rules for electronic logs. That, along with an emphasis on enforcement, was the message from Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in his keynote speech for Zonar Systems' inaugural users’ conference.

May 16, 2013

Regulatory Climate Explored at Zonar Conference

Regulatory Climate Explored at Zonar Conference

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a number of proposed rules scheduled for this summer, including establishing a drug and alcohol database, mandatory speed limiters and prohibiting driver coercion. However, proposals on electronic logs, entry-level driver training and safety fitness probably won't be unveiled as scheduled, according to a panel discussion May 15 during Zonar's inaugural user's conference.

May 16, 2013

Management Software: No Longer Islands of Automation

Management Software: No Longer Islands of Automation

Whether you call it a trucking management system, fleet management software, trucking enterprise software or a freight management system, in a nutshell, these systems manage vehicles (and the things on them), people and money.

May 3, 2013

High-tech Savings at the Fuel Island

High-tech Savings at the Fuel Island

Truckstop operators have always used technology to meet customer needs and remain competitive. From relatively low-tech devices such as pay phones and fax machines to high-tech services such as wireless Internet access, shore power connections and smart phone apps, truckstops remain places drivers can connect — with both the office and home.

April 8, 2013

The Art & Science of Routing

The Art & Science of Routing

Whether truckload, LTL, local delivery or any other type of operation, all fleets want the same thing: to get their work done as quickly and as safely possible while burning as little fuel as possible.

February 26, 2013

Document Management on the Road

Document Management on the Road

Although technology has been able to reduce the trucking industry's reliance on paper, it hasn't been able to completely cut it out. Paperwork still has to be signed and submitted before a carrier or driver can get paid.

February 11, 2013

5 things you should know about cloud computing

5 things you should know about cloud computing

Cloud computing has been getting a lot of attention in the information technology space. Before you put your head in the cloud, though, there are some things you should understand about the concept of cloud computing

November 2, 2012

What HD Distributors Should Know About Cloud Computing

What HD Distributors Should Know About Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has been getting a lot of attention in the information technology space. Before you put your head in the cloud, though, there are some things you should understand about the concept of cloud computing

October 23, 2012

Integration is the Name of the Game

ORLANDO, Fla. - News from TMW System's Transforum 2012 User Conference this week included a number of new integrations between TMW's products and other technology providers

September 25, 2012