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Making Safety a Priority

Making Safety a Priority

In 2012, Verst Group Logistics had zero Department of Transportation recordable accidents. In 2013, to prove the previous year wasn’t just a fluke, Verst only had one DOT-recordable accident. How did this Kentucky-based logistics provider, with a fleet of 90 power units and 250 trailers, attain such a low number of accidents?

May 1, 2014

Improving Your Trailer Appearance
Wide, Heavy and High, Oh My

Wide, Heavy and High, Oh My

After traveling more than 124 million miles in space, the Space Shuttle Endeavour had one more 14.2-mile journey to make through the streets of Los Angeles to its final resting space at the California Science Center.

February 28, 2014

Trailers: Save Pounds By Looking Down

Trailers: Save Pounds By Looking Down

As fleets everywhere work on cutting fuel expenses, one strategy is shedding pounds anywhere they can stand to lose them. “Most fleets that are fuel conscientious are weight conscientious. The heavier the unit weighs, the higher cost per mile to operate it."

February 5, 2014

Controlling Business Costs, Part 2: Worker's Comp

Controlling Business Costs, Part 2: Worker's Comp

One of the best ways to lower your worker's comp costs is by reducing the number of incidents. Being proactive about safety is a fleet's best defense against worker's comp claims.

December 10, 2013

Controlling Business Costs, Part 1: Vehicle Insurance

Controlling Business Costs, Part 1: Vehicle Insurance

When it comes to trimming the fat out of a fleet's budget, the largest focus tends to be on the largest costs on the balance sheet: fuel, equipment and drivers. But these are not the only areas where dollars can be saved. This web-only series offers tips for savings in insurance, worker's comp and healthcare costs.

December 9, 2013

4 Trends in Liquid  Tank Trailers

4 Trends in Liquid Tank Trailers

From federal regulations to spec’ing a new liquid tank trailer, there are many specific concerns for the liquid bulk tank truck industry.

November 26, 2013

Tips for Maintaining Trailer Floors

Tips for Maintaining Trailer Floors

When it comes to maintaining your dry van hardwood or composite trailer floor, fleet maintenance managers should follow the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared.

October 14, 2013

Life in the Refrigerated Business

Life in the Refrigerated Business

From a very young age, Ralph Moyle was drawn to trucking. So when given the chance, he didn’t let the lack of a driver’s license – or the fact that he was only 14 years old – stand in his way.

October 7, 2013

Biodiesel: A Drop-in Solution for Going Green

Biodiesel: A Drop-in Solution for Going Green

While natural gas has pushed its way to center stage in the alternative fuels discussion, the investment in equipment and infrastructure make it less than appealing to many fleets. However, anyone who is currently running on diesel fuel can easily switch to a greener alternative without that type of up-front investment. They simply have to fill up their fuel tank with biodiesel.

October 3, 2013

The Current State of the Dry Bulk Business

The Current State of the Dry Bulk Business

During the early years of the Great Recession, almost all trailer manufacturers experienced a sharp drop in demand for their wares. Dry bulk pneumatic trailers, however, were about to get a boon. Read more about the state of the dry bulk pneumatic trailer segment, how fracking has affected the industry, plus trailer-spec’ing tips.

September 9, 2013

Being Healthy Behind the Wheel

Being Healthy Behind the Wheel

Gaston Töpfer, a long-haul driver with Erb Transport, has plans to run a half marathon. On its own, that may not sound terribly impressive. It’s pretty amazing if you know that not so many months ago, Töpfer was having trouble playing with his kids for more than a few minutes due to his weight.

July 29, 2013

Trailer Update

Trailer Update

Whether it's dumps or dry vans, flatbeds or tank trailers, trailer makers have been focusing on making trailers lighter to improve freight capacity and fuel efficiency, safer for drivers, and stronger to extend the trailer’s life cycle. We contacted trailer manufacturers and learned about the latest in trailers, manufacturing, product innovations and corporate news.

July 29, 2013

Owner-Operators of Today and Yesteryear

Owner-Operators of Today and Yesteryear

A lot can change in 10 years, and for the average owner-operator, a lot has changed. Todd Amen, CEO of ATBS, recently presented at TCA's Refrigerated Division Annual Meeting on how the owner-operator and his world has transformed in a decade's time.

July 16, 2013

Trailers: The Next Generation

Trailers: The Next Generation

There aren’t many things less aerodynamic than a box. And a dry van trailer is basically a 53-foot box on wheels. The drag caused by that box and its effect on fuel economy is a challenge that has been taken up by the SuperTruck program.

July 8, 2013