Jim Mele


Nationally recognized journalist, author and editor, Jim Mele joined Fleet Owner in 1986 with over a dozen years’ experience covering transportation as a newspaper reporter and magazine staff writer. Fleet Owner Magazine has won over 45 national editorial awards since his appointment as editor-in-chief in 1999.

Reach out with email
Nearly everyone gets them email newsletters offering a quick, convenient way to stay on top of news and information. But have you ever considered publishing
An old idea is reborn
As we go to press, crude oil prices are climbing toward the $40-a-barrel mark, and retail prices for diesel in the U.S. have hit an all-time high. Combine
Security isn't simple
The most effective way to protect a truck from hijackers, thieves and terrorists is to lock it and watch it. It's a simple enough recipe, and that may
More than a Map
Calculating routes and mileages is one of the most routine activities in the trucking business. It's so routine that many fleets overlook the value and
A car story
The European automotive market may seem to have almost nothing to do with trucking here in the U.S., but if your business relies on continued access to
The price is right
Discounts are a way of life in the trucking business, attracting cargo to fill excess capacity. But what if you're using discounts to chase volume that
Ready for recovery
It's been a rough 18 months, combining rising fuel costs, shrinking freight levels, a major upheaval in equipment purchasing plans and sobering increases
Remote access for Keypoint
The new version 1.2 of the Keypoint for Carriers transportation management software package offer secure remote access for fleet managers on the road
MobileMax adds geofencing
Proximity Alert offers automatic notification in real-time when trucks equipped with the MobileMax multi-mode wireless communications system enter or
Castrol releases full synthetic diesel oil
The first 5W-30 fully synthetic diesel engine oil with CI-4 certification, Castrol Elixion will improve fuel economy, reduce oil consumption, allow extended
Electronic document venture launched
A system for creating original electronic shipping documents is the goal for a new joint project by wireless provider PeopleNet Communications and TMI,
Can the logbook
For the last two months I've argued that our ancient hours-of-service regulations don't work and that changing them could damage the industry. So how
Cummins to consolidate heavy-duty engine plants
Cummins Inc. said today that it would consolidate its heavy-duty engine assembly and test operations into its Jamestown, NY engine plant by closing engine
Freightliner restructuring ahead of schedule
DaimlerChysler's efforts to restructure its Freightliner division is ahead of schedule, according to Eckhard Cordes, head of the German firm's Commercial
Volvo unveils next generation VN
The next generation of over-the-road trucks from Volvo Trucks North America has been designed from the ground up to accommodate the new low-emission diesel
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