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.

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COMPANY: Freymiller Trucking Oklahoma City, OK OPERATION: Refrigerated truckload carrier Dennis Freymiller, vice president Problem: Detention time has
Pay as you go
The state fuel tax system is a cumbersome, inefficient relic long overdue for retirement. What if it could be replaced with a national road user charge
Major HOS impact predicted changes
Scheduled changes in hours-of-service rules for drivers could cut productivity for some fleet operations by as much as 18%, according to an analysis conducted
Century Class gets new look for '04
A restyled front end will offer better cooling capacity and improved headlamp performance for Freightliner Trucks' 2004 Century Class S/T Class 8 tractor.
The process of improvement
The system you use to handle an invoice and cut a check to pay it is a business process, as is the way information and documents move through various
Trucking's pulse
Trucking is a diverse business. In fact, it's more accurate to describe it as a collection of businesses that happen to use trucks rather than as a single,
MobileMax learns to speak
A text-to-voice option for Aether Systems MobileMax wireless communications system will allow drivers to listen to all or part of any messages sent while
GE Tip develops cradle-to-grave trailer management
Combining acquisition, financing and disposition with wireless trailer tracking and mobile maintenance, GE Tip says it is now offering a cradle-to-grave
Major impact predicted for HOS changes
Scheduled changes in hours-of-service rules for drivers could cut productivity for some fleet operations by as much as 18%, according to analysis conducted
Shippers like RFID
The latest survey of shippers by analysts Bear, Stearns and Co. found that 45% have already begun looking at RFID (radio frequency identification) technology
Wait no longer
Driver detention at customer docks is one of those problems everyone talks about, but no one does anything to solve. Well, almost no one. There's at least
MB components add EGR, automated transmission
LAS VEGAS – Both Mercedes-Benz diesel engines sold in Freightliner heavy- and medium-duty trucks will be fitted with cooled EGR (exhaust gas recirculation)
Balancing act
Sometimes we're given so many choices that we don't really have one. Cellphone service is a perfect example. Put together all the variables in hardware,
Trailer Tracking: Ready at last
The basic technology for untethered trailer tracking has been around for at least five years, but transforming the concept from vaporware to practical
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COMPANY: Dallas Independent School District OPERATION: Fleet maintenance for the nation's 12th largest school district Paul Burke, fleet maintenance field
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