Sean Kilcarr

Sean
Kilcarr
Senior Editor

Sean reports and comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry -- light and medium duty fleets up through over-the-road truckload, less-than-truckload, and private fleet operations Also be sure to visit Sean's blog Trucks at Work where he offers analysis on a variety of different topics inside the trucking industry.

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Holidays becoming prime time for cargo theft

Cargo thieves are beginning to more frequently target freight during the holidays as increased volumes combined with more demanding delivery times and tight capacity often results in a “relaxation” of theft prevention protocols.

NACFE report highlights savings potential of AMTs

The latest confidence report released by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) analyzes the potential benefits automated manual transmissions (AMTs) offer fleets, starting with what the group calls a “conservative” fuel saving estimate of 1% to 3%.

ProMaster City ride and drive part 2

Part of the Ram Truck ProMaster City van ride and drive took place on a closed-performance course mapped out on one of the movie set lots at Troublemaker Studios, which is located just outside the city limits of Austin, TX. Journalists tested the van's handling, manueverability, acceleration, braking, and other features on the course.

ProMaster City ride and drive part 1

Ram Trucks recently invited journalists to Austin, TX, to test drive pre-production versions of its new ProMaster City van projected to start shipping to commercial dealerships in the first quarter of 2015.

Climbing freight coupled to tight capacity making shippers uneasy

As freight volumes continue to climb while trucking capacity shrinks is raising more hackles among shippers, according to a range of analysts.

“The shippers we work with are extremely concerned about the macro-economic situation,” Mike Mulqueen, senior director of product management for Manhattan Associates, told Fleet Owner.

The History of the Hess Toy Truck

Back in 1933, Leon Hess, then aged just 19, formed Hess Inc. and purchased a 1926 second-hand 615-gallon oil delivery truck and begins residential delivery, seven days a week, near his home in Asbury Park, NJ. Over the next two decades, with experience gleaned as a petroleum supply officer in the U.S. Army, Hess made his company into a major oil refinery and distribution powerhouse. In 1960, though, when Hess opened his first gasoline filling station, it was common practice to give customers a gift with their fuel purchase.

Pix: 1967 Dodge A100 van

From 1964 until 1970, Chrysler Corp. built the A100 line of compact vans and trucks, marketing them in the U.S. under its Dodge nameplate, with the Canadian version under its then-named Fargo line. Chrysler's Ram Truck division displayed the restored 1967 model A100 shown here during a ride and drive event to highlight the OEM's new ProMaster City van; an event held at the Troublemaker Studios movie lot outside of Austin TX.

 

 

Pix: 2014 Rush Tech Rodeo Winners

The annual Rush Truck Centers (RTC) Technician Skills Rodeo pitted 150 semi-finalists against one another across 19 competition categories encompassing parts management, medium-duty diagnostics and repair, heavy-duty diagnostics and repair, body repair and painting, plus several "specialty" divisions devoted to school bus, refuse, and natural gas applications. Some 22 technicians made it to the final round, competing for just over $200,000 worth of cash bonuses and prizes.

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