Sean Kilcarr

Executive 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.

Memorial Day Truck Tribute

In honor of Memorial Day, truck maker Autocar, based out of Hagerstown, IN, dug into its historical files to put together a sampling of the military vehicles it helped build in support of the U.S. military; an effort that spans from World War I to the present day. (All photos courtesy of Autocar)

Dealing with trucking’s information explosion

Capturing and leveraging information to provide faster yet more efficient freight service is only the start of what motor carriers can do with “Big Data,” according to a group of industry experts gathered together at the ALK 2016 Technology Summit in Philadelphia this week.

Figuring out how to find and keep workers in trucking 1

Pay is far more important to drivers than trucking likes to admit. Motor carriers may need to create new job titles and emphasize breadth of responsibility in order to attract and keep Millennials in administrative roles. A major “generation gap” exists between older and younger truck drivers, especially in regards to technology, but both pools suffer from poor training and management tactics.

Those are just some of the major issues touched on by a variety of panels and breakout sessions during the 2016 ALK Technology Summit, held in Philadelphia, PA, this week.

ALK 2016 Tech Summit

The 2016 ALK Technology Summit focused on a range of issues affecting trucking: how to manage and profit from big data; new tactics for finding and keeping workers for all positions within motor carrier operations; how different safety technologies and strategies can benefit trucking companies large and small; even a lesson in true grit shared by one of the oldest rookies ever to play in the NFL. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Mobility in Philly

They say it takes a village to raise a child in the modern era. But to move people and goods around today's jam-packed urban centers, it takes an army of trucks and buses, as this short tour of Philadelphia - know as the "city of brotherly love," except when NFL rivals come to town - demonstrates. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Green Drives event highlights advantages of alternative propulsion

Over 200 fleet managers, corporate executives, alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) suppliers, and clean energy experts descended on 2016 Green Drives Convention and Expo held this week at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) conference center in Naperville, IL.

The 2016 Green Drives Conference

The 2016 Green Drives Conference and Expo - the fifth such annual event co-hosted by the Chicago, Wisconsin and South Shore Clean Cities groups - displayed a host of alternatively-powered trucks and cars at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Conference Center in Naperville, IL. Over 200 fleets managers representing commercial, government, and municipal operations, along with vehicle suppliers, fuel providers, and c;ean energy experts attended the one-day event to get a hands-on look at some of the latest technologies being deployed in the alternative fuel vehicle arena.

MEMA showcases vehicle safety systems

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) hosted a ride and drive demonstration event at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. this week to showcase the development and deployment of a host of vehicle safety systems – especially truck-focused safety technologies such as automatic emergency braking (AEB).

Trailer orders stay strong but for how long?

Preliminary net trailer orders for April reached 17,200 units, according to data tracked by ACT Research, which is a 15% increase from March’s order rate of 14,981 units. Yet that is about 5% below the order rate of 17,992 units achieved in April last year

Michael Baudendistel, vice president of Stifel Financial Corp.’s transportation & logistics research group, noted in a statement that

MEMA 2016 Ride and Drive

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association hosted a ride and drive event in the shadow of RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. to show off a variety of vehicle safety systems to legislators, regulators, and journalists. Despite the rain, demonstrations of automatic emergency braking systems for both commercial trucks and passenger cars went forward as planned - showing off their performance capability in adverse weather conditions - while tents provided cover for static displays of other technologies. (All photos by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Bendix Test Drive at MEMA

At the 2016 Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association ride and drive event at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C., a variety of suppliers showed off the latest and greatest in vehicle safety technology. Fred Andersky, director of customer solutions & marketing for Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, provided a live demonstration of the company's Wingman Fusion truck safety system to journalists attending the MEMA event - with the rain and wet pavement helping illustrate the ability of the Wingman Fusion technology package to function in adverse conditions.

U.S. fuel prices continue climbing

Average retail prices for diesel and gasoline continued to increase this week in the U.S. according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), with the agency noting that global oil supply is going to be affected by the massive wildfire sweeping through Alberta, Canada, shutting down most of the area’s oil sands production activity.

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