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.

Articles
September 19, 2014: DOT sued; ABC promises expose on truckers; FedEx Freight profits soaring

Here is a look at what is happening around the world of trucking today:

Data reveals huge truck driver hiring gap

Job posting data collected and analyzed by CareerBuilder indicates a strong and steady gap between the availability of truck driver positions and actual hires to fill them has developed over the last year and should continue for the foreseeable future.

September 18, 2014: Ram Trucks paying off for Chrysler; fighting food trucks; improving logistics

Here is a look at what is happening around the world of trucking today:

September 17, 2014: A trucking nightmare; Daimler hits the hardwood; transportation merger

Here is a look at what is happening today in the world of trucking:

CSA compliance critical, says McLeod trucking panel

Sticking closely to the rules of the Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program is vital in order for trucking companies and drivers alike to maintain a viable future in the freight hauling business, for acquiring even a modest series of CSA violations can “entrap” both in an enforcement web that can almost impossible to escape.

That’s one of the lessons shared during a CSA-focused trucking panel at the 2014 McLeod Software User Conference this week, being held at the National Harbor resort located just outside Washington D.C.

EIA expects fuel prices to keep falling

Recent analysis released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts a continued decline in diesel and gasoline prices for the rest of 2014, primarily due to declines in global crude oil prices.

After reaching a summer peak of $3.70 per gallon in late June, U.S. average regular gasoline retail prices fell to $3.45 per gallon by the end of August, the agency said – the lowest price on the Monday before Labor Day since 2010.

McLeod Software's 2014 User Conference

McLeod Softeware held its 2014 User Conference at the National Harbor resort complex just outside of Washington, D.C., with the theme "The Connected Enterprise" illustrating how next generation information technology (IT) offerings can further the efficiency and profitability of the trucking industry.

Chevron introduces new 15W-30 engine oil blend

A new patent-pending 15W-30 engine oil blend is being officially introduced by Chevron Products Co. this week – developed specifically for the on- and off-road truck markets as well as agricultural and construction equipment applications.

Peterbilt unveils autonomous truck project

At the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s 2014 World Congress being held in Detroit this week, Peterbilt Motors Co. unveiled a Model 579 concept truck that features autonomous or self-driving capabilities – yet ones designed to help, not replace, drivers.

House cleaning 

Manager: Hayden Eady

Title: Professional driver & maintenance manager

Fleet: Detroit Radiator Corp.

Operation: Operating and maintaining a tractor trailer-based mobile trade show exhibit
 

Problem:

Parts: Data connection 

As technology continues to beef up the types and volume of data that can be extracted from trucks and trailers alike—largely in real-time—the way fleets and even dealerships manage parts is changing as well.

Insurance: You can’t avoid risk 

The potential dangers drivers face day-in and day-out on the highway put every trucking business at risk. One misstep and years of hard work and profits can be wiped out. And with the growing dangers posed by online cyber criminals, fleets are now facing even more, and often hidden, dangers. That’s why insurance is one of those must-have items for anyone operating a commercial trucking business.

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