Trucking Straight Talk http://fleetowner.com/blog/25141/feed Trucking Straight Talk is designed to engage readers with fresh insight and thoughts on topics important to all the players in the trucking industry. en Cutting the costs associated with work absences http://fleetowner.com/blog/cutting-costs-associated-work-absences <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There is no question that workers&rsquo; comp claims in an industry such as trucking are a concern for any human resource manager. With drivers spending nearly their entire work shifts sitting in a truck seat bouncing up and down and dock workers quickly moving freight from one trailer to another, the potential for injury is very real.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/cutting-costs-associated-work-absences" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/cutting-costs-associated-work-absences#comments News Safety Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:07:00 +0000 135311 at http://fleetowner.com What can be learned from FedEx Ground’s independent contractor model http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-can-be-learned-fedex-ground-s-independent-contractor-model <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal yesterday said that FedEx Ground&rsquo;s classification of some 2,300 employees as independent contractors is wrong.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-can-be-learned-fedex-ground-s-independent-contractor-model" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-can-be-learned-fedex-ground-s-independent-contractor-model#comments Equipment Fleet Management News Regulations Trucking Straight Talk Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:48:00 +0000 135051 at http://fleetowner.com Commercial drivers face a global image problem http://fleetowner.com/blog/commercial-drivers-face-global-image-problem <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Richard Madison, a marketing executive from Sussex Signs, a British company, was kind enough to send me an infographic recently about what he says are interesting views of the commercial van driver in that country.</p> <p>Madison thought Fleet Owner&rsquo;s readers here in the U.S. might be interested in some of the findings.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/commercial-drivers-face-global-image-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/commercial-drivers-face-global-image-problem#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:44:00 +0000 133641 at http://fleetowner.com Why trucking needs to care about augmented reality http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-trucking-needs-care-about-augmented-reality <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Recently, I wrote about the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/drones-are-coming-take-your-job">potential of drone use in transportation</a>. Amazon is just one of the companies exploring the use of drones for delivery applications. Qimarox, a manufacturer based in Harderwijk, Netherlands, released a video showing its <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/drones-are-coming-take-your-job">vision for drones in building pallets</a> within the warehouse environment.</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG3Frwaa47E">Click here to see a video of Qimarox&rsquo;s vision</a>)</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-trucking-needs-care-about-augmented-reality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-trucking-needs-care-about-augmented-reality#comments Equipment Fleet Management News Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:12:00 +0000 132181 at http://fleetowner.com Breaking the barriers to a brighter future http://fleetowner.com/blog/breaking-barriers-brighter-future <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>With plenty of talk about <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-handel/how-do-we-know-driverless_b_5549658.html">driverless and autonomous vehicles</a> such as Google&rsquo;s driverless car, Amazon&rsquo;s <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/drones-are-coming-take-your-job">package delivery by drone concept</a>, and other such technological achievements, it&rsquo;s important to remember that while many of these final products are years, if not decades, away, they provide an important base on which to build technologies that can help almost immediately.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/breaking-barriers-brighter-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/breaking-barriers-brighter-future#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:49:00 +0000 130641 at http://fleetowner.com Taking a Swedish view of American trucks http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-swedish-view-american-trucks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The MB&amp;F M.A.D. Gallery (Mechanical Art Devices) is showing the work of Swiss photographer Ulysse Fr&eacute;chelin. What makes this particular exhibit noteworthy to American truck enthusiasts is the subject of the work &ndash; American trucks.</p> <p>The collection of eight photographs on display are part of a limited edition book created by Fr&eacute;chelin which displays his unique view of American trucks and trucking. The book, which features 100 such photos, all numbered and signed, is simply called &ldquo;American Trucks.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-swedish-view-american-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-swedish-view-american-trucks#comments Equipment News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:24:00 +0000 130241 at http://fleetowner.com You can make a truck driver rest, but you can’t make him sleep http://fleetowner.com/blog/you-can-make-truck-driver-rest-you-can-t-make-him-sleep <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Following the weekend crash in New Jersey that <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/will-walmart-truckers-crash-thwart-hos-reform-drive">killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured Tracy Morgan</a>, the drumbeat for cracking down on truckers has struck a new chord. Safety groups and politicians have filled the airwaves and mainstream media outlets with the dire warnings of more crashes and deaths to come because of the roadway dangers posed by overtired truckers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/you-can-make-truck-driver-rest-you-can-t-make-him-sleep" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/you-can-make-truck-driver-rest-you-can-t-make-him-sleep#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:36:00 +0000 128051 at http://fleetowner.com Love's blooms again in Oklahoma http://fleetowner.com/blog/loves-blooms-again-oklahoma <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Back in 2010, the Love&rsquo;s Travel Stop along I-40 in Oklahoma City was destroyed by a devastating tornado. Miraculously, none of the 80 or so people who took shelter inside the location were injured.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/loves-blooms-again-oklahoma" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/loves-blooms-again-oklahoma#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 28 May 2014 14:55:00 +0000 126691 at http://fleetowner.com Put down the phone and promise to drive distraction free http://fleetowner.com/blog/put-down-phone-and-promise-drive-distraction-free <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>In 2012, nearly 3,400 people (3,328, actually) died in <a href="http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/facts-and-statistics.html">distraction-affected crashes</a>, according to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT). An estimated 421,000 people were injured in crashes that involved a distracted driver. Approximately 660,000 drivers use a cell phone for talking or texting at ANY GIVEN MOMENT in time across the country.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s 660,000 people that could be causing a crash &ndash; right now.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/put-down-phone-and-promise-drive-distraction-free" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/put-down-phone-and-promise-drive-distraction-free#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:37:00 +0000 122891 at http://fleetowner.com Fleet Advantage launches charity program to assist kids in need http://fleetowner.com/blog/fleet-advantage-launches-charity-program-assist-kids-need <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Many companies have charitable hearts. Some publicize them, some don&rsquo;t. I find it particularly heart-warming when companies donate to children&rsquo;s causes, because as the song goes, &ldquo;children are our future.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/fleet-advantage-launches-charity-program-assist-kids-need" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/fleet-advantage-launches-charity-program-assist-kids-need#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:12:00 +0000 122531 at http://fleetowner.com