Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en Looking at LTL http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-ltl <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Good tidings seem in order for the LTL segment of the trucking industry, with tonnage volumes increasing &ndash; helped along by a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/truckload-capacity-tightening-viewed-inevitable"><u>growing capacity crunch in the TL sector</u></a> combined with an uptick in <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/re-shoring-getting-more-attention-day"><u>re-shoring activity</u></a> &ndash; which is being followed by rate increases.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/04/ODFL1.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 174px; float: </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-ltl" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-ltl#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:57:00 +0000 122931 at http://fleetowner.com Looking at labor pool trends http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-labor-pool-trends <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Trucking industry workers &ndash; especially drivers &ndash; come from all walks of life nowadays, but there are some broader trends in the labor force that are worth noting as carriers continue to ramp up their recruiting efforts.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/04/View1.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 451px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-labor-pool-trends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-labor-pool-trends#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:24:00 +0000 122791 at http://fleetowner.com Freight factors keep on ripening for trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/freight-factors-keep-ripening-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>While the U.S. economy remains sluggish and a tough nasty winter left much of the nation&rsquo;s highway networks a pot-holed, scrambled mess, things still seem to be looking up for trucking over both the short and long term. Indeed, the freight apple may be about as ripe as it&rsquo;s ever going to get where trucking is concerned.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/04/apple.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 300px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/freight-factors-keep-ripening-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/freight-factors-keep-ripening-trucking#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:51:00 +0000 122661 at http://fleetowner.com Re-shoring getting more attention by the day http://fleetowner.com/blog/re-shoring-getting-more-attention-day <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s more than a bit self-serving study, the <em><u><a href="http://www.entradagroup.com/survey2014">Where in the World</a></u></em> report compiled by the <a href="http://www.entradagroup.com/"><u>Entrada Group</u></a>, as it&rsquo;s a company that helps international manufacturers transition their operations to Mexico. Still, this poll provides some interesting insight as to why a goodly number of small- and mid-size manufacturing executives are now ranking the U.S.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/re-shoring-getting-more-attention-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/re-shoring-getting-more-attention-day#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:40:00 +0000 122541 at http://fleetowner.com Virginia's memorial for fallen highway workers http://fleetowner.com/blog/virginias-memorial-fallen-highway-workers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It sits on a low bluff about two-thirds of the way down Afton Mounting driving east on I-64 at milepost 102: a <a href="http://www.virginiadot.org/about/is-worker-memorial.asp"><u>stone memorial</u></a> flanked by two flagstaffs that bears silent witness to 132 <a href="http://www.virginiadot.org/"><u>Virginia Department of Transportation</u></a> (VDOT) highway workers who lost their lives on the job between 1928 and 2012 (<em>with, sadly,&nbsp;more to be added soon from 2013</em>).<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/04/Memorial7.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 2</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/virginias-memorial-fallen-highway-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/virginias-memorial-fallen-highway-workers#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:32:00 +0000 122191 at http://fleetowner.com Gauging America’s energy future http://fleetowner.com/blog/gauging-america-s-energy-future <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Some good things are happening on the energy front in the U.S. &ndash; perhaps the most critical being that our nation&rsquo;s <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fuel/us-energy-imports-projected-significantly-decline-over-next-two-years"><u>importation of oil</u></a> has reached its lowest level in almost 20 years.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/gauging-america-s-energy-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/gauging-america-s-energy-future#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:28:00 +0000 121821 at http://fleetowner.com Is pay really the answer? http://fleetowner.com/blog/pay-really-answer <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s been a while since <strong>Jerry Osteryoung</strong>, professor emeritus (that means retired) of finance for <strong>Florida State University</strong>, appeared in this space. Yet a column he wrote the other day caught my eye about how incentives don&rsquo;t always motivate people the way we think they do &ndash; especially when it comes to pay.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/04/Osteryoung2.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 299px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/pay-really-answer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/pay-really-answer#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:54:00 +0000 121731 at http://fleetowner.com Money, time, and work http://fleetowner.com/blog/money-time-and-work <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The driver shortage is going to continue vexing the trucking industry for some time to come, if for no other reason than there&rsquo;s no other way to move the bulk goods around America.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/money-time-and-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/money-time-and-work#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:52:00 +0000 121591 at http://fleetowner.com History hits the road http://fleetowner.com/blog/history-hits-road <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The trucking industry in this country is chock full of history: indeed, one need look no further than <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/search/results/Kenworth?solrsort=created%20desc?intlink=incontent" title="" target="_blank">Kenworth</a></span> Truck Co., celebrating its 90<sup>th</sup> anniversary <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/classic-kenworth-trucks"><u>this year</u></a>, or <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/mack-trucks-0?intlink=incontent" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Mack Trucks</a></span> and its iconic Bulldog logo, both of which recently surpassed the 114 year mark in 2014.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/03/Muse3a.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 200px; float: left;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/history-hits-road" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/history-hits-road#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:04:00 +0000 121441 at http://fleetowner.com Taking engines to the next level http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-engines-next-level <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It still surprises me just how much potential yet remains for fuel savings from the tried-and-true diesel engine, invented by now <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Diesel"><u>well over a century ago</u></a>.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/03/Dave3.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 200px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-engines-next-level" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-engines-next-level#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:15:00 +0000 120611 at http://fleetowner.com Trucking job growth: A bellwether for better economic times? http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-job-growth-bellwether-better-economic-times <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Recent transportation industry job growth data analyzed by <a href="http://www.economicmodeling.com/"><u>Economic Modeling Specialists International</u></a> (EMSI) &ndash; a division of <a href="http://www.careerbuilder.com/"><u>CareerBuilder.com</u></a> &ndash; indicates that trucking in particular is generating quite a few openings for big rig operators at a rate not seen since the Great Recession struck back in 2008.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/03/HwyPa.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 301px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-job-growth-bellwether-better-economic-times" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-job-growth-bellwether-better-economic-times#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:24:00 +0000 120461 at http://fleetowner.com Addressing the driver "problem" http://fleetowner.com/blog/addressing-driver-problem <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The recent <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-truckers-20140322,0,2749994.story#axzz2wsHi9hf2"><u>settlement deal</u></a> between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and port trucking form Pacific 9 Transportation is getting a lot of attention in the news, mainly about whether this deal more fully opens the door to union organization efforts among port drivers in Los Angeles and Long beach, which many involved hope could lead to wage increases for said drivers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/addressing-driver-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/addressing-driver-problem#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:07:00 +0000 120351 at http://fleetowner.com Whistling past the graveyard http://fleetowner.com/blog/whistling-past-graveyard <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Back in college (<em>which is now a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away &ndash; pun intended</em>) I majored in history &ndash; specifically U.S. Civil War history &ndash; and perhaps one of the best lessons I gleaned from studying the past is just how fast things can change in in world affairs; usually for the worse, with all sorts of unexpected and dire ripple effects following on.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/03/RussianTroops.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 217px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/whistling-past-graveyard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/whistling-past-graveyard#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:21:00 +0000 120311 at http://fleetowner.com Is it time for an insurance review? http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-time-insurance-review <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Insurance is one of those &ldquo;must haves&rdquo; in the commercial trucking business, not in the least due to all the potential risks truckers face day in and day out &ndash; even going so far as to include <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/considering-insurance-against-cyber-attacks"><u>cyber-attacks</u></a> in the mix.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-time-insurance-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-time-insurance-review#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:21:00 +0000 120141 at http://fleetowner.com Reconciling rate increases with "real pricing" http://fleetowner.com/blog/reconciling-rate-increases-real-pricing <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As we nudge ever so slowly towards spring, we enter the nominal time when the big LTL carriers begin to announce rate increases. This year they&rsquo;re pretty stiff &ndash; ranging from nearly 4% to 5.4% so far &ndash; and one might think that this is a sign that the long-awaited truck freight rate ramp up is here, brought on by tight capacity and a shortage of drivers.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/03/UpsFreight.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 200px; float: left;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/reconciling-rate-increases-real-pricing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/reconciling-rate-increases-real-pricing#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:20:00 +0000 120051 at http://fleetowner.com