Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en Can regulations really improve fuel economy? http://fleetowner.com/blog/can-regulations-really-improve-fuel-economy <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="http://www.voanews.com/a/on-michigan-trip-trump-to-hit-brakes-on-tougher-fuel-efficiency-standards/3766634.html">rollback of light vehicle fuel economy standards</a> by the Trump administration is yet again putting the focus on determining whether regulatory activity truly benefits car and truck operators.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/can-regulations-really-improve-fuel-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/can-regulations-really-improve-fuel-economy#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:46:00 +0000 214611 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner.</p> A look into trucking’s Oompa-Loompa files http://fleetowner.com/blog/look-trucking-s-oompa-loompa-files <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Now, no one panic! This isn&rsquo;t the beginning of an ode to that 1971 classic movie <em><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Wonka_%26_the_Chocolate_Factory">Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory</a></em> and the oddest of its characters, the Oompa-Loompas.</p> <p>[<em>I&rsquo;ll admit I got a little wigged out when I first saw these orange creatures with the green hairdos, let me tell you</em>.]</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PZhs7w-FzeI" width="560"></iframe></p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/look-trucking-s-oompa-loompa-files" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/look-trucking-s-oompa-loompa-files#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:51:00 +0000 214461 at http://fleetowner.com Safety technology? Great. Self-driving technology? Not so much. http://fleetowner.com/blog/safety-technology-great-self-driving-technology-not-so-much <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Re-insurance giant <a href="https://www.munichre.com/us/property-casualty/business-solutions/innovation/solutions/mobility/index.html">Munich Re</a> recently conducted a survey among 1,001 U.S.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/safety-technology-great-self-driving-technology-not-so-much" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/safety-technology-great-self-driving-technology-not-so-much#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:19:00 +0000 214281 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo courtesy of Google</p> It’s not a lock that good times lay ahead for trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-s-not-lock-good-times-lay-ahead-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There are certainly good trend lines developing for trucking right now &ndash; orders are strengthening nicely for <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/truck-orders-kept-ticking-january#slide-0-field_images-211241">trucks</a> and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/trailer-orders-stay-healthy-february">trailers</a>, for starters &ndash; but others aren&rsquo;t quite so positive, especially where <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/no-freight-rate-increases-forecasted-yet-trucking">freight rates</a> are concerned.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-s-not-lock-good-times-lay-ahead-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-s-not-lock-good-times-lay-ahead-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:58:00 +0000 214201 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner.</p> Not to make fun of YRC’s trucks, but … http://fleetowner.com/blog/not-make-fun-yrc-s-trucks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s becoming a noted axiom in trucking these days that new trucks, despite an often <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-rigs-big-costs">bigger sticker price</a>, offer <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/fine-tuning-trade-cycles">better fuel economy and overall improvement in life cycle costs</a> versus older equipment.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/not-make-fun-yrc-s-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/not-make-fun-yrc-s-trucks#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:35:00 +0000 214011 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo courtesy of YRC Freight.</p> Do shippers really desire more innovative freight service? http://fleetowner.com/blog/do-shippers-really-desire-more-innovative-freight-service <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s a thought: as the transportation and logistics industry tries to ramp up its freight service with &ldquo;innovation&rdquo; largely in the form of new technologies and systems, there may be a large slice of shippers that want nothing to do with any of it.</p> <p>In fact, an abundance of such &ldquo;traditional-minded&rdquo; shippers could act as a brake of sorts on innovation in the freight world.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/do-shippers-really-desire-more-innovative-freight-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/do-shippers-really-desire-more-innovative-freight-service#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:21:00 +0000 213861 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner.</p> No freight rate increases forecasted yet for trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/no-freight-rate-increases-forecasted-yet-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Demand for trucking and logistics services is strong and continuing to soar, according to a variety of metrics tracked by <a href="http://www.stifel.com/">Stifel Capital Markets</a>, but if motor carriers expect this trend to lay the groundwork for rate increases, don&rsquo;t hold your breath.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/no-freight-rate-increases-forecasted-yet-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/no-freight-rate-increases-forecasted-yet-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000 213761 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner.</p> Procuring higher quality replacement truck parts http://fleetowner.com/blog/procuring-higher-quality-replacement-truck-parts <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The quest to obtain good quality replacement parts for newer and older model trucks, much less for trailers and other trucking equipment, at prices that don&rsquo;t break a fleet&rsquo;s wallet is never-ending in this industry.</p> <p>[<em>That also includes efforts to stymie the ongoing problem of <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/curse-counterfeiting-continues">counterfeit parts</a>, which affects a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/counter-attacking-counterfeit-parts">whole host of industries</a> including trucking</em>.]</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/procuring-higher-quality-replacement-truck-parts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/procuring-higher-quality-replacement-truck-parts#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:36:00 +0000 213721 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner.</p> Will a lack of technology skills hamper trucking? http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-lack-technology-skills-hamper-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There&rsquo;s a growing lack of technology skills across the American workforce, according to a new survey conducted by <a href="http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.devry.edu%2F&amp;esheet=51520366&amp;newsitemid=20170306005213&amp;lan=en-US&amp;anchor=DeVry+University&amp;index=1&amp;md5=ab1e671c868853ba23a24c6f40671845" target="_blank">DeVry University</a>, both in terms of &ldquo;hard skills,&rdquo; such as computer programming and web page design, and &ldquo;applied&rdquo; technology skills such as data analysis.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-lack-technology-skills-hamper-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-lack-technology-skills-hamper-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:33:00 +0000 213601 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner.</p> Will Phase 2 GHG rules be reconsidered? http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-phase-2-ghg-rules-be-reconsidered <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>With the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/">Environmental Protection Agency</a> (EPA) <a href="http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Trump-To-Undo-Fuel-Efficiency-Standards.html">poised to roll back</a> ambitious corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards put in place by the Obama administration <a href="http://fleetowner.com/green/archive/obama-unveils-mpg-standard-0729">nearly six years ago</a> &ndash; standards automakers claimed would&rsquo;ve saddled them with $200 billion in compliance costs over the next 10 years &ndash; there&rsquo;s more than a little out-loud musing as to whet</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-phase-2-ghg-rules-be-reconsidered" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-phase-2-ghg-rules-be-reconsidered#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:54:00 +0000 213481 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner.</p> Meanwhile, back in Washington D.C. … http://fleetowner.com/blog/meanwhile-back-washington-dc <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Even as those attending the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/tmc-2017-day-3">2017 Technology &amp; Maintenance Council (TMC) annual meeting</a> kicked the tires and examined the electronics of today&rsquo;s ever-evolving commercial trucks, a big political gathering occurred back in the nation&rsquo;s capital &ndash; one that is going to impact the trucking industry in a variety of ways.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/meanwhile-back-washington-dc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/meanwhile-back-washington-dc#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:05:00 +0000 213031 at http://fleetowner.com Bridging the “Big Data” divide in trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/bridging-big-data-divide-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><strong>Michael Riemer</strong>, vice president of product and channel marketing at <a href="https://www.decisiv.com/">Decisiv</a>, is no stranger to the complex world of &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/big-data-team-fleets-why-you-need-one">Big Data</a>&rdquo; and how it <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/survey-need-big-data-logistics-keeps-growing">impacts the trucking industry</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/bridging-big-data-divide-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/bridging-big-data-divide-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:47:00 +0000 212921 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner.</p> Autonomous trucks: The reality is setting in http://fleetowner.com/blog/autonomous-trucks-reality-setting <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Despite the <a href="https://medium.com/waymo/a-note-on-our-lawsuit-against-otto-and-uber-86f4f98902a1#.f0425799q">recent lawsuit</a> filed against self-driving truck systems maker <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/otto-autonomous-truck-hauls-its-first-live-load">Otto</a> and its new owner, <a href="https://www.uber.com/">Uber</a>, regarding the <a href="https://www.wired.com/2017/02/googles-waymo-just-dropped-explosive-lawsuit-uber-stealing-self-driving-tech/">theft of autonomous vehicle trade secrets</a> as well as the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/will-self-driv</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/autonomous-trucks-reality-setting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/autonomous-trucks-reality-setting#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:12:00 +0000 212491 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo courtesy of Embark.</p> Digital stress: How might it affect trucking? http://fleetowner.com/blog/digital-stress-how-might-it-affect-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There&rsquo;s been an awful lot of talk regarding the ongoing &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/preparing-digital-transformation-business">digitization</a>&rdquo; of the trucking industry, in no small part because, well, almost everyone working in this <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-truck-drivers-and-technicians-matter">most critical of industries</a> (<em>me included!</em>) has a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/considering-impact-it-change">smart phone on their belt</a>, in their hip pocket or purse.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/digital-stress-how-might-it-affect-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/digital-stress-how-might-it-affect-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:23:00 +0000 212381 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo courtesy of Daeske.</p> Device interoperability: It could be a concern for trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/device-interoperability-it-could-be-concern-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As we rush headlong into the newfangled &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/charting-digitalization-trends-freight-transportation">digital world</a>&rdquo; of <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/e-commerce-free-shipping-and-trucking">e-commerce</a>, the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/internet-things">Internet of Things</a> (IoT), and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/connected-vehicles-it-s-where-money-will-be">connected trucks</a>, an interesting concern is being raised among consumers that motor carriers may want to pay attention to: device interoperability.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/device-interoperability-it-could-be-concern-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/device-interoperability-it-could-be-concern-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:28:00 +0000 212311 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner.</p>