Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en Trucking ignores technology at its own peril http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-ignores-technology-its-own-peril <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The headline above comes courtesy of <strong>John Larkin</strong> &ndash; managing director and head of <a href="http://www.stifel.com/institutional/investment-banking/industry-coverage/transportation-and-logistics" target="_blank">transportation capital markets research</a> for <a href="http://www.stifel.com">Stifel Capital Markets</a> &ndash; who made that comment to illustrate a key issue now facing truckers large and small; whether one likes or dislikes technology, be it <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/nacfe-report-highlights-savings-potential-amts">automated manual transmissio</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-ignores-technology-its-own-peril" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-ignores-technology-its-own-peril#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:59:00 +0000 229041 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: YouTube</p> Machines may soon get better preventative care than people http://fleetowner.com/blog/machines-may-soon-get-better-preventative-care-people <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s a fun thought for the day: with all the advances being made in remote diagnostics and maintenance algorithms for trucks, cars, bulldozers, and other motorized equipment, it&rsquo;s becoming increasingly likely that machines are going to be receiving far better &ldquo;preventative care&rdquo; than us humans in the very near future.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/machines-may-soon-get-better-preventative-care-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/machines-may-soon-get-better-preventative-care-people#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:19:00 +0000 228881 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</p> ELDs remain a top fleet issue. But managing costs and traffic congestion are up there, too. http://fleetowner.com/blog/elds-remain-top-fleet-issue-managing-costs-and-traffic-congestion-are-there-too <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>An annual survey compiled by global software provider <a href="https://www.teletracnavman.com/">Teletrac Navman</a> finds (<em>unsurprisingly</em>) that compliance with the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-logs/fmcsa-proceeds-december-eld-enforcement-plan">electronic logging device (ELD) mandate</a> is one of the biggest concerns of U.S. fleets at this point in time &ndash; although most of the larger ones, operating over 100 pieces of equipment, expressed the &ldquo;highest confidence&rdquo; in meeting the mandate&rsquo;s December 18 deadline.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/elds-remain-top-fleet-issue-managing-costs-and-traffic-congestion-are-there-too" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/elds-remain-top-fleet-issue-managing-costs-and-traffic-congestion-are-there-too#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:37:00 +0000 228791 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</p> Truck driver satisfaction isn’t all about pay http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-driver-satisfaction-isn-t-all-about-pay <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Recently, the <a href="http://www.truckersreport.com/">TruckersReport.com</a> &ndash; an online &ldquo;community&rdquo; of roughly 190,000 truck drivers &ndash; recently conducted a detailed analysis of its membership in conjunction with software firm <a href="http://www.odintext.com/">OdinText</a> to find out what big rig operators really like and dislike about their jobs.</p> <p>Simply put: is good pay and home time enough for a fleet to &ldquo;satisfy&rdquo; both seasoned and rookie truck drivers, and thus help keep them long term? Or is something else needed?</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-driver-satisfaction-isn-t-all-about-pay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-driver-satisfaction-isn-t-all-about-pay#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:55:00 +0000 228591 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: U.S. Department of Defense</p> Taking the sting out of trucking’s training programs http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-sting-out-trucking-s-training-programs <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A <a href="https://elearningindustry.com/top-4-things-new-employees-hate-training">good article</a> by <strong>Boaz Amidor</strong> cloud-based training firm <a href="https://www.walkme.com/">WalkMe</a> identifies many of the reasons many workers &ndash; managers as well as front-line employees &ndash; dread days when they have to sit through safety meetings, or wellness programs, and the like.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-sting-out-trucking-s-training-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-sting-out-trucking-s-training-programs#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:17:00 +0000 228521 at http://fleetowner.com <p>File photo.</p> Gazing into trucking's crystal ball for insights http://fleetowner.com/blog/gazing-truckings-crystal-ball-insights <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So much is happening in the trucking industry right now &ndash; the impending imposition of the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-logs/fmcsa-proceeds-december-eld-enforcement-plan">electronic logging device (ELD) mandate</a>; the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/autonomous-vehicles/senate-told-safety-efficiency-benefits-autonomous-trucks">push for driverless trucks</a>, even as the need for truck drivers <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/driver-pay-trucking-s-image-and-worsening-driver-shortage">remains acute</a>; the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/traffic-</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/gazing-truckings-crystal-ball-insights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/gazing-truckings-crystal-ball-insights#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:45:00 +0000 228431 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner.</p> Digging into trucking data for safety insights http://fleetowner.com/blog/digging-trucking-data-safety-insights <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Did you know we&rsquo;re on the eve on one of the deadliest days in the trucking industry? That&rsquo;s right: October 11. Apparently, according to data tallied by <a href="https://www.zonarsystems.com/">Zonar Systems</a> over the last three years, October 11 and June 7 are the two deadliest days for truck drivers &ndash; days on which 397 truck-involved collisions happen, with the highest odds of a truck being involved in a fatal accident occurring between 7 pm and 10 pm, with 31% of total fatalities taking place during that time window.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/digging-trucking-data-safety-insights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/digging-trucking-data-safety-insights#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:33:00 +0000 228281 at http://fleetowner.com <p><em>Photo: KRNV News</em></p> Do we know how to properly protect trucking data? http://fleetowner.com/blog/do-we-know-how-properly-protect-trucking-data <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I&rsquo;ve been leafing through a new report compiled by cybersecurity firm <a href="http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mcafee.com&amp;esheet=51694611&amp;newsitemid=20171004006452&amp;lan=en-US&amp;anchor=McAfee&amp;index=3&amp;md5=3d223bfb8e92465a29d56751f07d3f15" target="_blank">McAfee</a> (<em>many of you no doubt have their anti-viral software on your PCs</em>) dubbed <a href="http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mcafee.com%2Fus%2Fsolutions%2Flp%2Fbeyond-gdpr.html%3Futm_campaign%3DSD_DP_17Q3%26utm_source%3Dmcaf</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/do-we-know-how-properly-protect-trucking-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/do-we-know-how-properly-protect-trucking-data#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:25:00 +0000 228071 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Aaron Marsh/Fleet Owner</p> ELDs will put supply chains in a vise. And maybe that’s a good thing. http://fleetowner.com/blog/elds-will-put-supply-chains-vise-and-maybe-s-good-thing <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>For as long as I&rsquo;ve covered both the trucking and logistics industries, they&rsquo;ve functioned under a freight philosophy called &ldquo;just-in-time&rdquo; delivery or &ldquo;JIT&rdquo; for short.</p> <p>Put simply, JIT is an inventory strategy companies employ to increase efficiency and decrease waste by receiving goods only as they are needed in the production process, thereby reducing inventory costs.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/elds-will-put-supply-chains-vise-and-maybe-s-good-thing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/elds-will-put-supply-chains-vise-and-maybe-s-good-thing#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:24:00 +0000 227901 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: U.S. Air Force.</p> Working on ways to bring more women into trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/working-ways-bring-more-women-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As the shortage of truck drivers continues to grow &ndash; based on current trends lines of freight demand versus truck driver availability, a potential shortfall of 239,000 drivers may develop by 2022 &ndash; motor carriers are trying to figure out how to convince more &ldquo;new blood&rdquo; to take up piloting big rigs for a living.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/working-ways-bring-more-women-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/working-ways-bring-more-women-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:38:00 +0000 226751 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Ellen Voie, president &amp; CEO of the Women in Trucking advocacy group. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> Dissecting the trucking distress surrounding ELDs http://fleetowner.com/blog/dissecting-trucking-distress-surrounding-elds <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I had the good fortune to chat with a good number trucking company personnel this week at the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-logs/mcleod-tangle-trends-changing-trucking">McLeod Software 2017 User Conference</a> in Atlanta and none-too-surprisingly, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-logs/challenges-ahead-eld-foot-draggers-panel-concludes">electronic logging devices</a> (ELDs) proved to be the &ldquo;talk du jour&rdquo; of the show.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/dissecting-trucking-distress-surrounding-elds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/dissecting-trucking-distress-surrounding-elds#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:04:00 +0000 226661 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Aaron Marsh/Fleet Owner</p> Autonomous vehicles: Now on a more voluntary yet still uncertain glide path http://fleetowner.com/blog/autonomous-vehicles-now-more-voluntary-yet-still-uncertain-glide-path <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Can rules be too rigid? The answer the <a href="http://www.transportation.gov/">U.S. Department of Transportation</a> (DOT) is providing to that question &ndash; at least where the issue of self-driving vehicles is concerned &ndash; is a firm &ldquo;yes.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/autonomous-vehicles-now-more-voluntary-yet-still-uncertain-glide-path" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/autonomous-vehicles-now-more-voluntary-yet-still-uncertain-glide-path#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:47:00 +0000 226181 at http://fleetowner.com <p>A view of Embark&#39;s self-driving commercial big rig. (<em>Photo: Embark</em>)</p> Reimaging the freight transportation network http://fleetowner.com/blog/reimaging-freight-transportation-network <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><strong>Rick Mihelic</strong>, president of <strong>Mihelic Vehicle Consulting</strong>, made an interesting point the other day while discussing the future of electric trucks in a conference call hosted by <a href="http://www.stifel.com/">Stifel Capital Markets</a>: There is no free ride in the freight business, because, at the end of the day, you&rsquo;ve got to be able to make a profit hauling goods from Point A to Point B.</p> <p>And therein lays the challenge facing not just electric trucks but any new technology trying to enter the trucking market.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/reimaging-freight-transportation-network" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/reimaging-freight-transportation-network#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:08:00 +0000 225651 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</p> It’s not just trucking that lacks skilled workers anymore http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-s-not-just-trucking-lacks-skilled-workers-anymore <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So the <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/">American Institute of Certified Public Accountants</a> (AICPA) recently posted the results of an interesting <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/InterestAreas/BusinessIndustryAndGovernment/NewsAndPublications/Pages/Economic_Outlook_Surveys_2.aspx">survey</a> of business executives from across the U.S. business landscape. And wouldn&rsquo;t you know it: a variety of industries are starting experience what&rsquo;s been a long-term problem for trucking companies.</p> <p>They can&rsquo;t find enough skilled workers.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-s-not-just-trucking-lacks-skilled-workers-anymore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-s-not-just-trucking-lacks-skilled-workers-anymore#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:14:00 +0000 225541 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</p> Tapping trucking telematics when foul weather strikes http://fleetowner.com/blog/tapping-trucking-telematics-when-foul-weather-strikes <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Over the last several years, there&rsquo;s been a noted uptick in weather-related telematics offerings within the trucking industry and now that technology is getting a workout in the aftermath of <a href="http://fleetowner.com/operations/dat-supply-chain-already-feeling-effects-hurricane-harvey">Hurricane Harvey</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/tapping-trucking-telematics-when-foul-weather-strikes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tapping-trucking-telematics-when-foul-weather-strikes#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:07:00 +0000 225441 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: CBS News</p>