Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en Terrorism-by-vehicle is an unholy trend here to stay http://fleetowner.com/blog/terrorism-vehicle-unholy-trend-here-stay <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Yet another <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/08/barcelona-attack/537234/" target="_blank">jihadist terror attack</a>, again with a vehicle used as the weapon of choice to mow down innocent lives in a major metropolitan city.</p> <p>We saw it happen <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-weapon-terror-again" target="_blank">with a truck</a> in Nice, France, last year, with over 84 dead and hundreds injured as a result.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/terrorism-vehicle-unholy-trend-here-stay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/terrorism-vehicle-unholy-trend-here-stay#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:20:00 +0000 224781 at http://fleetowner.com <p><span class="irc_su" dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;">The white van seen here reportedly mowed down pedestrians in central Barcelona, killing 14 people. (<em>Photo via Twitter</em>)</span></p> Cybersecurity is a core trucking concern now http://fleetowner.com/blog/cybersecurity-core-trucking-concern-now <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Many truckers might think all the hand-wringing over <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/cybersecurity-can-your-fleet-repel-high-tech-criminals">cybersecurity</a> these days isn&rsquo;t something they need to worry about.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/cybersecurity-core-trucking-concern-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/cybersecurity-core-trucking-concern-now#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:22:00 +0000 224581 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Left to right: Godine, Roemer, and Sandberg.</p> Sketching out the battle lines for trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/sketching-out-battle-lines-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Whether you agree with him or not, there is rarely a shade of doubt as to where <strong>Chris Spear</strong>, president and CEO of the <a href="http://www.trucking.org/">American Trucking Associations</a> (ATA) trade group, stands on a particular issue.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/sketching-out-battle-lines-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/sketching-out-battle-lines-trucking#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:29:00 +0000 224481 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</p> Logistics: Becoming more critical to business success by the day http://fleetowner.com/blog/logistics-becoming-more-critical-business-success-day <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So it is really no secret that logistics is a vital component &ndash; if not <em>the</em> vital component &ndash; in determining whether almost any type of business venture in any segment of our economy succeeds or fails.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/logistics-becoming-more-critical-business-success-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/logistics-becoming-more-critical-business-success-day#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:31:00 +0000 224301 at http://fleetowner.com Do trucking’s hiring processes need an overhaul? http://fleetowner.com/blog/do-trucking-s-hiring-processes-need-overhaul <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Trucking needs workers &ndash; lots of them. About 3.5 million folks work as truck drivers right now, give or take a few thousand here or there, with 3.1 million of them commercial driver&rsquo;s license (CDL) holders.</p> <p>And those figures don&rsquo;t begin to include the dispatchers, dock workers, load planners, and maintenance technicians (just to name a few) who are vital to ensuring trucks and trailers can haul a wide assortment of freight to a multitude of destinations.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/do-trucking-s-hiring-processes-need-overhaul" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/do-trucking-s-hiring-processes-need-overhaul#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:23:00 +0000 223921 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</p> The birth rate, economic productivity, and trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/birth-rate-economic-productivity-and-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s a gloomy thought: despite the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/ata-forecasts-29-freight-growth-2026">positive projections</a> for freight growth over the next decade being bandied about (<em>though trucking&rsquo;s share of freight volumes is <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/forecast-pipeline-transport-take-some-trucking-s-freight-share">expected to decline</a></em>) what if the real long-term trend is far darker and downward in nature?</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/birth-rate-economic-productivity-and-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/birth-rate-economic-productivity-and-trucking#comments Economics Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:32:00 +0000 223701 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Netmums</p> Making ELDs pay in trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/making-elds-pay-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So obviously the talk continues apace within the industry regarding the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-last-ditch-move-delay-eld-mandate-succeed">possibility of delaying</a> the still highly controversial <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/eld-mandate-business-burden-or-technology-upgrade">electronic logging device (ELD) mandate</a> via <a href="https://babin.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=1428">legislative action</a> by Congress.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/making-elds-pay-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/making-elds-pay-trucking#comments Economics Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000 223601 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Aaron Marsh</p> Doing the math on the ELD mandate http://fleetowner.com/blog/doing-math-eld-mandate <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Talking about the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/eld-mandate-business-burden-or-technology-upgrade">electronic logging device (ELD) mandate</a> these days is like opening up Pandora&rsquo;s Box &ndash; a lot of negatives come screaming out, with the lid slammed shut before &ldquo;hope&rdquo; gets a chance to escape.</p> <p>In the eyes of many within trucking, the ELD mandate is nothing but a burden &ndash; a significant extra cost that can&rsquo;t be recouped via &ldquo;savings&rdquo; such as by jettisoning pencil and paper recordkeeping.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/doing-math-eld-mandate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/doing-math-eld-mandate#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 01 Aug 2017 12:25:00 +0000 223421 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</p> How mobile technology is making waves in trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-mobile-technology-making-waves-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>In many ways it is still hard to fully grasp just how much change is occurring in the trucking business due to the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/uber-trucks-mobile-freight-revolution">ubiquity of mobile devices</a>: smart phones, tablet computers, you name it.</p> <p>Indeed, the rapid proliferation of different mobile applications or &ldquo;apps&rdquo; in the trucking space is changing everything from how fuel is purchased and routes are navigated to invoicing for freight shipments.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-mobile-technology-making-waves-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-mobile-technology-making-waves-trucking#comments Telematics Economics Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:26:00 +0000 223091 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Arctechnia</p> Will a last-ditch move to delay the ELD mandate succeed? http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-last-ditch-move-delay-eld-mandate-succeed <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The recent legislative effort to delay the impending electronic logging device (ELD) mandate this December may actually be on firmer ground than many might expect for a simple reason: the agency in charge of overseeing the mandate, namely the <a href="http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/">Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration</a> (FMCSA), may not be ready to enforce it.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-last-ditch-move-delay-eld-mandate-succeed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-last-ditch-move-delay-eld-mandate-succeed#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:25:00 +0000 222991 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: PeopleNet</p> Could consolidation solve trucking’s overcapacity problem? http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-consolidation-solve-trucking-s-overcapacity-problem <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s been bandied about for a while within industry circles that there may just be too many trucks on the road right now compared to the level of freight demand; a reason cited by more than a few observers for the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/no-freight-rate-increases-forecasted-yet-trucking">downward pressure on rates</a> motor carriers have experienced for much of the year.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-consolidation-solve-trucking-s-overcapacity-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-consolidation-solve-trucking-s-overcapacity-problem#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:59:00 +0000 222651 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</p> Can trucking benefit from those seeking a career change? http://fleetowner.com/blog/can-trucking-benefit-those-seeking-career-change <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Lately, there seems to be a growing uptick in the number of working adults in the U.S. who desire a chance to change careers. That would seem, potentially, to open up an opportunity to bring fresh blood into the arteries of the trucking industry &ndash; an opportunity I&rsquo;ve <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/can-trucking-take-advantage-restlessness">mentioned in this space</a> before.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/can-trucking-benefit-those-seeking-career-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/can-trucking-benefit-those-seeking-career-change#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:03:00 +0000 222471 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</p> How Amazon is changing supply chain thinking … and mayhap trucking too. http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-amazon-changing-supply-chain-thinking-and-mayhap-trucking-too <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So now that that the <a href="http://fortune.com/2017/07/12/amazon-whole-foods-albertsons/">initial hoopla</a> surrounding <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-amazon-dominates-freight-world-discussions">Amazon&rsquo;s</a> purchase of high-end grocery store chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion &ndash; a company with 431 supermarkets and 91,000 employees in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom that is also Amazon&rsquo;s largest acquisition to date &ndash; it&rsquo;s time to start thinking about this deal&rsquo;s supply chain implications.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-amazon-changing-supply-chain-thinking-and-mayhap-trucking-too" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-amazon-changing-supply-chain-thinking-and-mayhap-trucking-too#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:14:00 +0000 222401 at http://fleetowner.com Targeting trucks as energy gluttons http://fleetowner.com/blog/targeting-trucks-energy-gluttons <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s one of those by-now almost unsurprising policy stances when it comes to energy consumption and freight movements: the portrayal of trucks as &ldquo;bad apples,&rdquo; despite their critical role in delivering everything that keeps our modern lives up and running.</p> <p>[<em>Did a railroad locomotive deliver goods ordered via Amazon to your door? Does fresh milk get delivered by horse and wagon in your neighborhood? I didn&rsquo;t think so</em>.]</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/targeting-trucks-energy-gluttons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/targeting-trucks-energy-gluttons#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:23:00 +0000 222311 at http://fleetowner.com <p>(<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> Robots in trucking: Friends or foes? http://fleetowner.com/blog/robots-trucking-friends-or-foes <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s a question being asked with more and more frequency today not only within the freight industry but the business world at large: Are robots going to help us do our jobs better? Or replace human workers altogether?</p> <p>The question is particularly poignant in trucking as the push to create self-driving vehicles continues to pick up speed.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/robots-trucking-friends-or-foes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/robots-trucking-friends-or-foes#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:06:00 +0000 222211 at http://fleetowner.com <p>(<em>Photo: Warner Brother</em>s)</p>