Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed Trucks at Work: Sean Kilcarr comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry. en Ford making moves on several fronts http://fleetowner.com/blog/ford-making-moves-several-fronts <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s been a busy time lately at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Motor Co. where the light truck segment is concerned &ndash; and we&rsquo;re not just talking about the <a href="../../equipment/ford-shows-new-2015-model-f-150-pickup">new lighter-weight incarnation of the F-150 pickup</a>, either, though I&rsquo;m headed to Texas as we &ldquo;speak&rdquo; (<em>so to speak</em>) to take those very same 2015 models for a spin.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/Frd3.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; 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/ford-making-moves-several-fronts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/ford-making-moves-several-fronts#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:34:00 +0000 138021 at http://fleetowner.com Lights, camera … calendar! http://fleetowner.com/blog/lights-camera-calendar <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again when master photographer <a href="../../blog/artist-s-passion">Roger Snider</a> and <strong>Carl Carstens</strong> of <a href="http://www.rockwoodproducts.com/">Rockwood Products</a> reveal their now legendary &ldquo;<a href="http://www.chromeandelegance.com/">Chrome and Elegance</a>&rdquo; truck calendar &ndash; and their third collaboration generated its own share of interesting stories.</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/lights-camera-calendar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/lights-camera-calendar#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:54:00 +0000 137961 at http://fleetowner.com Light truck perspective from a legend http://fleetowner.com/blog/light-truck-perspective-legend <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I got to meet one of my idols in the writing business the other day &ndash; <strong>Warren Brown</strong>, the <a href="http://www.arklatexhomepage.com/story/d/story/arkansas-trucking-company-is-on-the-move/30021/jO5RtKG2-kyLA7Aal-xEJg">automotive columnist</a> for the Washington Post newspaper.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/Warren1.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 224px; margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p>[<em>Brown is on the left and I&#39;m on the right in the photo at left</em>.]</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/light-truck-perspective-legend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/light-truck-perspective-legend#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:11:00 +0000 137871 at http://fleetowner.com Taking a midsize spin http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-midsize-spin <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I got to put a couple of different versions of GM&rsquo;s new 2015 GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado <a href="../../equipment/gm-sees-efficiency-key-midsize-pickup-market">on the road this week</a> in and around the extremely picturesque town of Del Mar, CA. And I think one of the main things fleets that decide to add those trucks to their operations will notice can be summed up in one word: Nothing.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/View2.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 376px; margin: 10px; 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-midsize-spin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-midsize-spin#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:09:00 +0000 137741 at http://fleetowner.com “Tripping” for fuel economy http://fleetowner.com/blog/tripping-fuel-economy <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>No, no, no: the reference to &ldquo;tripping&rdquo; above doesn&rsquo;t mean we&rsquo;re about to slide off into some strange, chemically-induced, otherworldly adventure &ndash; though a little <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39DENARnUtM">Jimi Hendrix</a> does seem appropriate at this early hour (<em>early at least here on the West Coast, I stress</em>).<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/Exterior1.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 10px; 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/tripping-fuel-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tripping-fuel-economy#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:04:00 +0000 137571 at http://fleetowner.com It’s the slow lane for “big data” deployment http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-s-slow-lane-big-data-deployment <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The growing use of &ldquo;big data&rdquo; to boost trucking efficiency and profits is a theme I&rsquo;ve touched on in this space before (<em>go <a href="../../blog/banking-big-data">here</a> and <a href="../../blog/data-without-friction">here</a> for examples</em>) and it&rsquo;s a trend many think will continue to <a href="../../technology/big-data-big-calculations">deliver big positives for the industry</a> in the years to come, especially in terms of <a href="../../fleet-management/moving-data-information-trucking">bottom line benefits</a>.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/fil</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-s-slow-lane-big-data-deployment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-s-slow-lane-big-data-deployment#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:45:00 +0000 137331 at http://fleetowner.com Seeking smoother truck passage through more crowded urban corridors http://fleetowner.com/blog/seeking-smoother-truck-passage-through-more-crowded-urban-corridors <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So <a href="../../blog/where-transit-and-trucking-collide">yesterday&rsquo;s post</a> sparked a couple of interesting discussions about how to improve traffic flow through bigger and more congested cities &ndash; particularly when it comes to the needs of freight.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/KC4.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 10px; 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/seeking-smoother-truck-passage-through-more-crowded-urban-corridors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/seeking-smoother-truck-passage-through-more-crowded-urban-corridors#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:43:00 +0000 137261 at http://fleetowner.com Where transit and trucking collide http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-transit-and-trucking-collide <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s no secret that freight flows in 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/where-transit-and-trucking-collide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-transit-and-trucking-collide#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:12:00 +0000 137011 at http://fleetowner.com More deer in them headlights http://fleetowner.com/blog/more-deer-them-headlights <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>U.S. drivers are nearly 3% more likely to collide with a deer over the next 12 months compared to the same point in time for 2013, according to new claims data released by <a href=":%20http:/learningcenter.statefarm.com/safety-2/auto-2/watch-out-for-animals-in-the-road/#sthash.mAg9ugk1.dpuf">State Farm</a> this week &ndash; meaning the odds that operators of vehicles large and small could hit a deer in the coming year are one out of 169.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/Deer3.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 311px; margin: 10px; 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/more-deer-them-headlights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/more-deer-them-headlights#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:53:00 +0000 136901 at http://fleetowner.com Sluggish freight + trucking IT = revolution? http://fleetowner.com/blog/sluggish-freight-trucking-it-revolution <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I got to sit down with <strong>Tom McLeod</strong> (<em>below at right</em>), founder and CEO of <a href="http://www.mcleodsoftware.com/">McLeod Software</a>, during his firm&rsquo;s <a href="../../technology/mcleod-softwares-2014-user-conference">annual user conference this week</a> and he offered up an interesting line of thought to chew on.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/Tom2.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; 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/sluggish-freight-trucking-it-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/sluggish-freight-trucking-it-revolution#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:24:00 +0000 136871 at http://fleetowner.com