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Apr 18, 2008

First look

“Unprecedented high diesel fuel prices, continued softness of freight demand, weaker demand in the used equipment sales market, and worse than normal....More
Apr 17, 2008

Ah, the small details ...

So I am cranking down I-15 south out of Las Vegas, heading for Palm Springs, California, a few years back. I‘d just given a lousy speech about the....More
Apr 16, 2008

Cost hurdles grow

“Red-hot steel prices, combined with record diesel fuel costs, are making construction unaffordable.” --Ken Simonson, chief economist for the....More
Apr 15, 2008

Hunting for vets

“The men and women of the Armed Forces have all the motivation and tools necessary to move successfully from the military into many areas within our....More
Apr 14, 2008

Changing behavior

“Wise men read very sharply all of your private history in your look and gait and behavior.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Changing your behavior - especially....More
Apr 11, 2008

Staying focused

“They‘ve invested in hiring and training employees to serve the growing needs of today‘s owner-operators and truck fleets.” --Mike Conroy, director....More
Apr 10, 2008

Crunch time

“Without an adequate transportation system, the nation‘s economic growth is at risk.” --Janet F. Kavinoky, executive director, Americans for....More
Apr 09, 2008

Tough haul

“The trucking industry is experiencing the highest prolonged fuel prices in history.” -Bill Graves, president and CEO, American Trucking Associations....More
Apr 08, 2008

Rewarding safety

“We have to be creative with our customers and our drivers as well.” Matthew “Bo” Bates, Vice President, The Evans Network I‘m a big admirer of....More
Apr 07, 2008

Surveying your workers

We have more information now than we can use, and less knowledge and understanding than we need. Indeed, we seem to collect information because we....More
Apr 04, 2008

The Mercer Way

“Retention is Job #1.” -One of many mantras emblazoned on the walls at Mercer Transportation I look forward to my annual visit to Mercer....More
Apr 03, 2008

Happy trails, Marilyn!

Well, before I begin this entry, let me just say in my defense that I just couldn‘t resist. Our publication‘s long time managing editor, Marilyn....More
Apr 02, 2008

Saluting drivers

“Truckers do not just carry freight: they carry us.” -Motto of truckload carrier Mercer Transportation, Louisville, KY. Being a truck driver in today....More
Apr 01, 2008

The state of trucking

“You tell me who will win the election this year and I will tell you what further emission rules might occur past 2010.” -Jim Kelly, president,....More
Mar 31, 2008

The call of home

To my mind, at least, Joe Schmitt would‘ve made one hell of a cowboy. A lean, rangy owner-operator from Wisconsin, Schmitt is about to notch his 20th....More
What's Trucks at Work?

Trucks at Work: Sean Kilcarr comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry.

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