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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
Mar 28, 2008

Scenes from Mid America

Well, it's been raining here in Louisville -- and that doesn't do wonders for the photo-taking opportunities, let me tell you. But the "liquid....More
Mar 27, 2008

Pride still matters

It‘s one of the perks of my job to meet a lot of good people in the business of trucking, especially at the Mid America Trucking Show going on this....More
Mar 26, 2008

Marketing repetition

“Repetition builds continuity - continuity builds history - and history builds identity.” -Roshan Samtani So, I‘m down here in Louisville, Kentucky,....More
Mar 24, 2008

Hunkering down

“Our fourth quarter earnings outlook has been impacted by higher than anticipated fuel prices and a weak U.S. economy. Looking ahead to our fiscal....More
Mar 21, 2008

Crashes vs. congestion

So, what should be the over-arching goal of our transportation efforts in this country? Reducing vehicle crashes? Reducing traffic congestion? In....More
Mar 20, 2008

Not standing still

Everyone is looking for ways to cut fuel costs these days, and no wonder: with oil now steadily priced over $100 per barrel, diesel costing $4 a....More
Mar 19, 2008

The whole package

I spent some time with Dan Arcy from Shell Lubricants a few weeks back at the Technology....More
Mar 18, 2008

Good things in a recession

“There is an old joke among economists that states: A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose your job.” -....More
Mar 17, 2008

LNG and the port plan

The port of Long Beach in California, as everyone knows by now, is pushing hard to get drayage truckers to turn in their old equipment and upgrade to....More
Mar 14, 2008

The power of one

“O most dear ones ... I can see you, beginning the journey to the land where there is no night nor sorrow nor death.” -St. Patrick If I could pick a....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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