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  • The next big threat to trucking – 3D printing   4 weeks 1 day ago    

    The article cites GE using 3D printing to create jet engine injector nozzles eliminating 8 separate parts used to build them previously. Sounds like more than a trinket and something with enough value to move quickly into the mainstream.

  • The next big threat to trucking – 3D printing   4 weeks 1 day ago    

    I don't know if anyone reading this article will live long enough to experience this "threat." Most 3D printers are making "trinkets," or prototypes, one at a time and usually pretty small in size. As a shipper, this would be the very least of my worries.

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  • Fire Extinguishers: Simple turned complicated & costly.   4 weeks 4 days ago    

    It sounds like lack of internal discipline to me. The only requirements I know of are to make sure that the extinguisher has been tagged for use, its in the green, its the right classification/size for what its being used for and its secured down properly in an accessible location.

  • Light truck reconfiguring continues   4 weeks 4 days ago    

    29 mpg is impressive for a pick-up. The Santa Cruz...that's not a truck, its an El Camino with a lift kit.

  • FCCC delivers propane autogas-powered S2G test units   4 weeks 4 days ago    

    Our 2015 S2G is only getting 3.5 MPG. Any other comparisons out there?

  • ATA again calls for fuel 'user fee' increase to pay for highways   4 weeks 4 days ago    

    The authors of this newsletter seem to have a direct lean toward Democrats, wanting funding regardless of how they get the money. You are right, if the money were spent on exactly what it was designed to be used for, instead of pet projects, there would be enough. The problem is they are spending tons of money on enforcing their new regulations that are nothing bit a way yo grow government and has squat to do with highway safety. Every new rule I see that is "safety" related seems yo have come straight out of the teamsters hand book. This industry was supposed to be deregulated a fee years ago, but all they did was deregulated the rates we are paid, but after the money we make drops, they are determined to drive our costs through the roof. I try hard to pay my drivers a living wage, but when regulations, taxes, and bs fines add up to almost as much as a driver makes it gets real hard to pay as well as I should, and remain in business. If drivers and companies both would realize, less not more government will help everyone in this industry, and this country for that matter. Spend our fuel taxes on our roads and not on people doing safety audits that couldn't safely drive a truck across the street. And Fleetowner, the fact there hasn't been a ling term transportation bill isn't a bad thing. We at less aren't getting stuck with long term regulations, and that's more important to my business.

  • ATA again calls for fuel 'user fee' increase to pay for highways   4 weeks 4 days ago    

    i only have one thing to say, if the goverment would take all the money they get from the motor fuel tax, road tax and put it towards what they were intended to be used for, there would be no need to raise any taxes, do you relize that a small portion of the tax money paid in already goes towards the roads and bridges, most of the money goes in to a black hole fund, general find and is used mainly for pentions , take the tax money collected and put it towards what it was intended to be used for , before trying to raise the tax against the american people to support the pollitions for there retirment funds, thats all i have to say ...

  • FMCSA study: Crash accountability analysis expensive, would not improve CSA   4 weeks 4 days ago    

    Odd expense is of no concern to new laws when it gives justification for such. However When expense shows flaws in such laws it becomes a major arguing point.

  • Aljex introduces tool to help brokers find truck capacity   4 weeks 5 days ago    

    Capacity hub was built for big brokers that have full time carrier sales people.

    As the carrier sales-reps call carriers, the system makes it lighting fast to add in that carriers available equipment and instantly match it to any existing available loads that are in that 3PL’s system. Capacity hub will also show market supply and demand for that piece of equipment so a broker will know how hard to bargain with that carrier.

    Afterwards, capacity hub continues to search for loads and alerts the carrier sales-rep and/or carrier that there is a matching shipment for that truck.

  • Senate kicks off highway bill debate; ‘to hell with politics,’ DOT Sec. Foxx says   4 weeks 5 days ago    

    Really, Secretary? With Democrats, it's ALWAYS politics!

  • ATA again calls for fuel 'user fee' increase to pay for highways   5 weeks 8 hours ago    

    It's never enough is it? Still believe there's a difference between the parties?

  • Freight capacity crunch easing   5 weeks 21 hours ago    

    The Shippers Conditions Index is a compilation of factors affecting the shippers transport environment.

  • Aljex introduces tool to help brokers find truck capacity   5 weeks 21 hours ago    

    Other than the Google mapping and the bullseye graphic, I'm trying to figure out how this software is different from what the load boards provide. What about desired destination? Availability includes not only trucks near the locus of pick up but trucks that want to go in your desired direction.

  • ATA seeks applications for its LEAD executive leadership program   5 weeks 1 day ago    

    Having the opportunity to meet and work with these aspiring young executives is truly exciting and we are anxious to meet the 2015 LEAD ATA class members.”

  • Obama offers same song, same verse on highway funding   5 weeks 4 days ago    

    As I recall they passed a trillion $ bill for "shovel ready" projects. The roads and bridges just got a little worse...the despots in countries that hate us got fat bank acounts in Switzerland. Now they want to raise our gas prices to enrich Raul and Fidel or bankers or some other pet project. I don't fool myself into thinking that this money will go to the roads. None of the existing fuel tax monies go to infrastructure improvements. Or very little. Why would new taxes?

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  • Obama offers same song, same verse on highway funding   5 weeks 6 days ago    

    I think we'll see a run at raising fuel taxes and an eventual compromise fallback to indexing the current tax to inflation, perhaps with a one-time infusion from corporate tax reform.

  • Premier safety culture   6 weeks 1 day ago    

    And I'll be the first to say it is very greatly appreciated. Thanks for all that y'all do.

  • Premier safety culture   6 weeks 1 day ago    

    I am so glad to be a part of the absolute best company. Sentinel not only lives safety we breathe it every day.

  • FMCSA to award $30M in grants for safety technologies   6 weeks 5 days ago    

    What states will benefit from this?

  • D-A-_-_ Fuel Prices are DOWN!   6 weeks 6 days ago    

    NHTSA and EPA regulations currently relate to new trucks, not to in service vehicles. The regulations the OEM's must meet assume a specific weight for the vehicle, the trailer and the load to calculate a value for load specific fuel consumption. Fleets, however, do not measure the fuel used for the weight of load hauled. Most measure fuel economy. Some measure fuel used. With fleet management systems and the fact that the load has to be measured, it should be possible to begin measuring load specific fuel consumption.

  • D-A-_-_ Fuel Prices are DOWN!   6 weeks 6 days ago    

    Paul, Don't NHTSA and EPA offer their own equation for measuring load-specific fuel consumption? Or is it truly a more theoretical/abstract concept then?

  • Premier safety culture   6 weeks 6 days ago    

    We compensate as per normal industry standards, both activity and hourly based pay, depending on local market conditions. In addition, we give an annual reward for safety performance that can be as much as 5% of pay. Nothing fancy and no gimmicks.

  • One, two, three: How to sell your fleet stress-free   7 weeks 6 hours ago    

    The projected financials are heavily discounted by buyers in this market. Make sure these have some basis in reality and support your key assumptions.

    Yes, it takes 9-12 months to sell your fleet - Source - http://www.morganandwestfield.com/blog/how-long-does-it-take-sell-business

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