Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en Freight: Not great, but not bad, either http://fleetowner.com/blog/freight-not-great-not-bad-either-0 <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><strong>Derek Leathers</strong>, president and COO of TL carrier <a href="http://www.werner.com/">Werner Enterprises</a>, offered up the perfect summation of the freight markets this week at 2016 Stifel Transportation &amp; Logistics Conference in Florida: &ldquo;The freight environment is not robust right now, but certainly it&rsquo;s not nearly as dismal as some of the commentary.&rdquo;</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/freight-not-great-not-bad-either-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/freight-not-great-not-bad-either-0#comments Trucks at Work Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:15:00 +0000 183831 at http://fleetowner.com Freight: Not great, but not bad, either http://fleetowner.com/blog/freight-not-great-not-bad-either <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><strong>Derek Leathers</strong>, president and COO of TL carrier <a href="http://www.werner.com/">Werner Enterprises</a>, offered up the perfect summation of the freight markets this week at 2016 Stifel Transportation &amp; Logistics Conference in Florida: &ldquo;The freight environment is not robust right now, but certainly it&rsquo;s not nearly as dismal as some of the commentary.&rdquo;</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/freight-not-great-not-bad-either" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/freight-not-great-not-bad-either#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:10:00 +0000 183821 at http://fleetowner.com Shrinking down to expand service http://fleetowner.com/blog/shrinking-down-expand-service <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As cities are projected to get <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/megacities-transportation-and-you">bigger and denser</a>, public transit agencies are running into some of the same problems being experienced by freight transporters in such tight urban confines: their vehicles are often too big to fit on many streets.</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/shrinking-down-expand-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/shrinking-down-expand-service#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:44:00 +0000 183731 at http://fleetowner.com Big data, big risk http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-data-big-risk <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Let&rsquo;s say your trucking company suffers a data breach &ndash; maybe a hacking attack that results in both lost and stolen data <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/battling-hack-one-fleet-s-story">like this one</a>.</p> <p>How much do you think that will cost you?</p> <p>Well, if a new survey is correct, on average, such a data breach will cost you $907,053 &ndash; and that&rsquo;s <em>before</em> taking into consideration the cost of any reputational damage, brand erosion and lost business &ndash; and requires roughly nine weeks of recovery time.</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/big-data-big-risk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-data-big-risk#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000 183661 at http://fleetowner.com Culture: The X-Factor for future trucking success? http://fleetowner.com/blog/culture-x-factor-future-trucking-success <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Talking about how &ldquo;company culture&rdquo; affects everything from profits to safety in the trucking business may seem a little strange.</p> <p>I mean &ldquo;company culture&rdquo; on the surface seems to be a term more likely associated with the &ldquo;touchy-feely&rdquo; initiatives found on Oprah&rsquo;s talk show or at <a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3026220/tap-into-the-7-secrets-of-silicon-valleys-innovation-culture">Silicon Valley technology firms</a>.</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/culture-x-factor-future-trucking-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/culture-x-factor-future-trucking-success#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:54:00 +0000 183541 at http://fleetowner.com Raptor racing time http://fleetowner.com/blog/raptor-racing-time <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Rough-and-tumble off-road racing is one method vehicle manufacturers use to demonstrate the capabilities of their light truck models, and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Motor Co. is no exception.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2016/02/FordRaptor2017a.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/raptor-racing-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/raptor-racing-time#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:36:00 +0000 182931 at http://fleetowner.com Truck stunts and the supercharging of truck marketing efforts http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-stunts-and-supercharging-truck-marketing-efforts <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A couple of years ago I found myself scrolling through an interesting analysis of future global truck trends projected out to 2020 penned by some of the experts at the quirkily-named <a href="http://www.strategyand.pwc.com/global/home/who_we_are/introducing">Strategy&amp;</a>, a unit within global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).</p> <p>(<em>You can read that analysis <a href="http://www.strategyand.pwc.com/reports/truck-industry-2020">here </a>by the way</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/truck-stunts-and-supercharging-truck-marketing-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-stunts-and-supercharging-truck-marketing-efforts#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:14:00 +0000 182821 at http://fleetowner.com Few seem ready for the digital business transition http://fleetowner.com/blog/few-seem-ready-digital-business-transition <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/25/china-taobao-ecommerce-alibaba-rural-china">wonderful wonders</a> of the &ldquo;digital economy&rdquo; continue to be touted far and wide &ndash; though not without <a href="http://dontapscott.com/2015/01/the-digital-economy-at-davos/">some significant worries as well</a> &ndash; it seems the &ldquo;vast majority&rdquo; of so-called &ldquo;traditional&rdquo; companies are prepared to take advantage of this shift.</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/few-seem-ready-digital-business-transition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/few-seem-ready-digital-business-transition#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:42:00 +0000 182661 at http://fleetowner.com The quest to find more fuel efficiency http://fleetowner.com/blog/quest-find-more-fuel-efficiency <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It may seem more than a little ironic to be searching out more methods for improving the fuel efficiency of commercial trucks at a time of record-lower fuel prices. But that&rsquo;s exactly what the <a href="http://nacfe.org/">North American Council for Freight Efficiency</a> (NACFE) is up to &ndash; with plans to kick such efforts into overdrive later this year.</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/quest-find-more-fuel-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/quest-find-more-fuel-efficiency#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:59:00 +0000 182561 at http://fleetowner.com Imagine that: People are critical for digital success http://fleetowner.com/blog/imagine-people-are-critical-digital-success <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A lot of folks fear that the increasing &ldquo;digitization&rdquo; of so many sectors of the U.S. economy &ndash; and that includes trucking &ndash; means that the need for people will quickly go by the wayside.</p> <p>In sum: computers replace humans. End of story.</p> <p>Yet that might be the wrong conclusion, if the results of a recent survey by global consulting firm <a href="http://www.accenture.com/">Accenture</a> are to be believed.</p> <p></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/imagine-people-are-critical-digital-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/imagine-people-are-critical-digital-success#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:44:00 +0000 182441 at http://fleetowner.com Hard work is still at the heart of it all http://fleetowner.com/blog/hard-work-still-heart-it-all <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>If you pilot big rigs to make a living, you know what &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/hard-find-hard-keep">hard work</a>&rdquo; is all about, for a 14 hour work day, with 10 hours set aside for driving, is nowhere near easy street, especially when dealing with <a href="http://fleetowner.com/safety/aftermath-jonas">treacherous winter weather</a>.</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/hard-work-still-heart-it-all" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/hard-work-still-heart-it-all#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:03:00 +0000 182351 at http://fleetowner.com The 94% number http://fleetowner.com/blog/94-number <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So last week, before <a href="http://fleetowner.com/safety/aftermath-jonas">Winter Storm Jonas</a> paid the East Coast a visit, I dropped down to the <a href="http://www.washingtonautoshow.com/">Washington Auto Show</a> (<em>you can view some photo galleries from that event <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/unusual-sights-washington-auto-show#slide-0-field_images-182111">here</a>, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/gm-puts-pickups-and-vans-display#slide-0-field_images-182041">here</a>, and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/look-forward-and-backward-toyota#slide-0-field_i</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/94-number" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/94-number#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:49:00 +0000 182131 at http://fleetowner.com Battling through a blizzard http://fleetowner.com/blog/battling-through-blizzard <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Winter Storm Jonas &ndash; a record-breaking blizzard for many parts of the Eastern seaboard &ndash; packed snow drifts several feet high, caused severe coastal flooding, and shut down travel among major East Coast cities for a time.</p> <p><br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0nlWfuoeAgw" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>The snow came fast and furious, falling at a pace of two to three inches per hour in many locales.<br /> First, take a look at the time-lapse impact of Jonas in Northern Virginia:</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/battling-through-blizzard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/battling-through-blizzard#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:01:00 +0000 182081 at http://fleetowner.com Lack of buy-in torpedoing IT plans http://fleetowner.com/blog/lack-buy-torpedoing-it-plans <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A new survey of chief information officers (CIOs) by mobile app provider <a href="http://www.popinnow.com">POP</a> pins much of the blame for failed information technology (IT) initiatives on a perhaps not-so-unusual cause: lack of employee &ldquo;buy-in.&rdquo;</p> <p>I say &ldquo;not-so-unusual&rdquo; because I think any trucking company would agree that one of the central struggles when replacing older technology with newer systems &ndash; be they computers or trucks &ndash; is getting front-line workers to accept such a switch.</p> <p></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/lack-buy-torpedoing-it-plans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/lack-buy-torpedoing-it-plans#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:10:00 +0000 181801 at http://fleetowner.com A look ahead for light trucks http://fleetowner.com/blog/look-ahead-light-trucks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So what does the future hold for light trucks?</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/look-ahead-light-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/look-ahead-light-trucks#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:13:00 +0000 181621 at http://fleetowner.com