Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en 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 Data without friction http://fleetowner.com/blog/data-without-friction <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s an interesting concept to contemplate: &ldquo;frictionless data,&rdquo; whereby information moves seamlessly within a trucking firm as well as between carriers and drivers, customers, and various partners.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/Mcleod.jpg" style="width: 219px; height: 330px; 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/data-without-friction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/data-without-friction#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:49:00 +0000 136611 at http://fleetowner.com Wrestling with trucking capacity constraints http://fleetowner.com/blog/wrestling-trucking-capacity-constraints <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There&rsquo;s an old Chinese curse I&rsquo;ve quoted before in this space that seems very applicable to the trucking industry these days: &ldquo;May you live in interesting times.&rdquo;</p> <p>And boy oh <strong><em>BOY</em></strong> are the times getting interesting in trucking these days.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/TrucksParked.JPG" style="height: 233px; width: 350px; float: right; margin: 10px" /></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/wrestling-trucking-capacity-constraints" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/wrestling-trucking-capacity-constraints#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:23:00 +0000 136591 at http://fleetowner.com “We’re all living on the Titanic now” http://fleetowner.com/blog/we-re-all-living-titanic-now <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The quote above comes from a recent column by Daniel Henninger in the <em><u>Wall Street Journal</u></em> newspaper (<em>you can read the entre piece <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/dan-henninger-the-humbling-of-a-president-1410390751">here</a></em>) and regardless of whether you agree with his critique of President Obama&rsquo;s foreign policy focus or not, that reference to the <a href="http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/titanic-sinks">Titanic disaster</a> is very apt for the post-9/11 world we live in.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/Titan</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/we-re-all-living-titanic-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/we-re-all-living-titanic-now#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:18:00 +0000 136481 at http://fleetowner.com Beating back “regulatory drag” with technology http://fleetowner.com/blog/beating-back-regulatory-drag-technology <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s been a long-standing issue in trucking: how more stringent and more copious rulemaking efforts by the federal government creates an effect known as &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/ftr-regulatory-initiatives-remain-biggest-headwind-trucking">regulatory drag</a>&rdquo; on the bottom line of motor carriers large and small alike &ndash; but particularly for the little guys.</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/beating-back-regulatory-drag-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/beating-back-regulatory-drag-technology#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:48:00 +0000 136331 at http://fleetowner.com Playing the customer loyalty card http://fleetowner.com/blog/playing-customer-loyalty-card <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s an unsurprising (<em>to me at any rate</em>) bit of research from the consulting firm <a href="http://www.temkingroup.com/">Temkin Group</a>: strong connection between improved customer experience and increased consumer loyalty, leading to increased company revenue.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/Roadway4.JPG" style="height: 200px; width: 300px; float: right; margin: 10px" /></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/playing-customer-loyalty-card" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/playing-customer-loyalty-card#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:29:00 +0000 136041 at http://fleetowner.com Vectoring in the customer’s voice http://fleetowner.com/blog/vectoring-customer-s-voice <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I spent last week in central Michigan at a ride-and-drive event touting Eaton Corp.&rsquo;s new medium-duty Procision automated truck transmission.</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/vectoring-customer-s-voice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/vectoring-customer-s-voice#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:42:00 +0000 135951 at http://fleetowner.com Coping with regulatory impact http://fleetowner.com/blog/coping-regulatory-impact <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>If there&rsquo;s one issue that makes trucking executives and drivers alike grind their teeth more than anything else it&rsquo;s complying with what at times seems to be a never-ending flood of regulatory initiatives &ndash; with changes to <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/outlook-2014-real-impact-hos">hours of service (HOS) rules</a> and impending mandates for <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/abcs-elds">electronic logging devices</a> (ELDs) creating some of the biggest headaches.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/Hwy.JPG" style="height</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/coping-regulatory-impact" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/coping-regulatory-impact#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:16:00 +0000 135571 at http://fleetowner.com Finding “fulfilling” jobs http://fleetowner.com/blog/finding-fulfilling-jobs <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s another salvo in the &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/pay-vs-happiness">pay vs. happiness</a>&rdquo; debate: a new survey finds that most U.S. workers (<em>at least the ones in this particular poll</em>) say they really want a job that offers them &ldquo;career fulfillment&rdquo; rather than one aimed putting them into the corporate executive suite or one just to make ends meet.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/Driver4.JPG" style="height: 233px; width: 350px; float: right; margin: 10px" /></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/finding-fulfilling-jobs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/finding-fulfilling-jobs#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:54:00 +0000 135391 at http://fleetowner.com The growing concern over “economic crime” http://fleetowner.com/blog/growing-concern-over-economic-crime <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>If you were to think about what kinds of ne&rsquo;er-do-well behavior falls under the label &ldquo;economic crime,&rdquo; probably one of your first guesses would be <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/cybercrime-toppping-list-cyber-worries"><u>cybercrime</u></a> &ndash; a fast-growing issue affecting all sorts of businesses worldwide, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/freight-security-more-lock"><u>including trucking</u></a> &ndash; and of course you would be right.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/08/FordPlant1.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 30</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/growing-concern-over-economic-crime" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/growing-concern-over-economic-crime#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:46:00 +0000 135191 at http://fleetowner.com Lowering insurance costs through telematics http://fleetowner.com/blog/lowering-insurance-costs-through-telematics <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Technology is being deployed more and more frequently as a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-technology-safety-and-savings-intersect"><u>tool in the truck insurance market</u></a> for generating more accurate and timely data concerning the risk-profiles of carriers.</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/lowering-insurance-costs-through-telematics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/lowering-insurance-costs-through-telematics#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:16:00 +0000 135041 at http://fleetowner.com