Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed Trucks at Work: Sean Kilcarr comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry. en Looking at LTL http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-ltl <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Good tidings seem in order for the LTL segment of the trucking industry, with tonnage volumes increasing &ndash; helped along by a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/truckload-capacity-tightening-viewed-inevitable"><u>growing capacity crunch in the TL sector</u></a> combined with an uptick in <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/re-shoring-getting-more-attention-day"><u>re-shoring activity</u></a> &ndash; which is being followed by rate increases.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/04/ODFL1.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 174px; float: </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/looking-ltl" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-ltl#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:57:00 +0000 122931 at http://fleetowner.com Looking at labor pool trends http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-labor-pool-trends <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Trucking industry workers &ndash; especially drivers &ndash; come from all walks of life nowadays, but there are some broader trends in the labor force that are worth noting as carriers continue to ramp up their recruiting efforts.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/04/View1.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 451px; 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/looking-labor-pool-trends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-labor-pool-trends#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:24:00 +0000 122791 at http://fleetowner.com Freight factors keep on ripening for trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/freight-factors-keep-ripening-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>While the U.S. economy remains sluggish and a tough nasty winter left much of the nation&rsquo;s highway networks a pot-holed, scrambled mess, things still seem to be looking up for trucking over both the short and long term. Indeed, the freight apple may be about as ripe as it&rsquo;s ever going to get where trucking is concerned.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/04/apple.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 300px; 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/freight-factors-keep-ripening-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/freight-factors-keep-ripening-trucking#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:51:00 +0000 122661 at http://fleetowner.com Re-shoring getting more attention by the day http://fleetowner.com/blog/re-shoring-getting-more-attention-day <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s more than a bit self-serving study, the <em><u><a href="http://www.entradagroup.com/survey2014">Where in the World</a></u></em> report compiled by the <a href="http://www.entradagroup.com/"><u>Entrada Group</u></a>, as it&rsquo;s a company that helps international manufacturers transition their operations to Mexico. Still, this poll provides some interesting insight as to why a goodly number of small- and mid-size manufacturing executives are now ranking 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/re-shoring-getting-more-attention-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/re-shoring-getting-more-attention-day#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:40:00 +0000 122541 at http://fleetowner.com Virginia's memorial for fallen highway workers http://fleetowner.com/blog/virginias-memorial-fallen-highway-workers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It sits on a low bluff about two-thirds of the way down Afton Mounting driving east on I-64 at milepost 102: a <a href="http://www.virginiadot.org/about/is-worker-memorial.asp"><u>stone memorial</u></a> flanked by two flagstaffs that bears silent witness to 132 <a href="http://www.virginiadot.org/"><u>Virginia Department of Transportation</u></a> (VDOT) highway workers who lost their lives on the job between 1928 and 2012 (<em>with, sadly,&nbsp;more to be added soon from 2013</em>).<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/04/Memorial7.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 2</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/virginias-memorial-fallen-highway-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/virginias-memorial-fallen-highway-workers#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:32:00 +0000 122191 at http://fleetowner.com Gauging America’s energy future http://fleetowner.com/blog/gauging-america-s-energy-future <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Some good things are happening on the energy front in the U.S. &ndash; perhaps the most critical being that our nation&rsquo;s <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fuel/us-energy-imports-projected-significantly-decline-over-next-two-years"><u>importation of oil</u></a> has reached its lowest level in almost 20 years.</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/gauging-america-s-energy-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/gauging-america-s-energy-future#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:28:00 +0000 121821 at http://fleetowner.com Is pay really the answer? http://fleetowner.com/blog/pay-really-answer <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s been a while since <strong>Jerry Osteryoung</strong>, professor emeritus (that means retired) of finance for <strong>Florida State University</strong>, appeared in this space. Yet a column he wrote the other day caught my eye about how incentives don&rsquo;t always motivate people the way we think they do &ndash; especially when it comes to pay.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/04/Osteryoung2.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 299px; 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/pay-really-answer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/pay-really-answer#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:54:00 +0000 121731 at http://fleetowner.com Money, time, and work http://fleetowner.com/blog/money-time-and-work <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The driver shortage is going to continue vexing the trucking industry for some time to come, if for no other reason than there&rsquo;s no other way to move the bulk goods around America.</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/money-time-and-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/money-time-and-work#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:52:00 +0000 121591 at http://fleetowner.com History hits the road http://fleetowner.com/blog/history-hits-road <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The trucking industry in this country is chock full of history: indeed, one need look no further than <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/search/results/Kenworth?solrsort=created%20desc?intlink=incontent" title="" target="_blank">Kenworth</a></span> Truck Co., celebrating its 90<sup>th</sup> anniversary <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/classic-kenworth-trucks"><u>this year</u></a>, or <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/mack-trucks-0?intlink=incontent" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Mack Trucks</a></span> and its iconic Bulldog logo, both of which recently surpassed the 114 year mark in 2014.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/03/Muse3a.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 200px; 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/history-hits-road" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/history-hits-road#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:04:00 +0000 121441 at http://fleetowner.com Taking engines to the next level http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-engines-next-level <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It still surprises me just how much potential yet remains for fuel savings from the tried-and-true diesel engine, invented by now <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Diesel"><u>well over a century ago</u></a>.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/03/Dave3.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 200px; 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/taking-engines-next-level" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-engines-next-level#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:15:00 +0000 120611 at http://fleetowner.com