Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en Fill ‘er up fast with CNG http://fleetowner.com/blog/fill-er-fast-cng <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I stopped by one of <a href="http://www.loves.com/"><u>Love&rsquo;s Travel Stops and Country Stores</u></a> facilities in Oak Cliff, TX, this week &ndash; located just a stone&rsquo;s throw away from Dallas and just off the big I-20 highway that cuts east/west across the Lone Star state &ndash; to get a look at its latest &ldquo;fast fill&rdquo; location for compressed <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/running-green/blue-fleets?intlink=incontent" title="" target="_blank">natural gas</a></span> (CNG) for both cars and heavy trucks.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/08/JLM.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/fill-er-fast-cng" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/fill-er-fast-cng#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:13:00 +0000 134241 at http://fleetowner.com Partnering up to tackle the technician shortage http://fleetowner.com/blog/partnering-tackle-technician-shortage <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>While there&rsquo;s been a lot of recent attention focused on the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/new-solutions-being-aimed-driver-shortage"><u>truck driver shortage</u></a> &ndash; especially in the mainstream media, as <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/upshot/the-trucking-industry-needs-more-drivers-it-should-try-paying-more.html?_r=0"><u>this New York Times story</u></a> can attest &ndash; there&rsquo;s another crippling personnel shortage affecting trucking, too: that would be for diesel technicians.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/</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/partnering-tackle-technician-shortage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/partnering-tackle-technician-shortage#comments Trucks at Work Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:59:00 +0000 134171 at http://fleetowner.com Fingers stay sticky for pickups http://fleetowner.com/blog/fingers-stay-sticky-pickups <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Light vehicle sales remain on a hot streak in the U.S., with pickup trucks leading the way &ndash; two trends that are helping bolster what little economic growth is occurring in the country right now (<em>go <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/storyline/wp/2014/07/28/how-truck-sales-track-the-economy/"><u>here</u></a> for a story on that interesting correlation</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/fingers-stay-sticky-pickups" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/fingers-stay-sticky-pickups#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:43:00 +0000 134011 at http://fleetowner.com High school grads: the "new" recruits for trucking? http://fleetowner.com/blog/high-school-grads-new-recruits-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Some not-so-pleasant twists in the U.S. job market are being highlighted by <a href="http://www.careerbuilder.com/"><u>CareerBuilder</u></a> and its research subsidiary <a href="http://www.economicmodeling.com/"><u>Economic Modeling Specialists International</u></a> &ndash; particularly when it comes to an ever-growing dearth of employment opportunities for those who only possess a high school diploma.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/08/college-classroom.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 350px; height: 216px; 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/high-school-grads-new-recruits-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/high-school-grads-new-recruits-trucking#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:37:00 +0000 133871 at http://fleetowner.com Do Americans really favor tolls over fuel taxes? http://fleetowner.com/blog/do-americans-really-favor-tolls-over-fuel-taxes <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I&rsquo;m not sure what to make of the <a href="http://click.email.reason.org/?qs=9c877558bffdd7af346d3b7e1d8fbd2baa8dede0cfe878dc21dc17a2a005c867"><u>latest Reason-Rupe poll</u></a> of 1,000 U.S. adults concerning transportation issues, for it seems to me full of conflicting points of view.</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/do-americans-really-favor-tolls-over-fuel-taxes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/do-americans-really-favor-tolls-over-fuel-taxes#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:04:00 +0000 133851 at http://fleetowner.com Rolling down that electric highway http://fleetowner.com/blog/rolling-down-electric-highway <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So last week you may have perused <a href="http://fleetowner.com/running-green/trucks-electric-freight-trolleys"><u>this photo gallery</u></a> highlighting a new project being launched by industrial giant <a href="http://www.siemens.com/entry/cc/en/#/startscreen"><u>Siemens</u></a> in partnership with the <a href="http://www.aqmd.gov/"><u>South Coast Air Quality Management District</u></a> (SCAQMD) in southern California and <a href="http://www.macktrucks.com/"><u><span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/mack-trucks-0?intlink=incontent" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Mack Trucks</a></span></u></a> concerning the development of an electric highway or &ldquo;eHighway&rdquo; system near the ports of Los Ang</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/rolling-down-electric-highway" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/rolling-down-electric-highway#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:30:00 +0000 133631 at http://fleetowner.com Focusing on how to drive future savings http://fleetowner.com/blog/focusing-how-drive-future-savings <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So last week I toured the Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP) that builds Cummins heavy-duty engines in upstate New York as part of the facility&rsquo;s <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/cummins-marks-milestone-jamestown-engine-plant"><u>40<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebration</u></a>.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/08/sign.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 350px; height: 233px; 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/focusing-how-drive-future-savings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/focusing-how-drive-future-savings#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:21:00 +0000 132981 at http://fleetowner.com The truck stop side of life http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-stop-side-life <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Even though it&rsquo;s only 10 a.m., it&rsquo;s already hot out on the asphalt parking lot surrounding the <a href="http://www.loves.com/"><u>Love&rsquo;s Travel Centers</u></a> Salisbury location right off I-85 in North Carolina &ndash; a 10-acre site featuring eight gasoline pumps capable of refueling 16 cars and nine diesel pumps able to refuel 18 heavy trucks <em>(with <a href="http://fleetowner.com/topics/2010-emissions/decoding_def_0509"><u>diesel exhaust fluid</u></a> or &ldquo;DEF&rdquo; dispensers available on the diesel fuel island as well</em>) plus a truck-dedicated Tire Care Ce</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-stop-side-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-stop-side-life#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:19:00 +0000 132801 at http://fleetowner.com “Tough Love” with a drop of good old “Poison” http://fleetowner.com/blog/tough-love-drop-good-old-poison <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So <a href="http://www.nissanusa.com/"><u>Nissan</u></a> is in the midst rolling out a new marketing campaign to tout the hardiness of its <a href="http://www.nissancommercialvehicles.com/"><u>commercial vans</u></a> &ndash; with a little help from <strong>Bret Michaels</strong>, best known as the lead singer for Poison, one of the great &ldquo;hair bands&rdquo; from back in the halcyon days of heavy metal.</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/tough-love-drop-good-old-poison" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tough-love-drop-good-old-poison#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000 132431 at http://fleetowner.com In the end, price trumps all http://fleetowner.com/blog/end-price-trumps-all <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s one of those &ldquo;no duh&rdquo; findings from a recent survey of 1,000 consumers in the U.S. and 1,010 in the U.K.: despite 80% believing that it&rsquo;s &ldquo;important&rdquo; for companies and brands to &ldquo;behave ethically,&rdquo; the single most significant factor to them when shopping for goods is &hellip; wait for it &hellip; price.</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/end-price-trumps-all" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/end-price-trumps-all#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:36:00 +0000 132401 at http://fleetowner.com In praise of mentoring http://fleetowner.com/blog/praise-mentoring <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>With all the frequent and necessary talk about <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/technology-viewed-key-unlocking-profit"><u>technology</u></a>, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/used-trucks-big-business"><u>equipment costs</u></a>, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/fuel-economy-2017-and-beyond"><u>fuel economy</u></a>, among many other vital topics in this industry, we often forget that at the end of the day trucking is really at its heart all about people.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/07/Rolling.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; heigh</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/praise-mentoring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/praise-mentoring#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:00:00 +0000 132261 at http://fleetowner.com Used Trucks = Big Business http://fleetowner.com/blog/used-trucks-big-business <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So last week I dialed into a conference call arranged by <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/international-1?intlink=incontent" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Navistar</a></span> to discuss its new &ldquo;Diamond Renewed&rdquo; reconditioned used truck program (<em>you can read more about that <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/navistar-launches-diamond-renewed-used-truck-program"><u>here</u></a>, with insight into the company&rsquo;s broader strategy for rebuilding market share in U.S. <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/navistar-outlines-long-term-restoration-strategy"><u>here</u></a></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/used-trucks-big-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/used-trucks-big-business#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:36:00 +0000 132121 at http://fleetowner.com Turnover isn’t just a trucking problem http://fleetowner.com/blog/turnover-isn-t-just-trucking-problem <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>While it&rsquo;s certainly gratifying to witness mainstream media outlets waking up to the potential widespread consequences of the growing truck driver shortage here 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/turnover-isn-t-just-trucking-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/turnover-isn-t-just-trucking-problem#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:51:00 +0000 132031 at http://fleetowner.com Could positive consumer data benefit trucking? http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-positive-consumer-data-benefit-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s no secret that consumer spending helps drive freight volumes in trucking. Indeed, how do all the things people buy &ndash; food, appliances, furniture, clothes, cars, you name it &ndash; get delivered to their homes, dealerships, and retail centers anyways? By truck, of course, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/ata-sees-solid-growth-entire-freight-economy-out-2025"><u>almost 70% of the time</u></a>.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/07/FreightRoll.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/could-positive-consumer-data-benefit-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-positive-consumer-data-benefit-trucking#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:22:00 +0000 131941 at http://fleetowner.com Where technology, safety, and savings intersect http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-technology-safety-and-savings-intersect <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Much of the talk in trucking where technology is concerned nowadays typically centers around <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/big-data-big-calculations"><u>cost and return on investment</u></a>. Yet safety is never far from the surface in such discussions &ndash; particularly in terms of how safety impacts profitability.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/07/Roadway1_0.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/where-technology-safety-and-savings-intersect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-technology-safety-and-savings-intersect#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:50:00 +0000 131821 at http://fleetowner.com