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 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 Is it all about intuitiveness? http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-all-about-intuitiveness <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>&ldquo;Intuitive&rdquo; believe it or not derives from Medieval Latin and is an adjective that means &ldquo;using on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning&rdquo; &ndash; describing an almost &ldquo;instinctive&rdquo; act of mental reasoning, if you will.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/07/Driving.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/it-all-about-intuitiveness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-all-about-intuitiveness#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:24:00 +0000 131651 at http://fleetowner.com Positives outweigh the negatives for now http://fleetowner.com/blog/positives-outweigh-negatives-now <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Despite the usual spate of ongoing problems &ndash; especially when it comes to the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/seeking-solutions-driver-shortage"><u>driver shortage</u></a> &ndash; the outlook for trucking continues to brighten, which is mirroring rosier projections for the U.S. economy as a whole.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/07/thumbs-up.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 300px; 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/positives-outweigh-negatives-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/positives-outweigh-negatives-now#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:55:00 +0000 131571 at http://fleetowner.com A drive down into SubTropolis http://fleetowner.com/blog/drive-down-subtropolis <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So back in June when I got to <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/test-drive-2015-ford-transit-van"><u>test drive</u></a> <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Motor Co.&rsquo;s new <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/ford-touts-transit-s-epa-fuel-economy-numbers"><u>Transit full size van</u></a> in and around Kansas City, MO, I also got to visit one of the more unique industrial complexes you&rsquo;ll find in the U.S.: SubTropolis.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/07/Under.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/drive-down-subtropolis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/drive-down-subtropolis#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:52:00 +0000 131481 at http://fleetowner.com The work-life balance issue http://fleetowner.com/blog/work-life-balance-issue <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>One of the many difficulties facing fleets in the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/seeking-solutions-driver-shortage"><u>truck driver recruiting arena</u></a> &ndash; especially long-haul motor carriers that send drivers out on the road for weeks at a time &ndash; is the growing demand for better &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/management/news/fleets-demands-work-life-balance-1110"><u>work-life balance</u></a>.&rdquo;<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/07/DriverWalking.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/work-life-balance-issue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/work-life-balance-issue#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:44:00 +0000 131371 at http://fleetowner.com Transportation is no easy task http://fleetowner.com/blog/transportation-no-easy-task <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The horror unfolding in the Ukraine right now concerning the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/malaysia-airlines-plane-was-hit-by-surface-to-air-missile-u-s-officials-say-1405659584?tesla=y&amp;mg=reno64-wsj&amp;url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303907904580036361680154300.html"><u>apparent shoot-down of a Malaysian jetliner</u></a> &ndash; killing some 298 passengers and crew, including three infants, according to news reports &ndash; is perhaps the starkest reminder yet that the commercial transportation business via air, land, or sea is no easy or safe task, regardl</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/transportation-no-easy-task" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/transportation-no-easy-task#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:16:00 +0000 131251 at http://fleetowner.com The inflation bugaboo raises its ugly head http://fleetowner.com/blog/inflation-bugaboo-raises-its-ugly-head <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Concerns about increasing inflation are starting to grow right along with burgeoning confidence in U.S. economic prospects, which offers up yet another indicator trucking will need to keep close watch upon in the months ahead.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/07/Row.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 350px; height: 233px; float: left;" /></p> <p>Inflation can impact trucking in a number of ways, with the most obvious being hikes in fuel prices.</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/inflation-bugaboo-raises-its-ugly-head" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/inflation-bugaboo-raises-its-ugly-head#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:48:00 +0000 131091 at http://fleetowner.com