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 Tackling near-term regulations, taxes, and tolling efforts http://fleetowner.com/blog/tackling-near-term-regulations-taxes-and-tolling-efforts <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Dealing with trucking&rsquo;s many non-operating related costs, such as compliance with regulations, payment of taxes and of course highway tolls, is one often done with grudging acceptance &ndash; with strong emphasis on the &ldquo;grudging&rdquo; part.</p> <p>Like it or not, they are just part of the cost of doing business as a motor carrier, construction fleet, etc.</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/tackling-near-term-regulations-taxes-and-tolling-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tackling-near-term-regulations-taxes-and-tolling-efforts#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:56:00 +0000 155681 at http://fleetowner.com Even four wheelers keep looking for fuel savings http://fleetowner.com/blog/even-four-wheelers-keep-looking-fuel-savings <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Tire maker <a href="http://bridgestoneamericas.com/">Bridgestone Americas Inc.</a> &ndash; the U.S. subsidiary of Japan&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.bridgestone.com/">Bridgestone Corp.</a> &ndash; recently unveiled the results of an online poll of 2,000 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/even-four-wheelers-keep-looking-fuel-savings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/even-four-wheelers-keep-looking-fuel-savings#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:59:00 +0000 155521 at http://fleetowner.com The next step in smaller diesels http://fleetowner.com/blog/next-step-smaller-diesels <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A lot of interesting stuff gets unveiled at the annual Mid America Trucking Show (MATS), but one of the more interesting things that will make an appear this year is a new small-size four-cylinder 2.8-liter prototype diesel engine developed by <a href="http://www.cummins.com/">Cummins Inc.</a> as part of a four-year joint program with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).</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/next-step-smaller-diesels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/next-step-smaller-diesels#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:01:00 +0000 154761 at http://fleetowner.com RFID use seems to be getting some legs http://fleetowner.com/blog/rfid-use-seems-be-getting-some-legs <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The use of <a href="http://fleetowner.com/information_technology/feature/fleet_speed_reading_rfid">radio frequency identification (RFID) tags</a> in both the manufacturing and retail sectors is apparently reaching a &ldquo;tipping point&rdquo; of sorts, if the results of a new survey are to be believed.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/03/RFID%20chart.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 453px; 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/rfid-use-seems-be-getting-some-legs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/rfid-use-seems-be-getting-some-legs#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:14:00 +0000 154621 at http://fleetowner.com Branding all the live long day http://fleetowner.com/blog/branding-all-live-long-day <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>If you think corporate &ldquo;branding strategies&rdquo; are, applicable to the world of freight transportation, think again.<br /> Indeed, <strong>John Simon</strong> &ndash; vice chairman of <strong>Allegiance Capital</strong> &ndash; recently made a very good point regarding the importance of branding initiatives in the trucking world <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/five-ways-boost-your-fleet-s-brand-and-value">in this post.</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/branding-all-live-long-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/branding-all-live-long-day#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:19:00 +0000 154471 at http://fleetowner.com Integrating 3D printing with truck making http://fleetowner.com/blog/integrating-3d-printing-truck-making <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There&rsquo;s been a lot of talk of late about how <a href="http://www.3dprinter.net/reference/what-is-3d-printing">3D printing</a> will cause big disruptions to the freight world &ndash; indeed, how this technology could fundamentally chance how we manufacture just about all the goods we use in our daily lives. (<em>Go <a href="http://fleetowner.com/news/next-big-threat-trucking-3d-printing">here</a> and <a href="http://seekingalpha.com/article/1284331-how-will-3d-printing-impact-the-manufacturing-industry">here</a> for more detail on those two themes</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/integrating-3d-printing-truck-making" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/integrating-3d-printing-truck-making#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:12:00 +0000 154261 at http://fleetowner.com The change enveloping cars and trucks http://fleetowner.com/blog/change-enveloping-cars-and-trucks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><strong>Mary Barra</strong>, CEO of General Motors, made some interesting observations during a speech at the Chicago Economic Club last week &ndash; particularly about the &ldquo;magnitude of change&rdquo; cars and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/gm-sees-efficiency-key-midsize-pickup-market">light trucks</a> will undergo in the next five years.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/03/Barra8.jpg" style="float:right; height:203px; margin:10px; width:350px" /></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/change-enveloping-cars-and-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/change-enveloping-cars-and-trucks#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:48:00 +0000 153811 at http://fleetowner.com The attraction to distraction http://fleetowner.com/blog/attraction-distraction <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s a worrisome statistic: a recent U.S. survey found that 18% of those polled say they &ldquo;cannot resist&rdquo; the &ldquo;urge&rdquo; to send or check online messages when operating a motor vehicle, with Millennials (<em>those aged 18 to 34</em>) the biggest offenders.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/03/cellphone2.JPG" style="float:right; height:225px; margin:10px; width:300px" /></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/attraction-distraction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/attraction-distraction#comments Driver Management Resource Center Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:29:00 +0000 153561 at http://fleetowner.com Transferring SuperTruck savings to the real world http://fleetowner.com/blog/transferring-supertruck-savings-real-world <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I got a chance to chat electronically recently with <strong>Mario Sanchez</strong> &ndash; director of technical sales enablement for engine-maker Cummins &ndash; and <strong>Ken Damon</strong> &ndash; manager of vehicle performance for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/peterbilt-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Peterbilt</a></span> Motors Co.</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/transferring-supertruck-savings-real-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/transferring-supertruck-savings-real-world#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:23:00 +0000 153401 at http://fleetowner.com From the random file http://fleetowner.com/blog/random-file <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Though perhaps it&rsquo;s unwise to illuminate the inner workings of a trucking journalist&rsquo;s mind, I&rsquo;m going to jump off that proverbial cliff anyways and reveal how a single item &ndash; in this case a press release &ndash; can spark a long and rather &ldquo;random&rdquo; connection of different things.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/03/Epic2.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 166px; 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/random-file" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/random-file#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:46:00 +0000 153261 at http://fleetowner.com