Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en Time to look at trucks http://fleetowner.com/blog/time-look-trucks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As winter begins to flex its icy strength across much of the country &ndash; the Northeast in particular is going to feel the early onset of its wrath <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/11/25/winter-storm-east-coast-thanksgiving/70084800/">for the second time over the Thanksgiving holiday</a> &ndash; truck calendars also begin to pop across the land as well.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/11/Midwest1.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 274px; 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/time-look-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/time-look-trucks#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:19:00 +0000 143521 at http://fleetowner.com Navigating Thanksgiving holiday traffic http://fleetowner.com/blog/navigating-thanksgiving-holiday-traffic <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Apparently, we&rsquo;re going to witness some of the highest traffic volumes in seven years for a Thanksgiving holiday this week &ndash; something neither truckers nor motorists must relish.</p> <p>[<em>And I bet more than few truck drivers would like the ability to &ldquo;leap&rdquo; traffic jams, too, though perhaps not in the manner the Lotus Formula One racing team recently demonstrated</em>.]</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TVBcEg6klJI" width="560"></iframe></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/navigating-thanksgiving-holiday-traffic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/navigating-thanksgiving-holiday-traffic#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:54:00 +0000 143251 at http://fleetowner.com Through the regulatory looking glass http://fleetowner.com/blog/through-regulatory-looking-glass <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Even as the wrangling begins over President Obama&rsquo;s executive order altering 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/through-regulatory-looking-glass" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/through-regulatory-looking-glass#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:14:00 +0000 143111 at http://fleetowner.com “Flexibility” as the fundamental freight skill http://fleetowner.com/blog/flexibility-fundamental-freight-skill <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><strong>Martin Lee</strong>, business development executive for logistics software firm <a href="http://www.wisetechglobal.com/">WiseTech Global</a>, offered up some interesting insight into the growing need for &ldquo;flexibility&rdquo; as skill critical for survival in the modern-day rough-and-tumble freight transportation world.</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/flexibility-fundamental-freight-skill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/flexibility-fundamental-freight-skill#comments Trucks at Work Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:25:00 +0000 143011 at http://fleetowner.com Big rigs, big costs http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-rigs-big-costs <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Everyone in trucking today knows it costs big bucks not only to acquire big rigs but to keep them running as well &ndash; something <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/used-trucks-big-business">that&rsquo;s been discussed in this space</a> more than a time or two.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/11/CostTruck.jpg" style="width: 212px; height: 600px; 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/big-rigs-big-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-rigs-big-costs#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:06:00 +0000 142871 at http://fleetowner.com Time to get a little crazy! http://fleetowner.com/blog/time-get-little-crazy <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So that ultimate automotive whirling dervish, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/cranking-wheel-jammin-gears">Ken Block</a>, is at it again &ndash; crafting a 12 minute film of positively hypnotic horsepower (<em>845 to be exact</em>) that screams across sections of Los Angeles with high-octane intensity. Here, see for yourself:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5qanlirrRWs" width="560"></iframe></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/time-get-little-crazy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/time-get-little-crazy#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:50:00 +0000 142741 at http://fleetowner.com The bigness of road & bridge construction http://fleetowner.com/blog/bigness-road-bridge-construction <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>With all the wrangling on Capitol Hill these days regarding <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/paying-highways-no-free-ride">how to fund surface transportation infrastructure projects</a>, we tend to forget the sheer size and scope of such undertakings &ndash; and thus why they cost so much money.</p> <p>Take the $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, for example: a bridge that replaced a span originally built back in 1936 that required five years or more than 42,000 hours of work.</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/bigness-road-bridge-construction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/bigness-road-bridge-construction#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 13 Nov 2014 01:43:00 +0000 142381 at http://fleetowner.com When free shipping meets the capacity crunch http://fleetowner.com/blog/when-free-shipping-meets-capacity-crunch <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s a collision of forces that may be worthy of a &ldquo;Godzilla&rdquo; style monster movie: where <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/free-yet-faster-becoming-key-e-commerce-shipping-demand">demand for more and faster free-shipping</a> to support <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/how-e-commerce-may-drive-rate-increases">burgeoning e-commerce sales</a> slams into a freight transportation network with <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/wrestling-trucking-capacity-constraints">little to no capacity left to spare</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/when-free-shipping-meets-capacity-crunch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/when-free-shipping-meets-capacity-crunch#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:48:00 +0000 142361 at http://fleetowner.com Holiday shopping trends and the freight impact http://fleetowner.com/blog/holiday-shopping-trends-and-freight-impact <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>If consumers are lured to shop particular brands or stores via the appeal of &ldquo;free shipping,&rdquo; how might that impact the freight industry?</p> <p>Well, for starters, that might start forcing retailers to &ldquo;lock in&rdquo; more freight capacity &ndash; as postulated <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/free-yet-faster-becoming-key-e-commerce-shipping-demand">in this story</a> last month &ndash; which could ultimately benefit trucking operators.</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/holiday-shopping-trends-and-freight-impact" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/holiday-shopping-trends-and-freight-impact#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:50:00 +0000 141921 at http://fleetowner.com New data defenses may be needed http://fleetowner.com/blog/new-data-defenses-may-be-needed <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Nothing stays static very long in the digital world, especially when it comes to the nefarious activities of hackers and cyber criminals.</p> <p>So even if you think your electronic network defenses are good and strong today, they could <a href="../../technology/planning-more-data-protection-trucking">very well be compromised tomorrow</a>, simply because efforts to breach them never cease.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/11/Cybersecurity.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 263px; 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/new-data-defenses-may-be-needed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/new-data-defenses-may-be-needed#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:49:00 +0000 141671 at http://fleetowner.com Will the “goldilocks” environment continue? http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-goldilocks-environment-continue <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><strong>Michael Zimm</strong>, a truck transportation analyst with GE Capital, made some interesting observations the other day concerning the current state of the motor carrier industry; specifically that truckers are benefitting from what he&rsquo;s dubbed a near &ldquo;goldilocks&rdquo; supply/demand environment.</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/will-goldilocks-environment-continue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-goldilocks-environment-continue#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:47:00 +0000 141531 at http://fleetowner.com Playing the economic guessing game http://fleetowner.com/blog/playing-economic-guessing-game <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>In some ways, a lot of the data used to indicate the glide path for the U.S. economy is conflicting in many ways.</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-economic-guessing-game" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/playing-economic-guessing-game#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:31:00 +0000 141461 at http://fleetowner.com Get ready for a wave of trucking regulations http://fleetowner.com/blog/get-ready-wave-trucking-regulations <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I listened in for a bit last week to a presentation by <strong>Dave Osiecki</strong>, executive VP and chief of national advocacy for the <a href="http://www.truckline.com/">American Trucking Associations</a> (ATA) trade group, concerning what&rsquo;s coming down the &ldquo;regulatory pipeline&rdquo; for trucking &ndash; a discussion that included his take on the potential implications for the industry regarding <a href="../../fleet-management/election-2014-what-s-stake-trucking">tomorrow&rsquo;s mid-term Congressional elections</a>.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploa</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/get-ready-wave-trucking-regulations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/get-ready-wave-trucking-regulations#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:12:00 +0000 141341 at http://fleetowner.com Updating the highway payment possibilities http://fleetowner.com/blog/updating-highway-payment-possibilities <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Figuring out ways to pay for highway infrastructure is no easy task &ndash; just witness the <a href="../../fleet-management/senate-maneuver-may-well-dead-end-long-term-highway-bill-anytime-year">multi-year Congressional wrangling</a> over the crafting and subsequent non-passage of several surface transportation reauthorization bills.</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/updating-highway-payment-possibilities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/updating-highway-payment-possibilities#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:24:00 +0000 141201 at http://fleetowner.com Decoding the diesel trends http://fleetowner.com/blog/decoding-diesel-trends <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A new 32-page report hit the streets this week: <em><u>An Assessment of the Diesel Fuel Market: Demand, Supply, Trade and Key Drivers</u></em>, and you can go <a href="http://www.fuelsinstitute.org/">here</a> to download it.</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/decoding-diesel-trends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/decoding-diesel-trends#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:47:00 +0000 141091 at http://fleetowner.com