Hammer Lane http://fleetowner.com/blog/25201/feed en Green vs. Green: Winners but no Losers http://fleetowner.com/blog/green-vs-green-winners-no-losers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>That trucking is greening ever faster was exceedingly evident to me while in Indy&nbsp; attending numerous news conferences and taking in a dizzying array of booth displays promoting the environmental bona fides of all sorts of truck equipment at the annual NTEA Work Truck and its accompanying Green Truck Summit.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/green-vs-green-winners-no-losers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/green-vs-green-winners-no-losers#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:38:00 +0000 120011 at http://fleetowner.com Buying time http://fleetowner.com/blog/buying-time <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Despite the recent spate of good economic news, David Nitzsche, vp-- Supply Management for <strong><a href="http://www.ameriquestcorp.com/">AmeriQuest </a></strong>Business Services, cautions fleet owners that the long-term outlook is &ldquo;still hazy.&rdquo;</p> <p>Therefore, he recommends that &ldquo;the right thing for a fleet manager to do now is to maintain a &lsquo;world view&rsquo; of current economic conditions and trends.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/buying-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/buying-time#comments Fleet Management Hammer Lane News Hammer Lane Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:34:00 +0000 117431 at http://fleetowner.com The One in Indiana http://fleetowner.com/blog/one-indiana <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> While in Columbus, IN, last month for the rollout of <a href="http://www.cummins.com/cmi/">Cummins Inc.&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp; <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/updated-cummins-aims-put-diesel-more-market-segments">ISV5.0 5L V8 diesel,</a> I was once again struck by the architectural wonderland that is the engine maker&rsquo;s hometown.</p> <p> I&rsquo;ve been to that tidy little city, located roughly midway between Indianapolis and Louisville, quite a few times over my career.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/one-indiana" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/one-indiana#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:00:00 +0000 109921 at http://fleetowner.com Detroit shudders as Washington dithers http://fleetowner.com/blog/detroit-shudders-washington-dithers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> A brief post on the investment-research site <a href="http://seekingalpha.com/">SeekingAlpha.com</a> contends <a href="http://seekingalpha.com/currents/post/1330582?source=email_rt_mc_readmore">that automakers are &ldquo;nervously&rdquo; watching the back-and-forth on Capitol Hill</a> given the growing possibility that the United States will go into default if Republicans and Democrats don&rsquo;t quickly strike a deal over the government shutdown and the federal debt-ceiling limit.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/detroit-shudders-washington-dithers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/detroit-shudders-washington-dithers#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:27:00 +0000 105622 at http://fleetowner.com Dare to dream— and to share the vision http://fleetowner.com/blog/dare-dream-and-share-vision <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> In his imaginative keynoter at <a href="http://www.tmwsystems.com/"><u>TMW Systems&rsquo;</u></a>recent user group conference, company president David Wangler argued convincingly that success is driven not only by mastering digits and data, but also by envisioning&mdash;and, above all, acting on-- that which cannot yet be seen.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/dare-dream-and-share-vision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/dare-dream-and-share-vision#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Fri, 27 Sep 2013 17:55:00 +0000 102202 at http://fleetowner.com Prescription for private-fleet success http://fleetowner.com/blog/prescription-private-fleet-success <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> <em>Presented below is a white paper authored by two executives with</em><em><a href="http://argoconsulting.com/">Argo, Inc.</a>, a performance-improvement consulting firm.</em></p> <p> <em>Authors James Mourafetis, vice president of Argo and Uday Kamat, director of Argo</em><em>detail how, in their view, private fleets can contribute to the top-line growth of their parent firms by acting to ensure both fleet reliability (a combination of availability and asset quality) and fleet utilization&hellip;</em></p> <p> <strong>Is Your Fleet Contributing to Top Line Growth?</strong></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/prescription-private-fleet-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/prescription-private-fleet-success#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:38:00 +0000 92762 at http://fleetowner.com Tick tock... http://fleetowner.com/blog/tick-tock <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> The <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/congress-gets-earful-hos">new Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules</a> kicked in over two weeks ago. But don&rsquo;t let your guard down. The battle over HOS reform is far from over.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/tick-tock" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tick-tock#comments Hammer Lane Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:19:00 +0000 88922 at http://fleetowner.com Highway Trust Fund seen on very bumpy road http://fleetowner.com/blog/highway-trust-fund-seen-very-bumpy-road <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> The latest take on the state of the federal Highway Trust Fund issued by the <a href="http://www.cbo.gov/">Congressional Budget Office (CBO)</a> is brightly lit by a yellow caution light.</p> <p> To avert a massive shortfall come 2015, CBO contends that Congress will have to sharply cut highway spending, transfer $14 billion from the Treasury&rsquo;s general fund, pump up the federal fuel tax by some 10 cents a gallon, or deploy some combination of the three measures.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/highway-trust-fund-seen-very-bumpy-road" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/highway-trust-fund-seen-very-bumpy-road#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:28:00 +0000 73482 at http://fleetowner.com M&A File 1: A good year to sell http://fleetowner.com/blog/ma-file-1-good-year-sell <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> At first blush, a fleet owner might not think of selling off their business in the current business climate. But investment banker <a href="mailto:mdyer@allcapcorp.com">Mark Dyer</a> (pictured), managing director of the Transportation Practice for Dallas-based <a href="http://www.allcapcorp.com/">Allegiance Capital Corp</a>., tells me there are actually several reasons why 2013 is a good year to make that move.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/ma-file-1-good-year-sell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/ma-file-1-good-year-sell#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:31:00 +0000 71381 at http://fleetowner.com ZF shows off "A transmission of contradictions" http://fleetowner.com/blog/zf-shows-transmission-contradictions <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> I never know what I&rsquo;ll come across in the blur of the busy-as-a-carnival-midway floor of the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/mid-america-trucking-show-1">Mid-America Trucking Show</a>, which concluded its annual run last weekend in Louisville, KY.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/zf-shows-transmission-contradictions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/zf-shows-transmission-contradictions#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:27:00 +0000 70001 at http://fleetowner.com Manager as cheerleader http://fleetowner.com/blog/manager-cheerleader <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> Managers may not think right off the bat that at least part of their role in the workplace is to cheer on their direct reports. But leadership expert <a href="https://www.facebook.com/timothy.bednarz">Timothy F. Bednarz, Ph.D.</a> , author of <em>Great! What Makes Leaders Great</em> (<a href="http://www.majoriumbusinesspress.com/">Majorium Business Press</a>, Stevens Point, WI, 2011), argues persuasively in a recent post to his <a href="http://blog.majoriumbusinesspress.com/">&ldquo;Leaders to Leader&rdquo; blog</a> that cheerleading is a &ldquo;critical aspect of leadership.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/manager-cheerleader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/manager-cheerleader#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:49:00 +0000 62501 at http://fleetowner.com Cliff notes http://fleetowner.com/blog/cliff-notes <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> The political parlor game being played out in Washington over whether or not the economy &ldquo;goes over&rdquo; the political construction known as <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/averting-fiscal-cliff">the fiscal cliff</a> is one helluva cliffhanger.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/cliff-notes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/cliff-notes#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:18:00 +0000 58911 at http://fleetowner.com Blue glow http://fleetowner.com/blog/blue-glow <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> There&#39;s a warm blue (for the color of the flame when natural gasis ignited) glow being cast over more and more truck fleets seeking to go green to demonstrate environmental sensibility and to gain green spending less on fuel by<a href="http://fleetowner.com/blue-fleets/blue-fleet-practical-guide-natural-gas"> switching to trucks powered by either compressd natural gas (CNG) or liquified natural gas (LNG).</a></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/blue-glow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/blue-glow#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:18:00 +0000 57041 at http://fleetowner.com On the cliff http://fleetowner.com/blog/cliff <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> Awaiting the outcome of the November elections&mdash; less than two weeks away at this writing&mdash; at least one thing&rsquo;s certain: Nothing will be done to prevent never-give-an-inch partisan politicians from driving the U.S. economy over the so-called &ldquo;fiscal cliff&rdquo; until after the voters have spoken.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/cliff" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/cliff#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:58:00 +0000 54831 at http://fleetowner.com <p> Congress and the White House have their work cut out for them before year&#39;s end if they are to avert driving the economy over the fiscal cliff.</p> Ford’s radical idea http://fleetowner.com/blog/ford-s-radical-idea <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p> New federal MPG rules for vehicle manufacturers are no doubt leading to much innovation in engineering and manufacturing across the GVW spectrum. Of course, most if not all the development work to produce new trucks that will emit fewer greenhouse gases while operating more fuel-efficiently now under way is occurring out of sight of future truck buyers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/hammer-lane">Hammer Lane </a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/ford-s-radical-idea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/ford-s-radical-idea#comments Hammer Lane Hammer Lane Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:41:00 +0000 46171 at http://fleetowner.com