Fleet Owner http://fleetowner.com/rss.xml en Visiting the IFDA distibution solutions conference http://fleetowner.com/trailers/visiting-ifda-distibution-solutions-conference <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>The 2017 <a href="http://www.ifdaonline.org/">International Foodservice Distributors Association</a> (IFDA) distribution solutions conference, held at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, this week, provided 23 different workshops for foodservice companies to attend on a range of topics from recruiting and retaining workers to the latest advice or complying with new Sanitary Transportation Food Act, along with an exhibit floor packed with 156 vendors selling everything from trucks and trailers to clothing needed to work in sub-zero warehouses.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/trailers/visiting-ifda-distibution-solutions-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/trailers/visiting-ifda-distibution-solutions-conference#comments Trucks Trailers News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:58:00 +0000 228861 at http://fleetowner.com ATRI: Driver wages and benefits outpaced lower fuel costs in 2016 http://fleetowner.com/operations/atri-driver-wages-and-benefits-outpaced-lower-fuel-costs-2016 <div class="field-deck"> Key line items in ATRI study include declines in fuel costs from 2015 and increases in driver wages and benefits. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the findings of its <a href="http://atri-online.org/2017/10/18/an-analysis-of-the-operational-costs-of-trucking-2017-update/" target="_blank">2017 update to <em>An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking</em></a>.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/operations/atri-driver-wages-and-benefits-outpaced-lower-fuel-costs-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/operations/atri-driver-wages-and-benefits-outpaced-lower-fuel-costs-2016#comments Operations Economics Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:09:00 +0000 228851 at http://fleetowner.com Shorter trailer trade cycles may result from new food safety rules http://fleetowner.com/trailers/shorter-trailer-trade-cycles-may-result-new-food-safety-rules <div class="field-deck"> Yet fleets may also save money by speeding up replacement cycles, too, argues one trailer leasing specialist. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Refrigerated motor carriers may need to rethink their trailer trade cycles in light of new <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/fda-releases-final-food-transportation-safety-rule">food safety transportation rules</a> that <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/complying-fsma-your-fleet-ready">went into effect this past April</a>, argued Don Drum, vice president of customer solutions for <a href="http://www.plmtrailer.com/">PLM Trailer Leasing</a>, during a presentation at the 2017 <a href="http://www.ifdaonline.org/">International Foodservice Distributors Association</a> (IFDA) co</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/trailers/shorter-trailer-trade-cycles-may-result-new-food-safety-rules" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/trailers/shorter-trailer-trade-cycles-may-result-new-food-safety-rules#comments Operations Trailers News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:36:00 +0000 228841 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Don Durm (<em>standing</em>) discusses the new food safety rule impact on reefer trailers while Jim Hoss, vice presidaent of transportation and operations for Cash-Wa Distributing, looks on. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> Gabriel adds ride-control products for 62 more vehicle models http://fleetowner.com/new-products/gabriel-adds-ride-control-products-62-more-vehicle-models <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://gabriel.com/" target="_blank">Gabriel Ride Control</a> is adding 11 different product lines for 62 different vehicle models, the company announced this week.</p> <p>This year, Gabriel is adding new models to its ReadyMount Fully Loaded Struts, Max ControlTM Shocks, ProGuardTM Shocks, Load Carrier Shocks, Top Mounts, and HiJackers Shocks. Also, Gabriel is adding new models to four of its UltraTM lines: Ultra Struts, Ultra Shocks, Ultra Cartridges, and Ultra Spring Seats.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/new-products/gabriel-adds-ride-control-products-62-more-vehicle-models" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/new-products/gabriel-adds-ride-control-products-62-more-vehicle-models#comments New Products News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:54:00 +0000 228831 at http://fleetowner.com National Fleet offers new loading ramps http://fleetowner.com/new-products/national-fleet-offers-new-loading-ramps <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>National Fleet Products, a North American supplier of loading ramps and other aftermarket accessories for commercial vehicles, is offering <a href="https://www.nationalfleetproducts.com/" target="_blank">new versions of its WM System Loading Ramps</a>.</p> <p>Designed as a low-cost, maintenance-free alternative to hydraulic liftgates, WM System ramps are suitable for a wide array of vehicle applications, including everything from vans to box trucks to class-8 trailers and service and delivery vehicles of all types.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/new-products/national-fleet-offers-new-loading-ramps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/new-products/national-fleet-offers-new-loading-ramps#comments New Products News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:48:00 +0000 228821 at http://fleetowner.com Is technology causing highway fatalities? http://fleetowner.com/blog/technology-causing-highway-fatalities <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>We&rsquo;ve often written of the improving safety performance of trucks after participating in a live demonstration, or sitting through a presentation on connectivity.</p> <p>So, it comes as a bit of a surprise that overall highway fatalities rose in 2016 to a <a href="https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/usdot-releases-2016-fatal-traffic-crash-data" target="_blank">decade-high of 37,461</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/technology-causing-highway-fatalities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/technology-causing-highway-fatalities#comments Research Technology The Open Road The Open Road Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:46:00 +0000 228771 at http://fleetowner.com Driver iQ service provides truck driving school records http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/driver-iq-service-provides-truck-driving-school-records <div class="field-deck"> New database makes training records on new drivers available to carriers and provides credits for driving schools. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.driveriq.com/" target="_blank">Driver iQ</a> announced it is offering access to Truck Driving School Records. According to the company, this offering will allow carriers to access driving school records as part of the pre-employment screening process.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/driver-iq-service-provides-truck-driving-school-records" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/driver-iq-service-provides-truck-driving-school-records#comments Driver Logs Driver Management News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:36:00 +0000 228811 at http://fleetowner.com Six ways to prepare your fleet for winter http://fleetowner.com/blog/six-ways-prepare-your-fleet-winter <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Frigid temperatures and harsh winter conditions are hard on any vehicle, especially fleet vehicles that are on the road for 10 to 12 hours a day. Performing routine maintenance will help fleet managers avoid emergency repairs and costly downtime during the coldest months of the year.</p> <p>Before snow falls and temperatures drop, prepare your vehicles for the season with this maintenance checklist.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/six-ways-prepare-your-fleet-winter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/six-ways-prepare-your-fleet-winter#comments Trucks News Shifting Gears Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:25:00 +0000 228801 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: VDOT</p> ELDs remain a top fleet issue. But managing costs and traffic congestion are up there, too. http://fleetowner.com/blog/elds-remain-top-fleet-issue-managing-costs-and-traffic-congestion-are-there-too <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>An annual survey compiled by global software provider <a href="https://www.teletracnavman.com/">Teletrac Navman</a> finds (<em>unsurprisingly</em>) that compliance with the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-logs/fmcsa-proceeds-december-eld-enforcement-plan">electronic logging device (ELD) mandate</a> is one of the biggest concerns of U.S. fleets at this point in time &ndash; although most of the larger ones, operating over 100 pieces of equipment, expressed the &ldquo;highest confidence&rdquo; in meeting the mandate&rsquo;s December 18 deadline.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/elds-remain-top-fleet-issue-managing-costs-and-traffic-congestion-are-there-too" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/elds-remain-top-fleet-issue-managing-costs-and-traffic-congestion-are-there-too#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:37:00 +0000 228791 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</p> Ozark offers new driver pay package http://fleetowner.com/operations/ozark-offers-new-driver-pay-package <div class="field-deck"> Family-owned carrier increases both cents per mile and accessorial pay for its linehaul, team, and regional drivers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="https://www.ozark.com/">Ozark Motor Lines</a>, Inc., a family-owned ground transportation services company based in Memphis, TN, is putting a new pay package in place for its drivers; increasing both cents per mile and accessorial pay.</p> <p>Starting rates for linehaul drivers under the new pay package are 41 cents per mile for drivers with less than a year of experience all the way up to 46 cents per mile for drivers with five or more years of experience, with pay now topping out at 48 cents per mile.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/operations/ozark-offers-new-driver-pay-package" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/operations/ozark-offers-new-driver-pay-package#comments Operations News Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:02:00 +0000 228781 at http://fleetowner.com Anheuser-Busch, Convoy expand relationship http://fleetowner.com/telematics/anheuser-busch-convoy-expand-relationship <div class="field-deck"> Beer firm credits start-up for creating capacity, raising wages, and cutting empty miles. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">Anheuser-Busch</span><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;"> announced an enhanced multi-year agreement with Convoy, making the technology start-up the &ldquo;trucking service provider&rdquo; for shipments.</span></p> <p>Anheuser-Busch has already been using Convoy for some on-demand beer shipments. The companies were recently <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/video/2017/08/23/startups-look-to-disrupt-700-billion-trucking-industry.html" target="_blank">profiled on CNBC during a real-time delivery</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/telematics/anheuser-busch-convoy-expand-relationship" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/telematics/anheuser-busch-convoy-expand-relationship#comments Telematics Fuel Economics Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:32:00 +0000 228761 at http://fleetowner.com <p>A look inside Convoy&rsquo;s headquarters in Seattle during a visit by Fleet Owner this summer.<em> (Photo: Neil Abt/Fleet Owner)</em></p> InTu Mobility introduces Diesel I.O. http://fleetowner.com/maintenance/intu-mobility-introduces-diesel-io <div class="field-deck"> New diesel engine technology eliminates aftertreatment problems, reduces downtime, maintenance costs, and increases fuel efficiency, company said. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>InTu Mobility launched its new <a href="https://intumobility.com/" target="_blank">DIESEL I.O. Intelligent Optimization</a> solution for heavy-duty diesel engines. The launch of Diesel I.O. is taking place this week at The Risk Management Summit in Las Vegas.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/maintenance/intu-mobility-introduces-diesel-io" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/maintenance/intu-mobility-introduces-diesel-io#comments Fuel Maintenance News Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:36:00 +0000 228751 at http://fleetowner.com Heavy-truck sales grow in U.S., Canada http://fleetowner.com/trucks/heavy-truck-sales-grow-us-canada <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Last month, <a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/us-medium-and-heavy-duty-truck-sales-still-trail-year-ago" target="_blank">U.S. heavy-truck sales grew</a> to 36,057 units &ndash; up 7.1% &ndash; compared with 2016&rsquo;s 32,357, according to WardsAuto data. In <a href="http://wardsauto.com/industry/canada-medium-and-heavy-duty-trucks-post-strong-month-september" target="_blank">Canada</a>, big truck sales also continued to rise &ndash; up 15.9% to 4,014 in September &ndash; for the seventh consecutive monthly year-over-year gain, according to Wards.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/trucks/heavy-truck-sales-grow-us-canada" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/trucks/heavy-truck-sales-grow-us-canada#comments Trucks Economics Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:26:00 +0000 228741 at http://fleetowner.com <p>According to data from WardsAuto, heavy-truck sales in the U.S. and Canada continue to rise.&nbsp;</p> Teletrac Navman, Noregon release vehicle health and safety solution http://fleetowner.com/maintenance/teletrac-navman-noregon-release-vehicle-health-and-safety-solution <div class="field-deck"> Companies will announce the integration during ATA's 2017 Management Conference & Exhibition. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.teletracnavman.com" target="_blank">Teletrac Navman</a> announced a new integration with <a href="http://www.Noregon.com" target="_blank">Noregon</a>, a provider of vehicle diagnostic, repair and monitoring solutions.</p> <p>&ldquo;Combining the intelligent fleet management capabilities of Teletrac Navman Director and the advanced vehicle health and safety diagnostics of Noregon TripVision, this integration provides carriers with a holistic view of vehicle fitness in real time,&rdquo; the companies noted.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/maintenance/teletrac-navman-noregon-release-vehicle-health-and-safety-solution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/maintenance/teletrac-navman-noregon-release-vehicle-health-and-safety-solution#comments Telematics TMS Maintenance News Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:18:00 +0000 228731 at http://fleetowner.com NCI: Roberts named driver of the month for ‘Elite Fleet’ http://fleetowner.com/people/nci-roberts-named-driver-month-elite-fleet <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.nationalcarriers.com/" target="_blank">National Carriers Inc.</a> (NCI) has named Dawn Roberts as driver of the month for August 2017. She drives a company truck on National Carriers Southwest Regional Fleet and lives in Houma, LA. She is now a finalist for NCI&rsquo;s Driver of the Year to be announced in April 2018, the company noted.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/people/nci-roberts-named-driver-month-elite-fleet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/people/nci-roberts-named-driver-month-elite-fleet#comments People Driver Management News Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:11:00 +0000 228721 at http://fleetowner.com <p>NCI&nbsp;named Dawn Roberts as driver of the month for August 2017. <em><strong>(Photo: NCI)</strong></em></p> Trucks help Puerto Rico recover http://fleetowner.com/trucks/trucks-help-puerto-rico-recover <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>Category 5 Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic damage in Puerto Rico, as well as being the tenth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record. Much of the island&rsquo;s electrical grid was destroyed, leaving many of Puerto Rico&rsquo;s cities and towns without power. But more than 20,000 federal civilian personnel and military service members, including more than 1,700 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel deployed to Puerto Rico to help with storm recovery efforts &ndash; and they used a wide variety of trucks to accomplish that mission.</p> </div> http://fleetowner.com/trucks/trucks-help-puerto-rico-recover#comments Trucks News Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:22:00 +0000 228711 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts</p> C.H. Robinson increases use of Virtual Load View from Omnitracs http://fleetowner.com/telematics/ch-robinson-increases-use-virtual-load-view-omnitracs <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="https://www.omnitracs.com" target="_blank">Omnitracs</a> and <a href="https://www.chrobinson.com" target="_blank">C.H. Robinson</a> jointly announced they are deepening with business relationship, with the freight broker committing to the long-term use of the technology firm&rsquo;s Virtual Load View (VLV) product.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/telematics/ch-robinson-increases-use-virtual-load-view-omnitracs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/telematics/ch-robinson-increases-use-virtual-load-view-omnitracs#comments Telematics News Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000 228491 at http://fleetowner.com <p>C.H. Robinson has committed to the expanded&nbsp;use of Virtual Load View, which&nbsp;allows brokers and shippers to more easily track loads.<em> (Photo: C.H. Robinson)</em></p> Talent shortage affects truckers, non-truckers alike http://fleetowner.com/operations/talent-shortage-affects-truckers-non-truckers-alike <div class="field-deck"> Foodservice executives say finding and keeping talented workers is becoming an “uphill battle.” </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. Being a good company with strong values offering good pay and great benefits is no longer enough to recruit and retain employees, now and in the future, according to a panel discussion of executives here at the 2017 <a href="http://www.ifdaonline.org/">International Foodservice Distributors Association</a> (IFDA) conference at the Gaylord Convention Center.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/operations/talent-shortage-affects-truckers-non-truckers-alike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/operations/talent-shortage-affects-truckers-non-truckers-alike#comments Operations News Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:53:00 +0000 228701 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Right to left: Tracy, Mercier, Mouskondis, and Zatina. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> ITI unveils Sentix for automated training needs http://fleetowner.com/telematics/iti-unveils-sentix-automated-training-needs <div class="field-deck"> Company says system can help fleets reduce liability by changing dangerous behavior. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.instructiontech.net" target="_blank">Instructional Technologies Inc.</a> (ITI) said its new automated web-based learning management system will be available starting Nov. 1.</p> <p>The new system is known as Sentix. ITI is the maker of the Pro-Tread online driver training system. The company is based in Vancouver, WA.</p> <p>Sentix &ldquo;can automate assignments for new hires, schedule training before an endorsement expires, or trigger corrective training based on an event or trend,&rdquo; said Aaron Purvis, chief technology officer of ITI.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/telematics/iti-unveils-sentix-automated-training-needs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/telematics/iti-unveils-sentix-automated-training-needs#comments Telematics News Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:19:00 +0000 228691 at http://fleetowner.com <p>ITI said its new&nbsp;Sentix&nbsp;program&nbsp;can automate assignments for new hires,&nbsp;schedule training before an endorsement expires, or trigger corrective training.&nbsp;<em>(Photo: ITI)​</em></p> Great Dane highlights foodservice products at IFDA http://fleetowner.com/new-products/great-dane-highlights-foodservice-products-ifda <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>At the 2017 International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Distribution Solutions Conference, <a href="http://www.greatdane.com/" target="_blank">Great Dane</a> will showcase several products designed for temperature-sensitive deliveries. Conference attendees can visit booth 239 to view an Everest refrigerated trailer and an Alpine refrigerated truck body both featuring Great Dane&rsquo;s ThermoGuard liner with Microban broad-spectrum antimicrobial protection that helps fight bacteria growth, stains and odors for the life of the trailer or truck body.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/new-products/great-dane-highlights-foodservice-products-ifda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/new-products/great-dane-highlights-foodservice-products-ifda#comments Operations New Products Regulations Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:05:00 +0000 228681 at http://fleetowner.com DAT: Freight Index hits all-time high in September http://fleetowner.com/finance/dat-freight-index-hits-all-time-high-september <div class="field-deck"> Tight capacity sends spot rates to their highest point since December 2014, according to DAT. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="https://www.dat.com/" target="_blank">DAT North American Freight Index</a> achieved record highs in September, with a 9% gain compared to August. Spot freight availability was 74% higher than in September 2016, reported DAT Solutions, which operates North America&rsquo;s largest digital truckload freight marketplace.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/finance/dat-freight-index-hits-all-time-high-september" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/finance/dat-freight-index-hits-all-time-high-september#comments Finance Economics Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:50:00 +0000 228661 at http://fleetowner.com <p>DAT North American Freight Index <em>(Image: DAT)</em></p> Fleet Advantage unveils Equipment Lease vs. Buy study http://fleetowner.com/finance/fleet-advantage-unveils-equipment-lease-vs-buy-study <div class="field-deck"> Study showcases operating cost savings for private fleets and for-hire carriers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="https://www.fleetadvantage.com/" target="_blank">Fleet Advantage</a> unveiled new analysis that shows the operating and financial benefits of a lease versus ownership structure for private truck fleet operators, as well as for-hire carriers. The analysis illustrates a missed opportunity for cost savings when comparing a seven-year ownership of one truck to a four-year ownership and a four-year lease of two consecutive trucks, the company noted.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/finance/fleet-advantage-unveils-equipment-lease-vs-buy-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/finance/fleet-advantage-unveils-equipment-lease-vs-buy-study#comments Trucks Finance Economics Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:46:00 +0000 228651 at http://fleetowner.com Web tool automates driver file creation, management http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/web-tool-automates-driver-file-creation-management <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Foley launched a new <a href="https://www.foleyservices.com/driver-files/" target="_blank">driver file web tool to help fleets</a> automate their hiring and compliance processes. &quot;This new portal will help fleets hire faster and stay compliant by automatically managing many of the paper processes they&#39;re responsible for today&hellip;including their Driver Qualification Files,&quot; Foley CEO Joel Sitak said. &quot;Not only will this help them stay better organized, but it will enhance their productivity and compliance.&quot;</p> <p>The portal includes:</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/web-tool-automates-driver-file-creation-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/web-tool-automates-driver-file-creation-management#comments TMS Driver Management Regulations Technology Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:39:00 +0000 228641 at http://fleetowner.com ALI's state-of-the-art LiftLab opens in Cortland http://fleetowner.com/maintenance/alis-state-art-liftlab-opens-cortland <div class="field-byline"> Josh Fisher </div> <div class="field-deck"> New center will draw lift inspectors and engineers from around the world </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>CORTLAND, NY. The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) officially opened its new headquarters and LiftLab with a grand opening celebration at the 8,500-sq.-ft. facility on Thursday, Oct. 12. Lift inspectors and engineers from around the world will come to Central New York to be trained here, getting hands-on experience with 12 different lifts &ndash; from a motorcycle lift to 74,000-lb. mobile column lifts.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/maintenance/alis-state-art-liftlab-opens-cortland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/maintenance/alis-state-art-liftlab-opens-cortland#comments Equipment Maintenance News Safety Technology Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:37:00 +0000 228671 at http://fleetowner.com <p>&nbsp;A 1946 Brockway 260XW heavy-duty truck is up on a lift that is being inspected by men during an inspector certification class at the new Automotive Lift Institute&#39;s LiftLab in Cortland, NY. (Photo: Josh Fisher/Fleet Owner)</p> A 1946 Brockway 260XW heavy-duty truck is up on a lift that is being inspected by men during an inspector certification class at the new Automotive Lift Institute's LiftLab in Cortland, NY. (Photo: Josh Fisher/Fleet Owner) Why won't diabetic drivers listen to their doctors? http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/why-wont-diabetic-drivers-listen-their-doctors <div class="field-deck"> Truck drivers suffer from diabetes at a rate almost 50% higher than the rest of Americans because they have more risk factors, physicians note. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>A truck driver&#39;s life is a recipe for diabetes, and the statistics prove it. In the U.S., about 9.4% of the population has diabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control. For truckers, that number is 14%.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/why-wont-diabetic-drivers-listen-their-doctors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/driver-management/why-wont-diabetic-drivers-listen-their-doctors#comments Research Driver Management News Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:15:00 +0000 228631 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Most doctors prefer not to prescribe medicines for Type 2 diabetes if it can be controlled in other ways, like with diet and exercise.</p> Terrain and road surface affect fuel economy http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/terrain-and-road-surface-affect-fuel-economy <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>One of the things we learned during <a href="https://www.runonless.com/" target="_blank"><em>Run on Less</em></a>, the fuel economy road show, was that many factors play a role in fuel economy.</p> <p>We looked at things like weather, temperature and elevation during the three weeks of the <em>Run</em>. I did an earlier blog on the impact of winds as the Run took place during both hurricane Harvey and hurricane Irma.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/terrain-and-road-surface-affect-fuel-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/terrain-and-road-surface-affect-fuel-economy#comments Fuel Economics IdeaXchange Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:37:00 +0000 228621 at http://fleetowner.com The ELD Mandate: What to expect http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/eld-mandate-what-expect <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>You&rsquo;d have to be living under a rock not to be aware of the impending deadline for the use of <a href="http://www.transervice.com/eld-unmasked-implementation-deadline-fast-approaching/" target="_blank">electronic logging devices</a> (ELDs) to track drivers&rsquo; Hours of Service (HOS).</p> <p>HOS regulations were initially developed in 1937, with paper logging rules established in the early 1960s. There were not a lot of changes to the rule until the 2000s as legislation began to intersect with the demands of the modern supply chain.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/eld-mandate-what-expect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/eld-mandate-what-expect#comments Driver Logs HOS IdeaXchange Regulations Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:29:00 +0000 228611 at http://fleetowner.com Changes to back office procedures can be a competitive advantage http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/changes-back-office-procedures-can-be-competitive-advantage <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>No area of business seems immune from change. Procurement, accounts payable and accounts receivable are no different.</p> <p>Traditionally these functions have operated in separate silos. More recently, companies are approaching these areas in more of a holistic manner and looking at people processes and technology.</p> <p>All of this is designed to:</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/changes-back-office-procedures-can-be-competitive-advantage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/changes-back-office-procedures-can-be-competitive-advantage#comments Finance IdeaXchange News Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:25:00 +0000 228601 at http://fleetowner.com Truck driver satisfaction isn’t all about pay http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-driver-satisfaction-isn-t-all-about-pay <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Recently, the <a href="http://www.truckersreport.com/">TruckersReport.com</a> &ndash; an online &ldquo;community&rdquo; of roughly 190,000 truck drivers &ndash; recently conducted a detailed analysis of its membership in conjunction with software firm <a href="http://www.odintext.com/">OdinText</a> to find out what big rig operators really like and dislike about their jobs.</p> <p>Simply put: is good pay and home time enough for a fleet to &ldquo;satisfy&rdquo; both seasoned and rookie truck drivers, and thus help keep them long term? Or is something else needed?</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-driver-satisfaction-isn-t-all-about-pay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-driver-satisfaction-isn-t-all-about-pay#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:55:00 +0000 228591 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: U.S. Department of Defense</p> Dealing with Hurricane Nate http://fleetowner.com/trucks/dealing-hurricane-nate <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>When Hurricane Nate came ashore last weekend, the storm eventually knocked out power to 67,000 homes across the Gulf Coast region of the U.S. &ndash; most of them in Alabama. It also dumped anywhere from three to 10 inches of rain across a wide swath of the Southern and Eastern U.S. as it moved inland &ndash; from Mississippi and across the Deep South, to the Tennessee Valley and central Appalachian Mountains. As usual, trucks of all types got pressed into surface to help with recovery efforts and for transporting relief supplies.</p> </div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/trucks/dealing-hurricane-nate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/trucks/dealing-hurricane-nate#comments Trucks News Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:33:00 +0000 228581 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Photo: U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Scott D. Longstreet</p>