Trucks at Work

  • Mar 29, 2017

    Putting the freight picture into focus

    So Eric Starks, president of research firm FTR Transportation Intelligence, gave a presentation at the 2017 Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) annual convention this week centered on the state of the U.S. freight market – in particular looking at factors that might help or hinder demand for trucking capacity in the months ahead....More
  • Mar 27, 2017

    For late adopters of ELDs simplicity will be the key

    So I got a few minutes to talk with Norm Ellis, president of EROAD, here at the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) annual convention in Nashville, TN....More
  • Mar 23, 2017

    Can regulations really improve fuel economy? 1

    The rollback of light vehicle fuel economy standards by the Trump administration is yet again putting the focus on determining whether regulatory activity truly benefits car and truck operators....More
  • Mar 21, 2017

    A look into trucking’s Oompa-Loompa files

    Now, no one panic! This isn’t the beginning of an ode to that 1971 classic movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the oddest of its characters, the Oompa-Loompas. [I’ll admit I got a little wigged out when I first saw these orange creatures with the green hairdos, let me tell you.]...More
  • Mar 20, 2017

    Safety technology? Great. Self-driving technology? Not so much.

    Re-insurance giant Munich Re recently conducted a survey among 1,001 U.S....More
  • Mar 17, 2017

    It’s not a lock that good times lay ahead for trucking

    There are certainly good trend lines developing for trucking right now – orders are strengthening nicely for trucks and trailers, for starters – but others aren’t quite so positive, especially where freight rates are concerned....More
  • Mar 15, 2017

    Not to make fun of YRC’s trucks, but …

    It’s becoming a noted axiom in trucking these days that new trucks, despite an often bigger sticker price, offer better fuel economy and overall improvement in life cycle costs versus older equipment....More
  • Mar 14, 2017

    Do shippers really desire more innovative freight service?

    Here’s a thought: as the transportation and logistics industry tries to ramp up its freight service with “innovation” largely in the form of new technologies and systems, there may be a large slice of shippers that want nothing to do with any of it. In fact, an abundance of such “traditional-minded” shippers could act as a brake of sorts on innovation in the freight world....More
  • Mar 13, 2017

    No freight rate increases forecasted yet for trucking

    Demand for trucking and logistics services is strong and continuing to soar, according to a variety of metrics tracked by Stifel Capital Markets, but if motor carriers expect this trend to lay the groundwork for rate increases, don’t hold your breath....More
  • Mar 10, 2017

    Procuring higher quality replacement truck parts

    The quest to obtain good quality replacement parts for newer and older model trucks, much less for trailers and other trucking equipment, at prices that don’t break a fleet’s wallet is never-ending in this industry. [That also includes efforts to stymie the ongoing problem of counterfeit parts, which affects a whole host of industries including trucking.]...More
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