Trucks at Work

  • Apr 15, 2014

    Looking at LTL

    Good tidings seem in order for the LTL segment of the trucking industry, with tonnage volumes increasing – helped along by a growing capacity crunch in the TL sector combined with an uptick in re-shoring activity – which is being followed by rate increases....More
  • Apr 11, 2014

    Looking at labor pool trends

    Trucking industry workers – especially drivers – come from all walks of life nowadays, but there are some broader trends in the labor force that are worth noting as carriers continue to ramp up their recruiting efforts....More
  • Apr 10, 2014

    Freight factors keep on ripening for trucking

    While the U.S. economy remains sluggish and a tough nasty winter left much of the nation’s highway networks a pot-holed, scrambled mess, things still seem to be looking up for trucking over both the short and long term. Indeed, the freight apple may be about as ripe as it’s ever going to get where trucking is concerned....More
  • Apr 9, 2014

    Re-shoring getting more attention by the day

    It’s more than a bit self-serving study, the Where in the World report compiled by the Entrada Group, as it’s a company that helps international manufacturers transition their operations to Mexico. Still, this poll provides some interesting insight as to why a goodly number of small- and mid-size manufacturing executives are now ranking the U.S....More
  • Apr 8, 2014

    Virginia's memorial for fallen highway workers

    It sits on a low bluff about two-thirds of the way down Afton Mounting driving east on I-64 at milepost 102: a stone memorial flanked by two flagstaffs that bears silent witness to 132 Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) highway workers who lost their lives on the job between 1928 and 2012 (with, sadly, more to be added soon from 2013)....More
  • Apr 3, 2014

    Gauging America’s energy future

    Some good things are happening on the energy front in the U.S. – perhaps the most critical being that our nation’s importation of oil has reached its lowest level in almost 20 years....More
  • Apr 2, 2014

    Is pay really the answer?

    It’s been a while since Jerry Osteryoung, professor emeritus (that means retired) of finance for Florida State University, appeared in this space. Yet a column he wrote the other day caught my eye about how incentives don’t always motivate people the way we think they do – especially when it comes to pay....More
  • Apr 1, 2014

    Money, time, and work

    The driver shortage is going to continue vexing the trucking industry for some time to come, if for no other reason than there’s no other way to move the bulk goods around America....More
  • Mar 31, 2014

    History hits the road

    The trucking industry in this country is chock full of history: indeed, one need look no further than Kenworth Truck Co., celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, or Mack Trucks and its iconic Bulldog logo, both of which recently surpassed the 114 year mark in 2014....More
  • Mar 26, 2014

    Taking engines to the next level

    It still surprises me just how much potential yet remains for fuel savings from the tried-and-true diesel engine, invented by now well over a century ago....More
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