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  • Aug 24, 2016
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    Scania’s got a new truck, but not for North America. Not yet at least.

    It’s always a treat to watch a new truck get introduced, with all the flash and hype that’s usually only reserved for swanky new sports cars.   That’s certainly the case for the new big rig being rolled out by Swedish truck maker Scania, which is part of Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH ; an all-new platform that’s been 10 years in the making with investments totaling about $2.39 billion....More
  • Aug 23, 2016
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    Old drivers never die … but they do retire one day

    I love stories about old school truck drivers: the kinds of folks who get the job done, day in and day out, without any of the drama that seems all-too-prevalent in our social-media-driven world these days....More
  • Aug 22, 2016
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    Keeping an eye on the inside

    In my last post regarding digital defenses for trucking data, I noted that people can be both the greatest asset as well as the greatest threat to information technology (IT) networks....More
  • Aug 16, 2016
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    People, IT security, and trucking

    Here’s probably what should be a well-known – if highly ironic – strategy when it comes to protecting trucking’s information technology (IT) systems from data breaches and hack attacks: you need detailed and repeated employee training. Yep, the best data defense is once again the human beings who use IT systems every day, in every way, to perform their freight-related tasks....More
  • Aug 12, 2016
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    Another worry for truckers: higher health insurance costs

    Right at the moment when truck driver health as well as correlations between driver health and safety are becoming more prominent in trucking, the cost for companies to provide health insurance is undergoing a big jump this year – even as a growing majority of U.S....More
  • Aug 10, 2016
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    What pressures might social activism put on trucking?

    A lot of folks might think that the trucking industry flies under the radar when it comes to the vagaries of “social activism,” which is a term encompassing a broad swath of issues from environmentalism to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights....More
  • Aug 8, 2016
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    Tracking insider threats to trucking IT

    It’s certainly an issue no business, much less one involved in trucking or logistics, really wants to think about: the threat posed by “company insiders” to information technology (IT) systems....More
  • Aug 5, 2016
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    Can we survive if trucking shrinks?

    So, while leafing through the latest “yearbook of trucking” compiled annually by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), a certain thought occurred to me: what if the industry starts to shrink in size?...More
  • Aug 4, 2016
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    Tie truck drivers more tightly to the company team

    There’s an awful lot of talk in trucking these days not only about ways to recruit younger workers but how to keep the ones the industry already employs – both in the driver’s seat and in other motor carrier disciplines, especially in maintenance,...More
  • Aug 3, 2016
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    Saving fuel still tops for light vehicles

    Here’s a no brainer: when it comes to selecting the most important attribute of a new vehicle – be it a car, sport utility vehicle (SUV), or light truck – a new poll finds consumers put “fuel efficiency” at the top of the list, with sticker price a close second. And we needed a survey to know this?...More
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