Trucks at Work

  • Feb 12, 2016

    Freight: Not great, but not bad, either

    Derek Leathers, president and COO of TL carrier Werner Enterprises, offered up the perfect summation of the freight markets this week at 2016 Stifel Transportation & Logistics Conference in Florida: “The freight environment is not robust right now, but certainly it’s not nearly as dismal as some of the commentary.”...More
  • Feb 11, 2016

    Shrinking down to expand service

    As cities are projected to get bigger and denser, public transit agencies are running into some of the same problems being experienced by freight transporters in such tight urban confines: their vehicles are often too big to fit on many streets....More
  • Feb 10, 2016

    Big data, big risk

    Let’s say your trucking company suffers a data breach – maybe a hacking attack that results in both lost and stolen data like this one. How much do you think that will cost you? Well, if a new survey is correct, on average, such a data breach will cost you $907,053 – and that’s before taking into consideration the cost of any reputational damage, brand erosion and lost business – and requires roughly nine weeks of recovery time....More
  • Feb 9, 2016

    Culture: The X-Factor for future trucking success?

    Talking about how “company culture” affects everything from profits to safety in the trucking business may seem a little strange. I mean “company culture” on the surface seems to be a term more likely associated with the “touchy-feely” initiatives found on Oprah’s talk show or at Silicon Valley technology firms....More
  • Feb 3, 2016

    Raptor racing time

    Rough-and-tumble off-road racing is one method vehicle manufacturers use to demonstrate the capabilities of their light truck models, and Ford Motor Co. is no exception....More
  • Feb 2, 2016

    Truck stunts and the supercharging of truck marketing efforts

    A couple of years ago I found myself scrolling through an interesting analysis of future global truck trends projected out to 2020 penned by some of the experts at the quirkily-named Strategy&, a unit within global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). (You can read that analysis here by the way)...More
  • Feb 1, 2016

    Few seem ready for the digital business transition

    As the wonderful wonders of the “digital economy” continue to be touted far and wide – though not without some significant worries as well – it seems the “vast majority” of so-called “traditional” companies are prepared to take advantage of this shift....More
  • Jan 29, 2016

    The quest to find more fuel efficiency

    It may seem more than a little ironic to be searching out more methods for improving the fuel efficiency of commercial trucks at a time of record-lower fuel prices. But that’s exactly what the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is up to – with plans to kick such efforts into overdrive later this year....More
  • Jan 28, 2016

    Imagine that: People are critical for digital success

    A lot of folks fear that the increasing “digitization” of so many sectors of the U.S. economy – and that includes trucking – means that the need for people will quickly go by the wayside. In sum: computers replace humans. End of story. Yet that might be the wrong conclusion, if the results of a recent survey by global consulting firm Accenture are to be believed....More
  • Jan 27, 2016

    Hard work is still at the heart of it all

    If you pilot big rigs to make a living, you know what “hard work” is all about, for a 14 hour work day, with 10 hours set aside for driving, is nowhere near easy street, especially when dealing with treacherous winter weather....More
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