Trucks at Work

  • Jul 26, 2017

    How mobile technology is making waves in trucking

    In many ways it is still hard to fully grasp just how much change is occurring in the trucking business due to the ubiquity of mobile devices: smart phones, tablet computers, you name it. Indeed, the rapid proliferation of different mobile applications or “apps” in the trucking space is changing everything from how fuel is purchased and routes are navigated to invoicing for freight shipments....More
  • Jul 25, 2017

    Will a last-ditch move to delay the ELD mandate succeed?

    The recent legislative effort to delay the impending electronic logging device (ELD) mandate this December may actually be on firmer ground than many might expect for a simple reason: the agency in charge of overseeing the mandate, namely the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), may not be ready to enforce it....More
  • Jul 18, 2017

    Could consolidation solve trucking’s overcapacity problem?

    It’s been bandied about for a while within industry circles that there may just be too many trucks on the road right now compared to the level of freight demand; a reason cited by more than a few observers for the downward pressure on rates motor carriers have experienced for much of the year....More
  • Jul 14, 2017

    Can trucking benefit from those seeking a career change?

    Lately, there seems to be a growing uptick in the number of working adults in the U.S. who desire a chance to change careers. That would seem, potentially, to open up an opportunity to bring fresh blood into the arteries of the trucking industry – an opportunity I’ve mentioned in this space before....More
  • Jul 13, 2017

    How Amazon is changing supply chain thinking … and mayhap trucking too.

    So now that that the initial hoopla surrounding Amazon’s purchase of high-end grocery store chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion – a company with 431 supermarkets and 91,000 employees in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom that is also Amazon’s largest acquisition to date – it’s time to start thinking about this deal’s supply chain implications....More
  • Jul 12, 2017

    Targeting trucks as energy gluttons

    It’s one of those by-now almost unsurprising policy stances when it comes to energy consumption and freight movements: the portrayal of trucks as “bad apples,” despite their critical role in delivering everything that keeps our modern lives up and running. [Did a railroad locomotive deliver goods ordered via Amazon to your door? Does fresh milk get delivered by horse and wagon in your neighborhood? I didn’t think so.]...More
  • Jul 11, 2017

    Robots in trucking: Friends or foes?

    It’s a question being asked with more and more frequency today not only within the freight industry but the business world at large: Are robots going to help us do our jobs better? Or replace human workers altogether? The question is particularly poignant in trucking as the push to create self-driving vehicles continues to pick up speed....More
  • Jun 30, 2017

    Tackling the challenges faced by trucking CFOs

    There are all sorts of issues bedeviling motor carriers these days – the ongoing driver shortage, downward pressure on freight rates, a perhaps mythical capacity crunch; go ahead and take your pick – and most bring significant financial challenges along with them....More
  • Jun 23, 2017

    The mother of all trucking mirages

    For many years now, we’ve awaited the arrival of what’s been dubbed the “mother of all capacity shortages” in the trucking industry: that “magical combination,” in the words of John Larkin, managing director and head of transportation capital markets research for...More
  • Jun 8, 2017

    Does the autonomy debate further devalue the truck driver?

    Yes, yes, I know; we’re spending a lot of time talking about autonomous vehicles (AVs) right now and it’s probably driving more than a few truckers batty, safe to say....More
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