Opinion, Business, Autonomous

Opinion: Pre-buying Could Cost Fleets in the Long Run

The trucking industry is notorious for pre-buying trucks before each Environmental Protection Agency-mandated change in heavy-truck engines. Many fleets do so because they are concerned about the reliability of the new technology, or they are trying to avoid the increased cost of new technology. Both are valid concerns.

June 27, 2016
Opinion, Business, Government, Autonomous

Opinion: The Truck Driver Shortage Is a Myth

Truck drivers, for the most part, don’t stay with one company for long. They go elsewhere quicker than they can be replaced.

June 20, 2016
Opinion, Business, Government, Safety

Opinion: Safety Is About Big Understanding, Not Big Data

Many years ago, when I was new to transportation safety, our team crafted five tenets for safety success:

June 13, 2016
Opinion, Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

Opinion: Election Brings New Challenges for Trucking

As chairman of the American Truck Dealers, the challenge for all of us — truck manufacturers, trucking companies and dealers — is to build relationships with members of Congress and federal regulators so that we have a voice in shaping the environment in which our businesses operate.

June 6, 2016
Opinion, Business

Opinion: FSMA Regulations to Drive Change

The Food and Drug Administration’s new rules on sanitary transportation of human and animal food products have many third-party logistics providers concerned about liability. With the rules defining brokers as shippers, many 3PLs may soon become responsible for requirements tied to equipment, training and record keeping — all things they haven’t been accountable for in the past.

May 30, 2016
Opinion, Business

Opinion: How to Improve Dedicated Fleet Management

While it is true that even the best dedicated-carrier fleets have been late at one time or another, most quality fleets deliver high-quality performance over time. The quality of the service is generally not the key reason that severs ties between buyers and sellers. For this text, we’ll just focus on three drivers for change.

May 23, 2016
Opinion, Business

Opinion: Unclog Our Circulatory System Without Tolls

In the trucking industry, we’re fond of calling ourselves the lifeblood of the American economy — delivering the goods that our stores, hospitals and restaurants need to maintain our quality of life.

May 16, 2016
Opinion, Business

Opinion: How to Safely Use Debt to Grow Your Business

Expectations this year are for the U.S. economy to grow moderately, fuel prices to stay at historic lows and truck capacity to remain tight for a healthy rate environment. However, growing faster than the competition will require more than opportunities.

May 9, 2016
Opinion, Business

Opinion: Video Intelligence Can Safeguard Your Business

If you had an extra $2 million to spend on your fleet, what would you do with it? I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that most fleet owners would earmark the cash for capital expenditures or personnel development.

May 2, 2016
Opinion, Business

Reduce Churn: Teach Drivers to Job Search

While the above titled retention activity at first makes as much sense as trying to melt the sun, its logic is based on the following facts:

April 25, 2016