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
Opinion, Business, Safety, Government

The ELD Mandate's Carrot and Stick

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration finally released the long-awaited electronic logging device mandate’s final rule in December. The rule states that motor carriers without a current solution in place now have until December 2017 to implement ELDs for any vehicle or combination of vehicles with an actual weight and/or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 10,001 pounds or more. The rule is meant to improve compliance with hours-of-service safety rules.

April 18, 2016
Opinion, Business

One Country, One Nationwide Rest-Break Rule

In 1994, Congress wrote a bill authorizing the Federal Aviation Administration. In addition to keeping our skies safe, that bill laid down an important principle for our industry: that the federal government — not individual states — should write rules for interstate trucking.

April 11, 2016
Opinion, Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

Opinion: Drivers Wanted, But What Do They Want?

The people who constitute the trucking industry are among the best examples of the American work ethic — they come to work every day focused on being a driver for the North American economy. Meeting them has been one of the great joys I’ve experienced while traveling across the United States.

April 4, 2016
Opinion, Business

Opinion: Investing in Drivers’ Health Pays Big Dividends

Since May 2014 and the introduction of the new medical examiner system, more than 150,000 drivers have left the transportation industry due to medical ineligibility.

March 28, 2016
Opinion, Business

Opinion: Legislative Help for the Driver Shortage

The trucking industry is searching for ways to alleviate what has become a national epidemic that apparently is growing — the driver shortage. But this problem may not be solved without tackling the enormous elephant in the room, which is costly for drivers and fleets: driver downtime and detention.

March 21, 2016
Opinion, Business

Opinion: Automate Your Dock for Big ROI

Not much has changed since the 1970s when, as a young technology marketer, I stood on the docks of countless trucking companies for hours, sometimes days, clipboard in hand, trying to measure the time and efficiency of dock management. Armed with data laboriously collected, I would confront trucking executives with the evidence that I thought would persuade them to invest in the latest technology of the day to automate wherever they could.

March 14, 2016
Opinion, Business

Opinion: Is Cargo Insurance Enough Protection?

A lot of competing financial issues face transportation companies, but unfortunately, not all of these needs are within your control

March 7, 2016
Opinion, Business, Government, Safety

Opinion: Technology Helps Truckers Handle Challenges

In the world of transportation, change is something we deal with every day. It becomes a challenge to manage customer demands, the regulatory landscape, positive driver experiences and big data while promoting an organizational culture that is ready to accommodate the changes happening in front of us.

February 29, 2016
Opinion, Business

Opinion: Reinvest Fuel Budget Surplus for Quality

Just when we thought the price of oil couldn’t slide any further, here we are. As I write this, crude oil prices have fallen below $30 per barrel for the first time since 2003 — dropping 40% from six months ago. Few imagined that prices would be where they are to start the new year. And even fewer (fuel hedgers aside) budgeted so.

February 22, 2016