Opinion
Business, Safety, Opinion

Opinion: Do You Have a ‘Driver-Centric’ Culture?

Truck drivers are often away from a motor carrier’s physical buildings — where everyone else is located — so they don’t always develop as strong an attachment to the company as other employees do. So if a company doesn’t regularly reach out to drivers and involve them in its culture, that company runs the risk that drivers may look elsewhere for work, to a carrier that they perceive as better.

Jane Jazrawy | CEO, CarriersEdge
July 16, 2018
Opinion

Opinion: Taking Aim at Deadhead Miles With Technology

A recent survey of heavy-haul truckers determined the three factors that would have the biggest impact on their business were receiving a higher rate per mile, getting paid faster and spending less time finding their next load.

Matthew Kropp | CEO, FR8Star.com
July 10, 2018
Business, Safety, Opinion

Opinion: Safety Programs Help Protect Fleets, Drivers

According to The National Safety Council, vehicle accidents are among the most costly of injury claims for businesses. The average cost of a loss related to a vehicle accident is nearly twice as much as the average workplace injury.

Nick Oates | Certified Workers’ Compensation Advisor, Knight-Dik Insurance Agency
June 19, 2018
Government, Business, Opinion

Opinion: Trucking Industry Supports Repeal of Federal Excise Tax

The American Truck Dealers’ top legislative priority is to repeal the federal excise tax, and truck dealers and automotive trade association executives will converge on Capitol Hill this month to support this important effort.

Jodie Teuton | Chairwoman, American Truck Dealers
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Opinion

Opinion: Managing Contracts for Maximum Efficiency and Minimum Risk

Trucking fleets work every day to draft, negotiate and execute contracts with suppliers, employees, subcontractors and customers that maximize revenue and produce efficiencies for all involved. But in a heavily regulated industry such as trucking, compliance issues related to federal, state and local laws must be directly reflected in these contracts, and that can get burdensome.

Timothy Donaghy | Vice President of Technology, Contract Logix LLC
June 4, 2018
Opinion

Opinion: Factoring Services Can Keep Cash Flowing to Fleets

As 2018 hits its midpoint, fleet owners face an expanding obstacle course of challenges to keep their businesses running smoothly.

Mary Ann Hudson | Executive Vice President, Bibby Transportation Finance
May 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Opinion

Opinion: A Future for Highway Funding

For decades, America’s roads and bridges were paid for by the users of transportation systems through modest fuel taxes. The system worked well for years, but as vehicles became more fuel efficient and cars that use little or no fuel at all became more prevalent, less revenue from this user fee flowed into the Highway Trust Fund. It's time to forge a new path forward.

Ed Rendell and Ray LaHood | Co-Chairs, Building America’s Future
May 22, 2018
Opinion

Opinion: Better Data Through ‘Coupled’ Connected Technology

Fleet executives want technology that can solve their problems today — and in the future. They want to grow revenue while improving service levels and reducing cost, as doing so will produce better service for customers and generate better results. Anything that threatens these things is bad for business — especially unplanned downtime.

Gerry Mead | Executive Director of Innovation, Phillips Industries
May 11, 2018
Opinion

Opinion: The Financial Case for Technology Investment

It’s no secret that technology is rapidly changing the business of trucking. Electronic logging devices, automation, electric power and advancements in telematics are or may soon affect the way transportation companies plan, execute, compete and succeed.

Sean Maharaj | Director, Transportation Logistics and Retail Practices, AArete
May 7, 2018
Government, Business, Opinion

Opinion: New Lease Accounting Rules May Hit Smaller, Private Carriers Hardest

Updated lease accounting rules that take effect in December promise to keep finance and accounting executives busy this year.

Jennifer Wieroniey | Manager, National Accounting and Finance Council, American Trucking Associations
April 30, 2018

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