Brendan Baker

Business, Logistics

White Glove Delivery Allows Trucking Companies to Increase Services

driver stocks grocery store A driver restocks the meat section of a supermarket. The service of “white glove” delivery has become a viable growth center for trucking companies. (David Goldman/Associated Press)

The COVID-19 pandemic and its lingering effects have forced some innovations in the industry, including in the last-mile delivery segment. In that segment, the service of “white glove” delivery has become a viable growth center for trucking companies.

Brendan Baker | Contributing Writer
August 29, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Getting It Right: Developing New Oil Standards

Engine Oils Shell

The saying “Time flies when you’re having fun” could likely apply to developing new engine oils. And some time has passed since the last diesel engine oil category was introduced in 2017 when the American Petroleum Institute (API) announced CK-4 and FA-4.

Brendan Baker | Contributing Writer
July 22, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Market Pressures, Availability Push More Fleets to Leasing

Penske Some fleets have found favor in full-service operational leasing as well as nontraditional financing options. (Penske Truck Leasing)

With the combination of increasing prices and interest rates, supply chain shortages and the rise of electrification, fleets are collectively at a tipping point. With these market conditions, are more trucking companies looking for alternative options, such as leasing, to purchase new units to hedge their uncertainty?

Brendan Baker | Contributing Writer
June 6, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Tire Choices Provide Pros, Cons for Fleet Maintenance Managers

Retread Due to the many advances in retreading, Jones Logistics has seen the advantages of applying the practice. (Jones Logistics)

In the current environment of high fuel prices and a technology shift looming over many companies regarding last-mile delivery, fleets are challenged to develop a strategy toward tire management. For some maintenance managers, the debate of new tires versus retreads offers various methods in battling some of those concerns.

Brendan Baker | Contributing Writer
April 29, 2022