Gary Frantz

Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 100

Increase in Online Shopping Spurs Innovation for Shipping Packaging

forklift in warehouse Experts say that shipment packaging is meant to protect your product from the unexpected, not what you’d see in a perfect world environment. (Old Dominion Freight Line)

Effective shipment packaging relies as much on science and engineering as it does diligence and common sense. Matching the right box for the product and properly securing palletized shipments is crucial in the physically challenging environment of a less-than-truckload or parcel network.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
February 8, 2021
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

Truck, Engine Makers Refine Products to Meet 2021 GHG Emission Standards

Cummins X15 engine A Cummins X15 engine on display at a 2019 industry show. In October, Cummins announced the availability of its 2021 emission-compliant X12 and X15 series diesel engines. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Original equipment manufacturers and engine suppliers have found a variety of ways to meet the challenges posed by the 2021 Phase 2 standards for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
November 16, 2020
Business, Safety

Traffic Eases Amid Pandemic, but Trucking Insurance Costs Still on Upward Trajectory

Insurance vitpho/Getty Images

Reduced highway traffic during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has lowered the risk of crashes, but this silver lining of the pandemic has provided only a temporary reprieve for trucking companies that have seen escalating insurance costs in recent years.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
October 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Startup Harnesses Data, Telematics in New Insurance Model for Fleets

Chuck Wallace and Reid Spitz Chuck Wallace (left) and Reid Spitz formed High Definition Vehicle Insurance in 2018. (Andrew Collings Photography)

High Definition Vehicle Insurance, launched in 2018, focuses on small and midsize trucking fleets.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
October 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Private Fleets Respond to Higher E-Commerce Demand

Brakebush Bros. truck Poultry processor Brakebush Bros. was able to keep its private fleet busy during the pandemic by shifting capacity to support other food manufacturers. (Brakebush Bros.)

Private fleet operators have been riding a roller coaster since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
August 29, 2020
Business, Technology, Top 100

Diesel Engine Makers Tackle Challenges Posed by Stricter Emission Standards

Volvo assembly line A Volvo engine on the assembly line. Engine makers say more fleet managers are seeking product reliability and durability. (Volvo Trucks North America)

The lowest level of North American Class 8 truck orders in modern times is not stopping fleets and engine manufacturers from pushing ahead to prepare for more stringent emission regulations. Companies are finding ways to squeeze out better fuel mileage and uptime performance from the next wave of diesel engines.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
May 11, 2020
Business, Equipment

Suppliers Invest in Industry’s Future Despite Market Slowdown

Allison worker An employee works the assembly line at an Allison Transmission manufacturing plant. (Allison Transmission)

On the heels of a booming 2018, truck manufacturers and their key Tier 1 suppliers powered through a slower equipment market in 2019, continuing to invest in new products and preparing for a future when tightening emission standards and the electrification of trucks will provide both challenges and opportunities.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
January 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics

Driver Detention Time Creeps Upward

Loading dock with trucks and blue sky Trucks sit at a loading dock. The softer freight market is helping to increase driver retention time, according to Jim Fields, chief operating officer at Pitt Ohio. (Getty Images)

After improving in 2018, it appears as though driver detention time has increased recently, with many shippers falling back into habits that delay trucks at their docks and push up dwell times.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
October 28, 2019
Business, Equipment

Fleets Must Decide on Buy vs. Lease, When to Sell, Among Other Choices

Truck auction A Taylor & Martin auction. Fleets need to determine whether to send a used truck to auction or to sell the truck on their own. (Taylor & Martin Inc.)

How fleets buy, maintain and sell their assets has never been more pivotal than in today’s shifting business landscape.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
October 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

Talent Wanted: Truck Technicians

Truck Technicians C.R. England technicians at work. The company says it promotes the earnings potential of the technician profession. (C.R. England)

Trucking companies are pulling out all the stops to find, recruit, educate, train, develop and recognize the next generation of commercial vehicle technicians. It’s a fundamental issue as the industry’s workforce of technicians continues to age toward retirement, while at the same time, there’s a scarcity of young men and women coming into the profession to fill their ranks.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
July 19, 2019