Katie Pyzyk

Government, Business, Technology, Top 50

Netherlands Takes Tech-Forward Approach to Transporting Freight by Land, Sea and Air

A massive containership docks at the Port of Rotterdam, the largest seaport in Europe A massive containership docks at the Port of Rotterdam, the largest seaport in Europe. (Rotterdam Partners)

This small country is a big player on the freight scene and is considered one of the most prominent logistics hubs for products entering and exiting the European Union.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
November 18, 2019
Government, Business, Top 50

Dutch Shippers, Logistics Firms Prepare for Brexit Disruption

Logistics providers such as Neele-Vat are helping shippers redesign their supply chains for Brexit. Logistics providers such as Neele-Vat are helping shippers redesign their supply chains for Brexit — often by establishing logistics infrastructure in both the U.K. and continental Europe. (Katie Pyzyk for Transport Topics)

AMSTERDAM — The long and arduous path to Brexit has been rife with political wrangling, but companies and government agencies have been preparing for disruption despite the uncertainty of the outcome.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
November 18, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Weigh Training, Outsourcing to Handle Time-Consuming Repairs

Technician works on an engine A technician gets ready to work on an engine. (Transervice Logistics)

Increasingly, fleet managers must choose between investing in more technician tools and training or outsourcing the most time-consuming maintenance tasks that involve complex parts.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
September 11, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Automated Transmissions Shift Into High Gear

Automated transmission at a trade show An automated transmission on display at a trade show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Manual transmissions in Class 8 trucks once reigned among fleets and seasoned drivers, but they now represent a minority that is rapidly shrinking.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
August 13, 2019
Business, Technology

Game On: Trucking Gets Creative in Attracting Young Technicians

Young tech student with goggles To attract young technicians, the trucking industry has been turning increasingly toward technology and gamification in training. (Getty Images)

Millennials and Generation Z have grown up surrounded by sophisticated technologies — such as video games and augmented reality — that now are making the transition from personal pastime to business tools.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
July 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Shaping the Future of Asset Management

Trailer tracking Trailer tracking is expanding beyond basic location reporting. The latest systems can report a broad array of information on the status and condition of the equipment and the cargo inside. (Spireon)

Technology adoption in the trucking industry typically focuses first on the back office and in the cab of the truck, but the proliferation of internet-connected devices and onboard sensors in recent years has increasingly pulled the trailer into the forefront of the conversation.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
May 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Conduct Real-Life Tests Before Committing to New Tires

Dart Transit truck Dart Transit makes it a point to test tires before buying, a company representative says. (David B./Flickr)

Improvements to truck tire technology in recent years have created a collection of products that man­ufacturers often tout as their most ­advanced, longest-wearing and most fuel-efficient tires ever. But many motor carriers choose to analyze those factory-­tested claims in their own real-life settings before committing to adding the products to their entire fleet.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
April 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

AI in Trucking


The terms artificial intelligence and automation pepper discussions about the transportation industry’s future, often closely followed by mentions of autonomous vehicles. But while self-driving trucks are still in their infancy, AI already is influencing the back ­office’s digital transformation.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
March 1, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Wheels Are a Component of Fleets' Lightweighting Efforts

An Accuride steel wheel manufacturing facility An Accuride steel wheel manufacturing facility. Modern steel wheels provide lighter options than in the past, experts say. (Accuride Corp.)

The cost of fuel consistently ranks among the top three expenses for trucking fleets, putting fuel economy at the top of fleet managers’ minds. Increasing fuel efficiency and consequently reducing operating expenses is a major reason fleets turn to vehicle lightweighting, especially on components such as truck wheels.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
January 16, 2019

The Road Ahead for Blockchain

blockchain illustration Getty Images

Blockchain is more than just a tech industry buzzword; it’s a digital tool that could transform how business is conducted in a variety of fields, including transportation. While its use in trucking has not gained widespread traction yet, behind-the-scenes developments are well underway to advance blockchain applications and governance.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
December 7, 2018