Katie Pyzyk

Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Tire Maintenance Involves Familiar Practices, New Technology

Worker checks truck tires Truck fleets value their inventories as a significant financial investment (Dot Foods)

Heavy-duty truck tire maintenance is proof positive that a field can remain constant while constantly evolving. Many parts of the tire-changing process have remained static for decades. But fleets say new tire designs, tools and technologies are enhancing maintenance operations, especially for tire monitoring. 

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
January 29, 2021
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

The Rising Threat of Ransomware: How Trucking Can Fend Off Cyberattacks

Man looking at computer The transportation management software that many trucking and logistics companies use to run their operations is designed to improve business efficiency, but is not intended to be a primary line of defense against ransomware. (tommaso79)

No fleet manager or logistics worker ever wants to experience the sinking feeling that comes with seeing a message flash on their computer screen revealing they have become the victim of a ransomware attack.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
November 30, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Technology Provider Hopes to Strike Balance on Diesel Engine

ClearFlame's first prototype using Cummins engine ClearFlame's first prototype demonstration using a Cummins engine. (ClearFlame)

ClearFlame Engine Technologies is working to develop a diesel engine that runs on cleaner fuel without compromising performance.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology

With Workers Shifting to Home Offices, IT Investments Help Keep Freight Moving

Working from home with dog Working from home, perhaps with a canine companion, has become the new normal since the coronavirus began shutting down work places in March. (South_agency/Getty Images)

The need to shift back-office employees to remote work only added to the strain on fleets and third-party logistics providers.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
September 25, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Demand for Virtual Training Accelerates During Pandemic

virtual technician training Virtual learning works both for in-house and third-party training. (Design Interactive)

The pandemic is accelerating the transition to virtual learning for truck technicians, and the industry might never turn back.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
July 17, 2020
Business, Top 100

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Might Reshape Trucking’s Future

Truck Getty Images

The world changed nearly overnight due to the coronavirus pandemic and governments’ responses to it. Industry experts share their views on how this public health crisis may change freight transportation in the years ahead.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
June 22, 2020
Business, Technology

Next Generation of Wireless Technology: 5G Holds Promise

Trailer tracking via wireless networks Fleets rely on wireless networks to track drivers’ hours, cargo status and many other metrics. (PowerFleet via Vimeo)

As trucking increasingly incorporates digital elements, a pressing question grows: What can 5G do for the industry? A lot, as it turns out.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
May 22, 2020
Business, Safety

Fleets Can Support Drivers’ Mental Health Through Awareness, Communication

Trucker looking out window More than 17 million American adults experience depression, and truckers are about twice as likely to experience it, according to Kirleen Neely, psychotherapist and CEO at San Antonio-based Logistics Mental Health. (Getty Images)

Truck drivers sometimes bear the image of being “tough” and impervious to emotional stresses, a perception that doesn’t always lend itself to open discussions about mental health. But truckers and their employers are working to change that image.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
March 13, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Parsing Data to Better Understand Risk

Trimble analytics image Software developers offer applications to help fleets improve not only safety, but also driver retention. (Trimble Inc.

Dozens of data sets go into using predictive analytics to determine a truck driver’s risk of being in an accident.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
March 6, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Turn to Predictive Analytics to Prevent Crashes, Reduce Driver Turnover

SambaSafety analytics Steve Bryan, executive vice president and general manager of SambaSafety, said the company in recent years has developed an expertise in AI, machine learning and analytics. Bryan founded Vigillo, which SambaSafety acquired in 2017. (SambaSafety)

A trucking company’s success and reputation depend directly on its drivers’ safety performance, but it’s not so easy to determine which drivers are most likely to be involved in a crash or incur a safety infraction.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
March 6, 2020