Mindy Long

Business, Technology, Safety

Carriers Use Pre-Planning to Help Drivers Secure Truck Parking

Row of parked trucks Trucks parked at a truck stop. (Peggy Smith/Transport Topics)

Trucking companies are addressing the parking shortage in multiple ways, including advance planning, using technology to access real-time information on parking availability, or even embracing paid reservations for parking spaces or hotel rooms to make it easier for drivers to shut down for the night.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
March 15, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Fight Increase in Cargo Theft With High- and Low-Tech Solutions

Averitt Express truck at a security gate For Averitt, the biggest cargo security concerns include situations that are out of drivers’ control, such as severe weather, civil disturbances and when drivers may find themselves in a location where secure parking is scarce. (Averitt Express)

As if 2020 wasn't difficult enough for trucking, the industry also saw a substantial rise in cargo theft. Here's what some fleets are doing to fight it.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
February 23, 2021
Business, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Implement Techniques to Fight Corrosion From Salts

salt truck Although brine is more cost-effective than traditional rock salt, both products play a role in plowing efficiency. (Alaska DOT)

Keeping roadways free of snow and ice is critical for safety, but the de-icing products states use — mainly chlorides — are notorious for causing truck corrosion, creating a significant risk to equipment.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
January 29, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

State DOTs Find Alternative Solutions to Clearing Roads

Brine maker In Alaska, brine is produced for 18 cents per gallon, but the cost per gallon can increase up to $2.50 when a corrosion inhibitor is added. (Alaska DOT)

States are working to decrease the amount of product needed to clear winter roads, implementing brine technology and adding corrosion inhibitors

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
January 29, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

ELDs Have Improved HOS Compliance in First Year Since Full Implementation

ELD inspector An ELD inspector. Since the ELD rule’s initial December 2017 compliance date, roadside driver inspections with hours-of-service violations have dropped by more than 50%. (FMCSA)

The federal electronic logging device mandate has leveled the playing field among motor carriers and reduced driver hours-of-service violations, but it may still be too early to determine how ELDs have affected safety on the nation’s roadways, industry experts said.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
January 11, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Technology Used to Strengthen Truck and Trailer Inspection Procedures

Trailer inspection at Boyle Transportation Updating truck repair status is a big part of performance bonuses for fleets, creating an incentive for drivers to take the initiative on maintenance. (Boyle Transportation)

Given the importance of pre- and post-trip inspections, many fleets have implemented technology to guarantee drivers are conducting them properly and to transmit the findings early.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
October 9, 2020
Business, Logistics

Shippers, Retailers Work to Spread Out Holiday Surge Season to Ease Capacity Constraint

holiday sorting Insiders believe if peak season moves up, return season may begin in early January. (Andrew Harrer/ Bloomberg News)

COVID-19 has accelerated the transformation to e-commerce, and significant growth in e-commerce sales is creating capacity concerns. Retailers are expected to move up holiday promotions to help spread out the peak shipping season.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
October 6, 2020
Business, Logistics

Carriers Prepare for Increasing Surge to Supply Chain in E-Commerce Push

FedEx warehouse As the peak season preparation begins, fleets such as FedEx have been seeing peaklike level volumes since March. (FedEx)

E-commerce is expected to continue to grow throughout the holiday season, placing added strain on the supply chain and increasing demand for final-mile deliveries.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
October 6, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Supply Chain Workers Play Essential Role in Coronavirus Response

Northwell Health distribution center Northwell Health distributes medical supplies across its network of hospitals from its facility in Bethpage, N.Y. (Northwell Health)

Employees at Northwell Health’s 85,000-square-foot distribution center often joined together to watch the success stories as COVID-19 patients left Northwell’s hospitals, with many workers getting tearful as they realized the critical role they were playing in the health care supply chain.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 29, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Fleets Operating in Health Care Sector Adjust to Surge in Demand Amid Pandemic

Northwell Health distribution center Logistics workers in the health care field have adjusted to dramatic shifts in demand during the coronavirus pandemic. (Northwell Health)

When the COVID-19 outbreak first hit, fleets serving the health care industry responded to sudden shifts in demand while also implementing new safety protocols to protect their drivers and customers.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 29, 2020

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