Mindy Long

Business, Technology, Safety, Top 100

Pandemic Forces Some Fleets to Furlough Drivers, but Others Have Been Quick to Hire Them

Truck at sunset helivideo/Getty Images

As the coronavirus pandemic took hold, it disrupted freight demand in many segments of the economy, forcing some carriers to furlough drivers while others were quick to hire those furloughed drivers as a way to swiftly onboard experienced commercial vehicle operators.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
July 27, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

More Fleets Are Going Green at Their Facilities

Worker on forklift in Veritable Vegetable warehouse Veritable Vegetable has two warehouses built to LEED Green building standards and installed 560 solar roof panels offsetting 33% of its electricity needs for one warehouse. (Veritable Vegetable)

A growing number of transportation and logistics providers are cutting costs and going green with energy-efficient truck terminals and warehouses.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
July 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Drivers Use Apps, Social Media to Stay Connected With Family, Friends

Truck driver checking phone Long-haul truck drivers spend weeks at a time on the road, and technology is a critical tool keeping them in touch. (bernardbodo/Getty Images)

Truck drivers use modern mobile technology to stay connected with friends and family, which is especially important for longhaul truck drivers, who sometimes spend weeks at a time on the road.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
June 22, 2020
Business, Safety, Top 100

Sanitation, Social Distancing Become New Normal in Trucking

C.R. England A worker at C.R. England sanitizes a truck to help protect the company's drivers. (C.R. England)

Fleets have established heightened cleaning procedures and have implemented social distancing measures at loading docks to help protect drivers from COVID-19 as they deliver essential goods.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
June 22, 2020
Business, Safety, Top 100

Pandemic Puts Added Strain on Drivers

Driver Drivers spend many hours on the road and in isolation; COVID-19 has increased this isolation significantly. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, professional drivers have found themselves more isolated that usual as companies limited in-person interaction to prevent the virus from spreading.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
June 22, 2020
Business, Technology

Keeping ELDs Up and Running

Velociti technician Velociti, a provider of technology deployment for trucking companies, also offers device monitoring and repair services through its VeloCare. (Velociti)

Electronic logging devices are now a mission-critical component of regulatory compliance in trucking, but anything from hardware failure to a lack of cellular connectivity can create disruptions.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
May 22, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics

Holiday Returns Drive Demand for Reverse Logistics

A customer returns gifts to a Kohl's Department store. A customer returns items to a Kohl's Department store. (Jack Sauer/Associated Press)

Reverse logistics is part of retailers’ year-round operations, but returns ramp up during the holidays.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
January 3, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics

Rising Product Returns Put Pressure on Retailers to Optimize Reverse Logistics

UPS sorting facility A UPS sorting facility. Returns of online orders continue to grow. Satish Jindel, founder of SJ Consulting Group, cited estimates that the cost of returns reached $500 billion in 2019. (UPS)

As online shopping continues to increase, so, too, are product returns. To help meet this rising demand for reverse logistics, transportation providers are adding services to simplify product returns for shippers and consumers while also increasing efficiency.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
January 3, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Some Fleets Reluctant to Add Driver-Facing Cameras

Lytx DriveCam Lytx Inc.

The use of onboard video technology is increasing in the trucking industry, but many fleets remain reluctant to add driver-facing cameras due to concerns over privacy and driver recruitment and retention.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
December 6, 2019
Business, Technology

Analysis of Onboard Video Can Yield Operational Insights

Lytx data Data from onboard video can help fleets identify which drivers are the highest safety risks. (Lytx)

The video and data captured by onboard cameras are enabling fleets to identify operational goals and measure progress.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
December 6, 2019

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