Mindy Long

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
Business, Technology

COVID-19 Pushes Industry to Implement New Accounting, Bookkeeping Methods

Accounting grandriver/Getty Images

COVID-19 has created challenges throughout the trucking industry, but it also has created opportunities, especially when it comes to fleets’ accounting processes.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 8, 2020
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