Mindy Long

Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Rail, Intermodal Providers Add Technology, Improve Operations to Boost Efficiency

Intermodal providers talk about improving efficiency. From left to right: Tony Hatch, a consultant with ABH Consulting, moderates a panel discussion on precision scheduled railroading with Heller and Reardon. (Mindy Long/Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Rail and intermodal providers said they are increasing speed and efficiency to become more competitive, and technology is helping them improve operations.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 19, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics

IMO 2020 Could Shift Freight Patterns, Increase Costs

IANA panel SeaIntelligence Consulting's Lars Jensen (from left), Walmart's Laura Crowe, Hyundai America Shipping Agency's Lawrence Burns and J.B. Hunt Transport Services' Sarthak Verma took part in the IMO2020 panel. (Mindy Long for Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — A panel representing the shipping industry spoke about the looming International Maritime Organization mandate that will require cargo vessels to burn low-sulfur diesel, and shippers and carriers said the requirements could lead to price increases or the rerouting of freight.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Schools Eye Technician Students

Tooele Tech student works on truck A Tooele Tech student works in the diesel lab. (Tooele Technical College)

The diesel technician shortage is a concern within the trucking industry, and technical schools said they’re reaching out to students as early as seventh grade and connecting with adults who want to work with their hands.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
July 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Clear Career Paths Needed for Technicians

Ryder technician works on truck Ryder's technicians advance through levels and then to technician-in-charge. (Ryder)

Creating a clear path for career advancement to help attract and retain diesel technicians is key to growing trucking's pool of future leaders, industry experts said.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
July 19, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA’s Ray Martinez: Industry Collaboration, Data Play Key Roles in Agency’s Work

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez addresses the midyear conference. (Jaclyn O'Laughlin)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is focused on improving infrastructure and creating common-sense regulations, and open communication with the trucking industry enhances the government’s efforts.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
May 8, 2019
Business, Equipment

Dealers Tackle Parts Shortage

A Bosselman's parts shop A Bosselman's shop. if an item has been on back order, Bosselman's changes its ordering requirements. (Bosselman Enterprises)

Dealerships and fleets are changing stocking patterns for replacement parts and adding inventory as they work to minimize truck downtime amid widespread shortages of some truck parts.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
April 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Pinpointing ETAs

H&N Logistics trucks H&N Logistics uses Trimble's TruETA to show drivers how traffic, weather and where they stop for rest breaks will affect their arrival times. (H&N Logistics)

With shippers and receivers demanding tighter delivery windows, trucking companies are utilizing a range of technologies to more accurately predict when drivers will ­arrive at destinations.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
March 1, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Parts Demand Is Surging

Meritor products on a sales floor Meritor products on a sales floor. Strong sales of new trucks is among the factors that have boosted demand for components and parts. (truckpartsandservice.com)

A growing economy and strong new truck sales have increased demand for aftermarket parts, creating supply chal­lenges. Truck manufacturers and component ­suppliers said they’re working to alleviate pressure on the industry by expanding offerings, ­improving distribution channels and using predictive forecasting tools to get ahead of demand.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
January 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Investigating Thermal Event Causes Is Crucial, Experts Say

No fleet or truck driver wants to experience a thermal event, but if a fire occurs, those in the industry said it is crucial to find out why it happened.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

Thwarting Thermal Events

Thermal Events The aftermath of a truck fire. (Washington State Department of Transportation/Flickr)

Fires in tractor-trailers, often referred to as thermal events, can result in significant damage to equipment as well as cargo, but despite an ongoing focus on preventing them, the number of incidents doesn’t appear to be dropping.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
November 9, 2018

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