Stephen Bennett

Business, Technology, Equipment

Trucking Companies Find Best Practices in Transportation Management Software

TMS For fleets, finding and understanding data and putting it toward useful decision-making is critical to realizing a return on a TMS investment. (Trimble Transportation)

To optimize, automate. That’s the long-standing message from users and vendors when they talk about realizing a return on investment for transportation management systems (TMS).

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
March 29, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

How Fleets Are Winning the Race to Hire Drivers

Application screen on DriverReach software Software can help fleets better manage the driver recruiting process (DriverReach

Motor carriers are implementing technologies designed to streamline the online recruiting and onboarding process so they can keep in touch with qualified drivers and ultimately hire more of them.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
March 4, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Routine Maintenance Keeps HVAC Units Humming

Technician checks pressure on an HVAC unit A technician checks the pressure on an HVAC unit during a diagnostics test. (SafeConnect)

Most experts say that detecting and dealing with refrigerant leaks is the biggest challenge in regular maintenance of air conditioning systems on Class 8 tractors. For that reason, regular maintenance on the systems is critical.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
January 28, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics

Technology Helps Manage Spot Market

brokers Direct Connect Logistix Inc.

Technological solutions are increasingly helping shippers and carriers manage a boisterous business climate in which spot freight plays a prominent role.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
November 2, 2021
Technology, Equipment, Safety

How Drivers Are Using Mobile Apps to Make Life on the Road Easier

Trucks on a scenic highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Today’s professional truck drivers are using mobile apps to help manage many facets of work and life on the road.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
February 19, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

ELD Vendors Update Software to Match Modified HOS Rules

Driver looking at screen in truck Software providers worked to ensure a smooth transition into the revised FMCSA hours-of-service rules by providing updates. (MiX Telematics)

Before the federal government’s revised hours-of-service rules went into effect Sept. 29, suppliers of electronic logging devices were busy updating their software.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
November 3, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Refrigerated Carriers Finding Value With Electric-Powered Reefer Units

Electric Advances in microprocessor-based controllers are making systems more efficient and reliable, as well as enhancing diagnostics for maintenance. (Carrier Transicold)

The use of electric power to refrigerate trailers is expected to surge in the coming years, according to some manufacturers and fleet operators.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Brake Suppliers Invest in Sensing Technology

Technician installs brake pads A technician installs brake pads on a disc brake setup. (Bendix)

Integrating braking systems with sensors and telematics can enable more timely maintenance, reduce unplanned downtime and optimize component life while supporting “brake health.”

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
August 3, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Push Forward With Tech Investment Despite Pandemic, Economic Uncertainty

Lytx A driver enters information into a Lytx in-cab event recorder. (Lytx)

Despite facing business challenges and economic uncertainty, some trucking companies have continued to move forward with technology investments during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
July 6, 2020
Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

Last-Mile Delivery Fleets Navigate Challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic

UPS and FedEx trucks FedEx and UPS are among the last-mile delivery companies that have had to adjust their operations during the coronavirus pandemic. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News)

Last-mile fleets such as FedEx, Amazon, XPO and UPS have been dealing with a spike in demand while also implementing safety protocols to protect employees and customers.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
May 26, 2020