Stephen Bennett

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
Business, Equipment, Safety

Trailer Aerodynamics Suppliers Face Headwinds During Pandemic

 EkoStinger’s Blue Stinger EkoStinger’s Blue Stinger is a wedge-shaped aerodynamic device that is installed under the trailer and slides with the tandems. (EkoStinger)

Manufacturers of aerodynamic trailer equipment are like most companies confronting the dramatic economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but are in some cases also working to prepare for a moment when business eventually picks up.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
May 11, 2020
Business, Equipment, Fuel

Stemco Ceases Manufacturing of TrailerTail, Other Products

TrailerTail A TrailerTail installed on a C.R. England trailer. (Stemco)

Industry supplier Stemco has discontinued production of its TrailerTail product, which helped pioneer improved aerodynamics at the rear of the trailer.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
April 14, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Options Expand for Trailer Aerodynamics

Trailer Aerodynamics The backs of trailers show Rocketail trailer tails. (Rocketail)

Many trucking companies add various aerodynamic systems to their trailers to boost fuel economy, but how much fuel can these products truly save in real-world operating conditions?

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
April 6, 2020
Business, Equipment

As Equipment Market Slows, Truck Dealers Focus on Parts, Service

volvo on General Truck Sales floor General Truck Sales sells Volvo, Mack, Hino and Isuzu brand trucks. (General Truck Sales)

To compensate for a slowdown in new equipment sales, truck dealers are turning their attention to parts and services as well as other revenue and profit generators.

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

Fleets Can Get Quality Equipment, Financial Flexibility With Used Trucks

Ritchie Bros. bid catcher A bid catcher takes bids during an auction at Ritchie Brothers in Fort Worth, Texas. (Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers)

Motor carriers that typically purchase new trucks sometimes find themselves in situations where it is expedient to buy used trucks.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
December 11, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Small but Growing Carriers Make Leap From Spreadsheets to TMS Software

dispatcher A carrier employee uses a computer running McLeod software, allowing him to manage paper and electronic documents. (McLeod Software)

For small trucking companies that are getting bigger, recognizing the point when it becomes necessary to adopt management software isn’t so difficult. Instead, the challenges have more to do with evaluating systems, choosing one and implementing it.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
November 4, 2019