Stephen Bennett

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
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Time Running Low for Fleets to Convert AOBRDs to ELDs

Truck driver uses ELD A driver uses an ELD to log his hours of service. On Dec. 16, 2019, companies that have been using AOBRDs must begin utilizing ELDs. (J.J. Keller & Associates)

Although the federal electronic logging device mandate has been in effect for nearly two years, the regulation will take full effect later this year when an exemption for older e-log systems is set to expire.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
September 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Document Automation Puts Trucking Back Office in Fast Lane

Bill of lading digital graphic

The deluge of documents that trucking generates is increasingly managed and processed via automation. Providers of document-management systems said these systems yield labor savings and efficiencies.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
July 9, 2019
Business, Technology

Android’s Rise in Trucking

Omnitracs Intelligent Vehicle Gateway unit Omnitracs plans to convert its latest in-cab system, the Intelligent Vehicle Gateway, to the Android mobile operating system. (Omnitracs)

The mobile device revolution has dramatically altered telematics and mobile communications in the trucking industry as technology suppliers have introduced an ever-expanding array of business applications for smartphones and tablets.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
May 24, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

With ELD Rollout in Rearview Mirror, Focus Turns to Fleet Management

Driver using Trimble e-log device With e-log devices now installed in nearly all longhaul trucks, vendors are adding fleet management features to their products. (Trimble Transportation Mobility)

The telematics-for-trucking market experienced a dramatic explosion in growth over the past three years, driven primarily by the federally mandated rollout of electronic logging devices across most of the longhaul trucking sector. Now that the industry has made that transition to electronic logs, the telematics market is bound to undergo a shakeout because there are more ELD suppliers than the industry needs.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
February 6, 2019