Business, Technology, Top 100

In Driver Recruitment, Both Old and New Media Matter

Heartland direct mail Heartland Express direct mail. (Jim Stinson/Transport Topics)

Today’s recruitment efforts to attract truck drivers have tended to lean on digital media. But in a sea of digital information, recruitment opportunities can be lost. That concern is why some trucking companies are returning to older media approaches for recruitment.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
March 7, 2019

Rachel Lovell Becomes First Woman to Win Transport Topics Recruiter Award

Rachel Lovell and Sue Hensley Rachel Lovell (left) and Sue Hensley. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rachel Lovell, a recruiting manager at Milan Supply Chain Solutions Inc., was named Transport Topics’ Recruiting Professional of the Year after being the first woman nominated for the honor. The presentation was made Feb. 22 as part of the 2019 Recruitment and Retention Conference.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 22, 2019
Business, Safety

Recruiters Can Attract, Retain Drivers With Empathy, Experts Say

Recruiters Jon Acuff (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Empathy is an important quality to have when connecting with truck drivers, according to best-selling motivational author Jon Acuff.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 21, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Letters to the Editor

Letter: Keep Urging Young People to Pick Trucking as a Career

I read with interest your excellent article highlighting college students’ participation at ATA’s Management Conference & Exhibition in October in Austin.

December 4, 2018

U.S. Xpress Bids to Recruit Millennials With Scholorship Program

Recruit Millennials John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The deepening crisis of a truck-driver shortage that already is leading to higher prices for agricultural produce and threatening to stoke inflation is forcing trucking companies to find creative solutions.

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
September 10, 2018
Business, Technology

In Driver Recruiting, AI Gets Real

Robot holding "Drivers Wanted" sign

While the wonders of artificial intelligence often are hyped beyond recognition, AI-powered recruitment software actually is offering real advantages to trucking companies.

Joe Dysart | Webology 101
August 23, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Spear: Trucking to Play Key Role in Autonomous Policy

Chris Spear Spear by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ATLANTA — New federal guidance on automated cars and trucks to be unveiled this year will include the input from the trucking industry, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting March 5.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 5, 2018

Celadon’s Dave Chesterman Named Transport Topics Recruiter of the Year

Dave Chesterman and Sue Hensley Chesterman (left) and Hensley by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dave Chesterman, vice president of recruiting for Celadon Group Inc., was named Transport Topics’ Recruiting Professional of the Year at the 2018 Recruitment & Retention Conference Feb. 23.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 23, 2018

Trucking Industry Needs More Women, Younger Workers, Says Past ATA Chairman Kevin Burch

Kevin Burch Kevin Burch by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The trucking industry will need 100,000 new drivers per year for the next 10 years to address the industrywide driver shortage, according to Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc., and immediate past chairman of American Trucking Associations.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 22, 2018

Editorial: A Turn of Phrase

There’s no shortage of catchy phrases to describe the sights and sounds of the trucking industry: what’s “under the hood” or “down the road” or who’s “behind the wheel,” for example. These themes are also handy for describing issues confronting the industry that cropped up in relation to some recent and upcoming industry events.

Transport Topics
February 22, 2018