TT Newsmakers is a series of free video-based conversations featuring insights from industry leaders across the regulatory, business and economic landscapes. Episodes are hosted by veteran broadcaster and TT Associate News Editor Dan Ronan.
Studying the Cost of Infrastructure Funding
Last month, the American Transportation Research Institute released "A Practical Analysis of a National VMT Tax System" which breaks down the benefits and the costs of instituting a national vehicle-miles-traveled fee system that would levy a per-mile charge on drivers. Is this a viable solution to infrastructure funding needs? The senior vice president of ATRI, Dan Murray, joins TT's Dan Ronan to discuss the findings of the report and what shape infrastructure funding may take in the future.
The Path to Autonomous Trucking
Last month, Locomation announced that it had formed a partnership with Rush Enterprises, making them the primary installation and maintenance provider of Locomation's autonomous technology. Considering their successful on-road pilot program last year, how close are we to entire fleets having autonomous capabilities? The CEO and co-founder of Locomation, Çetin Meriçli, joined TT's Dan Ronan for a conversation about his company's plans for trucking's future.
The Value of a Good Driver
Just last month, a number of carriers announced driver pay increases mirroring a wider trend in the industry that emerged last year. Is this an effective strategy for combatting the worsening driver shortage? President and CEO of the National Transportation Institute Leah Shaver joins TT's Dan Ronan for a conversation about driver recruitment and retention in today's market and what tools fleet executives can use to succeed.
Understanding the Global Distribution of a Cure in Real-Time
With a new administration comes a new plan, 100 million vaccines in 100 days. Who is helping to get us there and how? Vice President of Global Healthcare Strategy and Marketing for UPS, Dan Gagnon, joins TT's Dan Ronan to discuss the global rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, cooperating with companies like FedEx for national distribution efforts, and whether this will be a defining moment for UPS.
What We Know About the Economy in 2021
2021 welcomes a new administration and offers a new climate in which to negotiate freight hauling, but it must also contend with some of 2020's ailments, including a continuing pandemic and the wildly disparate performance of different business sectors. ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello joins TT's Dan Ronan to discuss this interesting economic moment and what it means for the trucking industry.
Navigating the Driver Shortage
Jeremy Reymer, founder and CEO of DriverReach, joins TT's Dan Ronan for a conversation about the truck driver shortage — including how it has been affected by the pandemic, the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and pay raises — and also capacity constraints and what fleets can do to help themselves.
Delivering a Cure
Larry St Onge, president of life sciences and healthcare for DHL, joins TT's Dan Ronan for a conversation about how deliberations on delivery of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine began, DHL being one of the companies that has taken on the responsibility of managing this vital shipment, and what cares are being taken to ensure its safe delivery.
Collin Mooney, executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, joins TT's Dan Ronan to discuss ways motor carriers can manage risk, and avoid increased litigation and nuclear verdicts, such as the adoption of advanced technology, including onboard safety systems, in-cab video and telematics.
Taking Aim at Nuclear Verdicts
Dan Cook, principal & practice leader of risk finance for TrueNorth Companies, joins TT's Dan Ronan to discuss the rise of nuclear verdicts in the trucking industry, including an examination of how this trend is affecting motor carriers, what it means for the way fleets assess risk, and the groups that are leading the charge on reform.
The Evolution of Electric Trucks
Trevor Milton, founder and executive chairman of Nikola Corp., joins TT’s Dan Ronan to discuss the fast-moving electric truck industry, including the role fleets could play in putting more zero-emission commercial vehicles on the road, and how his company plans to deliver on the promise Milton sees in next-generation power for Class 8 trucks.
Understanding Trucking's Economic Landscape
ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello discusses with TT’s Dan Ronan key economic issues facing trucking in the COVID-19 era, including trends in demand, capacity and what the future may hold.