Opinion, Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous, Fuel

Opinion: Truck Parking Is Quiet Crisis Facing Industry

Each night, thousands of truck drivers across the country find themselves in a horrible game of “musical chairs” — searching for parking spaces to take their mandated 10-hour rest period. This occurs because of a major shortage for truck parking, which has not kept up with the volume and growth of trucks traveling across our country each day.

February 13, 2017
Opinion, Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

Opinion: Share the Message of Trucking’s Importance

I read the chairman’s profile of Kevin Burch (10-10, p. 1), and quite frankly, he is a man after my own industry heart — and others should feel the same way.

February 6, 2017
Opinion, Business, Government, Safety, Logistics, Technology, Equipment

Opinion: ATA Intends to Build on 2016 Successes

The new year often brings changes. And rarely has that been as true as this year, as we have just inaugurated a new president who appears poised to change Washington. It’s also a time of renewed focus, to reflect on where we are and look forward and position for success.

January 30, 2017
Opinion, Business

Opinion: Practices That Could Improve Bottom Lines

When searching for cost-cutting opportunities executives often overlook established, industry-common practices that, if better managed, could greatly improve bottom line results. For the trucking industry, here are four common practices worth a second look: suggestions on how to estimate the profit opportunity associated with each and one common solution.

January 23, 2017
Opinion, Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous, Fuel

Opinion: Appreciate Truck Drivers Every Day of the Year

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week was Sept. 11–17 last year here in America. It is recognized as a time to honor and acknowledge the nation’s truck drivers for their dedication and hard work and for putting up with extraordinarily challenging working conditions throughout the year.

January 16, 2017
Opinion, Business, Fuel, Autonomous, Government, Equipment, Safety, Technology

Opinion: The Hidden Cost of Extended Idling

You don’t have to be a diesel mechanic to know that extended idling is bad for business. Frequent or prolonged idling increases emissions, wastes fuel and puts unnecessary wear on your engine. That’s why, due in large part to increasingly strict emissions standards, the trucking industry has seen a dramatic increase in idle-reduction technologies.

January 9, 2017
Opinion, Business

Opinion: A Brief History of Trucking Documents

They say that information is as important as the freight, as if that’s a recent idea. It isn’t.

January 2, 2017
Opinion, Business

Opinion: Invoice Auditing Data Help Carrier Negotiations

Shipping pricing is complex, which means there are numerous factors to take into consideration to ensure that you’re getting optimal pricing from your carriers.

December 19, 2016
Opinion, Business, Safety, Technology, Government

Opinion: Safety Is Greatest Benefit of Autonomous Tech

There has been a great amount of media attention with the first delivery by autonomous truck by Otto Transportation, which recently took place on Interstate 25 from Fort Collins to Denver in Colorado. While this trip was made with a convoy of State Patrol and Colorado DOT vehicles around it, this event still represented quite an achievement.

December 12, 2016
Opinion, Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

Opinion: Coating Crucial to Stopping Tank Corrosion

In truck and rail tankers and beyond, chemically bonded phosphate ceramics can stop corrosion, improve safety, extend equipment life and minimize maintenance and downtime.

December 5, 2016