Perspective, Business, Fuel

Opinion: Consider Hedging On-Road Fuel Costs

Perhaps your company already has explored myriad ways to reduce the cost of on-road fuel. But have you considered hedging the cost of your on-road fuel?

July 29, 2011
Perspective, Business

Opinion: Train Drivers to Deal With Spills

A transportation accident or emergency release that results in an environmental hazard is, for most businesses, an extraordinary occurrence. Yet every business needs to be prepared for such an event.

July 22, 2011
Perspective, Business

Opinion: Are Carriers Paid Enough for Fuel?

A question for shippers: Have your carriers asked for rate increases to cover higher fuel costs? If so, how did you react to their request?

July 15, 2011
Perspective, Business, Safety

Opinion: Please, DOT, Flip the Switch for PSP

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration finally launched its Pre-Employment Screening Program in May 2010, it represented a huge leap forward for improving the safety of America’s highways.

July 7, 2011
Perspective, Business

Opinion: Why Trucking Should Adopt Social Media

Social media are transforming the way America does business, and there’s no reason that shouldn’t include trucking. When it comes to traditional trucking products such as vehicles, systems and components, the development life cycle can be fairly long.

June 29, 2011
Perspective, Business, Logistics

Opinion: Fight Fuel Prices With Side Skirts

The average price of a gallon of diesel fuel the week of June 6 was 18% higher than it was at the beginning of this year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and the June 6 price of that fuel in California was 20% higher.

June 17, 2011
Perspective, Business, Government, Safety

Opinion: Across the Great ELD Divide

Large and small carriers increasingly find themselves on opposite sides of a widening gulf when the topic is electronic logging devices — particularly when the issue is whether or not ELDs should be required by government mandate.

June 10, 2011
Perspective, Business, Logistics

Opinion: Think Inside the Box

Because transportation costs outweigh warehousing costs several times over and continue to rise, most companies think outside that big box called the warehouse when the topic is logistics and concentrate instead on how things get to their destination.

June 3, 2011
Perspective, Business, Logistics

Opinion: Rethink the ‘Just-in-Time’ Delivery System

The successful application of just-in-time delivery requires every link of the supply chain to remain unbroken. Trucks and their cargo must arrive within a very precise, predetermined period of time — often only hours before the cargo is needed on the assembly line.

May 26, 2011
Perspective, Fuel

Opinion: Domestic Energy Production Besieged

As the price of a barrel of oil stands in excess of $100, we should remember how dependent the trucking industry is on petroleum-derived diesel fuel.

May 20, 2011