Perspective, Business

Opinion: No Longer a ‘Penny Business’

Vernaculars can expedite commerce, provided all parties understand the lingo, but using it outside an industry may frustrate communications when being clearly understood is vitally important — particularly if money is involved.

August 18, 2011
Perspective, Business

Opinion: Driving Accident-Free — A Mission

This week, contestants of the National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships will be convening in Orlando to begin four intense days of competition.

August 11, 2011
Perspective, Business, Equipment

Opinion: Can This Marriage Be Saved?

It takes a significant effort on the part of suppliers and customers alike to ensure that strains on key supplier-customer relationships are avoided, and there is a common focus on the contributions that create value.

August 5, 2011
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