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Orchestrating the Supply Chain

Flatbed truck carrying lumber. A flatbed truck carries lumber. (TT File Photo)

An increasingly constrained freight market is ratcheting up the pressure on shippers to improve the performance of their supply chains and make better use of the limited hauling capacity of their own private fleets and for-hire carriers.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
August 20, 2018
Business, Safety

Jeremy Usener of Texas Named NAIC Top Inspector at CVSA Competition

Texas' Jeremy Usener is NAIC Grand Champion Texas' Jeremy Usener is NAIC Grand Champion (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jeremy Usener of the Texas Department of Public Safety has been crowned Grand Champion of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s North American Inspectors Championship for 2018.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 18, 2018
Business, Safety

Colorado’s Eric Damon of FedEx Express Crowned Step Van Grand Champion

Colorado's Eric Damon of FedEx Express with Step Van trophy Colorado's Eric Damon of FedEx Express with Step Van trophy (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — FedEx Express’ Eric Damon was crowned the Grand Champion step van driver at the National Step Van Driving Championships Aug. 18.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 18, 2018
Business, Safety

The Champions of NTDC 2018

Titleists from NTDC 2018 show off their hardware after a busy Championship Saturday. (Photos by John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Transport Topics
August 18, 2018
Business, Safety

NTDC Finalists Navigate Harrowing Course

A Flatbed division driver navigates the finals course A Flatbed division driver navigates the course during the NTDC finals on Aug. 18. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Drivers navigated a punishing course during the finals of the National Truck Driving Championships Aug. 18.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 18, 2018
Business, Safety

Nervous Finalists Feel the Love From Family

ODFL's Steve Cochran Steve Cochran of Indiana cheers on his wife, Dawn, in the 5-Axle finals on Aug. 18. Both drive for Old Dominion Freight Line. (Eugene Mulero/Transport Topics)

If the finalists at the 81st National Truck Driving Championships were feeling the pressure, so were their families.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 18, 2018
Business, Safety

Logan, Woodrome Face Off as NTDC Finalists Are Named

NTDC's finalists named Daniel Thompson of FedEx cheers the results on Aug. 18. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The stage is set for a classic clash of the giants at the finals of the 81st National Truck Driving Championships on Aug. 18.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 18, 2018
Business, Safety

Course Trips Up Second Round of Competitors at NTDC

NTDC Drivers work their way through the pre-trip inspection portion of the championships. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — While the diminishing front stop problem on the course of the 81st National Truck Driving Championships tested most of the country’s elite drivers on the tournament’s second day of competition, a few drivers appeared to figure it out.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 17, 2018
Business, Safety

Second-Day Drivers Use Extra Time to Study Course

Tim Ayotte adjust the mirror for a driver. Tim Ayotte adjust the mirror for a driver before he drives during the second day of competition. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Although competing on the second day of the National Truck Driving Championships allows drivers 24 additional hours to stir up nerves about the course, it also gives them extra time to analyze every turn, stop, cone and duck.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 17, 2018
Business, Safety

NAIC Inspection Practicals Begin

NAIC Inspection Practicals State Inspectors competitors. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a partitioned section of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, removed from the occasional staccato of horns, the cheers of supporters and the deep voice of the announcer moderating the National Truck Driving Championships, uniformed law enforcement officers began to conduct vehicle inspections.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 17, 2018

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