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09/03/14
The Cold Freeze

I am intrigued by some new technologies for refrigerated trailers.  Everyone wants to reduce fuel.  Much of what I have done in the past, and do today, is focused on the tractor.  However, the fuel used in refrigerated trailers can be saved, which also reduces greenhouse gas.  In addition to the typical reefer technology using a diesel engine, I have now seen four other alternatives.

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09/02/14
Are you focusing on female drivers in your recruiting?

If you are a typical trucking company, you have one female driver for every 19 males. This is the national average (around five percent). There are some carriers who enjoy a much higher female driver pool. What are they doing differently?

First, they have a culture that values and appreciates women. Years ago you could walk into a terminal and see more women in the mechanics’ calendars than you did in trucks. There were only men’s restrooms and showers and the few female drivers who entered the lounge were teased mercilessly. 

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09/02/14
Stylish and economical

Last week I was at the Great America Truck Show in Dallas, TX.  I moderated a session at the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference talking about how technology can influence driver behavior to achieve better fuel economy and safer operation.  The conclusion is that technology can be transformative and significantly improve operations.  Nussbaum Transportation outlined how they have improved fuel economy 25% in just over 3 years.  They are now achieving an average of 8.81 miles per gallon on their latest vehicles.  Earlier this year, at the Technology and Maintenance

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09/02/14
Smartphones: Powerful tools or dangerous distractions?!

We've all watched the commercials and seen the news, distracted driving is a serious problem today in the US. There are almost as many smartphone users as there are people, and that doesn't even include tablets. It's no wonder we are finding ourselves at the crossroads of value and danger. When does availability of power and convenience come with too much risk?

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09/02/14
How much is your fleet worth?

We work with middle-market business owners every day and almost every owner we talk to asks this question, “How much is my company worth?”

Some believe they know what their company is worth, because they have paid to have a valuation done. Others have “heard” that a company similar to theirs sold for “X.” Therefore theirs should be worth at least “2X.”  Still others have done their own evaluation and firmly believe they know exactly what their company is worth.

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09/02/14
Truck stops around the world

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09/02/14
Environmental Sustainability: Burden or Opportunity for Trucking?

Trucks are much cleaner than when I was a kid. As a parent now, I think that is very good news. Compared to a 1988 truck, new trucks have 95% fewer emissions of diesel particulate matter, which leads to asthma and respiratory illness, and nitrogen oxides (NOx), which form ozone.

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09/02/14
Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?

In my many years covering trucking, I’ve been surprised by the industry’s steadfastly antagonistic approach to government attempts to impose new regulations and requirements to improve safety. By and large, fleets seem to look upon safety regulations as a burden to be resisted when possible and to be grudgingly endured only when active political resistance fails.

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09/02/14
Fleet Owner launches online access to trucking experts

A new online community launched today by Fleet Owner gives its audience open access to a wide range of trucking industry experts.  

Featuring a revolving lineup of well-known industry figures, IdeaXchange is designed to open valuable discussions between experts in many different areas of the industry and fleet executives and managers. 

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09/02/14
Cutting the costs associated with work absences

There is no question that workers’ comp claims in an industry such as trucking are a concern for any human resource manager. With drivers spending nearly their entire work shifts sitting in a truck seat bouncing up and down and dock workers quickly moving freight from one trailer to another, the potential for injury is very real.

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