TURN THE ELD MANDATE FROM AN OBLIGATION TO AN OPPORTUNITY

BY ANDY HICKS

To call the reactions to the coming ELD mandate mixed is being generous. For many in the trucking industry it’s a burden, a requirement they are fulfilling out of obligation. Can I suggest a change of perception? While the addition of ELDs to the cab has been mandated, this is actually an opportunity for visibility […]

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HOW WILL YOUR FREIGHT PATTERNS CHANGE IN 2017?

BY ANDY HICKS

Is your fleet ready to meet your customer’s needs as the business landscape changes? Chances are that you have a pretty good fleet management system in place. You probably routinely work with the same customers on the same routes and have a good handle on how to dedicate your trailers and resources accordingly. But what […]

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HOW FLEET MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE CAN HELP YOU USE THE PAST TO PREDICT THE FUTURE

BY ANDY HICKS

Trucking companies are feeling the pinch of a slowing market. While 2.4 percent of companies are reducing their truck inventory in response to this trend, 70 percent are maintaining their inventory. Twenty-eight percent are actually increasing it. With all of these changes, an important question becomes “Which choice is right for my company, and how do I […]

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TRUCKING INDUSTRY REDUCING FLEET SIZE TO MATCH LOWER SHIPPING DEMANDS

BY ANDY HICKS

Three of the country’s biggest carriers each recently announced that they would be reducing fleet size going into the end of the year as a response to recent freight market conditions, one of them going so far as to say that it will need to see real improvement in the freight and rate markets before […]

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USING TRAILER TRACKING SOFTWARE TO PREVENT CARGO THEFT

BY ANDY HICKS

Three of the country’s biggest carriers each recently announced that they would be reducing fleet size going into the end of the year as a response to recent freight market conditions, one of them going so far as to say that it will need to see real improvement in the freight and rate markets before […]

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REDUCING COSTS WITH OPTIMALLY TIMED TRAILER MAINTENANCE

BY ANDY HICKS

Carriers are holding on to their trailers longer than they used to. The average is now a little more than 10 years. Keeping trailers longer increases the maintenance and repair costs of the trailers over time. Trailers are also spending more time on the road with 279,131 miles in 2014 versus 275,018 miles in 2013. At the same time, […]

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VISIBILITY CRITICAL TO EFFICIENT CONTAINER FLEET MANAGEMENT

BY JASON ANDERSON

Visibility has become a bit of a buzzword. It’s something that people are trying to sell to managers and executives in every industry, so you’re excused if you say that hearing about visibility is getting a bit old. But what many of these companies selling visibility actually mean is that they offer data. What they […]

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MY FLEET’S UNDERUTILIZED. NOW WHAT?

BY ANDY HICKS

Pop quiz: Right now, how many trailers does your company own? How close can you get to an accurate count? Within a dozen? Within 100? Within 1,000? Next question: How many of those are available to haul a load if needed? If you don’t have a good answer for either question, you aren’t alone. Most […]

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CHASSIS FLEET OPTIMIZATION: OPTIMIZING BY THE MARKET AND BY THE YARD

BY JASON ANDERSON

We talked in a previous post about how even if chassis fleet operators right now wanted to optimize their fleets, they wouldn’t be able to because they are operating with incomplete and unreliable information. They are counting on drivers and gate agents to deliver accurate data about arrivals and departures. But drivers and gate agents are human. […]

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CHASSIS FLEET OPTIMIZATION: YOU’RE RELYING ON UNRELIABLE DATA

BY JASON ANDERSON

Here’s something that won’t come as news to chassis fleet operators, at least we don’t think it will. Your fleet isn’t optimized. Because of that, in markets where you’re overly flush with chassis, you are losing money on idle assets. And in markets where you have too few chassis, you are leaving money on the […]

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