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Trucking Becomes Greener, Still Has Ways to Go

Dec 18, 2013 No Comments by

Trucking used to be the pit in which green efforts went to die. It seemed there was little that could be done to make the massive behemoths that transport everything from the food that we need to live to the bust of Sir Walter Scott we ordered off Amazon. However, trucking companies have been cleaning […]

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3 Supply Chain Trends Driving the Nation into 2014

Oct 02, 2013 No Comments by

Change is the only constant, a truism that feels especially right when applied to the ever-evolving nature of supply chains. Unlike industries that grow stagnant once they’re proven effective enough, supply chain stakeholders are always chasing the next greatest efficiency. Here’s what those changes for supply chain management (SCM) will look like in 2014 and […]

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Improve Time Management: 6 Ways for Truckers and Dispatchers to Team Up

Sep 16, 2013 No Comments by

Truck drivers and dispatchers rely heavily on one another for a safe, efficient and profitable route. With rising diesel costs and stringent HOS (Hours-of-Service) rules, efficiently managing time and other resources for truckers and dispatchers is crucial for companies to stay profitable. Here are six action items for improving trucker-dispatcher teamwork: 1. Communicate frequently to make […]

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Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Idle Reduction Technology

Aug 20, 2013 No Comments by

Long-duration idling has become a major issue for truckers and fleet owners, particularly due to rising gas prices. To combat the problem, idle reduction technologies are being implemented throughout the industry. But what are all of the solutions out there? And with the large up-front investment for anti-idling applications, how much will truckers actually save? […]

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Outsource fuel management for efficiency

Jul 31, 2013 No Comments by

With skyrocketing prices on gasoline, many trucking companies are running on empty – bank accounts, that is. This has caused many to start looking at fuel management options. Some management techniques are external, relying on another company to help. Others use hardware or software and can be implemented and monitored in-house. Companies can implement both […]

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3rd Annual Truck Driver Social Media Conference Honors and Informs Those Who “Keep America Moving”

Jul 25, 2013 No Comments by

Allen and Donna Smith, founders of Truth About Trucking, LLC, will host the third annual Truck Driver Social Media Conference (TDSMC) at Harrah’s Hotel and Conference Center in Kansas City, Missouri, October 11–13. According to its website, the TDSMC “was founded on the principle of uniting, recognizing and honoring our nation’s truckers for their daily […]

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Fleet Tracking Systems Drive Better Business for Commercial Transportation

Jul 18, 2013 No Comments

Businesses that rely on commercial drivers operating a fleet of vehicles to provide customer services or transport passengers or materials are finding enormous value in tracking systems that communicate vehicle location as well as critical activities of drivers. GPS-based fleet-tracking systems are made up of an onboard electronic device on each vehicle that’s outfitted with […]

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Small changes can mean big energy savings in trucking industry

Jul 17, 2013 No Comments

If current trends hold, greenhouse gas emissions are expected to increase by 80 percent by the year 2030, according to a report by the Carbon War Room. Though many environmental efforts focus on consumer behavior, the transportation industry stands to make the most impact to air quality by implementing efficient, environmentally friendly practices. After all, more than […]

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Do You Really Need Multiple Distribution Channels?

Jul 11, 2013 No Comments

Many companies have a single distribution channel, and in most cases, this is all that is needed. For others, however, it’s a good idea to have two or even three ways of delivering the goods. In some cases, a company’s needs will change over time as it adapts to an evolving marketplace. If a firm is in […]

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