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All hands on deck: Carriers employ software to improve CSA scores

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability program continues to propel fleets toward technology that can improve their scores. Under CSA, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration deposits vehicle inspection violations into seven Behavior Analysis & Safety Improvement Categories. Each month, the violations in each BASIC are scored by Safety Management ...

Out With the Waste

Fleets ramp up technology investments to boost margins, driver relations, customer service   By Aaron Huff     Tennant Truck Lines recently moved from an overcrowded family farmhouse in Orion, Ill., to a $3 million facility in Colona, Ill. Over the next two years, the open-deck carrier plans to grow ...

Technology

Making the latest technology developments work for your fleet     Full circle TMW Systems acquired, primed for growth   By Aaron Huff   TransForum 2012, the annual user conference of TMW Systems and the trucking industry’s largest technology gathering, was different than its past six years on one account – the size ...

Expanding the Cloud

Fleets are finding more virtual means to manage a growing range of mobile assets   By Aaron Huff     While transportation companies have unique needs, all can agree that information becomes simpler and easier to access by a mobile work force with cloud computing. While this strategy has tradeoffs ...

Not Sitting Still

Making the latest technology developments work for your fleet   By Aaron Huff   McLeod Software capitalizing on transport trends   Amid all the uncertainty in the economy and in national politics, Tom McLeod said that at least one thing is certain: The best-run companies today will continue to be the best ...

Technology

Making the latest technology developments work for your fleet   By Aaron Huff       Hitching a ride to the cloud   Outsourcing gives contractors, fleets more choice with less risk     Fleets with independent contractors have to be careful in how they manage driver relationships. Any missteps could result in tax agencies clamoring ...

Technology

Calling All Devices   Mobile management adds security, flexibility to enterprise IT     There was a time – perhaps only recently – when fleets purchased mobile devices for only one reason: to capture information from vehicles and drivers. Then came smartphones and tablet devices. Now all employees want to ...

The Big Picture

Dispatch software can provide fleet managers a consolidated view of what's happening with drivers, helping them anticipate and solve problems in advance.   Having a fully electronic office to manage dispatch, human resources, accounting and other core processes is expected in today’s business environment. Even so, many ...

Fuel on Lockdown

5 ways technology can offer stronger protection against the risk of rising diesel prices   Two years ago, the Celadon Group went on “lockdown mode” for fuel and toll costs, and drivers for the 3,000-truck Indianapolis-based company now have no choice but to comply. Celadon uses an automated ...

Technology

Back to the BASICs Does driver training have the biggest impact on CSA performance? The Compliance Safety Accountability program created a boom for technology providers. Many companies began marketing new CSA solutions before the program went live in December 2010 and have continued since. Some technology can ...

2012 Innovator of the Year

American Central Transport Liberty, Missouri Missouri carrier develops new recruiting and driver pay programs to tackle driver shortage and improve fuel economy   Escalating fuel prices and an ongoing driver shortage remain top worries for motor carriers nationwide. Even if companies are able to fill empty seats, fuel prices ...

Beyond Driving

Today’s technology speeds driver-office interaction, workflow Until recently, new drivers for TransAm Trucking were being trained for 2½ hours on how to record hours of service properly on paper logbooks. Now training takes 15 minutes, and no paper is involved. “The learning curve is much less,” ...

Technology

Mobility on speed dial Smartphones expand technology options Smartphones are spreading like wildfire throughout the transportation industry. Executives, managers and drivers are consuming new apps that increase their connectivity and productivity. The cloud computing model – a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet – quickly has ...

Technology

Making the latest technology developments work for your fleet     Zero tolerance? It takes more than policy to remove cell phone distractions Before the sun rose on March 26, 2010, a semi-truck departed the left lane of southbound Interstate 65 near Munfordville, Ky. After crossing a 60-foot-wide median into ...

Technology

Pay it forward Insurance providers and carriers reap rewards from technology Of all the technologies available to manage safety and compliance, do any qualify for instant discounts from insurance providers? For years, the answer has been resoundingly no. Traditionally, insurance companies have looked past technology to evaluate risk ...

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