Blogs

Why you workin’ so hard?

I saw a pretty cool interview the other day with ZZ Top’s incredible guitarist, the Reverend Billy F. Gibbons. BFG was talking about the time he and blues legend B.B. ...

Driver training: CAB Logistics goes online to streamline safety (with video)

Until last year, CAB Logistics was holding a company-wide safety meeting every quarter. To accommodate all 250 drivers, the meeting had to be repeated for two or three consecutive days. The result ...

Driver training: a new era begins with video, custom content

                  Editor’s note: this is the second of a two-part series on how technology is changing the landscape of training drivers. Part one (last week) looked at new developments in online training. With ...

The target on your back

The commercials are ridiculous. At home I instinctively grab the remote and change the channel until they’re over. But at the gym in the evenings, that’s not an option. So I ...

Feeling fuelish: Don’t abandon fuel economy efforts just because diesel’s down

The convenience store (actual gas stations don’t really exist anymore) up the street from my house is selling regular unleaded gasoline for $1.99 a gallon. And though in recent weeks ...

Keep the wheels rolling with online driver training

Holly Caskey and other department managers at Admiral Merchants Motor Freight (AMMF) used to hold a weekly conference call for all new drivers to complete orientation training. The call lasted several hours ...

Doing my part: One driver’s transition out of a taxi and into trucking

A week ago, I staggered out of the South Hall at the Kentucky Convention Center in Louisville leaving the turmoil of the 2015 Mid-America Truck Show in my wake. Two solid ...

Super-sized routing: why technology works best as a combo package

During the first week in March, icy rain and snow blanketed much of Southeastern Foods Merchandisers' network, forcing the distributor to postpone deliveries of food-service products to some customers. Its restaurant customers in Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, ...

Robots, driverless trucks and your trucking job

You always remember the first time you get upgraded to first class. My first time was many years ago, and I wound up sitting next to a guy who was ...

Why the T in TSA doesn’t stand for trucking

Innovation leads to regulation. Nowhere is that more true than trucking. Seemingly every good idea to make trucking a more efficient business is met with a higher regulatory standard that makes the ...

The Internet of Things, explained

Back in college, when I worked as a mechanic and Petroleum Injection Specialist at the local, Andy Griffith-style service station in our town, we wasted more time looking for tools ...

Entitlement, apathy compounding driver shortage

If you’ve been paying attention to any of the trucking industry economists in the last two years, you’ve heard a cadence of good news: Manufacturing is making a steady comeback, ...

Could Apple’s new ‘Research Kit’ be the answer to improving driver health?

It can be risky writing about trends in technology or about products that have just been released to the public. (You can end up like the guy who said the ...

Who will become the ‘Uber’ of freight transportation?

On paper it doesn't make sense. How can the popular ride-sharing service Uber be worth $41 billion? The company is less than six years old. By creating a new economy — that's ...

Give the blue-collar kids a chance, too

It was a throw-away line. John Sullivan, director of maintenance for Michigan-based Reliable Carriers, was moderating the popular Shop Talk seminar as the Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting wrapped up ...