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The retirement readiness of Americans is bleak.

A 2015 Federal Reserve Report found that 31% of non-retirees have little to no retirement savings. In that same report, half of all non-retirees were not confident at all, or had no confidence, in their ability to choose investments. Furthermore, the average American has only $20,000 saved for retirement. Therefore, most Americans will simply not be able to afford to stop working. Read More

Canada-based specialized carrier Equipment Express moved a 1,000-pound press to Tennessee last year with three superloads, three permitted oversize-overweight loads and two legal loads.

Many of the carrier’s loads, which are often permitted and require special timeframes for movement, can’t fit into typical parking spaces, so Equipment Express uses smart compliance to help plan stops at safe areas while ensuring its drivers meet hours of service regulations. Read More

While public and private funding for alt fuel vehicles in the U.S. and Canada is increasing sharply, credit value through California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard has taken a big hit thanks largely to growing competition in the mandated push to go green. Read More

Diesel fuel prices across the United States jumped another 11.4 cents during the week ending May 9, bringing the national average to another record high at $5.62 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration. Read More

Bruce Stockton watches his 3-year-old granddaughter play with her mother’s phone, and it seems to come naturally, but he said she can’t quite ride a tricycle.

Stockton, vice president of fleet services at Missouri-based Wilson Logistics, compared his granddaughter to today’s incoming truck drivers: they naturally understand technology, but they have to be trained to drive. Read More

The days of using a generic spec for all fleet applications are over.

While I am not sure that a one-size-fits-all approach to spec’ing was ever a good idea, today that approach can spell disaster. It not only can result in operational inefficiencies but also it can have a profound effect on preventive maintenance and total cost of operation (TCO). Read More

Ask veteran drivers about the good ol’ days in trucking and they’ll tell you stories about friends they worked with, loads they hauled, trucks they drove and coming home for a holiday or a kid’s game on the weekend.

You know what you won’t hear about? Waiting in line for a payphone. Achy hips and knees from shifting gears. Paper HOS logs and shipping documents. Jockeying for a parking space. Ceaseless messages from dispatchers or freight brokers asking where they are and when they’ll arrive. Being routed places they don’t like to go. Read More

There is magic around the 10% solution. I expect many fleets and OEMs have sat through many presentations, read many articles and reports where the claim of a 10% improvement in fuel economy is supposed to wow.

My guess is that 10% is where the venture capitalists and fleet customers seem to get interested in an idea, where 9% or 6% or 3% just are not attractive enough to raise an eyebrow. Read More

As illustrated in Part 1 of this two-part series, the Department of Transportation recently advised Congress to eliminate the Fair Labor Standards Act’s motor carrier exemption that allows many carriers to avoid paying company drivers overtime. As Congress has begun to attempt action on the advice, the change could yield benefits for all drivers including higher earnings and shorter wait times at loading docks. Read More

The average age of a diesel technician, according to Data USA, is just more than 40 years old – about a decade younger than the average age of a truck driver, but still a far cry from the age of a recent high school graduate who just completed an accredited diesel tech program. Read More

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