FAMILY BUSINESS BOOMS WITH SERVICE TRUCKS

Wade Homuth set out to start his own field service company at the age of 43. A daunting task for even the youngest of workers, Homuth leveraged his 20 years of experience in the construction […] More

STILL USING AOBRDS?

The ELD mandate is perhaps the single greatest regulatory compliance issue to impact the way drivers and motor carriers do business in the United States. Now after nearly two years of confusion and anxiety, the […] More

5 Tips to Enhance Your Driver Improvement Program

Last time, we focused on analytics and its impact on coaching and a fleet’s overall safety culture. In this final installment of the Coaching series, we’ll provide tips fleets can use today to take to […] More

PAY FOR WHAT YOU USE

By Ryan Driscoll Traditionally, paying predictive measures on an enterprise-level means commercial fleet companies and their drivers are in a one-size-fits-all insurance plan no matter their background, qualification, or accident record. In Q1 2019, commercial […] More

THE SENZAR BLIND SPOT DETECTION SYSTEM

One of the most helpful technologies implemented into our automobiles within the past few years is blind spot detection (BSD) systems. This technology uses sensors along the vehicle to detect other vehicles in the driver’s […] More

ELD MANDATE RANKS IN THE TOP 10 ISSUES IN THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY

BLUEARROW TELEMATICS AND PURYEAR TANK LINES DISCUSS WHY Since 2012, the ELD mandate has ranked in the top 10 issues in the trucking industry, according to the American Transportation Research Institute. The regulation took the […] More

HOW EMISSIONS LEGISLATION COULD BACKFIRE

AND WHAT CANDIDATES CAN DO ABOUT IT The 2020 election race is heating up—and so is our planet.  Amid the fourth-hottest year in recorded history, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a landmark 2018 […] More

BENEFITS OF COACHING WITH ADVANCED ANALYTICS

COACH YOUR DRIVERS TO SAFETY AND SUCCESS: PART 3 of 4 In the second part of our series, we focused on the value of expert analysis and measurement in the coaching process. Continuing on the […] More

THE FUTURE OF ROAD TRAVEL

HOW WILL YOUR ROUTE LOOK IN 50 YEARS? Our roads are in poor condition, overcrowded, chronically underfunded, and increasingly dangerous. In fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives the US grades of C+ […] More

IT REALLY IS ALL ABOUT SAFETY

GPS TRACKING INCREASES SAFETY Within the GPS telematics industry, service providers have spoken to the material benefits of GPS tracking solutions for years. Whether it be improved fuel efficiency as a result of reduced idling, […] More

THE VALUE OF EXPERT ANALYSIS IN COACHING

COACH YOUR DRIVERS TO SAFETY AND SUCCESS: PART 2 of 4 In the first part of this series, we discussed the importance of coaching and ensuring everyone in the organization is on the same page […] More

HOW MUCH DOES AN ELECTRIC MEDIUM-DUTY FLEET REALLY SAVE

AMPLY OFFERS UP THE STATS To some, fleet electrification could never be a reality. Perhaps the infrastructure of your area wouldn’t allow for a beneficial conversion, the money it would take to convert wouldn’t justify […] More

WHY COACH YOUR DRIVERS?

COACH YOUR DRIVERS FOR SAFETY AND SUCCESS: PART 1 OF 4 From the early stages of learning how to walk, kids learning new games at recess, or adults mastering a new task at work—everyone is […] More

TARGETING YOUNGER DRIVERS

5 WAYS TO ATTRACT MILLENNIALS TO YOUR FLEET Millennials account for more than one-third of the US employee population and more enter the workforce every day, making this generation the biggest opportunity for growth in […] More

EXPLORING THE SOLAR SYSTEM

GO POWER! OFFERS SOLAR SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR ENTIRE WORK FLEET Solar-based, renewable, zero fuel power solutions are revolutionizing the battery equation in work trucks, delivery trucks, and service vehicles. ASSAULT AND BATTERY  Every day, the […] More

VIDEO + ANALYTICS = TRANSPORTATION TRANSFORMATION

RECEIVE ‘HYPER-ACCURATE’ SAFETY ANALYTICS WITH A SMARTDRIVE INTEGRATION Dispatch, maintenance, safety, and driver monitoring are major aspects of a company’s fleet management system. If a management system experiences technical difficulties, operations are slowed to a […] More

NEXT-LEVEL CHARGING SOLUTIONS

LIFTGATE AND PALLET JACK SOLAR POWER SOLUTIONS FROM GO POWER! Minimizing costs and downtime are critical to the success of any fleet. Managers know all too well that failed liftgate and pallet jack batteries often […] More

FIND THE PERFECT PARTNER

NFT KEEPS CONCRETE PUMPING BUSINESS AT PEAK EFFICIENCY Jim Demczak and his wife, Sharon, started their pumping business from scratch seven years ago. RME Concrete Pumpers, Inc currently employs a diversified fleet of eight small […] More

IMPROVING AIR QUALITY WITH THE FLIP OF A SWITCH

OPTRONICS’ PURILITE LIGHT-SHIELD LED LAMPS REDUCE EXPOSURE TO ALLERGENS AND PATHOGENS According to a 2018 report from the World Health Organization (WHO), toxic levels of pollution lead to the early deaths of an estimated 7 […] More

A BUYER'S GUIDE:

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST VEHICLE TRACKING SYSTEM You’re the owner of a growing business. What started out as a one-man, one-truck job has quickly multiplied into dozens. Managing dozens of workers in dozens of […] More

2019 BATTERY ELECTRIC SNAPSHOT

INTERACT ANALYSIS REPORTS ON BATTERY ELECTRIC MARKET TRENDS There is a lot of hype circling the globe when it comes to alternative fuel and alternative energy solutions. From hybrid to propane to electric and so […] More

TELEMATICS IN ACTION

MiX TELEMATICS PROVIDES ELD SOLUTION Telematics systems: There are more than we can count, and it seems more spring up on a daily basis. Millions of fleet owners and businesses use telematics systems, reaping benefits […] More

DIESEL TREND REPORT

DIESEL VEHICLE SALES ARE CLIMBING As more Americans choose to drive bigger SUVs and pickups, the demand for diesel engines strengthens due to the technology’s reliability, fuel efficiency, and lower cost of ownership. In 2018, […] More

ZERO HASSLE FLEET MAINTENANCE

SERVICEMASTER RESTORE ADOPTS FLEETIO’S NEW SOLUTION FOR OUTSOURCED FLEET MAINTENANCE.  When a disaster strikes, everyday life can be anything but normal. For those moments, ServiceMaster Restore provides restoration services for both commercial and residential buildings […] More

MANAGE YOUR FLEET THE SMARTER WAY

Whether dealing with a half dozen trucks traveling around town or a fleet in the hundreds across the country, GPS-based vehicle tracking software helps uncover the vehicle-usage details impacting a fleet’s productivity. GPS Tracking is […] More

HOW TO USE FLEET DATA TO PREDICT AND PREVENT UNSAFE EVENTS: PART 3 OF 3

Last month Teletrac Navman shared its 10-step checklist for building a comprehensive safety program and minimizing risk. This month, Teletrac Navman is back for the final part of its Fleet Safety Advisor to share how […] More

FLEET SAFETY CHECKLIST

Last month you learned the steps to creating a comprehensive fleet safety program. Those steps included defining a “safe” fleet, monitoring performance, training drivers, and measuring and rewarding safety. Teletrac Navman is back this month […] More

HOW A NUMBER 1 BUSINESS TRACKS ITS FLEET

With 14 trucks, a working range of 50 miles from its base—for now, at least—and more than 2,000 toilets, it makes sense why this company is the No 1 in the No 2 business. The […] More

HOW TO CREATE A COMPREHENSIVE FLEET SAFETY PROGRAM: Part 1 of 3

Today’s vocational fleets contend with a variety of challenges. From maintaining compliance and avoiding violations to making driver routing more dynamic and efficient and meeting customer needs (and everything else in between), businesses often seek […] More

EASY INSPECTIONS START IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

When a company’s top priorities with fleet inspections include a reduction in time spent filling out paperwork, saving money on labor and maintenance costs, and increasing overall company vehicle uptime, there’s really only one direction […] More

EASY INSPECTIONS START IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

When a company’s top priorities with fleet inspections include a reduction in time spent filling out paperwork, saving money on labor and maintenance costs, and increasing overall company vehicle uptime, there’s really only one direction […] More

BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF FLEET TRACKING TECHNOLOGY

It’s often said that growth in business is a good problem to have. But without a plan, growth can be fatal for the unprepared. The trick is to manage growth in a way that nurtures […] More

ACCELERATING TO DIGITAL

Digitization is taking hold in every industry as more companies transition from paper-driven processes toward digital solutions. Fleet management is no exception. With more than 3.5 million truck drivers logging more miles than ever before, […] More

BUILDING YOUR BRAND

Work truck companies that have adopted social media already know the competitive advantages that an online presence brings. If your company isn’t yet using social media or hasn’t given the differing aspects of each social […] More

THE SOLAR SOLUTION

When your business depends on keeping your trucks on the move, you can’t afford to continually jump-start dead batteries. That was the challenge faced by resource management leader, SUEZ North America. Paramus, New Jersey-based SUEZ, […] More

IMPROVING FLEET EFFICIENCY

Imagine you’re a short-haul fleet manager working in a metropolitan area with drivers dispatched throughout the region. One driver is in a residential area with tight, winding roads, and another is stuck in traffic with […] More

IMPROVING EACH AREA OF FLEET MANAGEMENT

“You call. We haul,” says Candace Self, safety director at H&H Concrete on Demand. With the help of FleetLocate by Spireon, H&H does it safely, efficiently, and accountably. Every day. THE BUSINESS H&H Concrete on […] More

IOT INVADES WORK TRUCKS

What is IoT and how does it relate to the work truck industry? IoT stands for the Internet of Things: the computer revolution occurring due to the increasing inexpensiveness of putting low-powered computers into things […] More

THE COCKPIT OF THE FUTURE

In the future, vehicles will be voice activated, automatically take you directly to work or home merely by sensing the time of day, read the morning news, and even brew your coffee. Well, who knows […] More

CAN ELECTRIC WORK FOR TRUCK-BASED DELIVERIES?

Within the current fleet marketplace, trucks are the go-to platform for deliveries. From long-haul to last mile, trucks have been the easiest option for decades. For years, trucks have evolved into niche categories to address […] More

ANOTHER SMALL STEP FORWARD

By May 2018, all new vehicles with a GVWR of less than 10,000 lbs—including buses and on-road trucks—must be equipped with rear visibility technology to comply with the upcoming FMVSS 111 mandate. This final rule […] More

POWER SOLUTION

Voltage drops and low-voltage conditions are bad news when it comes to system component life on a vehicle. It’s a familiar scenario in many vocational fleet operations—the vehicle is off, but power is necessary to […] More

THE SMART WAY TO CHOOSE AN IDLE REDUCTION SYSTEM

Why use an idle reduction system? To save your fleet money—it’s that simple, because over time a good system will pay for itself. Of course, how much you pay for the system and how much […] More

FINDING YOUR VOICE IN FLEET MANAGEMENT

Whether asking for driving directions to a new restaurant, checking the weather for weekend plans, or ordering a bag of dogfood online, voice-based technology has become a staple of modern life. Although most people associate […] More

FIRST-EVER HYBRID ELECTRIC UPFIT FOR FORD F-250 PICKUPS AND CHASSIS FOR COMMERCIAL FLEETS

XL Hybrids, Inc., the leader in connected fleet electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, will begin production on the XL3® Hybrid Electric Drive System for Model Year 2018 Ford Super Duty® F-250 pickups in […] More

IMPROVING THE EXPERIENCE

Fans of Chevin Fleet Solutions might be excited to read that the fleet-management software provider has launched the first phase of user interface upgrades to its flagship software product. FleetWave software—used in more than 180 […] More

SEEING FIT

In the custom-design world, visuals are everything. Hearing how an upfitted truck will look is a far cry from seeing one with added shelving, partitions, storage bins, cabinets, drawers, and/or ladder racks. But if the […] More

STOOP NO MORE

Gone are the days when a worker has to stoop down and use a gauge to check every tire in a fleet yard. Once again, technology is transforming the way we accomplish manual tasks. With […] More

TAKING THE FRONT SEAT

Telematics has proven to be a game changer for fleet-based businesses, enabling the ready exchange of information between vehicles and a central manager. But while awareness of its benefits has significantly increased recently, telematics is […] More

UTILIZING LANDMARKS IS KEY

As the list of new or upgraded fleet management technology continues to grow, it’s imperative you get the most from your original investment. Within that list, asset tracking capabilities are booming, but the question remains: […] More

DELIVERING DEPENDABLE SERVICE

Interstate Batteries, a leading supplier of batteries to thousands of garages, retail outlets, repair facilities, and vehicle dealerships across North America, has earned a reputation for reliable, timely service. Its company slogan of “Outrageously Dependable® […] More

TIERS OF ANALYTICS

BY CHRIS VILLELLA Analytics has spread into every element of business and our daily lives, and the fleet industry now has tools that provide insight into your fleet’s risk exposure like never before. ANALYTICS OVERVIEW […] More

ENGINE CALIBRATION TECHNOLOGY PRODUCES GUARANTEED SAVINGS

Few things are more appealing to fleet managers than guaranteed savings. With uncertainty around costs, maintenance, and other budget considerations, it’s nice to be able to present future savings in bold, black ink. Derive Efficiency […] More

WHY BIG DATA DOESN'T NEED TO TO BE INTIMIDATING

Big data is one of the topics on many people’s minds these days. In case that immediately makes you uncomfortable, I’d like to demystify it for you. In an industry that’s rapidly streamlining efficiency around […] More

EVOLUTION TO EXCELLENCE

In the eyes of his company’s executive team, Blair Schober is a fleet management genius. The US fleet manager for Red Hawk Fire & Security, which offers a full range of fire and security services […] More

CONSIDER THE CLOUD

There’s no doubt that the number one challenge most fleet manager’s face is the constant, never-ending struggle to reduce cost. Fleet managers are having to get creative to find ways to cut costs, without having […] More

THE PRICE OF FUEL VS THE COST OF FUELING

In mid-January, diesel prices stood 47 cents higher per gallon than a year ago, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Regular unleaded increased almost as much. That puts pressure on fleet budgets, but for […] More

THE CHALLENGE

Black & Veatch is a global engineering and construction company, specializing in critical utilities, including energy, water, and telecommunications, with more than 11,000 employees in more than 100 countries. Many people rely on the company’s […] More

SURVEILLANCE IS FOREVER

When a leading global automotive parts manufacturer was faced with a failing internet protocol (IP) video surveillance system, the company reached out to Oklahoma-based Digi Security Systems to supply a new one. Beginning with high-quality […] More

FOR YOUR YARD ONLY

Most companies invest in SkyBitz Local Fleets tracking technology because a real-time view of their most basic assets helps them maximize routing efficiency, track employee vehicle usage, stay on top of maintenance schedules, and even […] More

TODAY'S ACCOUNTABILITY

Across the nation, in both commercial and government fleets, accountability is the primary concern of managers and directors. And, it is more than, “Where is my vehicle?” Today’s telematics is far more than a dot […] More

DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH IN WORK TRUCK TECHNOLOGY

The work truck business will inevitably evolve as new devices and systems exert their impact on it. It’s equally certain that the pace of this change will accelerate—technological progress works that way—and we’ll be witnessing […] More

THE CONNECTED VEHICLE, SMART CITIES, AND AUTONOMY

In the news, autonomous and “self-driving” vehicles continue to receive our attention—with commercial truck fleets joining passenger cars in speculation on how transportation will change in the near future. But, the vehicles themselves are only […] More

SUCCESS STORY

SkyBitz Local Fleets tracking solution helps Sam Wexler Plumbing move from outdated paper maps to state-of-the-art GPS technology. SITUATION Ross Wexler, IT manager for Sam Wexler Plumbing, can remember a time when his drivers would […] More

PREDICTIVE ANALYSIS

Fleet managers dedicated to minimizing accidents among their drivers have several options for assessing and managing risk. Until now, that has primarily involved tracking and responding to recent driver history. An ongoing study of a […] More

AT&T 2G SUNSET

Mobile data traffic has increased exponentially over the last nine years—150,000 percent, according to AT&T. Along with making calls or sending text messages, the rise of the smartphone has increased mobile data usage because of […] More

MANAGEMENT MADE EASY

Many fleets start out with a truck or two and high hopes, but rarely anticipate the need for a system designed specifically to manage their unique business as it grows, adding assets and personnel as […] More

THE SMARTER SOLUTION

In recent years, the rising number of daily obstacles facing commercial vehicle operators has also resulted in the demand for commercial vehicle cameras to skyrocket. Commercial vehicle drivers are facing increased pressure regarding safety and […] More

CHECKING IN

Based in central New Jersey, Meadow Services offers a wide array of services, including lawn maintenance and landscape design. They serve commercial clients, as well as residential properties. “We are a small landscaping company and […] More

SAFETY, EFFICIENCY, PROFITABILITY

In tough economic environments, the natural inclination of most companies is to cut costs, including strategic long-term investments. The bottom line is that profitability must be preserved at all costs and tactical considerations become more […] More

LOOKING FOR A GPS FLEET MANAGEMENT SOLUTION?

Why are we doing fewer jobs and why is each job taking longer?   Years ago, I owned multiple carpet and upholstery cleaning franchises and oversaw 50 employees and a fleet of 15 trucks. In […] More

REALIZING A FASTER ROI

There is an old saying that rings true for all types of fleets, every day: “Time is money.” As fleet executives also know, when a vehicle is out of service there are significant costs beyond […] More

MEASURING FUEL USE

It can be a challenge to uncover the actual fuel efficiency value of a new technology, a change in operating practices, or even the impact of driver training. To make informed decisions, fleets need accurate […] More

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ELDs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the final rule mandating fleets to install an electronic logging device (ELD) in all vehicles that are currently required to keep record of duty status (RODS). THE […] More

FINDING ROI

PIT Group director, Yves Provencher, says, “With the continual need to improve competitiveness and the increase in environmental compliance restrictions, the demand for green technologies has never been stronger. Large and small operations that field […] More

PRODUCTIVITY AND EFFICIENCY

How much more productive would your drivers be if you were sitting with them in the front seat of the vehicle? Do you know how much employee downtime costs you annually? These are questions quickly […] More

FUELING GROWTH

Since its inception in 1991, Canadian Utility Construction (CUC) has provided a complete range of underground construction services, specializing in construction and maintenance services for utility companies throughout Western Canada, including natural gas, electricity, and […] More

EASY FLEET

Fleet managers have multiple priorities: make sure the job gets done, keep drivers safe, and reduce cost. Top on that priority list isn’t exactly “save the planet.” Integrating electric vehicles (EVs) into an established fleet […] More

REMOTE FLEET MANAGEMENT

Today’s fleet managers know that to be successful on any project, they need to have access to tools that will help them work safer, smarter, and more profitably. The secret to being successful is to […] More

IN FOCUS

Imagine that you are driving a company vehicle and start to exit the highway on a crowded New York City off-ramp when suddenly the passenger car next to you swerves into your lane and collides […] More