Thoughts on Achieving 11 MPG

By Team Writer / August 5, 2019

Jim Park of “TruckingInfo” recently managed to achieve a trip average fuel economy of 11 miles per gallon on the Peterbilt 579 EPIQ he test drove between Scottsdale, Arizona and Denton, Texas. Jim was downright disappointed when the trip average reading was back down to 10.2 by the end of the drive. The Peterbilt 579 EPIQ is a pretty aerodynamic design, and a healthy tailwind certainly didn’t hurt, either. Jim also was careful to take full advantage of the terrain, including lots of rolling hills.

Key Takeaways:

  • One blogger and test driver was given the opportunity to test drive the truck, Peterbilt, 579 EPIQ.
  • Seeing that the Peterbilt was capable of reaching beyond 10.2 mpg inspired the test driver to aim for the heretofore unconsidered goal of 11 mpg.
  • The test drive started in Scottsdale, Arizona, traversed 1,028 miles, ending at the Peterbilt factory in Denton, Texas.

“It’s easy to get excited and stay excited about fuel economy when you can see positive change coming from your efforts.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/332441/thoughts-on-achieving-11-mpg

Automotive technology leader Surgere joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance

By Team Writer / August 3, 2019

Surgere, a top tier provider of cloud-enabled supply chain management software and RFID technologies, has become the latest member of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA). BiTA is devoted to the development and adoption of new technologies that will result in more accurate, efficient and trustworthy supply chains. One notable initiative by Surgere is Autosphere, a cloud-based software environment that will help over 1500 auto parts original equipment manufacturers and their transport companies cut down on the billions of dollars in supply chain losses they endure each year.

Key Takeaways:

  • The latest addition to the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) is Surgere and it wants to reap from the benefits it offers in blockchain architecture.
  • The BiTA effort in blockchain technology will benefit greatly from the cloud based software solution that is developed by Surgere in supply chain visibility and control.
  • The visibility in supply chain that blockchain technology provides will enable Surgere to remove any demand pattern that is artificially created.

“As an additional layered technology, blockchain will enhance Surgere’s ability to identify and track transactions digitally and share that information through distributed ledgers.”

Read more: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/automotive-technology-leader-surgere-joins-blockchain-in-transport-alliance

5 Things Fleets are Concerned About in mid-2019

By Team Writer / August 1, 2019

Looking ahead to the rest of 2019, there are several common concerns cited by many fleet managers. Most notably, the Cass Freight Index has logged a significant drop in how much cargo is being shipped, with a commensurate drop in cargo rates that is hurting independent truckers and larger fleets alike. The decline in cargo rates is especially problematic given that expenses facing fleets continue to rise. Fleets are also experiencing a driver shortage, and have also found that dishonesty by recruiters has led many drivers to not believe that pay increases offered by fleets are even real. There are also concerns about how prepared the industry is for new technologies such as electric trucks, the integration of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and other major developments.

Key Takeaways:

  • While some people point out that comparing rates to the highs of last year might not really be a fair comparison, our advisory board members were definitely concerned
  • According to the National Transportation Institute’s first-quarter figures, fleets are offering fewer drivers wage increases in the first quarter of 2019 when compared to last year
  • Despite all the new tech on the horizon, fleet managers still have to think about their equipment now and in the near future, whether it’s spec’ing or maintaining it.

“We’re nearly halfway through 2019, so I asked HDT’s Editorial Advisory Board what current trends and issues are most on their minds.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/334554/5-things-fleets-are-concerned-about-in-mid-2019

Fleet Managers: Do You Know How to Turn a Wrench? Does it Matter?

By Team Writer / July 31, 2019

In today’s world of fleet management, business knowledge is imperative. The downside of this, however, is that few managers have backgrounds in vehicle maintenance. Some within the industry complain that managers’ lack of automotive background ultimately leads to poor decisions being made, costing money. The tension between business people and mechanics could be resolved through better communication between the two. As layers of bureaucracy are added, however, this becomes more difficult. For fleet management, the challenge remains of how to make incorporate modern business efficiencies without ignoring the insights of the mechanic on the ground level.

Key Takeaways:

  • What’s on paper does not always add up. For example, one manager insisted that having vehicles drop-shipped 50+ mikes away from their destination was cost-effective.
  • In point of fact, more than twice the savings was spent on having drivers go to the drop point and return the vehicles to their ultimate destination.
  • In this case, money saved on pre-inspection fees was eaten up by diving costs, in large part because a manager failed to view the big picture.

“And the way he sees it, this new blood hasn’t driven a net savings of time or money for the vehicles he manages.”

Read more: https://www.fleetforward.com/335706/fleet-managers-do-you-know-how-to-turn-a-wrench-does-it-matter

How transportation professionals can limit liability after a crash – Fleet Owner

By Team Writer / July 29, 2019

Anyone in the transportation industry has to face the inevitability of a vehicle accident. This is especially true now that the demand for trucks, drivers and goods are higher than ever. If your driver was involved in an accident, they should be immediately tested for alcohol and drugs. In some situations, such as if there’s a fatality involved or the truck was towed, this is required by federal law. If the truck had a electronic control module attached, ensure that the truck is not restarted under any circumstances, to keep the last stop data from being erased. This is best accomplished by retaining an independent adjuster in the local area, who can arrive at the scene and preserve as much information as possible.

Key Takeaways:

  • The economy is booming and this has increased the demand for freights to carry more goods so that they are now looking for more drivers.
  • The competition to hire drivers is very favorable to the drivers because this has made them to demand more favorable conditions and their salary has increased.
  • The increase in demand in freight has resulted in something negative though and that is there is an increase in the number of accidents involving commercial vehicles.

“Anyone even loosely involved in the transportation industry is familiar with the increased demand and rapid growth the industry has experienced over the last few years.”

Read more: https://www.fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/after-crash-what-transportation-professionals-should-do-limit-liability

Three Black Swan Events Threaten to Change the Fleet Management Paradigm

By Team Writer / July 27, 2019

Unexpected events that change an existing paradigm are often referred to as “black swans.” In fleet management, there are three potential black swans to keep an eye on. One is the rise of 3D printing. The idea is that additive manufacturing (which is what 3D printing does) would permit businesses and consumers to download and print many items that are currently shipped. Remote diagnostics is a second possible black swan. Potentially, this could allow devices, vehicles and appliances to be serviced through remote downloads rather than technician visits. A third game changer could be virtual meetings which, if they replace face-to-face meeting, would reduce the need for company sales vehicles.

Key Takeaways:

  • When an event does something unexpected like changing the existing paradigm like the oil embargo of the 1970s, it is called a black swan event.
  • Fleet management had a complete revolutionary approach in recent times when the Internet emerged and was used by fleets for management.
  • 3D printing is a method of printing whereby the images to be printed are layered down, layer by layer, in a 3-dimensional way.

“Below are three future Black Swan events that have the potential to turn today’s fleet management paradigm upside down.”

Read more: https://www.automotive-fleet.com/334476/three-black-swan-events-that-threaten-to-change-the-fleet-management-paradigm

Take time to reinforce your safe driving policies – Fleet Owner

By Team Writer / July 25, 2019

July 14 to 20 is Operation Safe Driver Week and this year law enforcement will be on the lookout for speeding drivers. If you own or manage a fleet company, now is a good time to review safe driving with your employees. Remind your drivers that it’s more important to drive safely than to beat the clock making deliveries. Reinforce good driving habits with your team to help curb traffic violations and to keep everyone on the road, including our employees, safe.

Key Takeaways:

  • During operation safe driving week which runs from July 14-20 law enforcement officials will be on the lookout for drivers who are unsafe on the road.
  • The theme of this year will be on speeding and it has been identified as the causal factor for about 94 percent of accidents.
  • Any driver that is found to be speeding will receive a citation from the law enforcement officials and citations are also given for drivers texting while driving.

“Operation Safe Driver Week gives you an excuse to talk about safe driving practices and reinforce your fleet’s safe driving expectations.”

Read more: https://www.fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/take-time-reinforce-your-safe-driving-policies

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