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  • Technology often challenges long-held understandings about reality, and that can be especially true when it comes to the trucking industry. Because “everyone,” it seems, “knows” that all those big 18-wheelers emitting diesel smoke are major contributors to the degradation of our environment. Of course, that widely-held perception is, in an ever-increasing way, incorrect. To be sure, trucking conti...

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  • Highway and industry safety officials each year use April — National Distracted Driving Month — to remind us that anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or even their mind off the primary task at hand can lead to a costly, even deadly, mistake.    Most of the attention during Distracted Driving Month gets focused on drivers using their cell phones for text messaging...

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  • From what started as an online bookstore, Amazon has grown into a powerhouse that has completely disrupted the retail marketplace in just a couple of decades. This disruption is being called the “Amazon Effect.” It’s so widespread that if you search the term, you’ll find 174 million hits. And, as Amazon sets its sights on more and more industries, the “Amazon Effect” is beginning to be felt by who...

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  • Since the ELD Mandate Dec. 18 deadline, drivers have been written up for non-compliance, but no CSA points have been levied against drivers and their companies. When that all changes on April 1, will your fleet be prepared?  Predictably, the ELD Mandate attracted new players to the transportation marketplace. Opportunity will do that. While many fleet management software companies were selling AOB...

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  • Social media is not just a fad, and trucking and logistics companies can use it to their advantage. That’s what Francisco Martinez, VP of Social at Zen Media, discussed in an engaging breakout session at Omnitracs’ recent user conference. Martinez, who has a background in logistics as a Marine, covered both the “why” and the “how” of social media for the trucking and logistics industry. Here are s...

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  • When many people think of the trucking industry, they think of long-haul drivers, spending days on the road, all alone, and far from home. The driver they picture is most likely male, which isn’t surprising, since only seven percent of active commercial truck drivers today are female. But while drivers might be the most visible aspect of the industry to outsiders, women can be found behind the whe...

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  • Omnitracs’ fourth annual user conference, Omnitracs Outlook 2018, has already come and gone. We certainly had a great time in Nashville and thank everyone who joined us! This event was particularly special as it marked Omnitracs’ 30th anniversary. Over 850 attendees came together to share industry news and best practices, network, and learn.Outlook 2018 opened on Sunday with a welcome reception in...

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  • If the frontline managers at your trucking company are still scratching their heads over how best to find, recruit, train, motivate, manage, and retain “these kids these days,” meaning those 25 and over, you are in danger of falling an entire generation behind. Trucking may still be dominated by the tail end of the Baby Boomers and so-called GenX, but members of the millennial generation are risin...

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  • Driver retention is a perennial issue for fleet managers. How do you incentivize drivers to stay with your company, when the reasons they leave are so often tied to the nature of the job itself? Long-haul drivers and last mile drivers each experience unique challenges on the job, and there’s no magic bullet that will suddenly decrease turnover rates across the board. However, there are certain mea...

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  • Even before Super Bowl LII, more than roughly 2,500 trucks are already rolling toward Minneapolis, where the big game will be played on Feb. 4. While it might be technically possible for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles to play each other on the 4th without the aid of big trucks, they’d do so without TV coverage, food to serve attending fans, souvenirs to sell, and power. That’s be...

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  • People who aren’t very familiar with the trucking industry likely have a fairly inaccurate image of what the job looks like.  Many don’t realize how difficult it is to become a truck driver, and therefore, the level of professionalism that truck drivers have attained. Many don’t realize how much technology is required to manage a fleet of trucks, making sure that they all get to their ultimate des...

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  • 2017 was challenging for the U.S. trucking industry, and that’s because of a date that’s just passed: the Dec. 18 ELD deadline that disrupted the industry. Fleet managers devoted a lot of time last year to implementing new technology, training drivers, and preparing for this unprecedented industry event.  Undoubtedly, 2018 will lack the pressure created by the ELD Mandate, yet the new year will co...

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  • One of the points made at the Golden Globes on Sunday night was that there needs to be more diversity in Hollywood. That message is true for every industry, including the trucking industry. In one of the most promising current developments in trucking, we’re seeing more women, and people of diverse ethnic backgrounds joining trucking companies than ever before.  In fact, people from diverse backgr...

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  • The countdown is on! Omnitracs Outlook 2018 will be here in just six short weeks and we’re excited for leaders in transportation to come together and share ideas. There are dozens of breakouts to choose from within our training, productivity, planning and delivery, safety and security, data and analytics, and compliance tracks. Here are ten that we know will be a hit. Critical Issues in the Trucki...

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  • Fuel management is always a major concern in the transportation industry, but during the winter months, it becomes even more vital for trucking companies to take every step possible to maximize fuel efficiency. Cold weather reduces fuel economy by 8-12% over warm weather, due to a combination of factors ranging from increased wind resistance to lower tire pressure to the fuel itself.Advice on how ...

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  • American trucking companies, understandably, are quite proud of their abilities to move enormous amounts of goods and materials daily – nearly 57.5 million pounds of freight a day, on average.  But even the best, most efficient and heaviest of all the heavyweight truckers today ranks as a freight hauling pip-squeak when compared to the astoundingly large haul one magical little elf makes one night...

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  • One issue that’s currently getting a lot of attention in the trucking industry is the shortage of truck parking, especially in the Western states. Here’s a brief overview of the problem.   Why has this become such a controversial issue?  As the national conversation has become more focused on American infrastructure over the past year, the problem of inadequate truck parking has received more atte...

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  • This Saturday dozens of employees from Omnitracs’ offices in Dallas, Baltimore, San Diego, and Minneapolis are taking a reprieve from holiday shopping to head to local cemeteries — including the mother of all cemeteries in Arlington, VA — to once again participate in National Wreaths Across America Day. It’s our eighth year to do so, and it’s becoming a family affair, with friends, parents, siblin...

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  • Every year for nearly a decade, truck drivers and owner-operators from across the U.S. and Canada call attention to the top fleets in the industry. Through nominations and evaluations, CarriersEdge and Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) identify and honor the carriers providing the best workplaces for their drivers.  Omnitracs is proud to work with the best fleets in the business. As part of a s...

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  • The sharing economy is no longer a novelty. More and more, it’s becoming the way things are done, and people on both sides of the equation are benefitting — those making extra money by providing the services, and those paying lower prices for a more flexible service. The trucking industry has also been impacted by the sharing economy, with load boards popping up all over the internet. What directi...

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  • For months now, American truck drivers have been hearing business, political, and even safety-based arguments for and against Electronic Logging Devices. With just weeks before the federal law mandating that an estimated 3.1 million of the nation’s truck drivers must utilize the technology in their trucks, it’s a good time to list and explain the benefits of an ELD.  Truth be told, there are many ...

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  • We’re all aware of the vital role that the trucking industry plays in keeping the U.S. economy thriving. With over 70% of the freight in America moved via truck — that’s 10.4 billion tons each year — it wouldn’t be an understatement to say that the trucking industry is basically responsible for the American way of life.Holidays depend heavily on the trucking industry — but Thanksgiving, and all th...

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  • This year, the retail sector prepares for record breaking sales during three of the biggest shopping days of the year, according to Adobe Systems. In total, the industry is looking at $12.4 billion in sales in just 72 hours. Here’s the breakdown: Thanksgiving Day = $2.7 billion Black Friday = $3 billion Cyber Monday = $6.6 billion  Though there’s still something of an academic debate going on whet...

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  • Omnitracs Outlook 2018 promises to be another informative and exciting event for the transportation community. We’re excited to share the breakout content and key themes, including the “Amazon effect” on wholesale delivery and the last mile, ELD operations after the deadline, and the Canadian mandate.Top industry leaders will join us in 2018 to share their expertise. Among them are Bob Costello, C...

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  • Can you afford to take a $330,000 micro-nap? Didn’t think so. But that, according to estimates from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, is the average cost of an injury suffered in a wreck involving a medium- or heavy-duty truck.  And the price tag rises 10-fold, to more than $3 million, if that wreck results in a death. This week, Nov. 5-12, is National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week...

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  • Faced with a driver shortage that’s projected to reach 160,000 by 2022, the American trucking industry is making changes in three key areas in hopes of making the life of truckers not just easier, but more pleasurable and rewarding.     And technology is playing an ever-bigger role in the industry’s efforts to improve the driver experience in all three areas: the physical work environment, pay and...

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