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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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  • 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. This is the se...

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  • Truck drivers and others in the transportation industry have a unique understanding of just how important home is. Being on the road so often makes time spent at home even more precious. And that’s why we here at Omnitracs felt the need to contribute in a meaningful way to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston. With our corporate headquarters in Texas and with offices in Mexico City, we f...

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  • Driverless vehicles are here. They’re being tested by Google, Uber, Daimler, and others — and they’ll probably be hitting the road sooner than we think. But how will that affect your fleet? Many people are optimistic about the effects of driverless trucks, some are worried, and all will be impacted somehow. Let’s take a look. Improved SafetyWe’re already part of the way there with automatic brakin...

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  • Ninety days can seem like an eternity if you’re waiting to get married or start a new job. But if you own or drive commercial trucks in America that have not yet been equipped with Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), the next 90 days probably won’t seem like nearly enough time to get those vehicles ready to operate under the new ELD Mandate that takes effect Dec. 18. With very few exceptions (see t...

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  • Omnitracs’ relationship with leading Canadian fleet management solutions provider, Shaw Tracking, goes back more than two decades. Today, we welcome Shaw Tracking to the Omnitracs portfolio, bringing greater solutions and support to our customers in Canada. As Omnitracs’ exclusive partner in Canada for over 25 years, Shaw Tracking distributed a wide range of world-class solutions, including GPS ve...

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  • It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, and we wanted to take a moment to show our gratitude for the many contributions that truck drivers make to this great country of ours on a daily basis — contributions that too often go unrecognized. We know that without the hard work and dedication of professional truck drivers, our way of life would come to a grinding halt. From the food we eat and th...

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  • Professional truck drivers have a uniquely demanding job. And it’s not just a matter of getting from point A to point B on time, following a whole multitude of industry rules and regulations, and safely handling a massive, complex vehicle. It’s doing all that while surrounded by other drivers who aren’t professional — in many cases, far from it. And when accidents occur (and unfortunately, they do...

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  • Though most people in the trucking industry will be spending one last summer day with family and friends next Monday (Labor Day, if you’re in the next group), a few – but probably more than you think – will still be behind the wheel and on the road during what has come to be known as the official end of summer. Working on Labor Day, like working on any holiday or during any extended holiday period...

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  • The 19th annual Great American Trucking Show has come to a close, and we’ve certainly had a blast these past few days! It’s been a phenomenal experience, and if you didn’t have the opportunity to go this year, we highly recommend you make plans to attend next year. It’s amazing how much you can fit into a three-day schedule. But with more than 150 trucks on the showroom floor and 554 exhibitors on...

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