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  • The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) educates its members on topics that are important in the ever-changing motor freight industry. The mission of the NMFTA is to “promote, advance, and improve the welfare and interests of the motor carrier industry and the motor carriers operating in commerce, both domestically and/or internationally.” As data breaches and cyber-attacks are on t...

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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 ser...

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  • On May 31, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released final guidance on two long-awaited items: agricultural hauling and personal conveyance. The full language from the FMCSA can be found here for agricultural hauling and here for personal conveyance. To highlight key items and reduce redundant language in the published guidance, we are providing a summary of what you n...

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  • For years, truck drivers have been able to get weigh station bypasses based on the strength of their carriers’ safety records. Transponders, such as those offered by PrePass and NORPASS offered the only way to bypass weigh stations. They worked much like those in an automated toll paying system or an anti-theft inventory control device that allows retail stores to track inventory and dissuade shop...

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  • The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck takes place June 5-7 this year with a focus on Hours of Service compliance. This will be part of a Level I, 37-step inspection process.During last year’s inspection blitz, more than 62 thousand inspections were conducted over three days. Approximately 15 to 20 percent of all vehicles get put out of service for vehicle- or driver...

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  • Electric trucks are coming to a neighborhood near you, and they might be coming a lot sooner than you think — and in forms you might not be expecting. Almost since the time that Elon Musk began talking about electric cars — 2003, for the record — made by his then-new company called Tesla becoming common sites on the roads by 2010 people have been talking about the eventual application of electric ...

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  • Most of us spend little time thinking about the importance of highways, rivers, oceans, airways or even pipelines to their lives. Perhaps we should. Much of life today wouldn’t be possible without those critically important channels of transportation on which pretty much everything we need, use or want in life must move.  Transportation, and all of its many sub-categories, is the fourth-largest no...

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  • As technology continues to proliferate and integrate with the commercial trucking industry, fleets are increasingly equipped with a wealth of automated devices and software innovations to optimize safety, efficiency, productivity, and profitability. While these devices and innovations are critical components of any competitive fleet operation, it is individual drivers and those who directly manage...

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  • If you were involved in the trucking and logistics industry in 1993 and someone told you the industry would be, within 20 years, almost 100 percent digitally managed, and that getting real-time data from your trucks — or even the individual goods being carried on trucks — would be an everyday occurrence, you likely would have dismissed them. Back then, just one percent of all information flowing o...

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  • Consumers’ perpetual and seemingly insatiable desire to get what they want now isn’t really new. We may give it names like The Amazon Effect, but meeting our desire for instant gratification (whatever instant means in that moment) has driven advancements in retailing, communications, technology, transportation, and economics throughout our history.   Whether it was the creation of the Roman roads,...

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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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