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  • Ride sharing apps have completely disrupted the taxi industry. Home sharing platforms have forever changed the hospitality industry. The sharing economy is constantly in the news — constantly expanding and inspiring new solutions to old challenges. In the context of trucking, the sharing economy means freight brokering services, where shippers and their freight are matched with available nearby tr...

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  • It’s time to put the brakes on bad brakes. That, in a nutshell, is the message behind the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Day, which this year is today. Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will be conducting spot inspections on trucks and buses. And their primary goal with the day-long emphasis is to motivate truck and bus owners, big and small, to get their vehicle...

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  • Truck drivers have long had the reputation of being rugged individualists, tough and independent, much like the pioneers who struck out into the wilderness in the beginning of our country’s history.  And just like those pioneers, today’s professional drivers have to face new challenges every day. In honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, let’s take a look at a couple of those challenges...

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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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  • 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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  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently said it won’t enforce the ELD equipment rule on trucks rented by a commercial carrier and used only eight or fewer days a month (though drivers of those vehicles will be required to keep paper logs). Certain trucks and vehicles used only for short-range agricultural product delivery purposes, plus certain short haul trucks that never...

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  • In spite of the hype about driverless cars being tested around the country, autonomic commercial vehicles are years away from becoming a widespread, on-the-ground reality. Between liability issues and the reality that any such transition would necessarily be extremely gradual, human drivers will be needed in some capacity for a long time to come.     But that doesn’t mean that fleets can’t begin t...

Roadnet Technologies Inc.
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  • Truck drivers have long had the reputation of being rugged individualists, tough and independent, much like the pioneers who struck out into the wilderness in the beginning of our country’s history.  And just like those pioneers, today’s professional drivers have to face new challenges every day. In honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, let’s take a look at a couple of those challenges...

Roadnet Technologies Inc.
Roadnet Technologies Inc.
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  • It’s time to put the brakes on bad brakes. That, in a nutshell, is the message behind the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Day, which this year is today. Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will be conducting spot inspections on trucks and buses. And their primary goal with the day-long emphasis is to motivate truck and bus owners, big and small, to get their vehicle...

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  • Large fines. Potential jail time. Lost income. The loss of a job, or of an entire career. With serious threats like these perpetually hanging over their heads, it’s not like commercial truck drivers need extra incentive not to drink — or take controlled substances — before or while they drive. But, just in case, State troopers, local sheriffs and police, and federal and state trucking weight and s...

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  • Companies with fleets that run short haul likely don’t feel the urgency of the ELD Mandate that many carriers feel these days. While it’s true that the short haul exemption does keep many fleets from the need to comply, it turns out that some could be unintentionally violating Hours of Service rules. And others could simply benefit from drivers logging their hours.  According to language in the EL...

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  • Celebrating 10 Years: Women In Trucking and the Road Ahead

    I had a simple goal when I created the Women In Trucking organization 10 years ago: make it easier for women to succeed in this male-dominated industry. And after spending more than 35 years in the trucking industry, it’s easy for me to see how far women have come.  Still, there’s much more that can be done.  Our group got its start back in 2007, while I was working for Schneider National. At the ...

  • Top Ten Things We Learned at Omnitracs Outlook 2017 – The Recap

    We may have packed up and moved out of Phoenix, but what we learned at Omnitracs Outlook 2017 will stay with us for a while. Whether you missed out, or simply want to relive it all, read on to get the highlights (in no particular order). Preparation is going to be key for ELD Mandate complianceAccording to Tuesday’s general session keynote Joe DeLorenzo of the FMCSA, the biggest mistake carriers c...

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  • Good Sleep Is Critical. Here Are the Numbers That Prove It.

    Many of the nation’s estimated 3.5 million commercial truck drivers need to take a class on sleep. Not on how to stay awake while driving but how to sleep well before driving. Seriously. This is National Sleep Awareness Week, and there likely isn’t any other group of people to whom sleep awareness is a more cogent and acute issue than truck drivers. Their lives quite literally depend on their stay...

  • “The Future is Here” at Omnitracs Outlook 2017

    If there was one takeaway from Monday’s general session at Omnitracs Outlook 2017, it would be that the future of transportation is already upon us — whether we’re talking about innovation or a new regulatory landscape. The session opened with black and white footage from a 1940s instructional video on truck driving as a career, reminding us of how far we’ve already come. A film burn effect transi...

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  •   You don’t have to just be a driver to be driven a bit mad by the persistent, seemingly incurable traffic jams around the nation. These gummed up roads affect everyone from dispatchers to managers. But try being one of the trucking industry’s CFOs, or even CEOs, who work every day with this number: $50 billion. That’s how much money the industry loses each year because trucks get stuck, frequentl...

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  • Valentine’s Day. It’s the one day of the year when it’s okay to open up to others and tell them how you feel about them. Assuming those feelings are positive, of course.  In that spirit, we have something to say to the trucking industry. We love you. Sure, you may hear that all the time. After all, it’s a pretty great industry. But we really mean it, and we have proof. Why else would so many of th...

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  • Simplifying Freight Tracking for Brokers

    Over the years, technology evolved and social connections grew – 2017 will continue this trend. People around the globe now have access to world events in ways their grandparents could not even imagine. From witnessing historic events to watching cute cat videos, the fabric of society has changed irreversibly.Trucking and logistics is part of this trend. Customer relationships are key – but custom...

  • What are the Benefits of Fleet Telematics? Let’s Find Out...

    As you go on the hunt for ways to improve fleet management, you’ve inevitably have run across fleet telematics. You’ve probably even gone as far as weighing the benefits of fleet telematics against its costs. It all comes down to the same question: is it worth it? But should it? The real question you should be asking yourself is, can my fleet run properly without it? Imagine this scenario. You are...

  • Predictive Analytics Will Be Critical to Beating the Driver Shortage

    The number of people working in the U.S. trucking industry hit an all-time high in December: 1.47 million, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That’s impressive — and great for the industry — but in no way does it eliminate the intense, industry-wide concern about and focus on the enormous projected need for more drivers every year through at least 2030.  About 70 percent of the nation’s do...

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  • Let Telematics Break the Cycle of Repeated Inefficiencies this Groundhog Day

    Groundhog Day used to be a fun but mostly nonsensical holiday that signified either the coming of spring or the extension of winter. Then came 1993, and Hollywood gave the holiday a whole new meaning. That’s the year that the much-beloved, highly regarded film Groundhog Day first got people laughing and thinking. It’s thanks to the movie that the phrase “Groundhog Day” became part of America’s cul...

  • Here’s a Safety Message for Truck Drivers & Fleets: Be Proactive!

    Staying safe is one of the top challenges that companies in dangerous industries must address. All companies work to have safety policies in place, rules drivers should live by, processes to live by, toll free numbers; the list goes on and on. Yet despite this “safety first” mentality, many companies are still struggling with safety. Why? All of their strategies are passive in nature. We teach ou...

  • As Populations Migrate, Shipping Lanes Change. Be Prepared.

    The long-running population growth and relocation trends focused on the Southern, Southwestern, and Western states are — if anything — intensifying.  For many of the trucking firms that have historically focused on the industrial Northeast and Midwest, they are now having to rethink their approachs to fleet deployment and freight traffic management across the country’s various regions, a task that...

  • One Year Until the ELD Mandate Compliance Date: Common Questions and How to Prepare

    A year ago, the ELD Mandate regulation was released as a final rule, and carriers now have one year until the compliance date of  December 18, 2017. Step one in preparing for ELD compliance should be using the time you have now to understand the details of the regulation. Omnitracs has received a lot of questions from customers and we’re going to share some common themes. Common theme #1: Unassign...

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