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How freight visibility shifted from ‘check calls’ to robust mapping platforms with ETAs

Article written by Aaron Huff Freight brokers and third-party logistics providers are giving shippers the same, if not better, load tracking data than motor carriers without needing to invest in asset tracking systems. FourKites gives brokers and carriers insights into shipment visibility. Many are using freight visibility platforms that capture load tracking data from motor carriers using […]

Omnitracs intends to acquire SmartDrive to accelerate in-cab video suite

Article written by Aaron Huff After months of ongoing talks, Omnitracs, one of the largest providers of ELDs in the marketplace, announced it will acquire SmartDrive, maker of in-cab driver- and road-facing camera systems. “Given the fact that video based safety is the highest ROI for the industry, we should lead with it,” said Omnitracs CEO Ray […]

Trimble paves the way to a connected supply chain

Article written by Aaron Huff James Langley on Monday used an illustration to explain the company’s strategy during the opening session of Trimble‘s annual insight user conference. While speaking at the Trimble insight conference, James Langley used this illustration to explain the company’s connected strategy. The conference was hosted online for the first time in its […]

During COVID-19, fleets can expand online presence with customers, drivers

Amid a global health crisis, more fleet management duties are being handled remotely and rely on remote access to information systems. New technologies announced this past week show motor carriers and freight brokers have more options to boost their online presence and mobility systems to differentiate their companies in the minds of customers and employees. More portals, please McLeod […]

Weigh station bypass services now include road safety, parking alerts

Article written by Aaron Huff A good safety record, a subscription and a truck-mounted transponder or mobile app. That’s all it takes to participate in a weigh station bypass program, but now carriers are getting more from their subscription than a lower pull-in rate for inspections. In addition to using apps for bypass, more carriers are choosing […]

How fleets and drivers can capitalize on new regs for 14-hour rule, 30-minute break

Article written by Aaron Huff Unlike current regulations, the hours of service rule taking effect Sept. 29 will allow drivers to effectively pause their 14-hour clock when using split sleeper berth time to divide their 10-hour off-duty period. Beginning Sept. 29 when the revised hours of service rule shifts into law, truck drivers will have an expanded […]

CCJ Daily Dispatch, Aug. 6: Navistar, Geotab partner on fleet management service for International trucks

Trucking news and briefs for Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020: Navistar partners with Geotab to bring fleet management to International trucks Navistar announced Wednesday a new partnership with Geotab that allows International customers to add select Geotab fleet management systems through Navistar’s factory-installed telematics device, OnCommand Connection (OCC). OCC is standard on the International LT Series, […]

CCJ Daily Dispatch, Aug. 5: Sod haulers can operate under ag hours exemptions, for now

FMCSA interprets sod turfgrass as ag commodity, for now The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said in a Federal Register notice published Aug. 5 that it interprets sod turfgrass as an agricultural commodity, thus allowing sod haulers to operate under the same hours of service waivers as other ag haulers. The agency, in response to an hours waiver […]

State lockdown orders have final mile carriers ringing more doorbells, bumping fewer docks

Article written by Jason Cannon Long-haul freight and commercial business-to-business (B2B) volumes dropped as retailers closed physical locations to combat the spread of COVID-19, but business-to-consumer (B2C) volume and residential deliveries soared on the strength of homebound shoppers locked in by local and state government. Reaching into the final mile space has allowed some measure of diversification […]

CCJ Innovators: Halvor Lines protects drivers with contact-free BOL

Article written by Aaron Huff CCJ Innovators profiles carriers and fleets that have found innovative ways to overcome trucking’s challenges. If you know a carrier that has displayed innovation, contact CCJ Editor Jason Cannon at jasoncannon@randallreilly.com or 800-633-5953. While on vacation this spring, Bonnie Ramsay was visualizing and connecting the dots of an electronic proof-of-delivery process in her mind. […]