WALLY STEGALLData sensors can boost energy efficiency.

By Wally Stegall

The transportation and construction industries have long been plagued by energy inefficiency. In fact, medium- and heavy-duty trucks produce 23 percent of all transportation emissions in the United States even though they only make up 5 percent of all vehicles on the road. While energy efficiency often takes a backseat to more pressing issues, fleet managers who prioritize it stand to reapmore than a few rewards. In addition to saving both time and money, careful and consistent monitoring of fleet utilization can pave the way for environmental policy compliance. 

 VOICE TECHNOLOGYVoice technology can drive operational efficiency and improve safety.

By Jesse Robbins

In the modern workplace, teams are increasingly dispersed and mobile, forcing companies to face the challenge of keeping employees connected despite their distance. This challenge is even more urgent in the transportation and logistics field, where employees operate in traditionally siloed environments. When these processes are managed inefficiently, worker productivity suffers, and as a result, so does revenue.

 TRANSFORMING 3PLModernization taps into smart software robots to improve processes and service.

By Russ Gould

Automation is picking up speed across the logistics landscape, playing a powerful role in improving the customer experience. Addressing the need to automate processes and high personnel costs, technology such as robotic process automation (RPA) is driving remarkable change in improving capabilities, services and end-user satisfaction. In an industry long hindered by extensive manual processes, it’s a transformation that is long overdue and poised for steady growth.

 SAFER ROAD TECHAs the logistics and supply chain industry grows, technology will be an anchor for fleet management safety programs.

By David Braunstein

Many companies are making progress in their environment, health and safety (EHS) programs, helping to deliver benefits to companies and the communities in which they operate. The logistics and supply chain industry in particular deserves kudos for managing fleets to be safer on the world’s roads. 

 JOURNEY TO THE CLOUDThe Cloud provides an agile and cost-effective approach to decision making in transportation and logistics.

 By Ted Francisco

When I began helping my clients with their business issues related to transportation and logistics, most people were trying to use old tattered paper notebooks or spreadsheets to try to plan their network design. That was three decades ago and before we developed the technology that we use today. It has been an enjoyable and educational journey. Whether driven by cost reduction, a merger or acquisition, or by new business strategies, rethinking your distribution network has become more important than ever before.  

 FULLY AUTONOMOUS VEHICLESFully autonomous commercial vehicles raise questions of being a danger or a solution.

By Susan Beardslee

Long-haul trucking remains challenged by the ability to hire and retain enough skilled drivers. As e-commerce continues to increase exponentially, drivers are aging out and the driver shortage will grow from 50,000 today, in the United States alone, to more than 174,000 over the next eight years, according to the American Trucking Associations, with turnover at larger fleets at 88 percent, despite increasing wages and incentives. Trucking companies, focusing on sufficient profitability, while battling price competition may need to seek new solutions. 

 CYBER ATTACKSHaul trucking is becoming a target for cyber attacks.

By Zach Thompson

Tesla, Yahoo and Equifax. Some of the most sophisticated companies and organizations on the cutting edge of technology are falling victim to malicious cyber attacks and evolving cryptocurrency threats.  

WINTERIZECompanies need to take frigid weather into consideration when shipping.

By Randy Swart

When shippers choose a transportation provider, generally they look at the provider’s rate of on-time deliveries, service area and the solutions offered for the types of products to be shipped. Different products have different shipping needs; for example, a shipment of lumber is going to have different shipping requirements than a load of frozen vegetables. However, some products will have different shipping needs during different seasons, which shippers need to keep in mind when selecting a carrier.

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