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USPS chooses six companies to compete in truck design prototype challenge

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has narrowed the field of finalists for designing the next-generation prototype of its mail delivery truck. The six companies will now design, build and deliver a total of 50 vehicles within one year, after which the USPS will put them through their paces for six months before selecting one winner.

Standing apart: What keeps Ecology Recycling and Transportation Services ahead of the competition

“Contract waste hauling is a competitive business,” says Greg Evans, equipment maintenance manager at Ecology Recycling and Transportation Services. “We use accurate cost accounting and revenue projections because it comes down to who can haul the most trash at the lowest cost.” Headquartered in Cerritos, Calif., Ecology Recycling and Transportation Services has trucks based at

The value of telematics solutions for progressive utility fleets

It should come as no surprise that the educational program at the annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC) included a series of presentations on telematics. A growing trend in many light- and medium-duty fleets, telematics was ranked among the highest topics by fleet managers attending EUFMC and a perfect addition to a comprehensive program

How USA Truck is filling driver ranks

While actively addressing driver retention needs with new equipment, specifications and other benefits and programs, USA Truck is simultaneously focused on recruiting drivers. One approach it is taking, for example, is to pay for 15 qualified applicants to complete a five-week Commercial Driver’s License training program. Announced earlier this year, the USA Truck Career Launch Program

USA Truck’s comprehensive approach to streamlining operations, improving retention and lowering costs

As one of the nation’s largest over-the-road truckload carriers, USA Truck is constantly on the lookout for ways to make life on the road less stressful and more productive for the approximately 1,750 drivers it employs. In many cases, that approach pays other dividends for the fleet as well. For many years, for example, USA

How the Phase 2 standards impact light- and medium-duty trucks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have finally issued the long-awaited second round of emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The Phase 2 standards, which follow the Phase 1 standards that go into effect in 2017, have increasingly stringent requirements that will be

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How Pan American Express carefully chooses equipment, operational practices

While NAFTA, the 1993 trade deal linking the United States, Canada and Mexico, has become a political issue in this election year, politicians and trucking industry observers alike need to look no further than to Pan American Express Inc. (Panamex) to see how cross-border trade can provide jobs and an economic boost. The motor carrier,

A look at Teletrac Navman’s Director

About a year and a half after Teletrac and Navman Wireless formed Teletrac Navman, the combined company has rolled out a new fleet management platform designed to provide an array of capabilities for fleets. “Teletrac Navman Director, now available worldwide, can meet fleet needs in a variety of markets,” said newly appointed Teletrac Navman President

New heavy-duty engine oil categories are driven by regulation

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced regulations in 2010 designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mandate fuel economy improvements for heavy-duty engines and vehicles, it set in motion a change to engine oil specifications. In turn, the Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) requested that the

SAV Express: Making the right moves

While providing reliable freight hauling services has always been the focus of the SAV Transportation Group, maintaining a high level of quality service has meant continued readjustment. Perhaps nowhere in the diversified company is that more apparent than at its asset-based SAV Express operation. “We’re currently readjusting our fleet based on current market and economic

Solutions for managing a progressive fleet

When fleets operating light- and medium-duty trucks met in June at the annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC), the event featured a comprehensive educational program and equipment demonstrations and exhibits for 128 fleet executives from more than 70 investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and electrical contractors from the U.S. and Canada. “Solutions for Managing

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Bulldog Hiway Express is firmly focused on safety, customer service

It’s no mystery what’s most important to Phil Byrd, president and chief executive officer of Bulldog Hiway Express. “All of our employees know that we will never, ever compromise on safety or compliance,” he says. “We will always operate as a safety-first company.” What’s also apparent is that those aren’t just words to Byrd. In several