We know it’s not easy to keep up with everything that happens in the world of trucking. So here are the biggest stories from January focused on the latest truck trends, all in one place.
5. Connecting with your truck service network
“There’s an assumption that truck technology will make your job as the fleet manager easier by doing things for you. Personally, I think that’s wrong. Technology will enable your fleet to be more efficient, more productive and ultimately work harder. Technology is the tool through which more work will be done. If you’re like me, you’re already using tons of technology–you’re connected, you’re engaged and there’s no shortage of work to do. Writing an email is easier than writing a letter, I’ll give you that, but it only means that I can send more messages. And so it goes for truck technology—it increased the speed at which your able to work. Swiping and clicking is relatively easy, the hard part will be working with the other people within your fleet to ensure you’re on the same page. That’s why the publisher and editors of Fleet Equipment have launched a brand new content platform: Fleet Service Technology.”
4. Fuel-saving equipment continues to pay off
Many fleets that have kept a close eye on controlling fuel costs have seen substantial savings by adopting new technologies, according to the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) 2018 Annual Fleet Fuel Study Report. Read truck fuel-saving details in our story here.
3. Vocational suspensions have specific application needs
The first question you need to ask when spec’ing trucking equipment is a simple one: What’s it going to be doing? Understanding the application and what’s necessary for the equipment to perform properly is the most important thing to know before making any purchasing decision. Take vocational suspensions, for example. They have different needs than over-the-road suspensions because they will be tackling different jobs, and so there are a few application factors unique to vocational suspensions that fleet managers will need to keep in mind. You can read vocational suspension selection here.
2. Navistar CEO Troy Clarke on market strategy, new truck technology and meeting customer needs
For FE’s January cover story, we sat down with Troy Clarke, chief executive officer of Navistar, to talk about the company’s strategy and technology and how, for him, it all comes back to one phrase: “Helping our customers make more money.” Read the interview with Navistar’s CEO here.
1. Four truck trends from 2018 and whether they will continue into 2019
The dawn of a New Year often serves as a good time to take look back at the last year and then turn our eyes forward to the year that’s coming. Let’s take stock of the trends we saw in the trucking industry in 2018, and whether they are likely to continue.