Monthly Archives: October 2011

Too Much Fine Print? Warranties Can Be Hard to Understand, But Effort Is Necessary

Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large Commentary by Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large Big fleets often write their own terms when it comes to claims on a manufacturer's warranty. They'll have direct pipelines into a truck maker's claims regime, for example, and even its parts warehouse. Closely monitored, no doubt, but still a strong and advantageous [...]

Vitran Posts Third-Quarter Loss

 UPDATED: 10/31/2011 11:00:00 AM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Vitran Corp. on Monday reported a third-quarter loss, compared with a profit a year ago. The Toronto-based carrier lost $3.4 million, or 21 cents per share, compared with a profit of $2 million, or 12 cents, a year ago. Revenue rose [...]

Detroit Diesel Introduces New Driver Training Video Series

Detroit Diesel launched the first of its new, four-part driver training video series developed to help drivers enhance their engine's performance. The four videos include general product background on Detroit Diesel's DD13, DD15 and DD16 family of engines; guidelines on driving for optimal fuel economy and power; specifics on BlueTec SCR Emissions Technology; detailed information [...]

Schommer Named President of CRST Malone

 UPDATED: 10/28/2011 10:40:00 AM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   CRST International said it named Jim Schommer president of its CRST Malone flatbed unit. Schommer, has more than 25 years of experience in the trucking industry, was most recently vice president of operations for CRST Malone, the company said late Thursday. [...]

Cheetah Operations Simulator Helps Customers Optimize Performance

The Cheetah Operations Simulator can assist fleets in analyzing the impact of operational changes, monitoring performance, and identifying opportunities to increase operational performance. The Cheetah Operations Simulator is available immediately to all Cheetah customers. The Cheetah Operations Simulator works by comparing historical data against simulated data within the Cheetah system, allowing customers to evaluate complex [...]

Arkansas Best Posts 3Q Profit

 UPDATED: 10/28/2011 2:00:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Tom Biery/Trans PixsArkansas Best Corp. swung to a third-quarter profit from loss a year ago on improved pricing, the company said Friday. Net income was $12.3 million, or 46 cents a share, compared with loss of $700,000, or 3 cents, a [...]

Report: Unlikely U.S. Can Meet Cellulosic Biofuel Mandates

Engine Smarts by Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large Some U.S. biofuel mandates can't be reached, according to a new report from the National Research Council. At least not without major technological innovations or policy changes. The "cellulosic" biofuel mandates contained in the current Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), amended in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security [...]

Echo Global Logistics’ 3Q Income Increases

 UPDATED: 10/28/2011 9:40:00 AM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Echo Global Logistics said its third-quarter profit grew 30.2% to $3.4 million, or 15 cents per share, from $2.6 million, or 12 cents, a year ago. Revenue rose 40% to a record $159 million, the Chicago-based third-party logistics company said late [...]

Trailer Report: What Fleets Are Buying in Flatbeds

Melton Truck Lines bought 200 new steel-and-aluminum flatbed trailers from Great Dane and Utility this year. By Tom Berg, Senior Editor Sales of flatbed trailers have revived along with the rest of the heavy truck business. We talked with three who were among the buyers this year. The specs address concerns such as weight, corrosion [...]

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