The Per-Mile Cost of Trucking Operations in the United States

Posted by Vertrax on Dec 7, 2018 6:29:53 PM

The cost of trucking has been trending up for the past decade and shows no signs of slowing down. In order to combat these changes in operating costs, you must first be aware of what these costs are, and then what solutions can help to minimize the impact they have on your bottom line.

The Business Case for Funding Fleet Management Technology

Posted by Vertrax on Nov 16, 2018 3:05:19 PM

The transportation industry has undergone difficult changes in the past few years. Serious complications like rising fuel costs, driver shortages, and compliance with new mandates are just a few of the issues currently plaguing fleet leadership.

In this unpredictable environment, companies can be reluctant to invest in fleet management technology. After all, with revenue decreasing all around, why should businesses spend so much money on software?

While this is an important question to raise, the long-term benefits that fleet management technology provides far outweigh the price of the investment.

Topics: trucking technology

[UPDATED] The Agile Fleet Playbook

Posted by Vertrax on Oct 18, 2018 10:30:00 AM

With the transportation industry rapidly changing, we wanted to create a playbook that will help educate and guide organizations through the industry. Learn everything today’s fleet leaders need to know, highlighting industry problems, future trends, tools and strategies, and much more.

The Department of Transportation’s Automated Vehicle Guidelines

Posted by Vertrax on Oct 8, 2018 10:53:37 AM

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released an 80-page document titled “Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0,” or “AV 3.0” for short. It expands the DOT’s voluntary guidance on the development of what they consider “automated vehicles.” This document builds on last September’s AV 2.0, with the intention of introducing a “comprehensive, multimodal approach toward safely integrating automation.”

Topics: trucking technology, safe driving

The ELD Mandate’s Impact on Trucking Fleets So Far

Posted by Vertrax on Sep 21, 2018 5:01:29 PM

The Electronic Logging Device mandate went into effect in December of 2017 and full enforcement began in April of 2018. It has been a bumpy road in terms of implementation and enforcement thus far. The mandate requires “ELD use by commercial drivers who are required to prepare hours-of-service (HOS) records of duty status (RODS),” states the FMCSA. Drivers that utilized automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRD) before the December ELD deadline are grandfathered in and can continue using these devices until December 16, 2019.

Topics: trucking technology, safe driving

Hours of Service Rules May Be Changing — How to Prepare

Posted by Vertrax on Sep 7, 2018 1:37:02 PM

The ELD mandate that took effect at the beginning of the year has been a hot button issue. The mandate’s purpose is to make the roads safer for everyone travelling them, so with it came a greater focus on the Hours of Service (HOS) requirements for drivers.

Topics: trucking technology, safe driving

Keeping the Capacity Crunch Under Control with Fleet Management Technology

Posted by Vertrax on Aug 24, 2018 4:19:38 PM

The capacity crunch the trucking industry is currently facing poses a major threat to all parties involved. There are a myriad of reasons for the tightness in the market, with each one compounding on the next.

Topics: trucking technology

Electronic Reporting and the Benefits it Holds for Your Fleet Management

Posted by Vertrax on Aug 10, 2018 4:18:08 PM

Almost every aspect of business operations are moving online — and for good reason. The accessibility and organization which online services offer improves operational efficiency and reduces costs — and as we’ve previously covered, operating costs in the transportation industry are on the rise.

Topics: trucking technology, real-time technology

How the Right Transportation Technology Helps Combat Rising Operating Costs

Posted by Vertrax on Jul 27, 2018 1:59:05 PM

Historically, margins in the transportation industry have almost always been slim. But in recent years, various factors have been increasing operating costs, thus decreasing margins even more. According to an analysis by PLG Consulting, trucking costs are poised to rise 8% to 10% this year. While most of these factors cannot be controlled, it is essential to be aware of them so that you can prepare for the future.

Topics: trucking technology

How Real-Time Analytics Improves Your Bottom Line in the Logistics Industry

Posted by Vertrax on Jul 13, 2018 12:23:38 PM

The emergence of real-time analytics has revolutionized the logistics industry. The advantages it holds cannot be argued, and the return on investment can be huge if utilized correctly. When talking about analytics, many people think of strictly numbers being crunched in a back room regarding how fast a truck got from point A to B, but real-time analytics is much more than that.

Topics: trucking technology