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Editor’s Note / sMpwdkI

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We don’t prepare to fail... We fail to prepare.

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Abraham Lincoln is often quoted for having said, “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe.” The hours vary (usually it’s given as either eight or six hours), but the meaning is that one should spend more time in preparation. The saying is similar to the proverbs, “measure twice, cut once” and “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” As I have a teaching background, I’d say before you do anything, learn as much as you can about it, get proper training, and be fully prepared. If we relate the same concept for trucking, the rules won’t change. If you want to enter into trucking and get your licence, get proper training from a reputable school. It may take longer and cost you more money, but you will save your time, money, and maybe even your own, and others, lives later. If you are assigned a load, plan the trip; spend sufficient time so you won’t get lost or frustrated during your trip. Being a truck driver in the past, I also experienced that spending 15 to 20 minutes in the morning on a proper pre-trip inspection gave me peace of mind, made me safer, and thus, receive less harassment from enforcement officers during the day. I have seen truckers being fined and towed because they had not spent those few minutes in the morning. So whenever and whatever you do , spend more time on preparation, because it will make your job and life easier. I want to congratulate our US Desi Trucking team for putting together 2nd annual West American Truck Show in Central Valley, California. Thanks to our sponsors, supporters and readers for giving us an overwhelming response. We guarantee that we will put forth our best efforts to make this show a success. Mark your calendars for September 26 and 27 for the West American Truck Show. Work smart, enjoy, and may God always bless truckers.

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5,015 years ago, a rolling log helped move a huge stone and the concept of the wheel was born. Through the ages, the wheel has been improved and the materials used in its construction have changed; but still, the wheel goes round and round and makes life easier for nearly 7 billion people. The wainwrights of old performed their craft and made improvements, making wheels lighter, stronger, and less subject to wear. Along the way, those old wainwrights discovered the need for precise measurements so wheels working with other wheels where exactly the same in diameter. Today’s tire makers are doing 8

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Tires, Treads, Technology and Innovation everything required updated thinking. The old established just wasn’t going to cut it anymore. Here are some of the innovations that made an impact. • In 1891, Michelin produced its first tire that could be detached from the wheel. This simple event was life changing. It opened minds on how to think “outside the box” and to make things better. • In 1895, Michelin produced its pneumatic tire, which replaced about 90 percent of the rubber in a tire with air. • In 1908, Michelin introduced the first use of dual tires for better weight distribution • In 1913, the detachable wheel was produced. Up until this, the wheel was an integral part of the vehicle and to change a tire meant a great deal of effort. With the detachable wheel, tires could be changed off the vehicle and tire changing equipment could now be invented. Yet even today, on large trucks, there are tire changers who prefer to leave the rim on the truck and change the tire while the rim is mounted. • In 1930, tubeless tires were produced. In 1933, studded tires rolled along and in 1934, improvements were made so that tires, instead of sliding to a stop but rather providing traction in both the acceleration and the deceleration were made. In 1937 came the metallic tire and in 1946, radial casing became an industry altering methodology. • Fast forward to the year 2000, where super singles that could replace “duals” yet retain the weight requirements of the duals, saving rolling resistance and subsequently energy came into being. • In 2004 Tweel Technology was developed, where a honey-comb interior for the tire, replaced air. This technology hasn’t yet become widely used, at least in commercial applications, but in passenger car applications, it allows the tire to be exploded and still maintain stability to continue driving at highway speed for many more miles without damage to the rims. Bold advances in technology are the key to success and Michelin intends to remain the most innovative company in its sector. The goal is to innovate better and faster so that it maintains its lead over the competition and delivers solutions that are increasingly effective and competitive, and perfectly suited to the challenges of mobility. Now, of course, Michelin wasn’t and isn’t the only manufacturer making improvements and tweaking the technology through innovation. There is no intention of mentioning every tire manufacturer in the world, but rather a few who have been in business for well over the 20th century and into the 21st. Goodyear is as famous for its tires, particularly its high speed tires on race cars, and its blimp that provides airborne coverage of sporting and other events. The recent replacement of compressed air with pure nitrogen in tires has had a profound effect on the life of tires. Nitrogen molecules are larger than those in mere compressed air, therefore, those nasty little irritations like rust and corrosion on the rim that permit tiny air molecules to escape and subsequently cause the operating pressure of the tire to be reduced, are dramatically reduced. Nitrogen filled tires maintain air pressure for a very long time even 10

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Tires, Treads, Technology and Innovation under extreme usage. Loss of tire pressure is arguably the major cause of uneven tire wear and tire life. Being able to maintain constant air pressure within the tire is critical. But then, let’s look at some numbers. In North America, there are approximately 4,000,000 large tractor trailer type trucks that move the majority of freight around the continent. With 18 tires on each vehicle, that’s 72 million tires that are replaced on average, annually, making a very large pile of old used tires going to the land fill. Add to those 72 million truck tires are all the non-commercial vehicles and smaller commercial vehicles. Not only do we need innovation and technology to deal with the manufacture of these tires, but we need to have ways and means of reducing that land fill potential to be able to reduce, reuse and repurpose, those tires. New tires have a finite shelf life, but mostly the tread coming in contact with the road, is what wears out. The rest of the tire is still “good” and viable, but with little or no tread, traction for both acceleration and deceleration is at risk. Retreads eliminate or reduce the use of hazardous materials. Plus, through an efficient production process, waste is minimized and then recycled or incinerated where possible. While retreading tires in non-commercial settings isn’t huge, in commercial applications retreading tires is an important item on most company spreadsheets. Using advanced tread compounds and innovative tread design, retreads deliver excellent fuel efficiency and the ecofriendly benefits you can expect from new tires. Bandag is one of the greatest business success stories of the second half of the twentieth century. From its founding in 1957 to its dominance of the North American retreading industry and its participation in international markets, Bandag has built products and services to meet the needs of its fleet and dealer customers. As Bandag has prospered, it has offered stable employment, exceptional income and personal growth opportunities to its employees, allowing them to enjoy a slice of the good life. Old used tires, instead of finding their way to landfill, are being repurposed into large heavy mats used in blast control. They are being ground into tiny pieces and used in everything from landscaping to roofing materials and even being used in mixtures used in the making of pavement for our highways. Every day, more uses for recycling and repurposing old tires are being invented because people think and look at the environment responsibly. We’ve come a long way from the rolling logs to the technology we have today in tires and rims. Now, tire companies are focusing on the environment and there’s still lots to do.

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Trucking

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he trucking industry can be a challenging arena to make a living in as a driver and certainly as a fleet owner. All across North America the industry is facing burdensome regulations, escalating fuel costs, day to day operation costs, and challenges keeping the driver’s seat occupied. To truly be successful, regardless of where one might be in North America, there are a multitude of tools necessary to run trucking as a business. Regardless of the tools available though, the relative success of any truck driver or trucking company comes down to the person behind the wheel watching the black top pass by. One of the most important tools any driver or carrier needs is related to financial management. Cash flow can be a real problem at times as a result of delayed payments on invoices, load acquisition challenges, and a variety of other issues. As cash flow tightens, so do opportunities to operate the truck in an efficient and profitable manner. As such, Chett Winchell, owner of C.W. Enterprises out of Denver, Colorado (www. yourcompliancecenter.com) suggests that carriers should operate “each unit as its own profit and loss center.” This will allow you the opportunity to track the relative success of each unit and manage accordingly. As the North American trucking industry continues to grow, even with the driver shortage, there will also continue to be an influx of entrepreneurs wanting to enter the industry. While it does take significant capital to start a trucking business, the most important thing necessary to succeed is consistent cash flow. Finding the loads can be the easy part, but again, receiving payment can be a challenge at times. There are opportunities a company can consider, such as load factoring, though to help ensure some consistent cash flow. 16

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Trucking - It’s Business One of the best ways to make certain cash flow is not a problem is to have loads in hand. Regardless of where you are in North America, marketing and relationship building are the best ways to find loads and develop a long term supply of loads. Networking can be simple. “Affiliate with your state or provincial trucking association as that is where the other trucking companies are, as well as potential customers,” says Winchell. While there are certainly other ways to develop key relationships, a lot can be said about the benefits of joining your state or provincial trucking association. But, they key point is developing the relationships. “Try your best to tie in with one or two brokerages and commit to certain traffic lanes,” suggests Winchell. This will allow the opportunity for consistent freight and consistent runs overall, which in turn allows for more efficient management of trucks and personnel. “Maybe even try to develop a triangle of lanes to operate in so you can keep freight moving,” says Winchell. Remember though, even when there are loads available, picking the right loads are important. There are also niche opportunities in the North American trucking industry, so perhaps that is where you want to be. “If you do have a specialty niche, advertise and promote this,” says Winchell. “Make yourself unique and valuable to that niche market.” Even if you don’t think you are a niche market company, the chances are you offer some special skill or prefer to haul some specific product that perhaps you could develop into your own niche. Many of the newer small fleets will take any load that is offered under the assumption that some freight is better than no freight. However, if the load going in is to a location with no loads going out, and the deadhead is extra lengthy to get to a new load, then it may not have been profitable to take the first load to begin with. This is not to suggest that deadheads are bad or that short miles are bad – sometimes they make sense. The key is to plan accordingly, somewhat like a chess match, always thinking a few moves ahead. And sometimes, as Winchell reminds us, “Sometimes, even though it hurts, it is cheaper to leave a truck on the fence.” A great way to help manage the dispatch of freight, which again is directly connected to your cash flow, is to consider an automated dispatch system. In fact, Winchell encourages this. “Get an automated dispatch system in place quickly,” says Winchell. “It may be costly up front, but the right system for your operation will allow smoother operations in the long run.” The size of the fleet might make a difference on just how quickly you get an automated system, but options do exist for fleets of all sizes, so it is worth investigating the idea early on. In addition to a way to manage cash flow, it is incredibly important to understand and manage the regulatory compliance issues. These can be safety related, financial related, personnel related, are other such areas of interest. Regulations are not exactly synced between Canada and the United States either, so if you operate in both it is incumbent upon you to fully understand and comply with the appropriate rules. Keeping up with regulations can be a challenge though, but it is important. Winchell suggests the following tips for any trucking company wanting to operate in North America: - Affiliate with your state or provincial trucking association as they will help to keep you informed about the latest and greatest of the regulations that could impact your business. 18

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Trucking - It’s Business - Maintain a current copy of US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations as well as Canadian Safety Regulations. - Fully understand the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program and how it might impact your trucking operation. - Because of new and incoming regulations, consider starting out with electronic log books. They will be mandated soon, and having them now allows for a better understanding of how violations occur. Of course, the suggestions made by Winchell are just that, suggestions. They are a good starting point, but far from exhaustive as to how to keep up with new and existing regulations. One thing is certain though, if any trucking company, regardless of size, fails to keep up with rules and regulations something will be missed and that is when things start to go downhill. So, plain and simple, take necessary steps to stay informed and on top of the industry in which you operate. Much of the relative success of any trucking operation comes down to the people. Yes, drivers are key, but so are those who manage the operation. Of all the assets a trucking company needs to be successful, good people are at the top of the list. However, it may be that it is not necessary to hire staff to work on all aspects of the operation – some can be contracted out. Take the time to fully evaluate your needs and what will be most cost effective for your specific company. Depending on the size of the company, it really can make sense to contract out some parts of the business. “Contract out to those who know what to do,” says Winchell. This is especially true if you are a smaller fleet. Mechanics and safety personnel are two prime examples of the type of work that can, and probably should, be contracted out – especially if you are a very small fleet. Winchell, for example, is contracted by several small fleets in the United States to perform safety audits and ensure safety compliance. Most fleet owners also are not familiar with diesel repair, and keeping a diesel mechanic on staff for a small fleet makes little economic sense. For those areas you do not contract out, make certain the employees have the right tools to do the job and are the right fit for your organization. “Have capable people assisting you because you cannot do it all by yourself,” says Winchell. Hiring good people can be a challenge, but retaining them can be even more challenging. As such, it’s really you, the owner that needs to be the real leader of the organization. “Understand that, as an owner, that your actions speak louder than words,” says Winchell. “Others see what you do and how you do it.” Additionally, there are a few tools you need to manage the personnel side of the operation. It’s important to “ensure you have a company policy manual covering everything in the company and how you want specific tasks and jobs done,” says Winchell. Policy manuals should be as inclusive as possible, from how to submit a time sheet to how to track freight; from normal working hours to how you handle overtime for office 20

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Trucking - It’s Business personnel; from marketing standards to dates and times you review certain reports and how those reports are developed. The point is, it should be all inclusive so there is no question as to how to accomplish something. Of course, these policies may need tweaked as time progresses, but you need a starting place. When it comes to hiring drivers, this is really where the rubber meets the road. Do everything possible to make it as easy, yet as thorough and accurate as possible. Whether you are in Canada or the United States, do your research on the drivers you are considering for hire. “Screen drivers thoroughly and utilize any shared programs (like PSP) for back ground checks,” says Winchell. “Also, set up an account to draw your own motor vehicle records (MVRs), that way you control what you get and see and can make your own decisions.” The most important aspect of managing a successful trucking business is understanding that there is steep competition, so you need the right resources to compete. In the United States, there are approximately 3.5 million truck drivers and 1.2 million trucking companies (97% of which operate 20 or fewer trucks). In Canada, there are approximately 250,000 truck drivers. This means regardless of where you operate in North America, and despite the driver shortage across the continent, a successful company really needs to be efficient. Obviously, quality truck drivers are important to the success of any carrier – luckily, entry into the North American trucking industry is not difficult. - Ideally, have a high school education (or equivalent) before going to truck driving school. Most legitimate schools will require this, and most legitimate carriers will want to know you have earned this. There is no definitive requirement to have it,

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Trucking - It’s Business but it certainly will pay off financially over the years. It just makes sense. - Maintain a clean driving record. Driving is your livelihood, so why do anything to jeopardize this? Certainly any driving under the influence (alcohol or drugs) will stop a career, but so do excessive speeding tickets or an excessive number of speeding tickets. Safety is, and should be, a priority for the trucking industry and drivers on the front line of that. - Earn your commercial driver’s license. Check with your state or province for specific requirements and steps to do this, but you must do it to get behind the wheel. - Then, simply make sure you comply with your state or provincial or federal requirements for the types of loads you want to haul and all future renewals. There are undoubtedly a number of other tools and tips available for anyone interested in running a successful trucking operation in North America, but these should provide a good foundation to start with. Focus on the details (the small things) before they become big things. Cash flow is important and there are a variety of ways to make certain that is not an issue. Personnel are certainly important, but there are many things one can do to keep that a positive experience. Technologies, good drivers, and good equipment are all a must. A successful company pays attention to all of these areas – somewhat like an engine does with pistons. If one piston is misfiring the engine will not run smoothly. Eventually, the engine will shut down. We want all engines to fire at the right time so it can run smoothly – just like any successful trucking operation in North America does.

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“It’s no barriers,” McLaughlin said. “Transportation is really quite simple: move a good from A to B. How do we remove all the barriers that get in your way so we can move things better?” “Our hypothetical for the next five or so years in terms of what needs to happen in removal of barriers comes down to one word and one thing: Friction,” he continued. According to PeopleNet, the “friction points” in trucking fall into categories of drivers, regulations, freight, safety and fuel. “How can we take out the barriers or friction points that keep you from going from A to B?” McLaughlin asked.

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Hauling Dangerous Goods in a Commercial Vehicle

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kmRSIAl vhIkl ‘c ^qrnwk vsqW dI FoAw FuAweI What is required to haul dangerous goods in a Commercial Vehicle? In the United States if a commercial vehicle wants to haul dangerous goods then they are required to register with the federal authorities and obtain state permits, depending on the states they are travelling to. Does the company have to renew the registration? Yes, the company is required to renew the hazmat registration on an annual basis at the federal level and the state level. What is the insurance requirement before starting to haul dangerous goods? The minimum level of financial responsibility is $1,000,000 but in some cases depending on the product being hauled the minimum requirement could increase to $5,000,000. What does the driver have to have before agreeing to haul dangerous goods? The driver must have the hazmat endorsement on his driver’s license prior to accepting loads in the United States. If the driver is from Canada then the driver must complete dangerous goods training prior to agreeing to haul dangerous goods. Who is a hazmat employee? A hazmat employee is an individual that is employed on a full time, part time, or temporary basis by a hazmat employer or who is self-employed and during the course of employment performs any function subject to the Hazardous Materials Regulations. This includes anyone who: • Loads, unloads, or handles hazardous materials; • Designs, manufactures, fabricates, inspects, marks, maintains, reconditions, repairs, or tests a package, container or packaging component that is represented, marked, certified, or sold as qualified for use in transporting hazmat in commerce; • Prepares hazardous materials for transportation; • Is responsible for the safety of transporting hazardous materials; or • Operates a vehicle used to transport hazardous materials. 24

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How many different classes are there of dangerous goods? There are 9 different classes and depending on the material being hauled the vehicle would need to have appropriate class’ placards. Who is responsible for providing documents and placards? The shipper is responsible for providing the documents and placards but once the load has been picked up the responsibility shifts to the carrier and the driver. Can the hazmat registration be suspended? There are several reasons that can trigger the hazmat registration to be suspended including filing false information, company’s safety rating being downgraded from satisfactory or failure to maintaining the minimum levels of financial responsibility along with several other reasons. If you are hauling small samples of a few kilograms, do you need to placard and have appropriate documentation? Many small shipments up to 30 kilograms are exempt from the regulations. Each product will have a limited quantity index that can be looked up. What are the common products of hazardous materials? Some of the most common products that are considered hazardous materials are Dry Ice, Liquid Nitrogen, certain Batteries, Gasoline, Paint, Alcohol, and Ethanol. Where can I get more information on hauling dangerous goods or getting driver’s trained? If you need assistance in registering your company to haul dangerous goods or if you would like to train your drivers to haul dangerous goods, you can call us at our toll free number at 1-800-965-9839.

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Employment Issues

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ne of the goals in trucking is obviously to make money. Whether you’re the owner of the company or a driver, the end result is hopefully going to be monetary gain for all parties involved. When hiring a driver, or a driver is applying to work for your firm as a company driver or owner operator, there are certain considerations to be made before hiring someone or before accepting an employment offer. Recently a fleet I know experienced a horrible situation. An owner operator was found dead in their yard. The driver had over dosed on drugs. Drug use is a serious issue. Firms don’t always run a drug test on a driver unless they are going to cross a border. It may be a good idea for a firm to run a drug test on all drivers and do random checks periodically after. A client of mine found a crack pipe in the cab of his truck and fired the driver. The driver made a complaint to human rights about unlawful dismissal, and when he was asked to do a drug test to prove his innocence he refused to do the test. If you suspect your driver or a colleague is taking illicit drugs or abusing prescription medications, suggest where they may go to seek help for addiction and get them off the road to protect us all. The rates charged for loads are always a contention. The driver wants to know how much they will be paid and I find that quite often companies are not forthcoming with this information. I have seen pay statements from drivers that show the exact same load several different times, and each has a different rate. I saw some drivers get together after each had taken the exact same - Pash Brar B.A. Pash is a mobile leasing representative with Auto One Leasing LP in Vancouver. She has a banking, collections and accounting background. She specializes in importing vehicles and trailers from the USA. 28

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Employment Issues load, and each of them were paid a different amount by the same company. They all quit after. Driver’s and the company they work for both need to make money to cover their costs, but when there is discrepancy in the rates, driver’s get angry, and over and over I see them leave the company that is providing inconsistent rate information. Improper deductions on pay statements is also a major issues with drivers. I have seen rent being charged for using a yard deducted on pay statements, but the driver was renting parking elsewhere and paying double. I have personally gone through statements and nothing adds up. When I was asked to check forty driver statements for errors, I found errors in thirty-nine of them. Only one was done correctly. I always hear complaints from accountants that say how difficult it is to do taxes for drivers when their pay statements are done so poorly. Proper book keeping is a must for the company and for the driver. If the driver has questions about their statement sit down with them and explain it. If the staff doesn’t know how to make the statements, then train them to do it properly. Angry driver’s leave their employment due to discrepancies in their pay all the time. Not paying driver’s at all is another issue. I had a driver who moved away for six months and pulled loads for his company in the new area. The company refused to pay him. The driver came to me and i helped him rebuild all his paperwork, and then he got paid after I submitted it to his boss. Not every driver has someone to help them. This driver was owed over $25,000 and he still thanks me to this day for helping him. Driver’s and bosses both have bills to pay, but paying on time is a courtesy. Don’t make the driver sit and wait for hours while their pay statement is prepared . Have it ready before they arrive. I see driver’s getting paid a week or more late all the time. The driver will leave for a different company that actually pays on time. Everyone has a day when they feel like they don’t want to take a load. A boss may tolerate this once or twice, but if it becomes a pattern, that driver will begin to suffer. Comparing pay statements from the driver who never refuses a load, to a driver that consistently complains and refuses loads shows a big difference in pay. I see the non complainer making about $5,000 more each month. The boss rewards the driver with better and more frequent loads for their dedication. No one wants to hire a driver who

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Employment Issues refuses loads. It can damage the reputation of the trucking company if they cannot find a replacement for the load, and the driver will obviously see their pay go down. As with any job, the hard workers get the reward from the boss. Inexperienced drivers and unsafe drivers have caused a lot of damage to equipment and to cargo. When hiring a driver new to the industry proper training, adherence to security, and safety procedures are a must. Pull the driver abstract when hiring. One company fired a driver who tried to pass a car on a double solid line, almost hit the oncoming traffic, and veered back in to their lane causing a family in a minivan with small children to land in the ditch. This was the driver’s fault, and the company name on the side of that truck gets a horrible reputation in the industry. Hiring just because there is no one else available is also wrong. I know one guy who was hired with little experience and no background check. He forgot the parking brake on the brand new company truck he was driving, and smashed through a shed. Luckily no one was in that shed or they would have been killed. I have seen brand new trailers that I personally custom factory ordered, smashed by an inexperienced driver a few days after it was out of factory. Sometimes it’s better to decline a load and wait for a good driver, than deal with inexperience, extra repairs, and safety concerns that ruin the reputation of the company. Not all bosses are horrible, and neither are all drivers. But there are definitely both bad bosses that may short change you on your hard earned cash, and drivers that aren’t worth keeping. When hiring, do drug tests and obtain the driver abstract, but i think a reference check should also always be done. as well. Take the time to call several places where the driver worked previously and find out if they are safe and work hard. If you want to hire an inexperienced driver, train them well and have them shadow a well respected driver to teach good habits from the start. When looking for work, also do a background check on your prospective employer. Talk to the current drivers of that company to get a good idea of what to expect. I think it’s important to establish good communications between the driver and the office staff. To make both sides happy the boss and the driver have to work together as a team and understand each other’s needs; then everyone makes money.

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Managing Workforce in Trucking The landscape of the organizational work force is undergoing tremendous change and future trends indicate this characteristic will dramatically alter the way companies relate to their employees. Hiring and retaining good employees have become the primary concerns of nearly every company in every industry. Companies that understand what their employees want and need in the workplace and make strategic decisions to proactively fulfill those needs will become the dominant players in their respective markets. Concurrent with these trends, the emerging work force is developing very different attitudes about their role in the workplace. Today’s employees place a high priority on the following: • Family orientation • Sense of community • Quality of life issues • Volunteerism • Autonomy • Flexibility and nonconformity Overcoming the retention challenge requires the implementation of five distinct categories of retention strategies: • Environmental: Create and maintain a workplace that attracts, retains and nourishes good people. • Relationship: Focus on how to treat people and how they treat each other. • Support: Give people the tools, equipment and information to get the job done. • Growth: Deal with personal and professional growth. • Compensation: Cover the broad spectrum of total compensation, not just base pay and salary. One of the secret ingredients to empower the company with human capital is to have a proper work structure in place. Job design and specialization are fundamental components of strategic planning and ensuring organizational growth prospects are attained. Companies are increasingly dependent on comparative advantage and worker efficiency to stay afloat in today’s integrated global market place. This characteristic forces organizations to regularly appraise psychological assessments, to determine their employees’ sense of responsibilities, and knowledge of work activities. This article compares the traditional approaches to job design with some of the newly developing approaches. The traditional approaches categorize the work force into two major categories: 1) Management 2) Workers Management - can be most effective if it devises rules and procedures to govern the way in which a task is to be undertaken. Management is assumed to be more effective than labor at devising methods for executing the work and at planning and organizing. By breaking the work down into simple elements: • the training of workers is clearly simplified • workers are more easily substituted, one for another • supervision is made easier as it is apparent when workers are doing something that is not part of the specified task. Workers - Human beings are rational economic beings. In basic economics, labor is a commodity no different than apples or cold-rolled steel. The prime goal is assumed to be monetary and consequently reward systems which relate pay levels to output are seen as likely to result in maximum output. As such, humans will examine a situation and identify a course of action likely to maximize their self-interest and act accordingly. All that is required to maximize output, from the organization’s perspective, is to hire the right people, train them properly and construct an appropriate reward system. If the work can be paced, say by a machine, a worker can develop a natural rhythm and momentum. This approach ignores the psychological and social aspects of work to the detriment of the organization, the workforce and society as a whole. For instance, high levels of task rationalization are associated with high levels of boredom, which in turn is associated with job dissatisfaction and counterproductive worker behavior. The newer approaches for job design started considering non-economic caveats which are very important to the employees. These include distributive and procedural justice, social comparisons, social status and organization culture. According to various literatures on motivation, individuals often have problems consistently articulating what they want from a job. Therefore, employers have to create an open, fair, stress free and productive work atmosphere. Then, the employees can provide fair feedback and inputs without being afraid of losing their jobs. Productivity and quality are two important aspects in an organization. Adequate emphasis on both components spells success for the organization in the long run. At the same time, the employees should have job satisfaction. Only then do the first two aspects have significance. Thus, designing an effective and efficient job design, and organizing the three aspects of productivity, quality and job satisfaction becomes of paramount importance for the organization. 54

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tephen Keppler, executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, is leaving the commercial enforcement group after 15 years to take a position with the Intermodal Association of North America. Keppler’s last day at CVSA will be Sept. 4, according to an Aug. 27 statement by CVSA President Bill Reese of the Idaho State Police. Keppler has been executive director since 2009. CVSA Deputy Executive Director Collin Mooney will serve as acting executive director until Keppler’s position is filled. Mooney has been with CVSA since 2003. “I think I can safely speak on behalf of everyone who has worked with him over the years that Steve has been a consummate advocate for commercial vehicle safety and is truly committed to making our roads a safer place to travel,” Reese said. “CVSA is a better and stronger alliance due to Steve’s time at the helm of the organization.” Reese said that

Keppler has enhanced CVSA’s credibility and brand; increased fiscal stability and transparency; increased member engagement and conference attendance; spearheaded many policy, regulatory and legislative advancements; enhanced the quality and quantity of educational products both in digital form and at conferences; and helped develop a new strategic plan. Prior to joining CVSA, Keppler was department director for vehicle systems at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Prior to that he held various positions at the Federal Highway Administration Office of Motor Carriers, predecessor to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. “I have been extremely proud and humbled to have had the opportunity to lead this incredible and impactful organization. It will always have a special place in my heart,” Keppler said in a statement.

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Report Details the Total Cost of Operation

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otal cost of operation (TCO) is a top concern of many fleets today. At least according to a recently issued report from Frost & Sullivan. The findings are based on surveys Frost & Sullivan conducted of fleet managers over the last five years. The findings bode well for those working on improving freight efficiency because it means fleets will be looking well beyond initial purchase price of a new technology or truck when doing the math to see if a technology makes financial sense for their operation. When you look at cost over the life of a truck rather than the upfront price of the technology solution, investing in technology that improves fuel economy or freight efficiency may become easier to justify. But also keeping in mind that new technology may come at some other total cost of ownership elements. The past several years of studying a variety of fuel saving technologies trying to understand a case for their adoption. From idle reduction to tire pressure monitoring and automated manual transmissions to 6×2 axles and wide base tires we’ve shown that while some technologies cost more upfront, the downstream benefits offset their initial higher cost. Recognizing the importance of the total cost of ownership in making purchasing decisions, as part of our most recent Confidence Report on low rolling resistance tires, an Excel-based total cost of ownership tool has been developed. Users of the tool may input various operational features such as the axle configuration of their tractor and trailer and associated miles driven as well as tire-specific data for steer, drive and trailer tires they are considering. The tool then calculates the total cost of ownership. From there the fleet manager or owner can see the savings over the life of the vehicle. It is hoped to develop this type of tool for other technologies being studied in the future in order to help fleets continue to look at the bigger picture when considering fuel efficiency technologies. Focusing on the value over the life of the vehicle will help make the case for the initial investment in technologies that may cause sticker shock at first glance. The Total Cost of ownership is something that must be known before making a buying decision.

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Satellite TV for the Trucking Industry

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EpicVue provides premium in-cab satellite TV for the trucking industry. EpicVue inMotion, now allows one team driver to watch TV in the sleeper berth while the other is driving. For single driver operation, EpicVue inMotion has the capability to record a show while the vehicle is in motion, allowing the driver to enjoy a taped program during nondriving hours. The first fleet to test and install EpicVue inMotion is Titan Transfer, a Shelbyville, Tennessee-based truckload carrier with 550 tractors. Titan Transfer plans to outfit its entire fleet with EpicVue inMotion and is adding the systems at rate of about 60 vehicles per month. “We started installing EpicVue two months ago to help improve driver retention and comfort, to make the truck more like a home away from home,” said Philip Edwards, president of Titan Transfer. “We elected to go with EpicVue inMotion because our team drivers prefer the ability to watch a show while one person is driving, while team and single drivers like being able to record whatever show they want and watch it later. It’s too early to measure the impact of in-cab satellite TV on our retention rate, but as word has spread we are getting multiple driver requests for the systems every day.” EpicVue in-cab satellite TV systems, including an antenna, DVR and 24-inch flat screen TV, is offered starting at $49 per month.

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