Max Heine

Others take advantage of fuel surcharge

Surprise, surprise! The $23 flowers deal for Mother’s Day, brought to my attention via email, turned out to exceed $40 by the time I pressed “submit order.” Annoying enough, but one curious element of this little trap (why bother searching elsewhere to save $5 after all that time filling out forms?) was this: a $2.93 fuel surcharge. In all the online ordering I did at Christmas, I never noticed a one of these. I’ve polled several ...

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Analyst says trucking “inefficient”

Investment analysts, with their outsiders’ viewpoint, often have some good insight into our industry. Other insights aren’t quite so astute. The Business Insider website, with its recent “Trucking running on fumes” analysis, offers this stark summary as an introduction to its commentary on rising fuel prices: Trucking is one of the most expedient, but also one of the most inefficient modes of freight transportation. The conclusion is based on the fuel efficiency of rail, which is ...

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Paying more for older trucks

It’s been clear for a year that certain things have been improving for trucking. Freight demand has increased, and with it demand for drivers. From the vantage of the American Truck Dealers, holding its annual meeting in Phoenix, the rebound is evident for some other reasons, too, one of which – used truck prices – won’t excite you like it excites the dealers. Kyle Treadway, chairman of the American Truck Dealers and president of Kenworth Sales ...

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Our EOBR gifts to Mexican carriers

One of the curious aspects of the current cross-border trucking plan is the U.S. paying for Mexican trucks to be equipped with electronic onboard recorders.

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Daimler expects strong sales growth

Daimler had been projecting 20 percent to 25 percent growth, but could see it rise to 35 percent.

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Navistar details market expansion

Navistar is the only heavy-duty engine maker using exhaust gas recirculation without selective catalytic reduction to meet federal emissions regulations.

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Kenworth offers improved truck specs

The new T660 configuration removes the standard under-cab chassis fairing and replaces it with a cab-mounted extension of the hood fender.

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Kenworth improves specs on T660

The new T660 configuration removes the standard under-cab chassis fairing and replaces it with a cab-mounted extension of the hood fender.

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75 Chrome Shop hosts Pride & Polish opener

The 2011 Custom Rigs Pride & Polish season – and its new National Championship format – kicks off in Wildwood, Fla., April 8-10 at the 13th annual 75 Chrome Shop Show.

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A “corporate mouthpiece” responds

A few readers have taken me to task for my March editorial. I had argued that the proposed mandate for electronic onboard recorders could eventually put pressure to raise pay.

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