Max Heine

Confidence lackluster, but factories humming

Tuesday’s report on consumer confidence was a bit sour, even though the index was up a tad. “Overall, consumers remain apprehensive about the future," said an official with The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, which manages the survey. But, hey, that’s just a survey of how people feel. A report this morning shows that manufacturing, which has a more direct impact on trucking, continues to improve. One of the most active manufacturing sectors was transportation equipment, ...

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October: They say it’s our birthday

You’ll find monthly features in Overdrive, starting with the October issue. That month we’ll also launch a 50th anniversary website, OverdriveRetro.com.

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More fuel-efficient trucks forecast

Cummins will focus on fuel efficiency and CO2 reduction and improvements in waste heat recovery.

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More fuel savings seen in trucks’ future

Cummins will focus on fuel efficiency and CO2 reduction and improvements in waste heat recovery.

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Aug. 27: Partners in Business

You won't find a better two-hour presentation about running an owner-operator business than the Partners in Business seminar by Overdrive and ATBS, sponsored by Freightliner Trucks and Schneider National.

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‘Monster train’ and other freight supersizers

You might have missed news of Union Pacific testing to see just how long a train can be. I didn’t know of it until reading a Wall Street Journal story this week. Writer Jennifer Levitz cites the train as an example of pressures in rail and ocean shipping, as well as trucking, to haul more freight per trip. The proponents in all three modes cite the potential for using less fuel, and thereby less pollution ...

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Would you like fries with that?

Driver demand is higher than it’s been in more than two years. For leased owner-operators, it could be a good time to get updated on compensation packages and other lease terms, especially if you’ve been with the same carrier for more than a few years.

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Just one word. Are you listening?

The Institute for Supply Management’s monthly report on factory output lists Plastics (with rubber products) as the fastest growing segment. The news remains strong overall for manufacturing, which had its 12th consecutive month of expansion.

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Coming attractions: Show trucks

The biggest venue for Pride & Polish, produced now by Overdrive’s Custom Rigs, is coming in less than a month. It’s the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Aug. 26-28. This show always draws great rigs. You can view a quick sampling from the 2009 show in a music video on Overdrive’s video player. There are also truck videos from the last two Great West Truck Shows, another Pride & Polish venue. Check our recent story for ...

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Five decades of trucking

Overdrive has a big anniversary next year – its 50th. You can e-mail your reflections about trucking to me at mheine@rrpub.com or send them to Overdrive, P.O. Box 3187, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403.

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