Max Heine

Learning from a crash course

Such opportunities will increase as the economy struggles to get on its feet, and trucking already is ahead of the curve. It’s easy in the flush of good times to forget lessons so clearly illustrated during hardship. It’s best not to.

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Rebounding factories slow a bit in September

The recovery is still on, but it’s getting winded. That’s the conclusion of the Institute for Supply Management, which released its monthly manufacturing report today. While ISM’s Purchasing Managers Index “reading of 54.4 percent is still quite positive, the overall picture is less encouraging,” says ISM’s Norbert Ore. “The growth of new orders continued to slow... Production is currently growing at a faster rate than new orders, but it typically lags and would be expected to ...

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Oct. 8-9: Charlotte Diesel Super Show

Trucking and construction industry personnel and enthusiasts will find plenty to see and do at the inaugural Charlotte Diesel Super Show at the Charlotte Motor Speedway z-Max Dragway in Concord, N.C., Oct. 8-9.

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Owner-operator compensation trends

Gordon Klemp, head of the National Transportation Institute (formerly SignPost), will speak in November on "The latest trends in owner-operator compensation."   He will share detailed third-quarter pay data just in from over 350 moderate and large carriers. Klemp will also analyze how the industry is responding to growing demand for drivers and the onset of Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010.  Check back for the date and registration information.

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Sept. 29 webinar: Load selection for profit

Trucking radio host and Overdrive columnist Kevin Rutherford will discuss how to make wise choices in planning your loads in Overdrive’s next webinar

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Old Mack bulldog learns some new tricks

The old Mack bulldog has something to bark about: His website was named one of “10 Great B-to-B Sites” by BtoB (as in business to business), a marketing magazine.

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If you got it, a Russian might have trucked it

Driver demand has been slowly swelling all year. It’s likely to get hotter in 2011, even if the economy only crawls forward in fits and starts. By this time next year, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s talk of where to find new driver pools. Whenever this has come up in the past, one response has often been: immigrants. Immigrants don’t dominate trucking in the way Indians and others do cab fleets in New York City, but ...

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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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