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  • MAINTENANCE MANAGER OF THE YEAR: ‘DRIVERS ARE OUR CUSTOMERS’

    June 23, 2015 9:29AM by James Menzies

    The other day I spent some time with Chris Iveson, director of maintenance for Challenger Motor Freight and the 2015 Canadian Fleet Maintenance Manager of the Year. We had a really interesting interview that covered a lot of ground. You

  • HOW TO TAKE OUT YOUR COMPETITOR 101

    June 22, 2015 9:12AM by James Menzies

    When Aveda Transportation purchased US firm Hodges Trucking earlier this year, it wasn’t just about expanding the business, it was about removing a difficult competitor. With the deal closed, Aveda outlined in much detail through a press release why it

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    PC-11: WILL IT BE BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE AFTER ALL?

    June 19, 2015 10:48AM by James Menzies

    It wasn’t all fun and games in San Antonio with Shell. In addition to checking out the beautiful iron at SuperRigs, we had important work to do! Shell gave us an insightful update on the upcoming PC-11 engine oil category,

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    VISITING SHELL SUPER RIGS

    June 19, 2015 10:41AM by James Menzies

    It’s always a pleasure to take in the Shell SuperRigs truck show, wherever in the US it happens to be held. There’s nothing else quite like this roving truck beauty contest. One of the things that makes it unique is

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    SAF-HOLLAND BRINGS AIR RIDE TREND TO MECHANICAL TRAILER SUSPENSION

    June 19, 2015 10:38AM by James Menzies

    Air ride trailer suspensions are often ordered as a complete system, with one supplier providing the axle, suspension and brakes. But for whatever reason, this hasn’t been commonplace on mechanical suspensions, with fleets still having to piece together systems on

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    PRIVATE FLEETS GATHER IN KING CITY

    June 19, 2015 10:31AM by James Menzies

    Mike Millian must’ve slept well Thursday night. It was his first time serving as president of the Private Motor Truck Council, after a 21-year reign by Bruce Richards, an his first time overseeing its flagship event, the annual conference. It

  • Feature Human Resources

    FASTER TRUCKS AS A DRIVER RECRUITMENT TACTIC?

    June 19, 2015 10:29AM by James Menzies

    An interesting press release crossed my Inbox last week from Transport America, which was announcing a compensation package increase for owner/operators. That’s not so interesting, I’ve seen a ton of such announcements out of the US of late. What was

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    Classic Freight: Doing business the old-fashioned way

    June 18, 2015 10:35AM by Sonia Straface

    Classic Freight Systems – a 60-truck fleet that services both the oil and gas industry and hauls a fair share of lumber and metal – isn’t even in the teenage years of business yet, but it has hit a major

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    Miles to go before I sleep: Part 2

    June 18, 2015 10:30AM by Edo Van Belkom

    THE STORY SO FAR Mark gets a regular route from Edmonton to Yellowknife, transporting supplies for the winter ice roads. Halfway through his first trip he gets sleepy and nearly drives off the road. When he takes a break and

  • TMC panel looks to get to the bottom of truck seating

    June 18, 2015 10:00AM by Steve Sturgess

    Could better truck seats be an overlooked way to retain drivers?

  • Be a smartmouth to avoid oral cancer

    June 18, 2015 9:55AM by Karen Bowen

    More than 50,000 people in North America will be diagnosed with oral/pharyngeal cancer this year, leading to roughly 9,000 deaths. Since oral (mouth) cancer is usually discovered in a late stage, about 57% of people with oral cancer will only

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    Deducting expenses for cars and pickups

    June 18, 2015 9:53AM by Scott Taylor

    Last month I gave a short presentation at a carrier’s driver meeting. At the end, I always encourage attendees to ask any questions they have about what “other guys” are doing or talking about. To be honest, I learn a

  • Carbon trading: How does trucking fit in?

    June 18, 2015 9:51AM by Steve Laskowski

    There is one famous adage from Thomas Edison I recall that somewhat reflects the message I wanted to deliver in this column: “Opportunity is something that is missed by most people because it arrives dressed in overalls and looks like

  • Don’t seek savings at expense of safety

    June 18, 2015 9:47AM by Mike Millian

    Spring is not a time of year when we traditionally talk about snow. It’s when meteorologists try to take credit for sunny weekends. That all changed this past April, when Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk released her report on efforts

  • Drivers come together to discuss cab-style cooking

    June 18, 2015 9:31AM by Sonia Straface

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The benefits of cooking meals in your own cab are endless. You can save money. It’s easier to eat healthier and in turn, lose weight. And with more practice, you can improve your cooking skills without even