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Lou Smyrlis

Lou Smyrlis
With more than 25 years of experience reporting on transportation issues, Lou is one of the more recognizable personalities in the industry. An award-winning writer well known for his insightful writing and meticulous market analysis, he is a leading authority on industry trends and statistics.
  • Blog

    Taking a step back on efficiency is for ‘losers’

    December 19, 2016 by Lou Smyrlis

    Smart government policy challenges industry and the public to create and embrace products sensitive to the needs of our environment while recognizing the need for business to remain profitable. Legislation that doesn’t meet both these goals falls short of the

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  • Blog

    No free lunch on infrastructure spending

    November 16, 2016 by Lou Smyrlis

    The federal government is pushing ahead with plans to create an “infrastructure development bank” – an arm’s length organization tasked with attracting and bringing together public and private money to help in financing major projects across Canada such as bridges

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  • Blog

    Mentoring key to changing of the guard

    October 24, 2016 by Lou Smyrlis

    Over the next couple of decades our industry will face a deeply transformative changing of the guard. As baby boomers and then Gen Xers – the people who shaped the current face of commercial transportation – retire, the reins of

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  • Blog

    Small carriers: How well do you know your operation?

    September 21, 2016 by Lou Smyrlis

    Know what one of the biggest differences is between large carriers and small carriers? It’s not equipment; I’ve seen small carriers invest in equipment that’s just as good as that of their bigger competitors. It’s not people; although large carriers

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  • Blog

    The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step

    August 18, 2016 by Lou Smyrlis

    A few issues ago I wrote about breaking the stereotype of the obese and unhealthy trucker. I said it’s time to throw out the excuses – too many hours behind the wheel or desk, no healthy food at truck stops,

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  • Blog

    Make way for the quiet leader who listens

    July 25, 2016 by Lou Smyrlis

    The leaders that shaped the trucking industry of today were forged in the cauldron of deregulation in the late 1980s. At a time of regulatory upheaval which saw once powerful companies get mired in outdated thinking and become paralyzed by

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  • Blog

    Include our Summit in your future plans

    June 21, 2016 by Lou Smyrlis

    In a couple of months the sweet distraction of warm and lazy summer days spent relaxing at the cottage will all too quickly fade to the sobering fall ritual of planning for the year ahead. Yet how do you plan

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  • Blog

    Step up and break the stereotype

    May 25, 2016 by Lou Smyrlis

    You know the stereotype: Truckers eat too much, don’t exercise enough and die too young. A quick look around your business and you likely see how the stereotype came about. Nearly 40% of the people on this continent do no

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  • Blog

    Spring into fitness with this challenge

    April 21, 2016 by Lou Smyrlis

    With the return of longer days and warmer weather, it’s usually not long before thoughts turn to barbecues, beer and lazy days in the summer sun doing pretty much nothing. While doing nothing once in a while can be a

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  • News

    Trail King’s new generation blade hauler built to handle longer blades

    March 31, 2016 by Lou Smyrlis

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. —  Driving through southern Ontario towards Windsor and the US border it’s hard not to notice just how many wind towers have sprung up over the past five years. It’s the same in other spots across Canada and

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  • Feature

    Prepare for the future; embrace diversity

    March 24, 2016 by Lou Smyrlis

    There have been several projects in recent years that I’ve been particularly proud to be involved with – our partnership with SmartWay to educate fleets and owner/operators on fuel efficiency and GHG reduction, the start of our Newland Transport Graphic

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  • Blog

    Go ahead, take your best shot

    February 23, 2016 by Lou Smyrlis

    Must admit, I’m feeling a bit like a pin cushion of late. My column last month criticizing the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) for what I strongly believe is an irresponsible opposition to the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate in

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  • Blog

    OOIDA’s irresponsible stance on ELDs

    January 27, 2016 by Lou Smyrlis

    Five years ago, when the issue of mandating electronic logging devices first started to heat up, I commented in this space that I found the “consistent and loud opposition coming from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) puzzling, if not

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  • News

    Fast Forward: An inside look at the future of trucking

    September 14, 2015 by Lou Smyrlis

      MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — What will the future of trucking look like? Come hear industry experts discuss the need for new recruitment and retention strategies for transportation professionals, and the imminent adoption of breakthrough technologies and new transportation strategies. Participate in

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  • News

    Much more than a penny for your thoughts. Help with diesel fuel study

    August 19, 2015 by Lou Smyrlis

      TORONTO, Ont. – If you’re an owner/operator, diesel manufacturers are seeking your perspective on diesel fuel and the brands currently available to you. It’s all part of  a North-American based research effort conducted by Ipsos, a global independent market

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