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  • James Menzies
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    HDAW Report: Long live the independent garage

    January 22, 2008 2:58PM by James Menzies

    I’m in sunny Las Vegas for Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week, and if you’re in the parts and service business, you really should be here too. My head is beginning to hurt due to all the numbers being bandied about (honestly, it’s

  • James Menzies
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    How do you deal with trailer snow and ice accumulation?

    December 18, 2007 10:46AM by James Menzies

    It’s that time of year again, the first significant snow fall has created havoc on Ontario roads and already the local new stations have begun complaining about snow and ice blowing off the roofs of trailers. It’s an age-old problem

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Living on the edge of healthy profit margins

    December 16, 2007 7:00PM by Lou Smyrlis

    When speaking to industry groups this year, I’ve been focusing on what I call the “Four Cs” driving motor carrier fortunes these days. Those four Cs are: Consolidation Complexity Accountability (okay work with me on that one – it does

  • Truck News
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    Steampunk — a trend you should know about

    December 13, 2007 7:09AM by Truck News

    This may count as my most frivolous Blog entry ever, but I imagine that quite a few of our readers are engineers or at least people with enthusiasm for various kinds of technology. And what I’m about to write may

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Dealing with rates: you reap what you sow

    November 30, 2007 2:53PM by Lou Smyrlis

    Downward pressure on rates is a top concern for motor carriers as we head deeper into the current freight recession. The subject certainly came up during our annual shipper-carrier roundtable earlier this month. I thought Peter Di Tecco, president of

  • James Menzies
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    Mandatory anti-rollover devices? Why not?

    November 21, 2007 10:43AM by James Menzies

    Two years after it stunned the industry by announcing its much ballyhooed position on the mandatory use of speed limiters, the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) was at it again during this year’s convention. This time, the association was endorsing the

  • Truck News
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    Bjorn Lomborg and contributing editors on TV

    November 1, 2007 12:16PM by Truck News

    Solid Waste & Recycling magazine contributing editor Usman Valiante — along with contributing editor Clarissa Morawski — recently had the opportunity to appear on TV Ontario’s program “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” to discuss “The Calculus of Going Green.” The

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Where’s the boldness?

    October 31, 2007 10:41AM by Lou Smyrlis

    Boldness is a prerequisite for success, whether in life or in business. And it’s the one word that Charles McMillan, a former advisor to prime minister Brian Mulroney and one of the architects of the Free Trade Agreement, believes summarizes

  • James Menzies
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    Road rage – has it come to this?

    October 29, 2007 10:32AM by James Menzies

    “Don’t cause a crash, just bash your dash.” That’s the tag-line for a new product developed by a Vancouver company aimed at combating road rage. The Dash Basher is a polyurethane foam-constructed club that drivers are encouraged to carry with

  • James Menzies
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    HoS tops list of concerns for US trucking execs

    October 21, 2007 11:51PM by James Menzies

    At the American Trucking Associations (ATA) annual management conference in Orlando this morning, the American Transportation Research Institute (ARTI) released the results of an annual survey exploring the most critical issues facing the industry. More than 5,000 trucking industry executives

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    A deeper look at offshore brands and retreading practices

    October 21, 2007 8:35PM by Lou Smyrlis

    In my last blog I argued that the greatest threat to retreading comes from cheap offshore tires. Our research this year found that 18% of fleet managers and owner/operators are experimenting with the new offshore brands (products such as Double

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Are offshore tires affecting retreading practices?

    October 16, 2007 9:49PM by Lou Smyrlis

    One of the first things I learned when I started writing about the transportation industry almost 20 years ago is that retreading is a damn smart strategy. Back then the main concern was with getting the most out of your

  • James Menzies
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    An emissions-free truck plant – is it possible?

    October 2, 2007 10:31AM by James Menzies

    Before anyone seemed overly concerned about the state of our planet, Volvo Group made the environment one of its core values back in 1972. Global emissions standards have pushed the company to develop truck engines that are virtually smog-free. However,

  • James Menzies
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    A European outlook on cargo security

    October 2, 2007 9:56AM by James Menzies

    I recently had the opportunity to attend the European Transport Forum in Brussels, Belgium which explored, among other things, cargo theft prevention practices in Europe. Based on the tone of the discussion, the Europeans seem confident they are well ahead

  • James Menzies
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    There’s plenty to be learned at trucking conferences

    September 28, 2007 9:19AM by James Menzies

    This morning, I arrived at the office thankful to see I still have a desk here. For the last two weeks I’ve been travelling – both near and afar – in the pursuit of articles for our November issues of