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  • 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

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Are offshore tires gaining acceptance?

    September 23, 2007 8:11PM by Lou Smyrlis

    For a few years now our research team has been tracking the perceptions and acceptance of the new offshore tires among both fleets and owner/operators. Our latest research, completed this summer, found that the general perception of the quality of

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Don’t get too excited about latest shipment levels

    September 16, 2007 10:12PM by Lou Smyrlis

    Statistics Canada’s report this week that manufacturing shipments heated up in July – they rose 2.3% — should be taken with a distinct grain of salt for two reasons. First, most of the strength in July came from a return

  • Truck News
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    The Truck of Tomorrow

    September 14, 2007 5:38PM by Truck News

    I had the pleasure of getting behind the wheel of a medium-duty hybrid truck and going for a little test drive during the Great American Trucking Show in August. It looks like a truck, handles like a truck and pulls

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Transportation now on the wrong side of the growth hump

    September 9, 2007 5:48PM by Lou Smyrlis

    Revenues for Canada’s largest motor carriers shrunk in the second quarter, decreasing 1.3% on average. To me that’s further indication that trucking, and transportation in general actually, is now on the wrong side of a growth hump pattern that has

  • James Menzies
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    What’s wrong with this picture?

    September 7, 2007 11:19AM by James Menzies

    Mark Richards, a professional driver based in Windsor, says he’s being punished by the MTO for simply doing the right thing. The trucker admits that last year he was signed on with a rather unscrupulous carrier. He says the company

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Boom in automotive shipments only a short-term reprieve

    September 2, 2007 10:43PM by Lou Smyrlis

    Anyone feeling optimistic about what the summer’s rise in automotive shipments from the Detroit Three indicated about the future, should be sobered by this week’s news from General Motors about significant layoffs. That development, I believe, is more indicative of

  • James Menzies
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    Emissions standards should apply to older trucks too

    August 29, 2007 11:42AM by James Menzies

    Over the past few years I’ve been telling anyone who would listen about the environmental leaps and bounds being made by the trucking industry. I am always quick to point out that it takes 60 2007 trucks to create the

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Why 100% scanning of containers is 100% wrong

    August 25, 2007 3:29PM by Lou Smyrlis

    If you think congestion can make picking up containers at our international ports a real hassle now, wait till July 1, 2012. That’s when the US wants to have its scan-all legislation in effect. The legislation decrees that as of

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    How NOT to help truckers with their costs

    August 18, 2007 8:14PM by Lou Smyrlis

    When I discuss with industry suppliers the cost challenges their owner/operator and fleet customers face, I’m often asked what would be the best way they could help truckers reduce their costs. Before addressing the ways to help, it might be

  • Truck News
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    It’s so crazy it might just work

    August 17, 2007 6:42PM by Truck News

    In the medical profession there’s a saying used, comparing horses and zebras, when a physician comes up with the misdiagnosis of an ailment. Something about looking for zebras instead of horses, or horses instead of zebras… Regardless of the situation,

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Trucking may be the lion of the transportation industry but it’s not exactly growing fat on its kills

    August 12, 2007 5:20PM by Lou Smyrlis

    In my past two blogs dedicated to understanding the changes driving today’s motor carriers, we examined the increasing importance of accountability and the greater amount of complexity fleets face today. One thing that has NOT changed is the importance of

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Complexity will radically change the trucking industry

    August 4, 2007 10:02PM by Lou Smyrlis

    In my last blog I began examining the three major trends – accountability, complexity and cost — that I think drive the success and fuel the fears of motor carriers. The first trend we looked at was the increasing amount

  • James Menzies
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    Infrastructure upgrades desperately needed

    August 3, 2007 10:28AM by James Menzies

    The tragic collapse of a Minneapolis bridge this week has demonstrated the need for immediate upgrades to North American infrastructure. The deadly collapse comes just weeks after Transports Quebec announced oversized loads will no longer be allowed to cross 135