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Congress is Back in Session

Original Air Date: 9.10.2014 Government Reporter Eugene Mulero unpacks the issues for this present Congress in this text-based Live Chat.

Top 100 Private Carriers

Original Air Date: 8.19.2014 Senior Reporter Daniel Bearth and Editorial Director Neil Abt join forces once again in this  exciting review of the 2014 Top 100 Private Carriers. Special guest: Jon Samson, Executive Director, Agricultural & Food Transporters Conference 

Top 100 For-Hire Carriers

Original Air Date: 7.15.2014  In this inaugural episode, Editorial Director Neil Abt and Senior Reporter Dan Bearth unpack the 2014 Top 100 For-Hire Carriers List.  They take a deep look at capacity and driver shortage issues.  Special Guest:  Bob Costello, ATA Chief Economist.

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Top 50 Logistics Companies

Original Air Date: 11.19.2014 You know the issues.  Experts call this the "most challenging" time in transportation management. Tight capacity and increasing congestion shine a light squarely on the supply chain.  Which companies are negotiating the terrain better than the rest?  Find out. 

You can't afford to miss this REPLAY!   When Managing Editor Lorrie Grant stepped out of the newsroom to moderate this reporter's roundtable, we expected a candid 360-degree tour of the most important developing stories in freight. We could not have predicted what came next!  Congressional reporter Eugene Mulero broke news about the Omnibus spending bill and FMCSA during the broadcast.  And, not to be outdone, Senior Business Reporter Rip Watson donned his pronosticator's cap to give valuable insight.   

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The current state of natural gas use and trends in trucking covering both the fuel side of CNG and LNG (i.e., infrastructure build-out, pricing, future pricing outlook) and the technology side  (i.e., current play of vehicle options and what may lay ahead?
 
How low diesel prices are impacting natural gas prices and decisions to expand natural gas use on trucking.
 

 

ORIGINAL AIRDATE 05.15.2015

Reporter Roundtable.  May 2015 is turning out to be a critical -- even historic -- month for the industry.  In Washington and around the nation, folks are focused on surface transportation policy and excited about game-changing developments on the business side. Four well-known journalists get ready to roll up their sleeves and give you some new perspective on these stories.  Hosted by TT's own Eugene Mulero. 

Reporters' Roundtable: 2015

Original Air Date: 12.17.2014  When Managing Editor Lorrie Grant stepped out of the newsroom to moderate this reporter's roundtable, we expected a candid 360-degree tour of the most important developing stories in freight. We could not have predicted what came next!

What types of fleets are prime candidates for natural gas expansion?
 
How to go about making a business case for natural gas use in current operations?

 

 

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Top 50 Logistics Companies

Original Air Date: 11.19.2014 You know the issues.  Experts call this the "most challenging" time in transportation management. Tight capacity and increasing congestion shine a light squarely on the supply chain.  Which companies are negotiating the terrain better than the rest?  Find out. 

Driver Shortage

Original Air Date: 01.10.2015 Whether you drive or you own a fleet, whether you ship goods or monitor the industry, you have questions. Imagine what might happen if you put a carrier company executive, a driver, and two Transport Topics reporters in the same room and let them discuss the questions.  You could get some interesting answers.

Reporters' Roundtable: 2015

Original Air Date: 12.17.2014  When Managing Editor Lorrie Grant stepped out of the newsroom to moderate this reporter's roundtable, we expected a candid 360-degree tour of the most important developing stories in freight. We could not have predicted what came next!

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ELDs and Truck Tech

Original Air Date: 02.25.2015 In this LiveOnWeb discussion panel, the Transport Topics tech team focuses on truck tech -- and gives special attention to ELDs.  Stephen Keppler, executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, joins the chat, via Skype, and sheds light on everything from tampering to enforcement. Then, our writers engage in meaningful conversation about what all of it means. Doing so, they attempt to give you some guidance (and food for thought).

Driver Training

Original Air Date: 03.18.2015  Driver training may be the single-most important issue that you consider this year.The moment for the conversation has never been more pertinent. FMCSA has commissioned a 26-member panel of industry representatives to take up mandatory training for entry-level driving. And, at the same time, motor carriers and other affiliate companies find themselves looking for ways to fill seats with quality drivers.  

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Logistics at a Crossroads

Original Air Date: 04.14.2015 How are logistics companies tackling supply chain issues in highly complex and highly regulated industries?  Are omni-channel operations the answer?  What about those who have chosen to specialize?  What do their futures look like?  And, do you know the Chinese word for logistics? You will, once you watch the replay of our broadcast.  You'll also have some very good ideas about KPIs, capital investmests, technology-related pain points, and strategies for entering the market.

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Highway Bill: The Long Road

Original Air date 05.12.2015 A long-term highway bill is on the tips of everyone's tongues these days because the impact of not having a strategy in place, according to many, is grim. What does a long-term bill look like? Why is it needed? And why has it been so long in the making, particularly when multiple parties, including the current administration, seek it?  What does a funding package look like?  Nobody within freight transporation is without an opinion or solution. 

Top 50 Logistics Companies

Original Air Date: 11.19.2014 You know the issues.  Experts call this the "most challenging" time in transportation management. Tight capacity and increasing congestion shine a light squarely on the supply chain.  Which companies are negotiating the terrain better than the rest?  Find out. 

Reporters' Roundtable: 2015

Original Air Date: 12.17.2014  When Managing Editor Lorrie Grant stepped out of the newsroom to moderate this reporter's roundtable, we expected a candid 360-degree tour of the most important developing stories in freight. We could not have predicted what came next!

Reporter Roundtable

Original Air Date: 05.15.2015  May 2015 is turning out to be a critical -- even historic -- month for the industry.  In Washington and around the nation, folks are focused on surface transportation policy and excited about game-changing developments on the business side. Four well-known journalists get ready to roll up their sleeves and give you some new perspective on these stories.  Hosted by TT's own Eugene Mulero

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Drive Like A Lady?

Original Air Date: 06.17.2015  From promoting a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise to safety precautions to even shopping, the industry has made improvements for both men and women -- and women drivers are often the source of such change. Still, for every gain, a challenge exists. With all of these improvements, the industry still lags in attracting female drivers. To talk about why, Transport Topics Managing Editor Lorrie Grant sits with an expert panel.

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Top 100 For-Hire Carriers: 2015

Original Air Date: 07.15.2015 Faced with growing demand for freight hauling and still constrained by a driver shortage, the nation's largest for-hire carriers are trying to wring more capacity for their operations. How are they doing so?  Will smaller fleets learn from their new-found efficiencies? And what do these new modes of operating ultimately mean for both the driver and the fleet? 

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If you are like the rest of the industry, you are clamoring to learn more about ELD compliance. First-time adopters need to understand the details of the rule, how it will work, and how it will affect operations; those who already use them want to know how things will change -- are they outmoded? 

 To help, Transport Topics will host a live program on March 16 to give every motor carrier executive a primer on ELD compliance. Executives from Cowan Systems and Old Dominion Freight Line will join Transport Topics Tech Editor Seth Clevenger to talk about the practicalities of adoption and the effects on fleet operations. Call it a survival guide.

 

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Top 50 Logistics Companies

Original Air Date: 11.19.2014 You know the issues.  Experts call this the "most challenging" time in transportation management. Tight capacity and increasing congestion shine a light squarely on the supply chain.  Which companies are negotiating the terrain better than the rest?  Find out. 

Reporters' Roundtable: 2015

Original Air Date: 12.17.2014  When Managing Editor Lorrie Grant stepped out of the newsroom to moderate this reporter's roundtable, we expected a candid 360-degree tour of the most important developing stories in freight. We could not have predicted what came next!

The Future of Trucking, Part II

Original Air Date: 11.17.2015 Inspiring developments in technology are at every fleet executive's fingertips; automation is everywhere. And it makes us wonder: How is advanced engineering (in both hardware and software) launching trucking industry into a brave new world? What are the effects on fleets now? How does fast-paced technological development factor into a human industry? And could trucking tech's past instruct our future? Neil Abt and Seth Clevenger take LiveOnWeb on the road to ask these important questions.

Looking ahead to 2016

Original Air Date: 12.12.2015 2015 was a year in which fuel prices dipped, capacity tightened, drivers became the most-talked-about figures, and autonomous technologies captured everybody’s imagination. Will 2016 offer more of the same? From ELDs to M&A, CSA to Multimodal relations, Greenhouse gases to platooning, the live program will cover everything that you need as you consider your 2016 planning.

The Future of Trucking, Part I: The Next Generation.
Original Air Date: 10.23.2015 See through the eyes of the industry's next generation. LiveOnWeb episode 15 takes a look at the under- 40 set and asks important questions about technology, job performance, and industry outlook. How does this generation of drivers, technicians, and young executives feel about the industry. How will they leverage the technologies available to them?  Watch the episode to find out.  

 

 

 

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Save Your Seat!
One billion dollars in logistics investment in two years means enormous disruption to freight networks and modes of delivery. The industry faces a sea of change. Not in years. Now. Watch the replay of this broadcast focused on Logistics to find out who is negotiating the sea change and get insight into the next big things. You'll also get a chance to check out the innovators and flesh out their visions and the related problems. This program gives decision-makers what they need to be focusing on in the short- and long- term of this brave new world.

 

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The Shifting Face of Delivery

Live March 16! ELDs: A Survival Guide

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One billion dollars invested in logistics start-ups in the past two years means enormous disruption to freight networks and modes of delivery. The industry faces a sea of change. Not in years. Now.
 
Tune in to the April 20 LiveOnWeb webcast and find out how online shopping is creating a race to provide logistics on-demand.
 
You'll see who is driving the change and how it will affect the market for local delivery services.
 
The program will shine a light on the world's foremost Internet retailer, Amazon.com, and a future transportation network in which human couriers work alongside an array of automated vehicles to bring goods directly to consumers.
 

 

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You asked so many good questions about ELDs, we had to make a second video.  

In this Web Extra, Technology Editor Seth Clevenger gives you the rest of the story. He gives you insight into specific sector requirements and a bit more about what the rule will mean for those leasing trucks.  If you didn't get the answer to your question during our program, you will want to click here.

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Incentives to offset higher equipment and infrastructure costs.
 
The biggest remaining impediments for natural gas acceptance in trucking (i.e., what is holding up fleets from making the big dive)?

 

 

 

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Chris Spear

President & CEO, American Trucking Associations

Bob Costello manages ATA's collection, analysis and dissemination of all of the trucking economic information. He's an analyzer, an investigator, an explainer. He has also deeply analyzed the driver shortage issue.

T. Boone Pickens

Investment Fund Operator, BP Capital

Garcia is an America's Road Team Captain. He has been a professional truck driver for 37 years, accumulating 3.5 million accident-free miles and earning 17 New Mexico Truck Driving Championships. 

McGuire has been a part of the executive team since the company was founded in 2002. He is responsible for all sales and customer service functions. 

Don Daseke

President & CEO, Daseke, Inc.

Baleka is the founder of Fitness Trucking, LLC and serves as the Driver Health and Fitness Coach at Prime Inc. A graduate of Yale, he competes in triathlons and masters swimming competitions. 

Frederick W. Smith

Chairman, President, & CEO, FedEx Corp.

Ms. Hydock currently oversees the development and management of physical qualification standards for commercial driver's license (CDL) holders as well as related regulatory activities. 

Mark Godlewski

President, Natural Gas Vehicles for America

Garcia is an America's Road Team Captain. He has been a professional truck driver for 37 years, accumulating 3.5 million accident-free miles and earning 17 New Mexico Truck Driving Championships. 

Episode 23:

Transporting the Nation's Freight Bill on a Natural Gas Diet

Significant advancements have been made in recent years that have improved reliability, lowered implementation and operating costs, and increased efficiencies for natural gas, making it a dominant alternative transportation fuel for America’s fleets. 
 
On September 19, we addressed those advancements in a special Transport Topics LiveOnWeb presented by American Trucking Associations and Securing America’s Future Energy, featuring some of the biggest names in the industry: T. Boone Pickens, business magnate and financier, Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp., and Matt Godlewski, president of Natural Gas Vehicles for America. This program was hosted by ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. 
 

 

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