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If you are a typical trucking company, you have one female driver for every 19 males. This is the national average (around five percent). There are some carriers who enjoy a much higher female driver pool. What are they doing differently?
First, they have a culture that values and appreciates women. Years ago you could walk into a terminal and see more women in the mechanics’ calendars than you did in trucks. There were only men’s restrooms and showers and the few female drivers who entered the lounge were teased mercilessly.
Last week I was at the Great America Truck Show in Dallas, TX. I moderated a session at the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference talking about how technology can influence driver behavior to achieve better fuel economy and safer operation. The conclusion is that technology can be transformative and significantly improve operations. Nussbaum Transportation outlined how they have improved fuel economy 25% in just over 3 years. They are now achieving an average of 8.81 miles per gallon on their latest vehicles. Earlier this year, at the Technology and Maintenance
We've all watched the commercials and seen the news, distracted driving is a serious problem today in the US. There are almost as many smartphone users as there are people, and that doesn't even include tablets. It's no wonder we are finding ourselves at the crossroads of value and danger. When does availability of power and convenience come with too much risk?
I am intrigued by some new technologies for refrigerated trailers. Everyone wants to reduce fuel. Much of what I have done in the past, and do today, is focused on the tractor. However, the fuel used in refrigerated trailers can be saved, which also reduces greenhouse gas. In addition to the typical reefer technology using a diesel engine, I have now seen four other alternatives.
We work with middle-market business owners every day and almost every owner we talk to asks this question, “How much is my company worth?”
Some believe they know what their company is worth, because they have paid to have a valuation done. Others have “heard” that a company similar to theirs sold for “X.” Therefore theirs should be worth at least “2X.” Still others have done their own evaluation and firmly believe they know exactly what their company is worth.