Articles by Jason Cannon

Jason Cannon serves as the Online Managing Editor for Truck Parts and Service and its sister site, Successful Dealer. Reach him at jasoncannon@randallreilly.com.

Jason Cannon has posted 1156 Articles for Truck Parts & Service

Tech demand outpacing schools’ ability to supply them

Growing up, there was little doubt Jeremy Dones would join the military. What might come after was anybody’s guess. “I always liked trucks,” he says. “It was kind of a family thing; always working on stuff and fixing things.” After a four-year tour of duty with the U.S. Marine ...

The changing face of tech candidates

A bright spot in the technician shortage is that more and more job seekers are realizing that becoming a diesel technician offers a stable career with good pay. No longer are admission offices filled only with fresh-faced high school graduates looking to enter the working world. An increasing number of ...

Trade schools struggle to keep up with demand

With the technician shortage making competition for graduates fierce, educators are left struggling to fill the need. “If I had twice as many graduates, I have no doubt that I can put them all to work,” says Jerry Clemons of the program he runs at Elizabethtown (Ky.) Community and ...

How would you categorize the state of your business 10 months into 2014?

Karmak sets goals to expand Fusion platform

The books haven't yet closed on 2014 but Karmak, a provider of business management solutions for the commercial transportation industry, is already looking forward to 2015. At the company's annual Leadership & Technology conference, held this week in St. Louis, Adam Madsen, director of product management, says the company is already ...

TMC tech discussion looks at tire wear

Eighty percent of all tire related issues stem from air pressure Windel Brumfield, national account manager for Tire Centers, Inc., told a technician panel at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of American Trucking Associations Fall Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Wednesday. Brumfield's session covered some of the most common ...

Lean operations bring customers value

Lean operations solve problems that deliver value to their customers according to Rajan Kamath, president of Artesiaa Consulting. Kamath - leading a discussion at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of American Trucking Associations Fall Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Tuesday titled "Lean Principals: The Application of Structured Problem Solving ...

TMC task force seeks RP to calculate ROI on aero devices

Television has told us you can save 15 percent on your car insurance in 15 minutes. Fritz Marinko, vice president of special accounts for ATDynamics, says you can calculate the return on investment (ROI) on the aerodynamic devices in your fleet even faster. Marinko, speaking at the Technology & Maintenance ...

Update to TMC RP looks at driver’s impact on fuel economy

A Recommended Practice (RP) update under consideration by the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of American Trucking Associations is looking at the driver's impact on fuel economy. Task force chairman Gary Strausbaugh, vice president of transportation at Mennel Milling Co., shared comments at the TMC Fall meeting Monday morning ...

Predicting the changing truck market

The trucking landscape is changing. I know what you’re thinking; “Again?!” Change is constant, but in an industry like trucking — one that is regulated in practically every capacity — change is inevitable. In 2013, 2.7 million medium- and heavy-duty trucks were sold globally. By 2022, that number is expected to ...