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Are you ready for 2025?

August’s Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference focused heavily on new technology entering the trucking industry. Telematics and prognostics led the discussion, but during one of the conference’s final sessions the discussion turned to autonomous trucks. Futuristic as the driverless truck may sound, Rich Glasmann, vice president, OEM strategy, sales and marketing at Omnitracs, says hands-free trucks aren’t ...

Planning is not Simply Multiplying the Past

The parts business is a collection of micro-bursts — regionally, vocationally, technologically. Volumes and profitability turn on a dime, with nothing to blame but the essential aftermarket cop-out: the weather. Business cycles appear as a chimera — often definable only in hindsight. Learn from history, sure. But wallow in it ...

Competition changes everything

Intense competition pushes everything to the outer limits of what we think is possible.  Most techs in the room know this competition is intense - ...

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 ...

Improving Supplier Relations Increases Profits

Results of a new study released show major automakers – in fact, most manufacturing companies – could significantly improve their profits simply by improving their supplier relations. According to the study, Chrysler, for instance, which went through a decade of turbulent ownership changes from 2000-2012 (that included the worst ...

Extracurricular activities

My high school guidance counselor was a big fan of extracurricular activities. She would constantly push students to get out of the classroom and try other things — sports, arts, student government, volunteer work. What we did was never as important as the fact that we actually did it, because ...

CSA and the technician

With three decades of experience in the heavy-duty maintenance industry, Tommy Davis is no stranger to CSA. The aftermarket veteran dealt with the program on a daily basis as vice president of service centers at AMBEST, Inc., and now shares his knowledge on the program and its impact on service ...

Getting crushed in the ripple effect

Have you ever seen the beginning of a tidal wave? Not the front-facing part; the part that levels everything in its path. The beginning. The genesis. It’s barely more than a ripple. That ripple builds momentum over time and eventually becomes one of nature’s most powerful forces. The trucking industry is ...

A VST May Be Worth As Much As an MBA

The Internet, mobile everything, sensors down to torque on key nuts and bolts, GPS, smartphones, electronic vehicle and driver tracking, social media, miniature electronics, instantaneous vehicle condition data transfers, RFID, remote diagnostics … these e-updates combine to fundamentally change the way trucks and fleets operate. Three recent CCJ stories ...

The rest of the stor(ies)

I cannot believe we’re in August. This year is flying by. With August’s print edition hitting the mail this week, it’s time for us to once again look at what’s coming up in Truck Parts & Service during the remainder of 2014. Most of the stories listed below were announced ...