President Trump’s policy ‘to-do’ list

By Robert Dieli, RDLB, Inc., in-house economist at MacKay & Company With the installation of every new administration, thoughts immediately turn to what they might do and when they might do it. From what we have seen so far, it appears that the transition team came to Washington with more of a “to-do” list than a policy agenda. And so, the first question has become what parts of ...

A preemptive approach to after treatment

March 20, 2017

I’m always stunned by how much after treatment service costs. The numbers are truly astounding. Back in January when the topic came up at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue, Lee Long with Southeastern Freight Lines confessed that his fleet “spent $1 million just on alone” in 2016. Swift’s Gloria Pliler didn’t report any numbers, but speaking on behalf of one of the most proactive maintenance fleets ...

Lean Works for small distributors and even branches

March 14, 2017

Lean manufacturing (originally developed in Japan) has helped factories throughout the world reduce inventories, lower labor costs and increase overall efficiencies. The same concepts embraced by lean manufacturing practitioners can help even smaller distributors achieve the goal of effective inventory management. Effective inventory management allows a heavy-duty distributor to meet or exceed customers' expectations of product availability by managing the amount of each item to maximize net ...

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