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A you ready for PC-11?

A new heavy-duty diesel engine oil standard is scheduled to be unleashed on the trucking industry at the end of next year. For as long as there have been automobiles there have been lubricants for them, but the game is starting to change like never before. CJ-4, today’s heavy-duty diesel engine oil standard first made available in ...

You can sell savings

Did you know you have products in your showroom or warehouse that can save your customers $9,000 per year? It’s true. According to the results of a recent study by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), fleets that actively spec’d their equipment with fuel efficient products in 2014 saved on average $9,000 per vehicle ...

Do you SmartWay?

Hey all - Do we have any suppliers out there who produce EPA SmartWay approved technologies? Or any distributors, service providers or dealers who sell their ...

When the truck becomes your customer

  There’s a very real chance in the not-too-distant-future that the way some of your customers look will change. They will get taller, wider and a lot heavier. E-commerce is an increasingly popular option because it allows the customer to order what they need at their convenience, but I think there’s ...

Semper Fi, Jack

Below are Bill's thoughts on the passing of his friend and aftermarket veteran Jack Creamer. Ronald Reagan once said, "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. Marines don't have that problem." The Great Man theory is a 19th-century idea according to which ...

The CSA conundrum

There’s a battle brewing in the fleet world around the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. Last September a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that called for the abolition of publicly visible fleet CSA scores. Proposed by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) — ...

Are We Missing the Point by Calling Every Group a Team?

The word 'team' has come to be used almost automatically for groups ranging from two to thousands of members. In some cases, the 'team members' may never meet each other, much less work together. It seems 'team' is being used to bestow the aura of performance and pride to ...

Don’t be in the silent majority

If I asked you to name the mayor of your hometown, could you do it? Sure. What about the town council? Most of them, right? Governor of your state? Easy. Legislators? Maybe. The further we get away from where we pick up our mail – and the further down the chain ...

An unlikely ally

I'm a big fan of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC). I attend TMC’s two meetings each year, and in addition to the fantastic content — there’s no other event in trucking that talks maintenance as thoroughly as TMC — one of my favorite parts of each ...

What your business can learn from Columbia House

When I was a kid, I was a member of a Compact Disc club. You know; the ones that sell you 10 CDs for a penny if you sign a contract. Selection was pretty limited but membership was a volume play. I’d get three CDs I really wanted, four ...

A you ready for PC-11?

Jason Cannon