Week in Trucking: Orders improving, using GPS in a time of need, and training new workers

 For three consecutive months, new truck orders have increased. ( Photo: Volvo Trucks )
For three consecutive months, new truck orders have increased. ( Photo: Volvo Trucks )

This week in the Week in Trucking, we look at improving truck orders and optimism among carriers, why consumer GPS devices don’t work in trucking, GE’s approaching to training workers and how one carrier is finding success by offering its drivers video.

Truck orders humming along

For the third straight months, truck orders have increasing, according to FTR, indicating that positive vibes that continue to work through the industry. (CCJ)

Read: Truck orders up for three straight months, reflect ‘renewed optimism in the industry’

In times of need, ditch consumer GPS devices

When infrastructure or natural disasters affect travel, how does the commercial vehicle population get around? Well, if they are smart, it is not with consumer-grade GPS devices, but rather commercial products that provide dynamic routing. (Fleet Owner)

Read: When road disasters strike: Why commercial routing requires more

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.