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Trucks Roll with Tom Wiers

Welcome to the Trucks Roll Podcast! Tom Wiers brings his 30 years of expertise to help provide insights to viewers and listeners on the commercial truck industry. Tom believes in developing long-term relationships with his employees and customers to create win-win outcomes. Under his leadership, Wiers has grown from a single service location to a growing network of service centers throughout the United States. Whether you're an owner, driver, mechanic, or some other integral part of the industry, this show aims to give you fantastic insights and more. Check us out at Wiers.com to see why Trucks Roll with Wiers!

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THE VALUE OF PARTNERSHIP – TRUCKS ROLL PODCAST – EP. 16
In this episode, Tom Wiers sits down with Jim Allen, the CEO of Karmak, to discuss the importance of partnerships and relationships in the heavy-duty trucking industry. Jim shares his insights on leadership, creating a positive company culture, and the value of building strong relationships with clients. They also delve into the future of technology in the industry, including the use of AI and machine learning to analyze data and improve efficiency. Jim highlights Karmak’s recent developments, such as the launch of a mobile service app, and how these innovations are helping their clients stay ahead in a competitive market. Key Takeaways: Building strong relationships with clients and partners is crucial in the heavy-duty trucking industry. Jim emphasizes the importance of treating clients as partners and creating lasting friendships based on trust and mutual respect. Karmak is focused on providing cutting-edge technology solutions to its clients. Jim discusses the potential of AI and machine learning in analyzing data and improving efficiency in the industry. Karmak’s recent launch of a mobile service app has been well-received by the industry. This app allows clients to access important information and services on the go, increasing productivity and reducing manual work. The heavy-duty trucking industry is experiencing consolidation, with larger dealer groups emerging. While this presents challenges in terms of conquest sales, Karmak is well-positioned to support companies through acquisitions and provide seamless integration of their ERP system. Jim emphasizes the value of partnerships and collaboration in driving innovation and growth. Karmak actively seeks input from its clients through advisory councils and values their expertise in shaping the future of the software. Notable Quotes: “I’m really big on leadership and how you treat people, how you create culture… And that creates influence too in what we do because we need to respond to the market.” – Jim Allen “We believe genuinely we have the better system because of how deep and wide it truly is… It’s flexible for that kind of thing. And you, our claim to fame was really the beginning of parts, inventory, and the margins. We manage it differently.” – Jim Allen “The more efficiencies we find for you, the more valuable we are. So we can charge for those services and it’s a good business plan.” – Jim Allen Resources: Karmak website Wiers website Save with a Wiers Fleet Partners Program
18:51 5/14/24
The Importance of Winterization
Is winterizing my truck really that important? Tom stops by the Wiers Indianapolis service center for a special episode talking with the service manager about winterization and how to keep your trucks on the road this winter. Listen in as they discuss the Wiers Winterization process and some real-life examples of why it's so important. In this episode you'll learn: - The importance of winterizing your commercial trucks. - The steps that Wiers takes to inspect your vehicles. - Recommendations on how often certain maintenance items should be performed. Schedule your winterization inspection and see how Wiers makes your #trucksroll at wiers.com.
14:30 10/18/22
Three Strategies to Improve Fleet Maintenance Costs
How can tracking data help me make better fleet decisions? In this episode of the Trucks Roll Podcast, Tom shares some real-life examples from the Wiers Partner Dashboard of how data can help improve fleet maintenance costs. In this episode, you'll learn the value of: Capturing & Tracking Data Things to think about when analyzing the data you've collected And how this data can help you make better decisions about your fleet. If you're looking for a way to better understand your fleet and the processes involved with a good maintenance plan, one of our staff would love to talk to you about how Wiers can help. Check out our fleet partnership plans page to find out more.
09:41 9/6/22
Understanding the Value of Maintenance Agreements
In this week's installment of the Trucks Roll Podcast, Tom shares some detail to help customers understand the value of maintenance agreements and how Wiers Fleet Partnership Plans work. In this episode you'll learn: Pros and cons of Maintenance Agreements How the pricing structure of a maintenance agreement works How Wiers Fleet Partnership Plans put the power in your hands. If you're interested in learning more about a Wiers Fleet Partnership Plan head over to wiers.com to find out how Wiers can help your trucks roll.
12:08 8/23/22
The Value of Mobile Serivce
In this week's episode, Tom talks to Brian about the day in the life of a mobile technician with Wiers. In this episode you'll learn: What it's like to be a mobile technician Understanding some of the misconceptions about being a mobile tech How your fleet can benefit from a trusted partner who offers mobile service Wiers is committed to keeping your trucks on the road with less hassle for your fleet. Find out what we're doing to help you keep your trucks rolling with a Fleet Partnership Plan from Wiers.
12:52 8/9/22
The Future of Preventative Maintenance - Part 3 with Kurt Dunn
In part 3 of our conversation with Kurt Dunn from Pitt Ohio, Tom and Kurt discuss the future of the diesel industry in the changing landscape of electric-powered and zero-emission vehicles. In this episode, you'll learn: How alternative-power and zero-emission vehicles are starting to show up in shops The importance of ongoing training for technicians What is the best way to learn about these types of vehicles. At Wiers, we're committed to learning and staying up-to-date with the ever-changing technology of the trucking industry. Find out what we're doing to help you keep your trucks on the road at https://www.wiers.com/fleet-partnership-plans/.
11:10 7/26/22
Understanding the Value of Preventative Maintenance, Part 2
This week on the Trucks Roll Podcast: Part 2 with Kurt Dunn of Pitt Ohio Join us for part 2 of our conversation with Kurt Dunn from Pitt Ohio about Understanding the Value of Preventative Maintenance. In this episode of the Trucks Roll Podcast, Kurt explains some of the uniqueness of his role at Pitt Ohio and the value that technicians play in a good PM program. In this episode, you'll learn: How Pitt Ohio trains their technicians The importance of a trusted outsourcing partner The philosophy that preventative maintenance is the tool to keep diesel equipment running Visit us at wiers.com today to learn more about our services and fleet partnership plans today!
11:03 7/12/22
Understanding the Value of Preventative Maintenance, Part 1
In part 1 of our interview with Kurt Dunn from Pitt Ohio, we discuss the value of preventative maintenance for the diesel truck industry. This episode will help you better understand some of the value of a good PM plan using data to help fleets make better decisions and have better uptime. We at Wiers are experts and can help you keep your vehicles on the road so you can keep your customers happy. What You’ll Learn A better understanding of who Pitt Ohio is and what they do. How Kurt's unique role at Pitt Ohio is helping their fleets optimize their performance. How managing your fleet with better information helps inform better decisions and keeps your trucks on the road. Visit us at wiers.com today to learn more about our services and fleet partnership plans today!
12:17 6/28/22
Under the Hood with Connected Technology - Brain Mulshine Interview - Part 2
The Future of Connected Vehicle Technology We continue our interview with Brian Mulshine from Navistar, as we discuss the future of connected vehicle technology for diesel trucks. In this episode, we'll hear about the future growth and value of connected technology. We'll also hear about Traton's purchase of Navistar/International and what that means to their fleets and their customers.
13:53 6/14/22
Under the Hood with Connected Technology - Brian Mulshine Interview
Part 1 - In part 1 of our interview with Brian Mulshine from Navistar, we discuss the benefits of connected technology for diesel trucks. This episode will help you better understand some of the value of connected technology. From telematics to real-time diagnosis, new developments in technology is making it easier to keep your trucks on the road, improving your uptime.
17:40 5/31/22
Solving the Diesel Technician Crisis: The Future
Where American Diesel Training Centers is Going In this quick epilogue to our interview series with Tim Spurlock, Tom and Tim discuss the future of American Diesel Training Centers. From increased capacity to how to reach out to Tim for training, quite a bit is covered in this short episode to close the book (for now) on a respected and appreciated guest. Looking to reach out to American Diesel? Head to https://www.americandieseltraining.com/ to get in touch! Thanks for listening! What You’ll Learn American Diesel Training Centers excel at preparing individuals for a high-paying career. Tim's leading the charge to help individuals develop skills that are desperately needed. ADTC trains folks from across the country to become diesel techs. Visit us at https://www.wiers.com/resources/blog/future-of-diesel-technician-recruitment-trucks-roll/ for more!
05:33 5/5/22
Recruiting to Solve the Diesel Tech Crisis
How American Diesel Training Centers are Helping Train a New Generation In part 2 of our interview with Tim Spurlock, we discuss the unique approach of American Diesel Training Centers when it comes to recruitment, training, and placement. Whether you're a business looking to find technicians, or an individual who may be considering a career as a diesel tech, this podcast will give you great insights into this amazing program that will empower a new generation of diesel technicians to find a lifetime of lucrative employment that makes a difference. What You’ll Learn American Diesel Training Centers prepares individuals for a lifetime of employment. The curriculum is designed specifically to prepare individuals to contribute immediately as diesel techs. This program often sees immediate return on investment for both employer and student. Visit us at Wiers.com to learn more!
27:45 4/13/22
Solving the Diesel Technician Crisis - Tim Spurlock Interview
Part 1: The Current Challenges of Hiring Diesel Mechanics In part one of our interview with Tim Spurlock of American Diesel Training Centers, we discuss the current lack of qualified diesel technicians. There are currently tens of thousands of open positions for diesel mechanics in America, but a lack of qualified candidates to fill them. How big is the issue, and what is Tim's approach to solving this problem? Check out part 1 to learn more! What You’ll Learn There are thousands of openings for techs across the country. Education opportunities for training mechanics can be difficult. American Diesel Training Centers has developed an accessible pathway to training. Check out https://www.wiers.com/resources/blog/solving-diesel-technician-crisis-trucks-roll/ for more!
11:39 4/1/22
Maintaining & Selecting the Right Service Partner
Should You Outsource Maintenance and Repair? Tom and Liz drop in to discuss the factors you should use to evaluate who you choose to care for your trucks. Whether you're a self-maintainer with a small staff of your own or on the search for a partner to help keep your trucks rolling, this episode will give you a great checklist of considerations for choosing your maintenance style! Wiers is committed to providing the best service to our clients! If you've got maintenance needs and are looking for help, get in touch today! Visit us at https://www.wiers.com/resources/blog/maintaining-selecting-the-right-service-partner-trucks-roll/ to learn more!
11:14 3/2/22
Super Powers of Preventative Maintenance
Taking Advantage of Preventative Maintenance to Keep on the Road Tom and Liz are back to discuss the value of preventative maintenance on commercial trucks! They discuss the need for preventative maintenance in the highly-regulated industry of commercial trucking, what's included in preventative maintenance, and more. After this episode, you'll understand how important maintenance is for your vehicle, and how easy it is to get the experts at Wiers to take a look at your vehicle! We at Wiers are experts in this field and can help you keep your vehicles on the road and earning. Visit us at wiers.com today to learn more about our services and how to schedule preventative maintenance today! What You’ll Learn Preventative maintenance helps you find problems early and get them fixed quickly. Scheduled repairs are far more cost-effective than unscheduled. Our experts can help keep you on the road! Check out https://www.wiers.com/resources/blog/super-powers-of-preventative-maintenance-trucks-roll/for more!
13:36 2/16/22
What's This All About?
Tom Wiers brings his 30 years of expertise to help provide insights to viewers and listeners about the commercial trucking industry in this first edition of Trucks Roll! Whether you're an owner, driver, mechanic, or some other part of the industry, this show aims to give you fantastic insights and more.  In this episode, Tom introduces himself and his company, including the history of Wiers as a family business with extensive experience in this industry that keeps America moving! https://www.wiers.com/resources/blog/whats-this-all-about-trucks-roll/
09:16 2/8/22