Mercedes wants your next Amazon delivery to arrive in an electric eSprinter van

Driving a battery-powered commercial panel van may not sound exciting to you—but to Mercedes-Benz and the likes of Amazon and UPS, it promises to be a bellwether moment. As the Mercedes engineer driving me for a short stint in the prototype eSprinter suggests, there’s very little difference between this box van and the gas- and … Read more

How self-driving cars got stuck in the slow lane | Self-driving cars

“I would be shocked if we do not achieve full self-driving safer than a human this year,” said Tesla chief executive, Elon Musk, in January. For anyone who follows Musk’s commentary, this might sound familiar. In 2020, he promised autonomous cars the same year, saying: “There are no fundamental challenges.” In 2019, he promised Teslas … Read more

4 Ways to Improve Driver Happiness – And Why it Matters

With low unemployment rates and a tight labor market, companies face mounting challenges to find and retain good drivers. Unlike industries where work is conducted from a desk or behind a counter, any position that requires driving is difficult to fill. Hiring managers have to ensure that the worker is not only reliable at performing their primary task — such as delivering packages or going on sales calls — but also has to make certain they are safe and skilled behind the wheel.

Providing expert training teaches drivers what they need to maneuver safely on the road, but it takes more than that to retain great drivers and employees. Company culture plays an important role in employee retention.

The challenge of driver retention is most widely noted in the trucking industry, where driver turnover continues to affect operations and lead to changes like increased pay, benefits and bonuses. Even so, companies continue struggling with retention and are looking for ways to not only get good drivers in the door, but make them stay.

One way to improve retention while at the same time boosting morale and employee loyalty is a simple but effective benefit that most, if not all, workers are looking for: Happiness.

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