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This 92,000-lb GVW oil tanker looked a little out of place in Napa, Calif., where we test drove it last summer.
QuickSpin: Freightliner 122SD 8x8 Extreme Heavy-Haul
By Jim Park
Freightliner can build its 122SD heavy-haul vocational chassis into any number of extreme configurations, but this oil-field hauler is one to be reckoned with. This truck lives for roads that would break your average highway hauler in half.
The Freightliner Inspiration Truck at it's Hoover Dam introduction. Photo: Stephane Babcock
Disruption is the Latest Technology Buzzword
By Jim Beach
The key disrupter in recent years has been the Internet, which has changed the way a number of industries operate. In trucking, e-commerce has profoundly affected trucking operations, especially those that serve retailers.
Sheryl Connelly, the in-house futurist at Ford and one of the Fleet Technology Expo's Keynote speakers. Photo courtesy of Ford.
Q&A: Ford's Resident Futurist, Sheryl Connelly
By Steven Martinez
Sheryl Connelly is Ford's in-house futurist tasked with identifying global trends for the manufacturer. She is the closing keynote speaker at this year's Fleet Technology Expo.
Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor
Commentary: Moving Toward the Autonomous Truck
By Rolf Lockwood
I wasn’t alone in assuming we'd see an autonomous truck on German or Dutch or maybe Swedish roads long before we saw it here but Nevada and Daimler surprised us all.
Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief
Commentary: The Reality of Autonomous Trucks
By Deborah Lockridge
If autonomous Trucks aren't driverless, what, then, are the potential benefits? Think of it as cruise control on steroids.

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ATA Names Supply Chain Security and Operations VP
American Trucking Associations promoted Boyd Stephenson to vice president of supply chain security and operations.
Photo courtesy of Daseke
Bulldog Hiway Express Brought Into Daseke Family of Carriers
Bulldog Hiway Express, the company of past American Trucking Associations Chairman Phil Byrd, is merging with the Daseke family of flatbed, open-deck and specialty carriers.
Unemployment Lowest in 7 Years, Manufacturing Eases
By Evan Lockridge
Economic Watch: The nation’s unemployment rate fell 0.2 of a percent point in June to 5.3%, its lowest rate since April 2008, while 7,400 jobs were added in the for-hire trucking sector.
McKILLIPS
How to Engage Leadership to Support Fleet Safety Programs
In general session during the upcoming Fleet Safety Conference, Joseph McKillips, CSP, manager, Commercial Program Support, Global Environment, Health, Safety & Energy for Abbot, will outline how fleets can get senior management to support a fleet safety program.
Spot Freight Rates Ease Slightly Despite Increased Cargo
By Evan Lockridge
Increased freight availability and falling truckload capacity was not enough to keep freight rates on the spot market from falling slightly for the week ending June 27, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.
Economic Watch: Jobs Growing, Manufacturing Expanding
By Evan Lockridge
Private sector employment in June saw its biggest month-over-month improvement since December, the third month-over-month jump in a row.
Credit: Kuehne and Nagel Group
Kuehne Nagel Purchases 3PL Provider ReTrans
By Evan Lockridge
Memphis, Tenn.-based third party logistics provider ReTrans Inc. is being purchased by the Kuehne Nagel Group, the latest in a series of moves by companies extending their reach into trans-Atlantic freight.
Photo: Deborah Lockridge
Sysco Ends Merger Agreement With US Foods
Sysco has terminated its merger with US Foods after the Federal Trade Commission’s request for preliminary injunction to block the deal was granted.
File photo of GE Capital Fleet's Vehicle Innovation Center in Eden Prairie, Minn.
Element to Acquire GE Capital's Fleet Business
Toronto-based Element Financial Corp. has entered an agreement with General Electric to acquire GE Capital's fleet business in the U.S., Mexico, Australia and New Zealand for $6.9 billion.
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Senate Advances Pro-Trucking Measures
By David Cullen
Before heading out the door on June 26 for an 11-day Congressional recess, the Republican majority in the Senate flexed its political muscle to move forward an array of legislative efforts widely favored if not outright lobbied for by trucking stakeholders.

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Real Time Freight Now Integrates with QuickBooks Real Time Freight has added platform integration with QuickBooks accounting software to its cloud-based transportation management system.
Routist Calculates Routes for Drivers in the Field Fleetmatics introduced the Fleetmatics Routist service providing an intelligent routing solution for fleets in the field.
DOT Direct Screens Applications Online for Fleets First Advantage Fleet Solutions is offering an integrated online employment application and screening product designed for private and for-hire fleets called DOT Direct.
Navman’s Drive Apps Streamline Driver Workflow Navman Wireless released the Drive suite of applications combining fleet management, communication, navigation, dispatching, and documentation systems into a single interface.
Peterbilt’s SmartLinq Shows Fleet Health in Real-Time Peterbilt’s SmartLinq remote diagnostics system provides customers with real-time fleet health information to alert fleet managers to vehicle problems and help them manage service.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Transportation Operations Needs. Today and Tomorrow.
This report explores how a combination of mobile technology implementations for mobile workers, and process re-engineering efforts can elevate operations to the next level. It also highlights how a lack of adoption can hold T&L operations back, preventing them from capitalizing on significant cost-savings.
Reman Parts Gaining More Favor with Truck Operators
Remanufactured components are a smart price-point alternative for fleets of all sizes and vehicles of all ages given the current market economic conditions. Meritor examines this trend in a whitepaper.
Traffic Violations are on the Rise: How Fleets Can Prepare
Fuel, insurance, preventive maintenance and repairs are generally accepted as standard operating costs for fleets. What about vehicle-issued violations, such as parking, toll and photo enforcement tickets?

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