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June 28, 2017 - Industry News

Independence Day to Bring Increased Traffic, Cargo Theft Risk

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

More Americans than ever will be traveling, and a security firm warns that holiday weekends are notorious risks for for manufacturers and logistics providers because of the high numbers of unattended shipments.

Tags: Risk Management, Traffic Congestion, Cargo Theft, Holiday Travel, Independence Day

June 28, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates, Demand for Trucks Remain High

The number of posted loads gained 2.5% while truck posts dipped 1.2% on the spot truckload market during the week ending June 24, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 27, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth, Peterbilt Dealers to Exhibit at North American Commercial Vehicle Show

Kenworth and Peterbilt dealers will represent the brands at the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show Sept. 25-28 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Tags: Kenworth, Peterbilt, Events, Dealers, NACV Show

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Slowing Factory Activity Leads to Growing Concerns

A preliminary report released Monday showed a drop in a key benchmark for future business spending, as total orders and shipments of durable goods were mixed, according to the Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing

June 23, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Trucking in Mexico Ripe for 3PLs

A wide-open road in Mexico. Photo:México Secretaria de Comunicación y Transportes

The trucking market in Mexico, despite its complexities, presents opportunities to third-party logistics providers, contends a new report released by market-research and consultancy firm Armstrong & Associates Inc.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, 3PL

June 23, 2017 - Product News

New Weather App for Truck Drivers Boasts Aviation-Style Forecasting

The new Weather Company Ground Transporation app also warns of  road conditions such as ice, snow, puddles or wet pavement. Photo: Weather Company

A new, trucking-focused app from the Weather Company provides accurate weather forecasts and real-time updates for 2.2-billion locations around the world every day, with vital data being refreshed every 15 minutes.

Tags: Weather, Safety, Route Planning, Weather Telematics

June 23, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Hits Nine-Month Low, Home Sales Rebound

A first look at the nation’s manufacturing sector this month shows conditions have hit a nine-month low, while home sales have roared back amid near-term expectations the overall economy will continue with a moderate expansion.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

June 23, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking’s Share of Cross-Border Freight Falls

The value of freight moved between the U.S and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico moved higher in April for the sixth straight month, but trucking's share fell, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Surface Trade

June 22, 2017 - Industry News

House Bill Aims For Dedicated Revenue Source for Freight Infrastructure

Photo: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House on June 22 would create a Freight Transportation Infrastructure Trust Fund, funded through a national 1% “waybill fee” on the transportation cost of goods.

Tags: FMCSA, Infrastructure, Freight, Infrastructure Funding

June 22, 2017 - Industry News

Everyday Heroes Truck Auctioned to J&L Transportation

The "Everyday Heroes" Kenworth T680. Photo: Kenworth

The “Everyday Heroes” Kenworth T680 was auctioned off for charity to Phoenix-based J&L Transportation, netting 89,000 for the Truckers Against Trafficking non-profit group.

Tags: Auction, Kenworth, Charity, Truckers Against Trafficking, Nonprofit

June 22, 2017 - Product News

PeopleNet Adds Continental TPMS Integration

Photo: Continental

PeopleNet has announced the integration of the ContiPressureCheck tire pressure monitoring system from Continental.

Tags: TPMS, Continental, PeopleNet, Integration

June 22, 2017 - Product News

DAT Offers AscendTMS for Free to Carrier Customers

Screenshot via DAT Solutions

DAT Solutions has announced that it has integrated its most popular carrier features into the AscendTMS for carriers and it will be offered to current and future DAT carrier customers for free.

Tags: Online Tool, TMS, Load Board, DAT Solutions

June 21, 2017 - Industry News

State of Logistics: Buffeted by Crosswinds

Photo: Penske Logistics

The latest annual State of Logistics Report paints the industry not quite as storm-tossed, but as “buffeted by crosswinds as the pace of change accelerates."

Tags: Penske Logistics, State of Logistics Report, A.T. Kearny

June 21, 2017 - Industry News

XPO LTL Drivers Rack Up 1 Billion Accident-Free Miles

The special commemorative awards given to each XPO 3MM distinguished driver. Photo: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has announced that its 12,575 less-than-truckload drivers have surpassed one billion miles with no preventable accidents since the company began tracking the statistic.

Tags: Accidents, LTL, Safe Driving, XPO Logistics

June 21, 2017 - Industry News

Seven Truck Fleets Sign on for Run on Less MPG Roadshow

Image via RunOnLess.com

Seven U.S. truck fleets— together accounting for nearly 11,000 tractors and 26,000 trailers-- have signed on to have one of their trucks and drivers participate in Run on Less, a new cross-country “roadshow” aimed at showcasing advancements in fuel efficiency.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE, Run on Less

June 21, 2017 - Product News

J.J. Keller Self-Certifies Mobile ELD Solution

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

J.J. Keller & Associations has announced that its Mobile ELog solution has been self-certified and added to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD registry.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

June 21, 2017 - Industry News

House Bill Would Repeal Heavy-Truck Federal Excise Tax

Photo: David Cullen

A new effort to ax the 12% federal excise tax on most heavy-duty trucks, tractors and trailers has been mounted on Capitol Hill by Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA).

Tags: ATD, Federal Excise Tax, U.S. House of Representatives

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

FTR: The Economics of 33' Trailers Only Benefit a Few Markets

Photo: Tom Berg

FTR released a new report detailing the economics of using twin 33-foot trailers, showing that only in specific cases would the extra capacity lead to a benefit. However, for those fleets, the increase would be worth it.

Tags: Trailers, LTL, FTR, Delivery Fleets, Double Trailers

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

FedEx Delivers Quarterly Profit of More Than $1 Billion

Parcel delivery and trucking company FedEx Corp. on Tuesday reported it turned its finances around dramatically in the most recent quarter as it also wrapped up its fiscal year.

Tags: FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Improvements

Truckload linehaul rates showed further stability in May, according to newly released figures, while a separate report shows intermodal rates continue to expand.

Tags: Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Improved Freight Demand Could Increase Equipment Purchases

Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index showed improving freight demand while ACT Research's For-Hire Trucking Index indicated that fleets were looking to buy new equipment.

Tags: Economy, ACT Research, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Port Strike Highlights Pay, Emissions Regulation Struggles

Picketers at XPO Logistics' port operations say port truck drivers should be classified as employees. Photo via Justice4PortDrivers Twitter

Southern California truck drivers and warehouse workers who serve the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach once again went on strike on June 19, protesting poor wages and labor practices.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Department of Labor, Ports, Strikes, Driver Pay, Owner-Operators, Independent Contractors

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Committee Tasked with Picking Rules to Cut

Image: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun to take specific action to comply with President Trump’s Executive Order 13771 requiring agencies relieve businesses of burdensome regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, President Trump

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Mediocre 2016 for U.S. 3PL Activity

Photo: Ryder

Third-party logistics in the U.S. experienced “a mediocre year” in 2016, according to a new report prepared by market-research and consultancy firm Armstrong & Associates Inc.

Tags: 3PL, Trends, Research

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing, Consumer Confidence Down as Industrial Production Stalls

Political uncertainty could be partially to blame for some less-than-stellar economic reports, with show housing starts dropping, consumer confidence slipping, and industrial production stalled.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Housing Starts, Consumer Sentiment

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