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January 18, 2018 - Industry News

How 3 SmartWay Excellence Honorees Cut Their Carbon Footprint

The expanded use of CNG-powered trucks has helped Pitt Ohio reduce both its carbon footprint and fuel costs. Photo: Mack Trucks

Three recipients of SmartWay's 2017 Excellence Award detail their best practices for increasing fuel efficiency and reducing carbon footprints, from intermodal to alternative fuels.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, SmartWay, EPA SmartWay, Fuel Economy, CNG, Kimberly-Clark, Intermodal, Pitt Ohio, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 17, 2018 - Product News

Help Inc. Adds Seven PrePass Sites in North Carolina

Photo: Help Inc.

Help Inc. announced seven new operational weigh station bypass locations in North Carolina, increasing the number of stations available to PrePass users traveling in the state.

Tags: Weigh Stations, Help Inc., PrePass, Weigh-Station Bypass, North Carolina

January 17, 2018 - Press Release

LeasePlan USA Names Truck Sales VP

Morris.

LeasePlan USA has today announced the appointment of Naeem Morris to its Truck and Equipment Division. In his role of truck sales vice president, Morris will be responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the LeasePlan truck division in the Midwest.

Tags: LeasePlan, New Hire

January 17, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Posts Biggest Annual Gain in 7 Years

A surge in industrial production for December exceeded expectations, but the strength was largely a function of a weather-related utilities spike. A separate report showed a lot of optimism remains when it comes to the market for newly built homes.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Housing, Manufacturing

January 16, 2018 - Industry News

Daseke Appoints CFO Company President

Chief financial officer Scott Wheeler, at right, became Daseke's new president, assuming the role from company founder Don Daseke, (at left). Wheeler will remain as Daseke's CFO while Daseke continues serving as company CEO and chairman. Kye Lee photo, courtesy of Daseke

Daseke has named Scott Wheeler president of the large network of open deck fleets. He assumes the role from founder Don Daseke, who stays on as CEO and chairman.

Tags: Leadership, People, Daseke Inc.

January 16, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Rates Decline Slightly as Truckload Capacity Returns

National average spot truckload rates declined as the number of available trucks jumped 52% during the week ending Jan. 13, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, however van, refrigerated, and flatbed freight rates remain higher than at any point in 2017.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 12, 2018 - Industry News

Penske Logistics Joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance

The Blockchain in Transport Alliance is dedicated to setting standards for blockchain applications developed for transportation.

Penske Logistics has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance, a group dedicated to setting standards for blockchain technology applications developed for transportation.

Tags: Information Technology, Penske Logistics, Big Data, Lobbying, Blockchain, Blockchain in Transport Alliance

January 12, 2018 - Industry News

FCA Relocating Ram Heavy Duty Truck Production to U.S.

Photo of the Ram 3500 Laramie courtesy of FCA.

FCA is relocating production of its next-generation Ram Heavy Duty truck from a production location in Mexico to an assembly plant in Michigan, a facility that the automaker is investing more than $1 billion in to modernize as well as add 2,500 new jobs.

Tags: Ram 2500, Ram 3500, Ram 4500, FCA, Assembly Plants

January 12, 2018 - Industry News

FTR: Tight Capacity, Rate Increases Projected to Continue

FTR's Market Demand Index hit a record high the first week of 2018.

Truckload capacity will remain tight and rates high, but both may moderate somewhat as market forces come into play, according to FTR analysts. The ELD mandate is still a wild card, with the economy and tax reform playing a part as well.

Tags: FTR, Freight Rates, Freight Capacity

January 12, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Annual Retail Sales Best in 3 Years, Inflation Threat Eases

Retail sales ended 2017 on a high note, while price inflation at both the retail and wholesale levels are of so little threat to the economy, some analysts are wondering if they will keep a lid on planned interest rate hikes.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Prices, Producer Prices

January 11, 2018 - Industry News

New Conference Puts Focus on Freight Technology

FreightWaves is launching its inaugural Transparency18 conference, focusing on freight technology and the economy. The conference is set to take place from May 22-23 in Atlanta, Ga.

Tags: Conference, Economy, Technology, Freight, Industry Events

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Gautreaux Sees Innovation Driving Safety Forward

FMCSA Deputy Administrator Cathy Gautreaux tells TRB audience in Washington DC that the agency will keep seeking to reduce regulations without negatively impacting safety. Photo: David Cullen

At the start of her first full year helping to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Deputy Administrator Cathy Gautreaux praised the agency for its recent accomplishments and laid out its priorities going forward.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD Mandate, TRB, Highway Safety, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

Three Major Players in Canadian Transportation Announce Alliance

QSL, Groupe Robert, and Express Mondor have signed an agreement to create a heavy-hauling and oversized transportation consortium called Mondor-Watson.

Tags: Canada, Mergers & Acquisitions, Cargo

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

TMAF Campaign to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking

Trucking Moves America Forward has launched an online awareness and educational campaign to highlight the trucking industry’s unique position to help stop human trafficking.

Tags: Human Trafficking, Truckers Against Trafficking, Trucking Moves America Forward, Awareness Campaign

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Hits Another Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, November 2012 - November 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved by the U.S. for-hire transportation industry hit a second consecutive all-time high in November, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

Todd Tranausky Joins FTR as Senior Transportation Analyst

Todd Tranausky Photo: FTR

FTR has named Todd Tranausky Senior Transportation Analyst, responsible for content in FTR’s rail and intermodal services, as well as developing additional analysis and commentary to support those market segments.

Tags: People, FTR, Market Analysis

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Surge to Start New Year

Amid extreme weather and tight capacity, national average spot truckload rates saw double-digit increases during the week ending Jan. 6, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Truck Technology Takes the Stage at the Consumer Electronics Show

Paccar's Innovation Booth at CES. Photo: Peterbilt

For the first time, truck manufacturers are showing off their latest technological advancements at one of the most influential technology shows on the planet in Las Vegas this week.

Tags: Toyota, Kenworth, Paccar, Information Technology, Peterbilt, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Future Trucks

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Seeks Distinguished Woman in Logistics Nominations

Women In Trucking Association and Truckstop.com are seeking nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award, recognizing the achievements and leadership of outstanding individuals in logistics in North America.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking, Logistics

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Help Inc. Partners With Oregon DOT on PrePass Compatibility

Photo courtesy of Help Inc.

A deal reached reached between Oregon Department of Transportation and Help Inc., has enabled PrePass transponders to be be used at 21 weigh station facilities throughout the state.

Tags: Oregon, Weigh Stations, Help Inc., PrePass

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Expected to Jump Less This Year

U.S. crude oil production is projected to hit record highs, but that won't stop diesel prices from rising. Photo: ConocoPhillips

The outlook for national average on-highway diesel prices is for them to be higher this year and in 2019 than they were last year and in 2016, but they should at least be fairly stable during this time, according to the latest Short Term Energy Outlook from the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Economy, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy, Crude Oil Prices

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Trump Signs Bills to Help Veterans Become Drivers, Curb Human Trafficking

A new law will make it easier for military vets to transition to civilian trucking jobs. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

President Donald Trump signed into law two bills that affect the trucking industry – the Jobs for Our Heroes Act, which helps veterans attain commercial drivers licenses, and the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act, which bans drivers who are involved in human trafficking from driving professionally for life.

Tags: Legislation, CDL, Veterans, Human Trafficking, Truckers Against Trafficking, Hiring Veterans, Medical Examiners, Donald Trump

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

CVSA’s Cordova Joins Zonar Compliance Team

Ron Cordova Photo: Zonar

Fleet management technology company Zonar has announced that Ron Cordova, former law enforcement officer and Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance president, would be joining its compliance team.

Tags: Leadership, Compliance, Zonar, People, CVSA, ELDs

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

OOIDA’s Jim Johnston Dies at 78

Jim Johnston Photo: OOIDA

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has announced that Jim Johnston, its long serving leader, has passed away at the age of 78 after more than a year-long battle with lung cancer.

Tags: Leadership, Obituary, OOIDA, People, Owner Operators, Associations

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Los Angeles Sues 3 Port Companies for Driver Misclassification

Los Angeles City Hall Photo: City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles filed lawsuits against three port trucking companies, alleging that each avoided paying drivers proper wages and benefits by intentionally misclassifying hundreds of truckers as independent contractors.

Tags: Drivers, Ports, Driver Pay, Port Trucking, Employment, Independent Contractors, Wages

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