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February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Perry: Trucking Conditions Still Good, but Clouds on Horizon

Perry predicted oil prices could go as low as $20 a barrel but will head back up.

FTR transportation expert Noel Perry told an audience at the AmericQuest Symposium that trucking currently is outperforming the broader economy, and there are both good and bad economic indicators at play.

Tags: Economy, FTR

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Controversial Rhode Island Truck Tolls Bill Signed Into Law

A map of preliminary tolling locations from the Rhode Island DOT.

Rhode Island’s governor signed into law a controversial measure that will impose tolls on commercial trucks traveling through the state — reportedly the only state with a truck-only tolling system.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Highway Funding, Bridges

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Strong Retail Sales Despite Lower Consumer Sentiment

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy posted broad-based gains in January, which could ease fears following earlier indications that overall activity was slowing. However, a separate report on inventories still raises concerns about a bumpy ride.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Confidence, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Lower Freight Index Numbers Mask Increased Expectations

The number of freight shipments and the dollars spent on freight declined again in January as part of a seasonal trend. However, that's not necessarily a sign of further weakening for the overall economy, according the latest Cass Freight Index report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

UPS Freight to Replace Retiring President

Holmes

UPS Freight President Jack Holmes has announced his retirement after working for the company for 37 years and will be succeeded by Mid-Atlantic District Manager Rich McArdle.

Tags: Leadership, People, UPS Freight

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Slowdown Could Hinder Driver Wage Increases

With the slowdown in late 2015, the majority of surveyed carriers felt that driver wages would increase 1-5%. Source: Transport Capital Partners

Driver wage increases may be limited by slowdown in freight in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to a carrier survey by Transport Capital Partners.

Tags: Survey, Freight, Transport Capital Partners, Driver Pay

February 11, 2016 - Product News

UltraShipTMS Upgrades Driver Payroll Features

UltraShipTMS has released an upgrade to the truck driver payroll portion of its transportation management system platform.

Tags: Shippers, TMS, Private Fleets, Driver Pay, UltraShip, Information Technology

February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan Details Non-XD Titan Pickup

Photo by Nissan.

Nissan will offer a redesigned half-ton Titan powered by a pair of gasoline engines that shares no chassis components with its bigger brother, the Titan XD.

Tags: Nissan, Chicago Auto Show, Nissan Titan, Large Pickups

February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Roadrunner Revamps LTL Network for Better Consistency

Roadrunner Transportation Systems announced it has improved its less-than-truckload freight network, including adding more capacity to its facilities and adding an optional premium service.

Tags: LTL, Roadrunner Transportation, Delivery Fleet

February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Gauging Trucking’s Digital Disruptors

Respondents to an industry survey expect the most likely disruptor of the freight transportation market over the next few years will be Big Data.

No fewer than five technology-based “disruptors” to freight transportation were identified in a recent survey of carrier/3PL/broker, shipper and trucking supplier executives conducted by Princeton Consulting.

Tags: Stifel Nicolaus, Big Data, Commercial Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Uberization, Information Technology, Future Trucks, Truck Platooning, Internet of Things

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Spot Freight Availability Declines, Canadian Market Bounces Back

UPDATED -- U.S. spot-market load availability fell 5.6% during the week ending Feb. 6, with the number of van and refrigerated loads dropping 17% and 12%, respectively, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, Cross-Border Trucking, Canada

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

NTSB: Trucker, Carrier, FMCSA at Fault in Fatal Truck Crash

Aftrmath of Jan. 27, 2014, truck crash near Naperville, Ill. Image via NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of a fatal truck crash two year ago was a trucker's fatigue – but it said a carrier's failure to adhere to HOS rules and “inadequate safety oversight by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration" contributed as well.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, NTSB, Fatigue

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Posts 2% Decline for Last Year

Freight Transportation Services Index, December 2010 - December 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire sector fell in both the final month of last year and all of 2015, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, For-hire Truck Tonnage, Freight Index, Freight Transportation Services Index

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Forward Air, Rush Enterprises

A record-setting fourth quarter for trucking company Forward Air Corp. has it looking forward to a banner 2016, while Rush Enterprises is cost-cutting to compensate for the low truck sales in the energy sector in 2015.

Tags: Economy, Equipment, Truck Sales, Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Forward Air, Fleet Earnings

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

Former Trucking CEO and Employees Sentenced for Fraud

The former CEO of USA Dry Van Logistics and two other former employees were handed prison sentences by a Texas federal court for conspiring to defraud GE Capital.

Tags: GE Capital, Crime & Fraud, Court Ruling, Fraud

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

Cummins Connected Diagnostics Now Available with Geotab

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The Cummins Connected Diagnostics application is now available to customers using Geotab's fleet management solution.

Tags: Cummins, Geotab, Diagnostics

February 8, 2016 - Industry News

XPO Sues YRC Freight for Poaching Executives

Image via XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics Freight is suing rival less-than-truckload carrier YRC Freight for allegedly hiring employees from the company in order to obtain important trade secrets.

Tags: Lawsuits, YRC Freight, XPO Logistics

February 7, 2016 - Industry News

Aviation Bill Harbors Pro-Trucking Reform

Language in a new House aviation bill aims to prevent states from enacting their own meal and rest break rules for CDL drivers. Image: Penske Logistics

Intended to keep states from preempting federal motor-carriage regulations, a proposal that that did not make it into the highway bill has resurfaced in reauthorization legislation for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Tags: Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, Driver Pay

February 5, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Saia Profit Declines 16%, Beats Estimates

Saia Inc. saw its fourth quarter profit decline to $11.4 million, or 45 cents per diluted share, from $13.6 million, or 53 cents per diluted share a year earlier, beating analysts' estimates.

Tags: LTL, Saia, Fleet Earnings

February 5, 2016 - Industry News

TCA Names Division Winners of National Fleet Safety Awards

Last year's Fleet Safety Award winners recieving their awards. Photo: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has selected the division winners for its National Fleet Safety Awards, which honor trucking companies that demonstrate a commitment to safety and accident reduction.

Tags: Driver Safety, TCA, National Fleet Safety Awards

February 5, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Volvo Earnings Improve

Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO Photo: Tommy Holl

The parent company to Volvo, Mack and other truck brands is back in the black, according to earnings reports released Friday, but it plans to cut U.S. production as it nears the end of a four-year cost cutting plan.

Tags: Economy, Volvo Trucks, Quarterly Earnings, Global

February 5, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Helps Unemployment Rate Move Lower

While some recent reports have raised questions about the health of the nation’s economy, the latest one shows unemployment has fallen to its lowest level in eight years.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

February 4, 2016 - Industry News

Peterbilt Hands Out Dealer of the Year Awards

Representatives from the Larson Group recieve their award at Peterbilt's Dealer Meeting. Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt handed out Dealer of the Year awards in several categories at its annual dealer meeting, held recently in San Diego.

Tags: Peterbilt, Awards, Dealers, Truck Dealers

February 4, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Hub Group, Roadrunner, ODFL, YRC Worldwide

Multi-modal freight transporter Hub Group Inc. has reported increases in fourth quarter 2015 and full year profits as revenue for both periods drifted lower for the Illinois-based operation.

Tags: Economy, Old Dominion Freight Line, Roadrunner Transportation, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight, Hub Group, Fleet Earnings

February 4, 2016 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Growth Strong Last Year

Photo: Intermodal Association of North America

Despite network congestion and economic headwinds, intermodal freight saw solid growth in 2015, but the level of freight was barely up in the final quarter, according to the Intermodal Association of North America.

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