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July 30, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Approves House’s 3-Month Highway Bill

The Senate passed its massive and contentious long-term highway bill and then approved the three-month extension of federal highway funding passed earlier by the House. The $8 billion patch, which runs out on October 29, has been sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Jumps in Second Quarter, First Quarter Revised Upward

The first reading on how well the American economy performed in the second quarter of the year shows it accelerated well ahead of the first quarter pace, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, GDP

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: ODFL Boosts Profit by Nearly 16%

The less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. (ODFL) reported on Thursday its second quarter profit increased 15.9% from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleet Earnings

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Short-Term Highway Extension

The House late Wednesday passed a short-term extension to keep federal highway funding going until October 29, right before members left on August recess, leaving the Senate to deal with before the looming Friday deadline.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund

July 29, 2015 - Product News

Aljex Offers Integration with 10-4 Systems

Aljex announced integration for its customers with the 10-4 Systems transportation marketplace, exchange and shipping resource .

Tags: Aljex Software, Integration, Load Board

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Saia, Heartland Express, Roadrunner, Con-way, Celadon

Five more trucking companies have reported quarterly earnings – but not all showed gains over a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Con-way Freight, Celadon Group, Roadrunner Transportation, Con-way Truckload, Heartland Express, Saia, Con-way Inc., Fleet Earnings

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

CRST Founder Dies at 91

Herald Smith Photo: CRST

CRST founder Herald “Smitty” Smith Jr. passed away on July 27 at his home in Door County, Wis., at the age of 91.

Tags: Obituary, People, CRST

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

13 Corporations Agree to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Photo courtesy of UPS.

Thirteen large corporations have signed the White House's American Business Act on Climate Pledge, with companies such as UPS, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo using "greener" fleets to help meet carbon footprint goals.

Tags: UPS, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, White House, President Obama, Emissions Reduction, Carbon Footprint, Alternative Fuels

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Continue Downward, Seasonal Trend

Seasonal trends continued to push spot market freight rates and availability lower for the week ending July 25, according to new figures released by DAT Solutions, the operator of the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

House, Senate to Move on Short-Term Highway Bill

It looks like Congress is going to kick the can down the road again when it comes to highway funding after what looked like a game of "chicken" in recent days.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Outlines Zonar Role in Aftermarket Strategy

DTNA's Friedrich Baumann: "Our goal is to elevate what we have already done" in the aftermarket. Photo: Daimler

A key element of DTNA’s aftermarket strategy is greater collaboration with Zonar Systems, the technology firm that it acquired a minority stake in late last month as part of a long-term strategic partnership.

Tags: Telematics, Zonar, Daimler Trucks North America

July 28, 2015 - Industry News

Roadrunner Acquires Stagecoach For Cross-Border Services

Roadrunner Transportation Systems has acquired Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution to help it expand its cross-border business into Mexico.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Roadrunner Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 28, 2015 - Industry News

TMAF Offers Trailer Wraps to Support Trucking

Examples of TMAF Decals. Courtesy of Trucking Moves America Forward

Trucking Moves America Forward is offering trailer wraps as a way to promote the industry image and education program.

Tags: Community Outreach, Trucking Moves America Forward, Vehicle Wraps, Image

July 28, 2015 - Industry News

Consumer Confidence Drops, Service Sector Rebounding

UPDATED -- Economic Watch: Consumers are not feeling quite as rosy about the U.S. economy, while a separate report shows a rebound in economic conditions for the U.S. services sector.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Non-Manufacturing

July 28, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Second Quarter Profit Skyrockets

Trucking and parcel delivery giant UPS reported a huge increase in its second quarter profit – 170% – despite a slight drop in revenue.

Tags: Economy, UPS, UPS Freight, Fleet Earnings

July 28, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Profit Increases 6%, Paccar Jumps 40%

Truck engine manufacturer Cummins increased both second quarter revenue and net income, while truck and engine maker Paccar reported record quarterly net income.

Tags: Economy, Cummins, Earnings, Paccar, Peterbilt, Kenworth

July 27, 2015 - Industry News

House Won't Consider Senate Highway Bill

Barbara Boxer: "if we have a bill, we're sending it."

UPDATED: An issue unrelated to transportation may keep the House from taking up the Senate's six-year highway bill. The clock is ticking as funds run out midnight Friday and the House is leaving for August recess.

Tags: Legislation, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

July 27, 2015 - Industry News

Swift Profit Jumps More Than 20%

Truckload giant Swift Transportation increased its second quarter profit by more than 20% from a year ago despite an overall downturn in revenue.

Tags: Economy, Swift Transportation, Fleet Earnings, Truckload

July 27, 2015 - Industry News

CCTA Renamed Western States Trucking Association

The California Construction Trucking Association has been renamed the Western States Trucking Association in a move to better represent its more diverse membership.

Tags: Associations, California Construction Trucking Association, California, Western States Trucking Association

July 27, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Forecasts Growth in Freight Volumes

The forecast predicts growth for intermodal.

Freight volumes are projected to grow nearly 29% over the next 11 years, according to a report released by American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Forecast, Intermodal, Freight

July 27, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Rebound, Still Down for 2015

New orders and shipments for manufactured durable goods rebounded in June following two straight monthly drops, while business investment also turned around, according to the Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing

July 26, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Highway Bill Dodges Potholes

Long weekend leads into a long week for highway bill on Capitol Hill Photo: David Cullen

As of late Sunday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had managed to steer the multi-year highway bill introduced last week beyond some legislative potholes that had threatened to slow the process of getting the measure to the House for consideration.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

July 24, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Plummet, Manufacturing Rebounds

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in the U.S. dropped 6.8% in June from the previous month but are still up 18% over last year.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales

July 24, 2015 - Industry News

Universal Truckload Services Profit Drops Slightly

The asset-light freight transportation and logistics provider Universal Truckload Services reported second quarter net income of $13.3 million, down just slightly from $13.6 million a year earlier.

Tags: Economy, Universal Truckload, Fleet Earnings

July 23, 2015 - Industry News

Contractor/Employee Debate Heating up at Ports

Some port drivers in Savannah believe they are "misclassified" as independent contractors. Photo via Justice for Port Truckers.

Are drivers who handle the drayage of intermodal containers into and out of the nation's ports employees or independent contractors? The controversy was visible this week at ports on both coasts.

Tags: Ports, Teamsters, Independent Contractors, Drayage

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