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February 21, 2018 - Industry News

Clean Energy, Harbor Trucking Association Partner for Cleaner-Burning Port Trucks

Clean Energy will provide specialized clean fuel programs for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, above, as the latest part of the Clean Air Action Plan is adopted. Photo via Dave Proffer/Wikimedia

As part of this partnership, Clean Energy will provide specialized clean fuel programs to HTA members and aid help company fleets and individual owner-operators write grants for funding of clean vehicles.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Procurement, Clean Energy Fuels, Alternative Fuels, Clean Air Action Plan, Drayage, Harbor Trucking Association, Ports

February 21, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing at 40-Month High, Existing Home Sales Slip Again

A preliminary report about the U.S. manufacturing sector for this month showed business conditions continue improving, hitting a 40-month high, while a separate one on existing home sales revealed a decline for the second straight month amid higher prices and a supply shortage.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Gross Domestic Product

February 20, 2018 - Industry News

Strong Economy Boosts Truck Tonnage Index 2% in January

The Truck Tonnage Index gained 2% in Jan. 2018. Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2% in January, reflecting strong economic conditions in a traditionally soft month.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

February 20, 2018 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates at or Near Record Highs

Measures of truckload line haul rates and intermodal rates showed continued increases in January, according to newly released figures from one freight payment processor.

February 16, 2018 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Extend Hot Streak Into 2018

January continued a three-month stretch of elevated trailer orders. Reefer orders were particularly strong.  Photo: Carrier Transicold

Trailer orders in January will likely breach 39,000 units once the final numbers are tallied, indicating a strong start to 2018.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, FTR, Capacity, Trailer Orders

February 16, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Lags, but Homes, E-Commerce, Consumer Sentiment Rise

Several recent economic indicators, with the exception of a measure of the total output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities production, have all moved higher. That indicates economic activity in the first month to month and a half of 2017 is still very much alive, despite recent concerns about the future following stock market gyrations.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, E-commerce, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment, Home Building

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Three Former Employees Found Guilty in Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial

Three of the four former Pilot Flying J sales employees on trial for their roles in a fuel-rebate scam that defrauded trucking companies of millions of dollars have been found guilty.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Fraud, Trial

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Load Posts, Capacity Hold Firm as Rates Continue Decline

Spot market truckload freight rates continued moving lower for the week ending Feb. 10, according to load board operator DAT Solutions, despite a slight increase in available freight and a drop in truck capacity.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 15, 2018 - Product News

Celadon Upgrades CelaTrac Freight Tracking Software

Celadon Group has released open beta testing to all users for its newly updated customer load-tracking platform CelaTrac.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Celadon Group, Asset Tracking

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Ryder Expands Cross-Border Network In Texas

New facility will handle thousands of shipments behalf of 19 customers within the auto, industrial, retail, and high-tech industries and will provide additional services and capacity opportunities to Ryder’s North American customers. Photo: Ryder

Ryder System has opened a new logistics facility in Laredo, Texas, primarily to support cross-border shipments between the U.S. and Mexico.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Texas, Ryder System

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

American Central Transport Driver Raise Includes Detention Pay

ACT contract drivers will be paid an additional 2 cents per mile and company drivers will receive a pay raise and be eligible for up to $500 in monthly bonuses. Photo via ACT

American Central Transport has announced that it is increasing both contractor and company driver pay this month as well as implementing a new bonus for company drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, American Central Transport

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Continues Setting New Records

Freight Transportation Services Index, December 2012 - December 2017. Credit: U.S. DOT

A gauge of the level of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry capped off 2017 by posting another new all-time monthly high, according to the Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight Index, Freight

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Prices Jump as Retail Sales Drop

Prices at the retail level jumped more than expected during January, raising concerns about rising inflation as well as interest rates, while a separate reported showed one of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy declined by the most in nearly a year.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Senate Confirms Martinez as FMCSA Administrator

New FMCSA chief Raymond Maretinez File photo

Raymond Martinez’s appointment as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was confirmed by a Senate voice vote late on Feb. 13.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. Senate

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

Trucking, Highway Groups Pan Trump Infrastructure Plan

Trucking and highway stakeholder groups are less than thrilled with devils in the details of the gargantuan Trump infrastructure plan. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Reaction by trucking and highway interest lobbies to the full reveal of President Trump’s gargantuan infrastructure plan essentially mirror views the groups expressed last month, when some of its contents were leaked and when the plan’s funding goal was ratcheted up in the State of the Union address.

Tags: ATA, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

FTR Finds Maxed-Out Capacity in Latest Trucking Conditions Index

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for December rebounded after a one-month lull in November to a strong 9.2 reading. Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index rebounded in December to a reading of 9.2, reflecting a full capacity environment with strong freight demand.

Tags: Productivity, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Market Truckload Rates Soar in January

Spot truckload rates for van, refrigerated, and flatbed freight set new records in January as capacity remained tight due to shipper demand and fallout from the electronic logging device mandate, according to load board operator DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Trump Infrastructure Funding Plan Faces Uphill Climb

Trump plan still sees limited role for federal spending to fix infrastructure. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Getting President Trump’s infrastructure plan through Congress may make the actual fixing of America’s crumbling highways (and the rest of its subpar infrastructure) a mere walk in the park, says HDT Executive Editor David Cullen in this news analysis.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Trimble Makes Key Leadership Appointments in Mobility Division

Thomas Fansler (left) has been named president of Transportation Mobility, Jim Rodi (center) was appointed general manager of global markets, and Bryan Coyne (right) was named general manager of Transportation Mobility North America. Photo: Trimble Transportation Mobility

Thomas Fansler has been named president of Transportation Mobility, Jim Rodi was appointed general manager of global markets, and Bryan Coyne was named general manager of Transportation Mobility North America.

Tags: Leadership, Fleet Management Software, Software, Trimble, People

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Amazon Moves to Launch Its Own Delivery Fleet

Recent moves by Amazon have led some industry observers to speculate the online retailer is poised to launch its own parcel delivery service soon. Photo: Amazon

Recent moves suggest Amazon, the online retail giant, is taking steps to establish its own air and land parcel delivery service.

Tags: UPS, USPS, Amazon.com, DHL Express, FedEx, Parcel Delivery Service, Amazon, E-commerce, Delivery Fleets

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Nikola COO Perry Joins Suddath's Logistics Division

Scott Perry has joined Suddath Global Logistics, leaving The Nikola Motor Company. Photo: Suddath Global Logistics

Scott Perry, longtime Ryder System exec, has been named the president of Global Logistics for the Suddath Companies, after serving as the chief operating officer of Nikola Motor for only a few months.

Tags: Leadership, Ryder System, People, Nikola Motor Company

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Heartland Express Annual Profit Swells to $75 Million

Trucking company Heartland Express Inc. on Monday reported higher profits for the final quarter of 2017 and for all of last year, but that was not enough to move its operating income higher.

Tags: Heartland Express, Fleet Earnings

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Old Dominion, Hub Group, Radiant Logistics Profits Move Higher

The fourth quarter 2017 earnings reporting season continued on Thursday with another three fleets – Old Dominion Freight Line, Hub Group, and Radiant Logistics – reporting increased profits, due not only to more business and better rates, but also to tax reform.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Intermodal, Hub Group, Radiant Logistics, Fleet Earnings

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

ELD Mandate: Exemptions, Uneven Enforcement Obscure Impact

Citations have increased for violations related to AOBRDs during ELD transition. Graph courtesy FTR.

It’s impossible to gauge the full impact of the electronic logging device mandate yet, between temporary exemptions and a phased-in enforcement period, and in fact we may not know the true effect on the industry until rates soften significantly, according to FTR analysts.

Tags: Regulations, FTR, Capacity, Freight Rates, ELD Mandate

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

C.R. England Launches Charitable Effort to Fight Childhood Hunger

The One initiative, is a charitable effort to provide 1 million meals annually to hungry children. Photo via One initiative

C.R. England and England Logistics have announced the launch of the One initiative, a charitable effort to provide 1 million meals annually to hungry children.

Tags: Charity, C.R. England, Donations

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