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September 1, 2015 - Industry News

Werner Grooming Derek Leathers for Larger Role

Derek Leathers in a panel discussion at the Truckload Carriers Conference in 2013. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Werner Enterprises announced it will groom President and Chief Operating Office Derek Leathers for an even larger role in the company, setting the stage for a non-family member to potentially take the helm for the first time since it was founded by C.L. Werner in 1956.

August 28, 2015 - Industry News

GMC Sierra HD Adds Steering Assist, Gooseneck Trailering

Photo of GMC Sierra HD AllTerrain crew cab courtesy of GM.

The GMC Sierra HD pickup will add several features for 2016, including active steering assist and a new gooseneck trailering package, according to General Motors.

Tags: Towing, GMC Sierra, GMC, 2016-MY

August 28, 2015 - Industry News

Southern California Ports to Adopt Appointment System

Photo: PierPass

To reduce truck congestion, a cargo appointment system will be adopted by 10 terminals operating out of the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Congestion, Port Trucking

August 28, 2015 - Industry News

TCA President Steps Down

Brad Bentley resigned from his position of president of the TCA. Photo: TCA

Truckload Carriers Association president Brad Bentley resigned from his position, citing family obligations, the association announced.

Tags: Leadership, People, TCA

August 28, 2015 - Industry News

Mack Latest OE to Pull Out of Mid-America Trucking Show

Photo by Evan Lockridge

UPDATED — Mack Trucks is joining Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar and Volvo Trucks in deciding not to exhibit at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., next March.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Events, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

August 27, 2015 - Industry News

Steve Keppler Departing CVSA for IANA

Steve Keppler

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that Stephen A. Keppler, its executive director since 2009, is leaving CVSA after 15 years to accept the position position of senior vice president with the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: CVSA

August 27, 2015 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Value Falls During June

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: June 2014 - 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT.

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North America Free Trade Agreement partners fell in June, according to a new Transportation Department report, totaling $99 billion, as all modes except truck carried less freight.

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

August 27, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Growth Accelerates in Second Quarter

The U.S. economy grew by leaps and bounds in the second quarter of the year compared to the first quarter, according to a new government estimate released Thursday, which should ease investors fears in the wake of a global stock market sell-off.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Gross Domestic Product

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

Heavy-Duty Fleet Technology Expo Awards Announced

Photo by Kareem Girgis

Many fleets were honored but only six took the top honors of the HDT Efficiency and Sustainability awards at the 2015 Fleet Technology Expo at an Aug. 26 ceremony.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Awards, Idle Reduction, Fleet Technology Expo

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Stable, Available Loads Drop

Spot truckload rates, including fuel surcharges, remained nearly unchanged over the past week as overall load availability fell 5.5% during the week ending Aug. 22, according to DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Appoints Dealer Liaison

East Manufacturing has named Tom Welch as its dealer liaison, a newly created position responsible for dealer network growth, improvement and support activities.

Tags: Leadership, Dealers, People, East Manufacturing

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Capital Goods Orders Shine in Manufacturing Report

Shipments and new orders of manufactured durable goods, including a key economic indicator inside this sector, posted impressive gains in July, according to a new Commerce Department report, but it’s hardly a long-term trend.

August 25, 2015 - Product News

PeopleNet Introduces ConnectedFleet Platform

PeopleNet has introduced the ConnectedFleet Platform which integrates software and mobile technologies with real-time predictive analytics to form a comprehensive fleet mobility solution.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, PeopleNet, Connected Vehicle Technology

August 25, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Latest Readings Don’t Merit Wall Street's Panic

The underlying fundamentals of the U.S. economy are better than, or at least nowhere near as bad as, the panic that set into Wall Street starting late last week and extended into Monday, according to several newly released reports.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Non-Manufacturing, Leading Economic Indicators

August 25, 2015 - Industry News

USPS to Rent Cargo Vans to Fill Delivery Gaps

Photo by Paul Clinton.

The U.S. Postal Service has asked companies to submit proposals for a rental contract for cargo vans to "fill in for vehicles out of service," according to a solicitation posted to FedBizOpps.gov.

Tags: Cargo Vans, USPS, Delivery Fleets, Full-Size Vans

August 24, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar Financial President Given Additional Responsibilities

Navistar Financial Corporation president Bill McMenamin will add responsibilities as senior vice president and treasurer of the company, replacing Jim Moran in those roles.

Tags: Leadership, People, Navistar Financial Corporation

August 24, 2015 - Industry News

Portland Con-way Freight Employees Vote Against Union

Employees at Con-way Freight’s Portland, Ore., maintenance facility voted to reject representation by the Teamsters Union.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Teamsters, Labor Unions

August 24, 2015 - Industry News

Element Names Webb President of Fleet Management Unit

Webb (left) and Halliday

Element Financial Corp. has tapped the leader of the recently acquired GE Capital fleet unit as president and chief executive for its U.S. fleet management company and will shift the existing president to its Toronto-based operation.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, C-Suite, Element Financial, Element Fleet Management

August 20, 2015 - Industry News

Bendix Provides Tech and Training for Haitian Hospital

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is purchasing $10,000 worth of new computers and sending training staff for the St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Port-au Prince, Haiti.

Tags: Charity, Haiti, Donations, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

August 20, 2015 - Industry News

Workers Advocates Want Hair Testing Out of Transportation Bill

In a joint letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 17 workers advocate organizations urged the committee to reject hair testing for federal drug tests.

Tags: Legislation, Drug Testing, Hair Testing

August 20, 2015 - Product News

ITS Dispatch Integrates With uDrove App, Devices

The desktop and mobile solutions of uDrove will now integrate with ITS Dispatch's software offering, providing expanded control over fleet and driver operations.

Tags: Software, Dispatch, Freight, Integration, Telematics, Information Technology

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

July Trailer Orders Generally Strong, Outlook Good, FTR Reports

Refrigerated van orders exceeded expectations again.

UPDATED -- A month-over-month decline was particularly impacted by a drop in dry van orders following some large fleet orders placed in June, but were 13% better than July 2014.

Tags: Trailers, FTR Associates, Trailer Orders

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Beat Expectations, Class 6-7 Up, ACT Says

Even without a press-release-worthy, 9,000-unit multi-year order, heavy truck sales were still higher than analysts anticipated.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, Class 8

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Below Fed's Goal for Raising Interest Rates

Inflationary pressures on the U.S. economy remain low, as evidenced by a report released Wednesday by the Commerce Department showing an increase of just 0.1% in July from the month before.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Load Availability Increases, Rates Continue Falling

Despite van and reefer load availability increasing for the third consecutive week on the spot market, national average rates in the three major trucking sectors continued moving lower last week as equipment availability rose.

Tags: Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

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