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October 9, 2015 - Industry News

Thermo King Acquires Long-Time Telematics Partner

Temperature control products company, Thermo King, has acquired the its long-time vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions partner Celtrak.

Tags: Telematics, Thermo King, Asset Tracking

October 9, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Market Steady, Rates Down

Spot market freight volume remained relatively stable in September, edging down only 0.6% month over month as rates declined from both the month before and a year earlier, according to monthly numbers from DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Slow Economic Growth Likely to Continue; Fed Policy Big Unknown

One economist is predicting continued slow growth for the economy, but believes our current economic models aren’t working when it comes to federal fiscal policy.

Tags: Economy, FTR Associates

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Size/Weight Study Dinged by Outside Agency

TRB says DOT study is lacking in how it estimates impact of future changes in truck size/weight limits, such as to bridge structural costs. Photo: DOT

The Dept. of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study “lacks a consistent and complete quantitative summary of the alternative configuration scenarios... and major categories of costs are not estimated,” contends a study review released by the Transportation Research Board.

Tags: DOT, Truck Size/Weight

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Slowdown Will Drive More Mergers & Acquisitions

Trucking companies are bracing for a slowdown in their business, with many looking to mergers and acquisitions for growth instead, according to reports this week in The Wall Street Journal.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Freight Rates

October 8, 2015 - Press Release

Aeris, Isotrak Announce Fleet Telematics Partnership

Aeris has partnered with Isotrak Ltd. to provide improved cellular connectivity and data analytics for Isotrak fleet telematics customers in the U.S. and other global markets.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Isotrak, Big Data, Broadband

October 7, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Issues $5 Million in Emergency Relief for South Carolina Roads

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley delivering an update on the ongoing flood emergency. Image via Facebook/Nikki Haley

The Dept. of Transportation announced on Oct. 6 the “immediate availability” of $5 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to the South Carolina Dept. of Transportation to help repair roads and bridges damaged by the recent rain-driven flooding that has crippled the state.

Tags: Flooding, South Carolina, Department of Transportation

October 7, 2015 - Industry News

Rates Fail to Follow Increased Load Posts on Spot Market

The number of posted loads on the spot market jumped 5.7% for week ending Oct. 3, as shippers rushed to move inventory before the end of the quarter while available truck capacity fell 4.5%, but the changes were not enough to advance rates.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 6, 2015 - Industry News

Yokohama Celebrates Launch of U.S. Truck Tire Production

Government and company officials take part in a traditional Japanese ceremony at grand opening of new Yokohama truck-tire plant in West Point, Miss. Photo: David Cullen

The first Yokohama tire plant—which will exclusively produce truck and bus tires-- built in the U.S. from the ground up is now up and running, a scant two years after the company broke ground on a greenfield site within Mississippi’s Golden Triangle business-development region.

October 6, 2015 - Industry News

Halliburton Adding Telematics, Safety, and Compliance Solutions

Photo of Halliburton pipe recover wireline truck via Wikipedia.

Oil service provider Halliburton Co. will roll out a range of fleet management services under a multiple-year contract it signed with MiX Telematics over the next 12 to 18 months, the fleet management vendor announced.

Tags: MiX Telematics, Energy Fleets, Halliburton, Compliance

October 6, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Hits Highest Recorded Level in 2015

Photo: Pride Transport

An ATA report is projecting a shortage of 48,000 drivers by the end of 2015, marking the highest recorded level in trucking's history.

Tags: ATA, Aging Fleet, Driver Shortage, Hiring, Women Drivers

October 5, 2015 - Industry News

McLeod: Use Information to Turn Change into Opportunity

Tom McLeod talks change at the McLeod Software user conference. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

We may not have flying cars, hover boards or holographic movies as Marty McFly found in the “Back to the Future” version of 2015, but we have had a computing, communications and connectivity revolution nearly unimaginable 30 years ago. Tom McLeod offered some advice for turning all this rapid change into opportunity during the McLeod Software annual user conference.

Tags: Information Technology, McLeod Software

October 5, 2015 - Industry News

Flooding Takes Toll on Carolina Fleets

Photo of North Carolina highway crews digging trenches to drain a flooded road courtesy of NCDOT.

The governors of South Carolina and North Carolina have issued executive orders that suspend hours-of-service requirements as well as certain truck size and weight limits for loads deemed necessary to help speed emergency relief in their states.

Tags: DOT, North Carolina, Flooding, South Carolina, Natural Disaster

October 5, 2015 - Industry News

Rail Freight Weakens But Intermodal Grows

Photo: BNSF

While a lot of rail freight is not growing, rail intermodal is growing according to an analyst at ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

October 5, 2015 - Industry News

Save the Date: 2016 Fleet Technology Expo

The Fleet Technology Expo will take place from Oct. 17-19, 2016 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Fleet Technology Expo, Fleet Events, Bobit Business Media

October 2, 2015 - Industry News

Florida CDL Scammer Pleads Guilty

Ellariy Medvednik pleaded guilty to her role in a Florida CDL fraud scheme that may have illegally obtained licences for as many as 600 people.

Tags: Florida, CDL, Crime & Fraud

October 2, 2015 - Industry News

C.R. England Names Dedicated Division Head

Freimuth Photo via C.R. England

C.R England has announced the hiring of industry veteran Kirk Freimuth as president of the company’s dedicated division.

Tags: Leadership, C.R. England, People, Truckload

October 2, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment, Manufacturing Disappoint; Construction Skyrockets

Despite a booming construction sector, the latest reports on jobs and manufacturing have some concerned that the U.S. economy is losing some of its steam.

Tags: Economy, Construction Industry, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Factory Orders, Construction Spending, Employment, Factory Shipments

October 1, 2015 - Industry News

Celadon Gains Truckload Van Assets in an Acquisition

Photo via Tango Transport

One of Celadon Groups subsidiaries has purchased select assets of the truckload business of Tango Transport, a Louisiana-based carrier.

Tags: Celadon, Mergers & Acquisitions, Truckload

October 1, 2015 - Industry News

Omnitracs Details New Brand Identity and Changes

Omnitracs' new logo and tagline.

Omnitracs has unified its specialized business units under a single name, message and creative architecture as part of an overall revamp of the company’s brand identity.

Tags: Telematics, Omnitracs, Branding

October 1, 2015 - Product News

AT&T Offers Global Container Tracking

AT&T is offering customized asset tracking for businesses to manage shipping containers that makes use of the company’s global network.

Tags: AT&T, Cargo Management, Asset Tracking

September 30, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Remain Stuck

Freight rates on the spot market continue in their holding pattern, moving up little from one week to the next, according to the freight-matching service DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 30, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: September Job Additions Total 200,000

Monthly additions in total nonfarm private employment.

Private sector employment increased by 200,000 jobs from August to September, according to a new report from the payroll processor ADP, but manufacturing lost jobs.

Tags: Economy, Employment

September 29, 2015 - Industry News

Economist Shares Positive Outlook at ACT Research Seminar

Tuesday attendees at ACT Research seminar. Photo: ACT

At least one economist is feeling good about the U.S. economy. Speaking at the 53rd ACT Research seminar Tuesday, Augustine Faucher, senior economist for PNC Financial Services Group, told the audience that the market “continues to look good for U.S. produced goods.”

Tags: Economy, ACT Research

September 29, 2015 - Industry News

NYC and Pensacola to Test Off-Peak Truck Deliveries

Image: Dept. of Transportation

To cut down on traffic congestion, New York City and Pensacola, Florida, will test the delivery and pickup of goods by truck during off-peak hours (such as overnight) through a newly launched federal pilot program.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, FHWA



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