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September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Gauging the Tech that Will Drive the Future of Trucking

Volvo’s Lars Stenqvist says the technologies set to most potently change trucking are connectivity, electromobility and automation.  Photo: David Cullen

Volvo’s Lars Stenqvist sees the potential for a chicken-or-egg dynamic slowing down how quickly smart trucks and smart highways can be integrated to leverage their potential to boost trucking efficiency.

Tags: Volvo Group, Volvo Trucks North America, Smart Trucks, Smart Highways

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

AAA Report Underscores Benefits of High-Tech Truck Safety Advances

Photo: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is recommending that all large trucks— both new and existing ones— be equipped with what it considers to be “cost-effective technologies that improve safety for everyone on the road.”

Tags: AAA, Advanced Safety Technology

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Four Former Pilot Executives Plead Guilty to Rebate Fraud

Four former Pilot employees pleaded guilty to mail fraud and wire fraud. Photo: Evan Lockridge

John Freeman, former sales VP of Pilot Flying J, has pleaded guilty alongside three other former Pilot employees of mail fraud and wire fraud after the FBI found that Pilot defrauded 5,500 customers of over $56 million.

Tags: Fleet Fuel Cards, Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fraud

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: September Manufacturing, Leading Indicators Improve

A first-look at how the manufacturing economy is performing this month shows conditions have improved to a two-month high, while a separate report indicates the overall economy improved again in August as the outlook calls for continued growth through the second half of the year.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Leading Economic Indicators, Gross Domestic Product

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Ready to Shift Into High Gear, Conditions Index Indicates

Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for July remains in a positive range with a reading of 5.75, reflecting tightening capacity, rising spot rates.

Tags: Operating Costs, Economy, Labor Costs, Market Trends, FTR, TCI, Trucking Conditions Index

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Growing Stronger

Newly released figures show the market for truckload freight shipments is improving and the intermodal sector has completed nearly a year of increasing rates while the outlook for both has improved.

Tags: Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Hit 2-Year Highs, Hurricane Effects Continue

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have come and gone but their effects on supply chains continue, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions, with spot freight rates remaining at two-year highs.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 21, 2017 - Product News

HighJump and KeepTruckin Integrate Fleet Management Platforms

Image via KeepTruckin

The integration is an effort from HighJump and KeepTruckin to enable truckload carriers to comply with the latest FMCSA ELD rule while streamlining operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Fleet Management Software, HOS, HighJump Software, ELD Mandate, ELDs, Software Integration

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Slow, New Construction Uneven

Existing-home sales stumbled in August for the fourth time in five months as strained supply levels continue to subdue overall activity. And housing starts fell for the second straight month.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Housing Starts, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Trucking Services Getting Out of Driver Training Business

A Celadon Driving Academy student practices his driving skill on a TransSim simulator. Photo: Celadon

Days after it announced it was selling off its flatbed division, Indiana-based Celadon said it’s getting out of the driver training business.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Truck Drivers, Celadon Group, Celadon, Truck Driving Schools

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Continues to Beef up Lobbying Team

The American Trucking Associations has added two more hires to its Capitol Hill team, announcing Ed Gilroy as the federation’s new senior vice president of legislative affairs and Jay Lim as vice president of legislative affairs.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Lobbying

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

New TMW Data Community Expands Market Intelligence Capabilities

TMW announced a new, industry-wide data warehouse to help carriers, 3PLs and other users do benchmarking and get other data-based insights.

Tags: TMW Systems, Big Data, Data Analysis

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: FedEx Profit Falls Due to Cyberattack, Hurricane Harvey

FedEx earnings during its fiscal 2018 first quarter fell 17% from a year ago as a result of a cyberattack and Hurricane Harvey, despite a slight improvement in revenue.

Tags: FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings, Hurricane Harvey

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

AscendTMS, FreightRover Integrate Services

Photo: AscendTMS

The partnership allows any accepted load by a carrier or driver, via the FreightRover website or app, to automatically update the AscendTMS software.

Tags: Software, TMS, Load Board, AscendTMS, Fleet Management Software, Mobile Apps

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

3 Tech Trends from McLeod User Conference

Tom McLeod talks to reporters at the McLeod Software 2017 User Conference. Photo: McLeod Software

In a roundtable with trucking reporters at the McLeod 2017 User Conference in Atlanta, McLeod executives talked about a number of technology trends affecting their fleet customers and the industry at large, including ELDs, blockchain, and making sense of the vast amount of data available to fleets.

Tags: McLeod Software, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Data Analysis, Blockchain

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

TMW Systems Joins Blockchain in Trucking Alliance

TMW Systems has become a charter member of the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance, a group dedicated to setting standards for blockchain applications developed for the transportation industry.

Tags: Information Technology, TMW Systems, Lobbying, TransRisk

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Sells Off Flatbed Division to PS Logistics

Photo: Celadon

Celadon Group has announced that it completed the disposition of all assets associated with its flatbed trucking division to a subsidiary of PS Logistics, a flatbed-focused transportation and logistics provider.

Tags: Celadon Group, Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, PS Logistics

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

HDT Seeking Emerging Industry Leaders

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is seeking nominations for the HDT Emerging Leaders honor, a group of young trucking industry leaders already making a difference in his or her fields.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People, Emerging Leaders

September 15, 2017 - Product News

MercuryGate Offers TMS Solution for Freight and Fleets

Screenshot via MercuryGate

Transportation management system provider MercuryGate has launched MercuryFleet, a product designed to combine fleet and freight management for all modes of transportation in a single platform.

Tags: Compliance, Fleet Management Software, TMS

September 15, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Figures Showing Storm Damage

Retail sales in the U.S. reversed course in August along with industrial production, both taking a hit due to due to recent storms, as price inflation reared its head, while consumers appeared to be ever resilient.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Consumer Sentiment, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma

September 15, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Jump in Wake of Hurricanes

The number of loads on the spot truckload freight market fell 3% during the week ending Sept. 9, which included the Labor Day holiday and supply chain disruptions caused by two hurricanes, according to freight matching provider DAT Solutions and its load boards.

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

FHWA Tests Three-Truck Platoon on Virginia Interstate

The Federal Highway Adminstration has begun testing three-truck platoons on Interstate 66 in Virginia, in addition to track testing like this. Photo: FHWA

The latest series of platoon tests will evaluate Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control technology, which adds vehicle-to-vehicle communications to the adaptive cruise control capability now available in new vehicles and allows trucks to operate more smoothly as a unit, reducing and controlling the gaps between trucks.

Tags: Fuel Economy, FHWA, NACFE, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Truck Platooning

September 14, 2017 - Product News

Comdata, AscendTMS Partner to Provide Free TMS to Carriers, Fleets

AscendTMS will be offered to Comdata fleet and carrier customers, at no cost, to fully manage their logistics businesses.

Tags: fleet management, Comdata, technology, TMS, business management, AscendTMS

September 14, 2017 - Product News

Geotab Launches GO8 LTE Telematics Device

Photo courtesy of Geotab.

Like its predecessor, the new GO8 also offers advanced GPS technology, G-force monitoring, Geotab IOX expandability, engine and battery health assessments, and in-vehicle audible driver coaching, according to Geotab.

Tags: Geotab, 4G LTE, ELDs

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

The Amazon Effect on Freight Transportation Discussed at FTR Conference

A panel discussion at the FTR Conference tackles the Amazon effect, with FTR's Eric Starks (left) moderating. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Talk about how the company Amazon is changing the future of freight transportation kicked off the final day of the FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday with a panel that included two truck fleet representatives.

Tags: E-commerce, Amazon.com, FTR

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