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September 27, 2016 - Industry News

Don’t Wait—FTX Room Discount Ends Friday

Time is running out to take advantage of the hotel room discount for the Fleet Technology Expo (FTX), which will be held October 17-19 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Fleet Technology Expo, Autonomous Vehicles, Gamification

September 27, 2016 - Product News

3G-TM Integration Announced for TMW Suit and TruckMate

An integration that allows carriers in the non-asset and blended transportation business to model customer and carrier rate contracts across all transportation modes was announced Sept. 27 by TMW Systems at its joint-users conference with PeopleNet.

Tags: PeopleNet, TMW Systems, Software Integration

September 27, 2016 - Product News

Pegasus TransTech Announces Integration with Pilot Flying J Mobile App

User interface of myPilot integration with Transflo Mobile Photo: Business Wire

The myPilot mobile app from Pilot Flying J is now integrated into the Transflo Mobile platform, Pegasus TransTech announced.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Transflo, Pegasus TransTech, Mobile App

September 27, 2016 - Industry News

3PL Segment Growing 2-3 Times Faster Than GDP

Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association Photo: Jim Beach

The third-party logistics industry has been growing two to three times faster than GDP, totaling about $157 billion per year, according to Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association.

Tags: E-commerce, 3PL, TIA, Internet

September 27, 2016 - Industry News

UPS Drone Delivers Medicine to Remote Location in Test

The UPS drone used to deliver medicine to a remote location in a mock test. Photo: UPS

UPS staged a mock delivery of urgently needed medicine from Beverly, Mass., to Children’s Island using a drone delivery system it is testing with CyPhy Works.

Tags: UPS, Delivery Fleets, Commercial Drones, Drones

September 27, 2016 - Industry News

Falling Fuel Prices Have Reduced Operational Costs

Photo via ATRI

ATRI released the findings of its 2016 update to its Operational Costs of Trucking, showing the large impact falling fuel prices and a soft economy have had on the trucking industry.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fuel Prices, Speed Limiter, ATRI

September 26, 2016 - Product News

PeopleNet, TMW Announce More Integrations

Telematics and fleet management providers PeopleNet and TMW Systems previewed a number of multi-platform solutions and integrations at the 2016 in.sight User Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Tags: Conference, Fleet Management Software, PeopleNet, TMW Systems, Software Integration

September 26, 2016 - Product News

MiX Telematics Offers ELD Platform for Hazmat Fleets

Image via MiX Telematics

MiX Telematics launched an electronic logging device platform designed specifically for hazardous material transporters, such as those transporting chemicals, fuels or pesticides.

Tags: Telematics, MiX Telematics, Hazmat, ELDs

September 23, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Remains Soft; Homes, LEI Slip

A preliminary report released Friday shows growth in the nation’s manufacturing sector is easing this month amid the slowest expansion of new orders so far this year, according the financial information services provider IHS Markit.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators, Construction Spending

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

NAFTA Trucking Freight Falls; 19th Straight Overall Monthly Drop

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking and all other transportation modes except rail carried less cross-border freight by value in July compared to a year earlier, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

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

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

Wabco Partnerships Aimed at Advancing Autonomous Vehicle Tech

Wabco Holdings is collaborating with Peloton Technology and Mobileye to advance the company’s autonomous vehicle technologies, the company announced at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany.

Tags: Wabco, Truck Platooning, Automated Driving, Autonomous Vehicles

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Final Rule Allows Windshield Mounted Technology

Photo: Lytx

The FMCSA has issued a final rule amending the FMCSRs to allow the voluntary mounting of certain devices on the interior of the windshields of commercial motor vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety Technology, Windshields

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

TCA Promotes Director of Safety and Policy to VP of Government Affairs

David Heller Photo: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has promoted David Heller from director of safety and policy to vice president of government affairs, the group announced during its Fall business meeting.

Tags: Leadership, People, TCA, Promotions

September 21, 2016 - Global News

Navistar and VW Chiefs Talk Up Their Alliance Deal

Navistar CEO Troy Clarke, VW Truck CEO Andreas Renschler, and Navistar CFO Walter Borst field queries from the press at IAA. Photo: David Cullen

Just two weeks after revealing they had forged a “wide-ranging strategic alliance,” the chief executives of Volkswagen Truck and Bus and Navistar International Corp. fielded questions from North American journalists covering the massive IAA truck show opening this week in Hannover, Germany.

Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, IAA

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

USPS Awards $37.4M for Next-Gen Vehicle Prototypes

Photo of existing delivery vehicles by Paul Clinton.

The U.S. Postal Service has awarded $37.4 million in contracts to six vendors to provide 50 prototypes of a next-generation delivery vehicle that will be tested in various climates and locales.

Tags: USPS, Procurement, Delivery Fleets

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Van, Reefer Rates Dip; Hanjin Bankruptcy Could Push Them Higher

The number of loads on the DAT network of load boards gained 20% during the week ending Sept. 17 compared to the week before and the number of trucks added 19% as the spot market rebounded during the first full week after the Labor Day holiday but it barely translated into higher rates.

Tags: Spot Freight, Port Trucking, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

Latest Freight Shipment, Spending Levels Show Economic Uncertainty

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

Freight shipments across all U.S. domestic modes continued improving in August but remain weak, according to the latest Cass Freight Index, while freight spending moved lower again with both resulting in mixed feelings when it comes to their economic impact.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Dean Foods' Ahart Named Fleet Executive of the Year

Automotive Fleet's Mike Antich, Ahart, and CEI Group's Wayne Smolda. Photo courtesy of AFLA.

Michael Ahart, VP of transportation for Dean Foods, was named the 2016 Fleet Executive of the Year at the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association's (AFLA) annual conference on Sept. 20.

Tags: Fleet Executive of the Year, AFLA Conference, CEI Group, Dean Foods, Awards

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: FedEx Quarterly Profit Totals $715 Million

Earnings for trucking and package delivery company FedEx Corp. moved up modestly to $715 million, or $2.65 per share, in its fiscal quarter ending Aug 31 that included the cost of integrating another carrier.

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

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Feds Release Autonomous Vehicle Policy

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx discusses new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles during a Sept. 20 press conference. Screen shot courtesy of U.S. DOT.

The new guidelines include a 15-point safety assessment framework that provides vehicle performance standards for manufacturers and developers.

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Another Carrier Lowers Expectations, Three LTLs Hiking Rates

Forward Air Corp. has become the latest trucking operation to lower expectations ahead of releasing its next earnings report.

Tags: UPS, Old Dominion Freight Line, Forward Air, UPS Freight, Freight Rates, FedEx, FedEx Freight, Fleet Earnings

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Starts Slow, Overall Optimism Remains

Nationwide housing starts fell 5.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.14 million units in August, according to newly released data from the Commerce Department on Tuesday, the latest disappointing economic indicator, but there are still feelings overall economic conditions are improving.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Starts

September 19, 2016 - Industry News

Mack to Develop Fleet Management Offerings for Concrete Mixer Fleets

Photo: Tom Berg

Mack Trucks has reached an agreement with WheresMyConcrete to develop future service options for Mack Fleet Management Services.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Mack Trucks, Concrete Mixer Trucks, GuardDog Connect, Vocational Trucks

September 19, 2016 - Industry News

Crete Carrier Chairman Duane Acklie Passes Away at 84

Duane Acklie Photo via Crete Carrier

Duane Acklie, chairman of Crete Carrier has passed away at the age of 84 due to complications related to a number of health problems, according to a report in the Omaha World-Herald.

Tags: Leadership, Obituary, People, Crete Carrier Corp.

September 19, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Tumbling

Measures of both truckload and intermodal rates posted another rounds of declines, according to new figures released by freight payment processor Cass Information Systems.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

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