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September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Second Quarter Economic Growth Surges to 4.6% Pace

This revision to the gross domestic product shows the economy rebounded at its fastest pace in two and a half years and compares to a decline in the first quarter at an annual rate of 2.1%.

Tags: Economy, GDP

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

As China’s Economy Slows, So Do Fleet Upgrades

A slowdown in China’s economy is likely to delay upgrades to Chinese trucking fleets according to a new report by Truck Industry Research and JSC Automotive.

Tags: Hyundai, Volvo Trucks, China, Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Adds Second Shift in KC to Meet Transit Demand

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford has added a second shift at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to meet the demand for its 2015 Transit full-size van, Ford has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Ford, Ford Transit

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Former Prime Employee Sentenced to Prison in Theft Scheme

Travis E. Honaker received a sentence from a federal judge in Missouri of three years and one month in federal prison without parole and was ordered to pay $945,200 in restitution earlier this month.

Tags: Missouri, Crime & Fraud, Fleets, Prime Inc.

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

U.S.-NAFTA Freight Movements Gain 8.5% in July, Led by Trucking

Percent change in the value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, July 2013 - July 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

New U.S. Transportation Department figures show it totaled $101.1 billion, with increases in all five major transportation modes: air, vessel, pipeline, rail, and trucks. This is the fifth consecutive month with U.S.-NAFTA freight flows exceeding $100 billion.

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

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Decline, Services Sector Remains Strong

Shipments of manufactured durable goods fell 1.5% from July following a 3.7% increase in July from June. An overall decline of this amount was expected, according to a poll of economists.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts, Average Value Decline in Latest Three-Month Period

The darkest areas on this map show where cargo thefts happened the most often in June through August. Graphic: FreightWatch International

The logistics security services provider says it recorded a total of 182 thefts in the U.S. during June through August, with 53 thefts in June, 69 in July, and 60 in August.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Post Solid Gains

Truckload linehaul rates for North America maintained their ongoing climb in August, with the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index gaining a solid 7% over August 2013.

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

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Speakers and Panels Announced for Management Conference

The ATA announced the panels and speakers for the 2014 Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, Calif. on Oct. 4-7.

Tags: Conference, ATA, Fleets

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Pushing Industry Costs Higher

Operating costs for trucking companies are on the rise again after falling slightly in 2012, according to a new study by ATRI, lead by significant increases in equipment and labor costs.

Tags: Operating Costs, American Transportation Research Institute, ATRI, Fleets, Driver Pay

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Dip from a Week Ago

Graphic: DAT

Spot market freight rates have slipped as the number of loads available to haul also fell, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Justice Department Gives OK for Container Chassis Pool in California

The Port of Los Angeles.

The U.S. Department of Justice will not challenge a proposal by Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. and Direct ChassisLink Inc. to enter into a chassis use agreement at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Port Trucking, U.S. Department of Justice

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Company Comptroller Sentenced in Multi-Million Dollar Theft

The former comptroller for a Missouri carrier has been sentenced after being convicted for stealing $4.9 million from his employer.

Tags: FBI, Theft, Missouri, Crime & Fraud, Fleets, Fraud, Crime

September 24, 2014 - Product News

FMCSA Makes Changes to SMS Website to Improve User Experience

Joseph DeLorenzo, director office of enforcement and compliance, FMCSA, explained change to the agency’s SMS website during a conference at TMW Systems’ annual user conference in Nashville. Photo: Jim Beach

An FMCSA representative offers a guide to the changes in the website that hosts and displays safety information under the government's Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program plus a rules update at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, SMS, CSA, TMW Systems, Hours of Service, Regulations

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Brokers Feel Pinch of Labor Shortage

Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association, details changes and challenges in the third party logistics and freight brokerage business during TMW Systems’ user conference. Photo: Jim Beach

Brokers and third-party logistics providers are feeling the labor squeeze along with the trucking industry, according to Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association.

Tags: 3PL, Brokers, Logistics, TMW Systems, Capacity

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Finds 3PL CEOs Confident About Future Growth in the Industry

The chief executives of third-party logistics providers are confident about the current state and future revenue growth of their companies and regional 3PL industries, according to an annual survey.

Tags: Penske Logistics, Survey, Manufacturing, 3PL, Global

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Hits Record High in August

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.6% in August to a record high, following a gain of 1.5% the previous month.

Tags: Economy, American Trucking Associations, Truck Tonnage Index

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Names New CFO, Appoints Quality Distribution CEO to Board

Michael K. Borrows is the new CFO of USA Truck, replacing Clifton R. Beckham, who previously announced his resignation as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Tags: Fleets, People, USA Truck, Quality Distribution

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Continues Strong Performance

A measure of the strength of the U.S. manufacturing sector was unchanged this month from August, but remains strong at a 52-month high, according to a new report released Tuesday morning by the financial information services provider Markit Economics.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Understanding the Driver Shortage

The driver lifestyle needs to be addressed in order to solve the driver shortage. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

For truckload carriers, the number one problem is the driver shortage – but the reasons go beyond pay, said Stifel's John Larkin at TMW Systems’ annual user conference in Nashville Monday.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, TMW Systems, Stifel Nicolaus, Driver Pay

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

TMW's Wangler Talks Trucking Changes

TMW Systems president David Wangler addresses attendees at the company's Transforum user conference in Nashville. Photo: Jim Beach

More than 1,900 trucking company executives, driver managers, dispatchers, IT managers and other personnel were on hand for TMW Systems’ Transforum 2014, the company’s annual user conference.

Tags: TMW Systems, Information Technology, Mobile Apps, Events

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Productivity Facing Challenges

John Larkin told attendees at TMW Systems' user conference that trucking productivity could take a hit. Photo: Jim Beach

Logistics cost as a percent of GDP has been declining over the last 30 years, from 16% before deregulation to 8% now. But while logistics costs have been reduced, productivity has leveled out and may even decrease, according to Stifel's John Larkin, speaking at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: Productivity, Economy, Driver Shortage, TMW Systems

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Labor Department Hands Out Money for Misclassified Worker Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded more than $10 million to 19 states to implement or improve worker misclassification detection and enforcement initiatives in unemployment insurance programs.

Tags: Drivers, Enforcement, Independent Contractors, U.S. Department of Labor

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Indiana Toll Road Operator Files for Bankruptcy

Indiana Toll Road. Photo: Indiana Toll Road Facebook page.

The private operator of the Indiana Toll Road has filed for bankruptcy reorganization, following a deal several years ago in which a consortium of Spanish and Australian investors leased the route from the state of Indiana.

Tags: Tolls, Indiana, Highways, indiana Toll Road

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Slip, Total U.S. Construction Falls

After four consecutive months of gains, existing-home sales slipped in August, according to the National Association of Realtors, but remains near its highest level so far this year.

Tags: Economy, Construction, Home Sales

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