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March 10, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Helps Boost Overall Employment Ahead of Fed Meeting

Job growth in the U.S. posted another healthy gain in February, according to a new Labor Department report, leading many analysts to predict an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve when it meets next week.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Civil Engineers Issue Harsh Report on State of Infrastructure

Image: U.S. DOT

The American Society of Civil Engineers has once again assigned a barely passing grade of “D+” to the nation’s overall infrastructure and an even more parsimonious “D” to our road network. Bridges, though, fared a bit better— scoring a “C+.”

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange to Offer Networking, HDT Innovator Panel

There are a limited number of fleet spots still available for the Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange, a new networking event that will bring together a select group of fleet executives -- including HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators -- and top industry suppliers.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Events, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Roadrunner Forms Temperature-Controlled Carrier

Roadrunner Transportation announced the formation of Roadrunner Temperature Controlled, combining two transportation providers, M. Bruenger and R&M Transportation into a single company offering temperature-controlled solutions.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation, axle, Food and Beverage Fleets, Refrigerated Trailers

March 8, 2017 - Press Release

SmartDrive Systems Appoints CTO

Ghanbari

SmartDrive Systems has appointed Ray Ghanbari as chief technology officer to help the company leverage video and data intelligence to transform commercial transportation with solutions that improve the efficiency, safety, and readiness of every driver, vehicle, and fleet, according to the company.

Tags: SmartDrive, C-Suite, New Hire

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Port of LA Hosts Live Platooning Demonstration

Photo via Port of Los Angeles Twitter

Private and public transportation partners conducted a partially automated truck platooning demonstration in California Wednesday at the Los Angeles Port complex and along the Interstate 110 freeway.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Caltrans, Volvo Group, Truck Platooning, California, Ports, Intermodal

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Rise as Volume Soars

Spot truckload freight volume jumped 17% for the week ending March 4 compared to the previous week while rates responded with the first week-over-week increase in national averages in more than a month, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Titans of Tulsa-Themed SuperRigs Contest Set for May

Photo: Shell Rotella

The 35th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs meet will be held May 18-20 at the Exchange Center Expo Square in Tulsa Okla., with the theme of "Titans of Tulsa."

Tags: Shell Rotella, Contest, Events, Shell SuperRigs

March 8, 2017 - Product News

MacroPoint Integrates Load Tracking with Oracle TMS

MacroPoint has announced a partnership with Eminent Global Logistics, an Oracle PartnerNetwork member, to integrate its load tracking platform with Oracle Transportation Management solutions.

Tags: Macropoint, Freight, Integration, Asset Tracking

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Remain Steady

The Freight Transportation Services Index, Jan. 2012 - Jan. 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

While the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation sector was unchanged in January from December, according to a new Transportation Department report, it did manage a slight increase from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight Index

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Federal Grants Fund Green Tech Despite Uncertain Future

Photo: TransPower

While U.S. Department of Energy grants are still funding electric vehicle and alternative fuel technologies, it is uncertain how the Trump administration could affect this funding in the future.

Tags: Grant Funding, ACT Research, Alternative Fuels, DOE, Electric Vehicles, Donald Trump

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Melton Truck Lines Adds Stepdeck Trailers

Photo: Melton Truck Lines

Flatbed carrier Melton Truck Lines has added 53-foot stepdeck trailers to its fleet to allow the company to meet a broader scope of customer needs, the company announced.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Melton Truck Lines

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Navistar Losses Nearly Double from Year Earlier

Navistar International Corp. on Tuesday announced its financial losses in the first quarter of 2017 nearly doubled from the same time a year ago due to lower truck volume and softer Class 8 truck sales.

Tags: Navistar, Quarterly Earnings, Navistar International

March 6, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Rising Factory Orders Latest Indicator of Interest Rate Hike

An increase in new factory orders is one of the latest economic signs that the Federal Reserve is moving close to another jump in interest rates, some analysts believe.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Factory Orders, Federal Reserve, Factory Shipments

March 3, 2017 - Product News

Teletrac Navman Guarantees ELD Compliance for Director HOS Platform

Image via Teletrac Navman

Teletrac Navman has guaranteed federally mandated ELD hours of service compliance for the company’s Director product platform.

Tags: Hours of Service, Teletrac, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Still Look Strong in February

Class 8 truck orders are expected to be strong again in February, beating expectations for the second month in a row, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

GM Fleet Partners with Spireon on Telematics Solution

Using General Motors’ OnStar hardware, Spireon will offer a customized version of its FleetLocate fleet management system to GM fleet customers starting in May 2017.

Tags: OnStar, Telematics, Telogis, General Motors, Spireon, Commercial Link

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo’s Euro Efficiency Concept Truck Now Boasts Hybrid Power

Euro-spec Volvo Concept Truck boasts hybrid diesel-electric powertrain. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Sweden’s Volvo Trucks has developed its first hybrid truck designed for long-haul applications—a concept vehicle based on its European-spec Volvo FH cabover tractor powered by Volvo’s own D13 Euro 6 emissions-compliant diesel engine.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Europe, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Researchers: Big Data Could Move Trucking Better

Photo: U.S. DOT

Researchers at Iowa State University say that using real-time data collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation could help fleets save billions of dollars a year by avoiding congestion.

Tags: Productivity, Traffic Congestion, Iowa, Big Data

March 1, 2017 - Product News

Omnitracs Launches Integrated Routing, Dispatching and Compliance Solution

Screenshot via Omnitracs

Omnitracs has launched its integrated Routing, Dispatching, and Compliance solution, the company announced at its third annual user conference, Omnitracs Outlook 2017.

Tags: Compliance, Fleet Management Software, Routing, Dispatch, Omnitracs

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trump: Infrastructure Plan Will Ride on Public Funds, Too

President Trump addressing Congress on Feb. 28. Image via WhiteHouse.gov

In his address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, President Trump called for a $1-trillion infusion of public and private investment to repair and expand the nation’s infrastructure. It was the first time the president indicated that public— not just private— financing would be needed to fund his infrastructure proposal.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Hendrickson Academy Offers Online Maintenance Training

Image via Hendrickson

Hendrickson has launched an interactive online education portal called the Hendrickson Academy that provides video-based maintenance and repair procedures for many of the company’s suspensions and components.

Tags: Online Training, Technicians, Hendrickson

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Keeps Surging as Construction, Personal Spending Slip

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector continued expanding in February, according to two surveys of the nation’s purchasing managers. One report shows conditions are the best in two years while the other indicates things are slightly cooler than they were at the beginning of 2017.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Personal Income, Personal Spending

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Volume Up Slightly Over Past Week, Rates Flat

Spot truckload freight volumes improved a bit during the week ending Feb. 25 thanks to a 7% gain in flatbed load posts, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, but rates were virtually unchanged.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Endorses Developing Autonomous Trucks

Hands-off on the highway in the Freightliner Inspiration, a demo vehicle for autonomous-driving technologies. Photo: David Cullen

The Board of Directors of the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (aka the Trucking Alliance) has announced its unanimous support for the development of autonomous driving technologies for commercial vehicles

Tags: The Trucking Alliance, Autonomous Vehicles

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