August 27, 2015 - Industry News
The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North America Free Trade Agreement partners fell in June, according to a new Transportation Department report, totaling $99 billion, as all modes except truck carried less freight.
Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade
The U.S. economy grew by leaps and bounds in the second quarter of the year compared to the first quarter, according to a new government estimate released Thursday, which should ease investors fears in the wake of a global stock market sell-off.
Tags: Economy, GDP, Gross Domestic Product
August 26, 2015 - Industry News
Many fleets were honored but only six took the top honors of the HDT Efficiency and Sustainability awards at the 2015 Fleet Technology Expo at an Aug. 26 ceremony.
Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Awards, Idle Reduction, Fleet Technology Expo, Fuel Economy
Spot truckload rates, including fuel surcharges, remained nearly unchanged over the past week as overall load availability fell 5.5% during the week ending Aug. 22, according to DAT Solutions.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
East Manufacturing has named Tom Welch as its dealer liaison, a newly created position responsible for dealer network growth, improvement and support activities.
Tags: Leadership, Dealers, People, East Manufacturing
Shipments and new orders of manufactured durable goods, including a key economic indicator inside this sector, posted impressive gains in July, according to a new Commerce Department report, but it’s hardly a long-term trend.
August 25, 2015 - Product News
PeopleNet has introduced the ConnectedFleet Platform which integrates software and mobile technologies with real-time predictive analytics to form a comprehensive fleet mobility solution.
Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, PeopleNet, Connected Vehicle Technology
August 25, 2015 - Industry News
The underlying fundamentals of the U.S. economy are better than, or at least nowhere near as bad as, the panic that set into Wall Street starting late last week and extended into Monday, according to several newly released reports.
Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Non-Manufacturing, Leading Economic Indicators
The U.S. Postal Service has asked companies to submit proposals for a rental contract for cargo vans to "fill in for vehicles out of service," according to a solicitation posted to FedBizOpps.gov.
Tags: Cargo Vans, USPS, Delivery Fleets, Full-Size Vans
August 24, 2015 - Industry News
Navistar Financial Corporation president Bill McMenamin will add responsibilities as senior vice president and treasurer of the company, replacing Jim Moran in those roles.
Tags: Leadership, People, Navistar Financial Corporation
Employees at Con-way Freight’s Portland, Ore., maintenance facility voted to reject representation by the Teamsters Union.
Tags: Con-way Freight, Teamsters, Labor Unions
Element Financial Corp. has tapped the leader of the recently acquired GE Capital fleet unit as president and chief executive for its U.S. fleet management company and will shift the existing president to its Toronto-based operation.
Tags: Fleet Management Companies, C-Suite, Element Financial, Element Fleet Management
August 20, 2015 - Industry News
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is purchasing $10,000 worth of new computers and sending training staff for the St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Port-au Prince, Haiti.
Tags: Charity, Haiti, Donations, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems
In a joint letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 17 workers advocate organizations urged the committee to reject hair testing for federal drug tests.
Tags: Legislation, Drug Testing, Hair Testing
August 20, 2015 - Product News
The desktop and mobile solutions of uDrove will now integrate with ITS Dispatch's software offering, providing expanded control over fleet and driver operations.
Tags: Software, Dispatch, Freight, Integration, Telematics, Information Technology
August 19, 2015 - Industry News
UPDATED -- A month-over-month decline was particularly impacted by a drop in dry van orders following some large fleet orders placed in June, but were 13% better than July 2014.
Tags: Trailers, FTR Associates, Trailer Orders
Even without a press-release-worthy, 9,000-unit multi-year order, heavy truck sales were still higher than analysts anticipated.
Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, Class 8
Inflationary pressures on the U.S. economy remain low, as evidenced by a report released Wednesday by the Commerce Department showing an increase of just 0.1% in July from the month before.
Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices
Despite van and reefer load availability increasing for the third consecutive week on the spot market, national average rates in the three major trucking sectors continued moving lower last week as equipment availability rose.
Tags: Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
The U.S. Postal Service has begun delivering bottled water, fresh fish, and electronics in New York City as it begins a shift toward same-day delivery to compete with FedEx, UPS, and Amazon.com.
Tags: USPS, Delivery Fleets, FedEx, UPS
August 18, 2015 - Industry News
EPA and NHTSA's public hearing on proposed GHG Phase 2 standards allowed fleets, manufacturers, environmental groups and legislators to air their concerns on the future emissions rules, often disagreeing on the particulars.
Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, GHG, EPA, NHTSA
As intermodal freight enters peak shipping season at the nation's ports, West Coast ports appear to be slowing the diversion of freight to East Coast ports. At the same time, East Coast ports are working to extend their inland reach, according to published reports.
Tags: Intermodal, Ports
Truckload shipping rates continue to rise, while intermodal shipping continues to get cheaper, according to two of the latest monthly readings. A wider report on freight transportation showed a seasonal lull.
Tags: Economy, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index
The American Trucking Associations' For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index jumped 2.8% in July, following a revised drop of 0.4% during June.
Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage Index
The U.S. housing market continues to improve, with new home starts hitting their highest level in seven years and builder optimism the best in nearly a decade.
Tags: Economy, Home Starts, Home Building
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