March 2, 2016 - Industry News
Ram Commercial has announced a new power take-off option for the Ram Chassis Cab — a left side PTO rated at 60 horsepower of output available in gas and diesel 4x4 models.
Tags: Upfitting, PTO, Chassis Cab, Ram Commercial Truck
Employment in the private sector jumped again in February, mainly led by the service industry, while recent weakness in manufacturing translated into a loss of jobs.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment
General Motors will offer a 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine with its 2017 model-year Chevrolet Express cargo and passenger vans, the company announced at the Work Truck Show.
Tags: Diesel Engines, Chevrolet Express, General Motors, Full-Size Vans, 2017-MY
Despite greater demand for truckload services, national average van, reefer, and flatbed freight spot rates all slipped for the week ending February 27 compared to the previous week, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
March 1, 2016 - Industry News
Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector showed only slightly better signs of life in February and remains tepid, but construction spending in January hit it highest level since 2007, according to newly released reports.
Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending
February 26, 2016 - Product News
Rush Enterprises has launched RushCare Service Connect, a service communication system that provides customers with an online, on-demand view of the service process for vehicles in Rush Truck Centers service departments.
Tags: Information Technology, Vehicle Repairs, Rush Enterprises, Parts and Service
February 26, 2016 - Industry News
Large declines in the value of oil and other petroleum-related products during 2015 was reflected in a lower value of cross-border freight movements between the U.S. and its neighbors, according to new Transportation Department figures.
Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade
Following a raft of disappointing economic news, there are new encouraging signs about the health of the American economic, with improvements in some of the most closely watched measures – including the beleaguered manufacturing sector.
Tags: Economy, GDP, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment, Personal Income, Personal Spending, Gross Domestic Product
February 25, 2016 - Industry News
The Women In Trucking Association announced the finalists for the 2nd Annual Distinguished Woman in Logistics award, promoting the achievements of women employed in the North American transportation industry.
Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking, Logistics, Women
A 500-truck convoy has been scheduled for Mother's Day in Lancaster, Pa., to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and take aim at a world record.
Tags: Charity, Make-A-Wish, World's Largest Truck Convoy
February 24, 2016 - Industry News
Despite greatly increased revenue in the final quarter of last year and for all of 2015, the fleet that purchased Con-way last year reported bigger losses.
Tags: Economy, Con-Way, XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has taken to task the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for unduly burdening roadside inspectors by issuing carriers and drivers too many safety-rule exemptions.
Tags: FMCSA, CVSA
Shippers and brokers posted more loads on the spot market for the week ending Feb. 20 while the number of available trucks moved slightly lower, according to DAT Solutions and based on its network of load boards, but rates held steady during the time of year they usually gain at least a little.
Truckload rates grew at a weaker pace for the fifth consecutive month in January, according to newly released numbers, while intermodal rates are expected to continue a drop that started a year ago.
Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Truckload, Freight Rates
February 23, 2016 - Industry News
The American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 1.4% in January following a flat December reading.
Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index
A glimmer of hope that U.S. manufacturing was starting to rebound at the start of the year may have been quickly been dashed, leading to increasing concerns about the state of the overall economy, while separate reports show consumers don’t feel as good as they did last year, but they are still in the mood for home buying.
Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Sales
Toronto-based Element Financial Corp. has hired Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a Santa Clara, Calif., global information technology firm.
Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Companies, Consultants, Element Financial
February 23, 2016 - Product News
Telogis has introduced Logbook, a mobile app that lets drivers track and organize miles driven for personal or business use, the telematics provider announced at Mobile World Congress on Feb. 23.
Tags: Personal Use, Telogis, Mobile Apps, Mileage Reports
Privately-owned Canadian fleet Challenger has chosen Petro-Canada Lubricants as its exclusive heavy-duty engine oil provider as part of a multi-year partnership agreement.
Tags: Canada, Oil, Partnership, Petro-Canada Lubricants
February 22, 2016 - Industry News
Contending that “spending on highways does not correspond very well with how the roads are used and valued,” the Congressional Budget Office has issued a new report that looks at three ways lawmakers could “make highway spending more productive."
Tags: Highway Funding, Congressional Budget Office, Highway Trust Fund
American Trucking Associations has officially opened the nominating process for professional truck drivers to serve on the 2017-2018 America’s Road Team.
Tags: ATA, Volvo Trucks, America's Road Team, Community Outreach, Image
February 19, 2016 - Industry News
Consumer prices are heading higher, according to new U.S. Labor Department numbers, increasing speculation that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates again.
Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Leading Economic Indicators, Federal Reserve, Interest
There are still 58,500 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S., according to a review of the 2015 National Bridge Inventory database conducted by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.
Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Road Safety, Bridges
February 18, 2016 - Product News
Trimble has added ISE Fleet Service’s Android eFleetSuite compliance application to its field service management solution adding support for hours of service and DVIR.
Tags: Fleet Management Software, Trimble, DVIR, HOS, Information Technology
February 18, 2016 - Industry News
Video telematics company Lytx has signed an agreement to be acquired by Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR.
Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Lytx, Truck Driver Safety
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