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July 2, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Names Supply Chain Security and Operations VP

Boyd Stephenson

American Trucking Associations promoted Boyd Stephenson to vice president of supply chain security and operations.

Tags: Security, ATA, Leadership, People, Supply Chain Management, Associations

July 2, 2015 - Industry News

Bulldog Hiway Express Brought Into Daseke Family of Carriers

Photo courtesy of Daseke

Bulldog Hiway Express, the company of past American Trucking Associations Chairman Phil Byrd, is merging with the Daseke family of flatbed, open-deck and specialty carriers.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Flatbed, Daseke Inc.

July 2, 2015 - Industry News

Unemployment Lowest in 7 Years, Manufacturing Eases

Economic Watch: The nation’s unemployment rate fell 0.2 of a percent point in June to 5.3%, its lowest rate since April 2008, while 7,400 jobs were added in the for-hire trucking sector.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments

July 1, 2015 - Industry News

How to Engage Leadership to Support Fleet Safety Programs


In a general session during the upcoming Fleet Safety Conference, Joseph McKillips, CSP, manager, Commercial Program Support, Global Environment, Health, Safety & Energy for Abbot, will outline how fleets can get senior management to support a fleet safety program.

Tags: Safety Program, Fleet Safety Conference, NETS

July 1, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Ease Slightly Despite Increased Cargo

Increased freight availability and falling truckload capacity was not enough to keep freight rates on the spot market from falling slightly for the week ending June 27, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 1, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Jobs Growing, Manufacturing Expanding

Private sector employment in June saw its biggest month-over-month improvement since December, the third month-over-month jump in a row.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Employment

June 29, 2015 - Industry News

Kuehne Nagel Purchases 3PL Provider ReTrans

Credit: Kuehne and Nagel Group

Memphis, Tenn.-based third party logistics provider ReTrans Inc. is being purchased by the Kuehne Nagel Group, the latest in a series of moves by companies extending their reach into trans-Atlantic freight.

Tags: Intermodal, Mergers & Acquisitions, Fleets, 3PL, Global

June 29, 2015 - Industry News

Sysco Ends Merger Agreement With US Foods

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Sysco has terminated its merger with US Foods after the Federal Trade Commission’s request for preliminary injunction to block the deal was granted.

Tags: Federal Trade Commission, Mergers & Acquisitions, Sysco, US Foods

June 29, 2015 - Industry News

Element to Acquire GE Capital's Fleet Business

File photo of GE Capital Fleet's Vehicle Innovation Center in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Toronto-based Element Financial Corp. has entered an agreement with General Electric to acquire GE Capital's fleet business in the U.S., Mexico, Australia and New Zealand for $6.9 billion.

Tags: GE Capital Fleet Services, GE Capital, Element Financial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Markets, Fleet Management Companies

June 26, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Advances Pro-Trucking Measures

Image via: www.feinstein.senate.gov

Before heading out the door on June 26 for an 11-day Congressional recess, the Republican majority in the Senate flexed its political muscle to move forward an array of legislative efforts widely favored if not outright lobbied for by trucking stakeholders.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Truck Size/Weight, Highway Funding, ELD, Speed Limiter, 34-Hour Restart, CSA, FMCSA

June 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Sentiment Best in Five Months

American consumers are feeling better about the economy with one measure hitting its highest level since January.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Spending

June 26, 2015 - Industry News

Oakland Port Tests Sensors to Measure Wait Times

Photo via Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland has announced that it is testing sensors to measure how long trucks servicing the port are waiting to enter marine terminals.

Tags: Ports, Congestion, Port Trucking

June 26, 2015 - Industry News

GE Capital Survey Forecasts Expanding Trucking Industry

GE Capital has released a national survey of middle-market trucking company executives examining the financial performance, operational issues and economic outlook of trucking businesses.

Tags: GE Capital, Industry Research, Survey

June 26, 2015 - Product News

GE Capital Fleet Services Uses Verizon for HOS System

GE Capital Fleet Services has announced a contract with Verizon Networkfleet to offer customers an electronic truck-compliance system for the upcoming electronic hours of service regulation requirements.

Tags: Information Technology, J.J. Keller, GE Capital Fleet Services, HOS, eLogs, Verizon Networkfleet

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

Over 10,000 Veterans Used the CDL Skills Test Waiver

More than 10,000 veterans and active duty personnel have taken advantage of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Military Skills Test Waiver Program since it began in 2011.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Veterans

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Jumps, Service Sector Declines

Economic Watch: American consumers opened their wallets a whole lot more in May, with consumer spending increasing the most in nearly six years.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Non-Manufacturing, Personal Income

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Cross-Border Freight Value Declines

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by Mode: April 2014 - 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $93.3 billion in April, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures, down 6.8% from the same time a year earlier.

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

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

NOLA Protest Ends As Port Addresses Trucker Concerns

A three-day protest at the Port of New Orleans by independent truck drivers has come to an end after meetings between the truckers and terminal operators.

Tags: New Orleans, Ports, Driver Pay, Port Trucking

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

Learn How to Integrate Safety Policies and Technology

Is driver over-reliance on this technology an unintended downside of having this lifesaving equipment onboard? That's what a panel of subject matter experts at the upcoming Fleet Safety Conference will be exploring.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Safe Driving, Fleet Events

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Invests in Telematics Provider Zonar

Daimler Trucks North America announced that it has become a minority investor in Zonar Systems as part of a long-term strategic partnership.

Tags: Telematics, Virtual Technician, Zonar, Daimler Trucks North America, Information Technology

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Con-Way Truckload Names Interim Head

Con-way Inc. has announced that Hank M. Bartos will act as the interim president of Con-way Truckload while the company seeks a permanent top executive.

Tags: Leadership, People, Con-Way, Con-way Truckload

June 24, 2015 - Product News

Rand McNally Publishes 35th Edition of Trucker Atlas

Photos: Rand McNally

Rand McNally has released the 2016 edition of its Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas with updated maps and content for drivers.

Tags: Rand McNally, Motor Carriers Road Atlas, Navigation

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Rhode Island Senate Approves Truck Toll Proposal

UPDATED -- The Rhode Island Senate has approved a $1.1 billion plan allowing the state to create a toll on large commercial vehicles traveling through the state -- but it's unlikely it will go anywhere in the House.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Infrastructure Funding

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Econ Watch: GDP Slowdown Less Than Thought

The U.S. economy contracted less in the first quarter of the year than previously estimated, according to a Commerce Department report released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Home Sales

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Senate to Consider 6-Year, $350 Billion Highway Bill

Senate bill would provide $350 billion over six years for surface transportation. Photo: David Cullen

A bipartisan effort by four key Senators led the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee on June 24 to recommend that the full Senate consider a six-year bill that calls for spending $350 billion on surface-transportation infrastructure.

Tags: Highway Funding, Legislation, U.S. Congress, Elected Leaders


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