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February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Fall, Total Construction Rises

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Existing-home sales in the U.S. declined in January to their lowest rate in nine months, but the pace was higher than a year ago for the fourth straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Construction Spending

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

FTC Looks to Stop Merger Combining Two of Nation’s Largest Private Fleets

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Federal Trade Commission has filed an administrative complaint charging that the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods would violate the antitrust laws by significantly reducing competition nationwide and in 32 local markets for foodservice distribution services.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Fleets, Sysco, US Foods

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Agreement Reached Over West Coast Port Labor Problems

Port of Los Angeles. Photo: Port of L.A.

The Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Friday evening announced a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering 13,000 workers at all 29 West Coast ports – but problems at the ports are far from over.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

February 20, 2015 - Product News

Knight Chooses Zonar Tablet for Telematics Platform

Photo courtesty of Zonar

Knight Transportation has chosen the Zonar 2020 Mobile Tablet as the new telematics platform for its fleet.

Tags: telematics, Zonar, Knight Transportation, Tablets

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

California Port Carrier Feeling Lockout's Pinch

Photo via Port of Long Beach.

Shippers Transport Express works from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, but in the midst of stalled labor negotiations and shutdowns, all the fleet can do is wait.

Tags: Ports, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Labor Unions

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

Universal Truckload Services Profit Slips

The logistics and customized freight transportation provider Universal Truckload Services Inc. has reported earnings showing profits declined slightly in the final quarter of last year and for all of 2014.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Universal Truckload

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters to Assist Truckers if So Cal Ports Shutdown

Photo via Port of Long Beach

The Teamsters Union announced an effort to provide unemployment benefits to truckers working from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in the event of a shut down.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Teamsters, Independent Contractors

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Increase at Slower Pace

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons.

A measure of where the American economy is headed three to six months down the road registered another monthly increase but the pace was slower than in recent months.

Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

TMC Elects New General Chairman

Kevin Tomlinson, TMC General Chairman and Treasurer. Photo: Jim Park

The Technology and Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations elected Kevin Tomlinson as its 2015-2016 general chairman and treasurer.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, TMC, People

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Trims Quarterly Losses

XPO Logistics released financial numbers on Wednesday showing a net loss of $9.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared with a net loss of $10.6 million for the same period in 2013.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, XPO Logistics

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Electric Truck Maker Developing Drone Deployment System

Photo: AMP

AMP Electric Vehicles' Workhorse E-Gen Truck features an extended-range electric drive, and a number of forward-thinking features, including a drone delivery system.

Tags: Delivery Truck, Federal Regulations, Commercial Drones, AMP Electric Vehicles, Workhorse

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Neptune Orient Sells APL Logistics for $1.2 Billion

Photo: APL Logistics

Singapore’s global container shipping and logistics company Neptune Orient Lines Ltd. has reached an agreement to sell its APL Logistics business for $1.2 billion.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Port Trucking, Intermodal

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Shows Improvements

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for 2013 and 2014. Graphic: FTR

Business conditions in the trucking industry improved dramatically the final month of 2014, according to a new report from the transportation forecasting firm FTR.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Continue Decline as Capacity Rebounds

The amount of freight available to haul declined 4.5% the second week of February compared to the week before while capacity increased 10%, causing rates to slide in the major equipment categories for the third straight week.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 17, 2015 - Product News

ComFreight Announces Back Office Integration

ComFreight has announced a new API which integrates the company's applications with a customer's back office software.

Tags: Freight, API, Mobile Apps, ComFreight

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Homebuilder, Consumer Confidence Ease

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in February fell two points to a level of 55, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released on Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Home Building

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

Radiant Logistics Grows Quarterly Profit

Non-asset based trucking and logistics provider Radiant Logistics Inc. managed to triple its net income during the most recent quarter, but it was still just barely in the black.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Radiant Logistics

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

DAT: Spot Freight Rates, Volume Post Seasonal Decline in January

Volume plummeted 27% compared to the same time in 2014. It was the first year-over-year decline in 19 months for the index that measures spot truckload freight demand and capacity.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, Freight Index, DAT Solutions

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

Sentence Handed Down in Household Goods Moving Scheme

A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced by a federal court after pleading guilty earlier to charges of conspiracy to commit extortion in a household good moving scheme.

Tags: FMCSA, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Household Goods Movers

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

FreightWatch Issues Advisory Over Truckstop/Highway Thefts

Over the past several weeks, the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International has received reports of over 40 pilferage events at truckstops and highway pull-offs in one state.

Tags: Arkansas, Truckstops, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime, I-40, I-55

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

Postal Service Seeking Next-Gen Delivery Vehicle

Photo of exising USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Postal Service will meet with automotive manufacturers in Washington, D.C., this week to field questions about its proposal to replace its aging delivery fleet with a next-generation vehicle, according to federal records.

Tags: General Motors, USPS, Delivery Fleets

February 13, 2015 - Industry News

The TMC Annual Meeting Kicks off on President’s Day

Booths at the 2014 TMC Annual Meeting.

The American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council is holding its Annual Meeting from Feb. 16-19 at the Music City Center in Nashville. This year’s event will be themed “Fueling the Future.”

Tags: ATA, Events, TMC, Alternative Fuels, Fleets

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Mobile Devices Could Become Profit Centers for Carriers

Mobile devices could become profit centers for carriers, according to Laura Lohrke, product manager for mobile, Omnitracs during a session at the company’s user conference in Dallas .

Tags: Driver Productivity, Delivery Fleets, Mobile Apps, Information Technology

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Issues May Hurt Trucking Industry Growth in 2015

Driver shortages, driver turnover and regulations could all affect the potential growth of the trucking industry in 2015, according to analysis from GE Capital.

Tags: GE Capital, Driver Shortage, Truck Orders, Freight, Industry Trends

February 12, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth, Paccar Offer Extended Warranty Program

Kenworth and Paccar Financial are offering an Extended Warranty Program for U.S. customers purchasing new Kenworth Class 8 trucks financed through PACCAR.

Tags: Kenworth, Class 8, Paccar Financial, Truck Warranty

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