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June 22, 2017 - Product News

DAT Offers AscendTMS for Free to Carrier Customers

Screenshot via DAT Solutions

DAT Solutions has announced that it has integrated its most popular carrier features into the AscendTMS for carriers and it will be offered to current and future DAT carrier customers for free.

Tags: Online Tool, TMS, Load Board, DAT Solutions

June 21, 2017 - Industry News

State of Logistics: Buffeted by Crosswinds

Photo: Penske Logistics

The latest annual State of Logistics Report paints the industry not quite as storm-tossed, but as “buffeted by crosswinds as the pace of change accelerates."

Tags: Penske Logistics, State of Logistics Report, A.T. Kearny

June 21, 2017 - Industry News

XPO LTL Drivers Rack Up 1 Billion Accident-Free Miles

The special commemorative awards given to each XPO 3MM distinguished driver. Photo: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has announced that its 12,575 less-than-truckload drivers have surpassed one billion miles with no preventable accidents since the company began tracking the statistic.

Tags: Accidents, LTL, Safe Driving, XPO Logistics

June 21, 2017 - Industry News

Seven Truck Fleets Sign on for Run on Less MPG Roadshow

Image via RunOnLess.com

Seven U.S. truck fleets— together accounting for nearly 11,000 tractors and 26,000 trailers-- have signed on to have one of their trucks and drivers participate in Run on Less, a new cross-country “roadshow” aimed at showcasing advancements in fuel efficiency.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Carbon War Room, NACFE, Run on Less

June 21, 2017 - Product News

J.J. Keller Self-Certifies Mobile ELD Solution

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

J.J. Keller & Associations has announced that its Mobile ELog solution has been self-certified and added to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD registry.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

June 21, 2017 - Industry News

House Bill Would Repeal Heavy-Truck Federal Excise Tax

Photo: David Cullen

A new effort to ax the 12% federal excise tax on most heavy-duty trucks, tractors and trailers has been mounted on Capitol Hill by Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA).

Tags: ATD, Federal Excise Tax, U.S. House of Representatives

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

FTR: The Economics of 33' Trailers Only Benefit a Few Markets

Photo: Tom Berg

FTR released a new report detailing the economics of using twin 33-foot trailers, showing that only in specific cases would the extra capacity lead to a benefit. However, for those fleets, the increase would be worth it.

Tags: Trailers, LTL, FTR, Delivery Fleets, Double Trailers

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

FedEx Delivers Quarterly Profit of More Than $1 Billion

Parcel delivery and trucking company FedEx Corp. on Tuesday reported it turned its finances around dramatically in the most recent quarter as it also wrapped up its fiscal year.

Tags: FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Improvements

Truckload linehaul rates showed further stability in May, according to newly released figures, while a separate report shows intermodal rates continue to expand.

Tags: Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Improved Freight Demand Could Increase Equipment Purchases

Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index showed improving freight demand while ACT Research's For-Hire Trucking Index indicated that fleets were looking to buy new equipment.

Tags: Economy, ACT Research, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Port Strike Highlights Pay, Emissions Regulation Struggles

Picketers at XPO Logistics' port operations say port truck drivers should be classified as employees. Photo via Justice4PortDrivers Twitter

Southern California truck drivers and warehouse workers who serve the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach once again went on strike on June 19, protesting poor wages and labor practices.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Department of Labor, Ports, Strikes, Driver Pay, Owner-Operators, Independent Contractors

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Committee Tasked with Picking Rules to Cut

Image: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun to take specific action to comply with President Trump’s Executive Order 13771 requiring agencies relieve businesses of burdensome regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Donald Trump

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Mediocre 2016 for U.S. 3PL Activity

Photo: Ryder

Third-party logistics in the U.S. experienced “a mediocre year” in 2016, according to a new report prepared by market-research and consultancy firm Armstrong & Associates Inc.

Tags: 3PL, Trends, Research

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing, Consumer Confidence Down as Industrial Production Stalls

Political uncertainty could be partially to blame for some less-than-stellar economic reports, with show housing starts dropping, consumer confidence slipping, and industrial production stalled.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Housing Starts, Consumer Sentiment

June 15, 2017 - Product News

Next Trucking Expands Online Freight Shipping Platform

NEXT Trucking bills itself as a&amp;ldquo;unique&amp;rdquo; trucking marketplace which allows truckers to sell their services by posting the routes they want to drive at the pay they want to earn.<br />Photo: NEXT Trucking

The new service is designed to connect small- to medium-sized international shippers with North American truckers and fleets to streamline logistics and provide transparency for both parties.

Tags: Online Booking, Logistics, Mobile Apps, Freight Brokers, Uber for Trucking

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

New President Named for RoadRunner Freight

Roadrunner Transportation Systems has promoted Frank Hurst to president of Roadrunner Freight, the company’s asset-light less-than-truckload business.

Tags: Leadership, Roadrunner Transportation

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Ford F-150 Engines Add Power, Efficiency

Photo of 2018 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Ford is revamping its F-150 engine lineup for 2018 to offer a more efficient V-6 and more powerful V-8 in a lineup that will also include a diesel option for the first time, the company has announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Engines, Large Pickups

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Fed Hikes Interest Rates Again; Retail Sales, Inflation Ease

Despite retail sales falling by the biggest amount in 16 months and a dip in consumer prices, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday for the third consecutive quarter as the central bank signaled its confidence in the U.S. economy.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Soar Along With Load-to-Truck Ratios

Graphic: DAT

Average spot truckload freight rates jumped sharply for the second straight week in all three major equipment types while load-to-truck ratios also headed much higher for the week ending June 10, according to new figures from DAT Solutions and based on its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Reveals ‘Wheel with No Air’ Tire Concept

Michelin&#39;s long-term Visionary concept can perhaps be best summed up as a &quot;wheel with no air.&quot; Photo: Michelin

Looking not unlike a lushly blue life form on James Cameron’s cinematic world of Pandora, the prototype of Michelin’s Visionary concept tire glowingly held center stage at the tire maker’s Movin’ On global conference on sustainable transportation.

Tags: Sustainability, Michelin, Tires and Wheels, Movin' On Conference

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Falls for Second Straight Month

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

A measure of total for-hire freight movements in the U.S. fell for the second straight month in April, according to a report issued Wednesday by Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Penske Truck Leasing to Acquire Old Dominion Truck Leasing

Penske expects its deal to acquire Old Dominion Truck Leasing to close in July of this year. Photo: Penske

When completed, the deal will add approximately 1,400 tractors, trucks, and trailers to Penske's fleet.

Tags: Leasing, Penske Truck Leasing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Old Dominion Freight Line

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Moves into Telematics with NexTraq Acquisition

Michelin&#39;s acquisition of NexTraq will enhance the company&#39;s solutions for driver safety, fuel management and enhancing fleet productivity. Photo: Michelin

Michelin has announced its pending acquisition of NexTraq, an Atlanta-based provider of commercial fleet communications systems.

Tags: FleetCor Technologies, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, NexTraq, Mergers & Acquisitions

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Taking Long View of Sustainable Transportation

Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard (right) welcomes attendees to Movin&amp;rsquo; On conference as Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre looks on. Photo: Michelin

As Ralph Dimenna, chief operating officer of Michelin Americas Truck Tires, sees it, the Movin’ On sustainability conference that the global tire maker is hosting this week aims “to promote free thinking” to help address the various issues now impacting transport mobility.

Tags: Sustainability, Michelin, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, Movin' On Conference

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Swift Names VP of Driver Engagement

Scott Barker has been promoted to vice president of driver engagement at Swift Transportation. Photo: Swift Transportation

Swift Transportation has promoted Scott Barker to vice president of driver engagement, a newly formed role at the company, in charge of providing support for the company's drivers.

Tags: Leadership, People, Swift Transportation, Driver Retention, Drivers

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