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April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Prices Tame, Beige Book Shows Improvements

A rebound in fuel prices helped push overall retail prices higher in March,, but inflation remains about as far from a threat as possible to the U.S. economy, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve, Beige Book

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

New North American Commercial Vehicle Show Slated for September 2017

(UPDATED) A new, bi-annual North American trucking trade show has been scheduled for September 2017 in Atlanta.

Tags: Events

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Decline Slightly

Freight Transportation Services Index, February 2011 - February 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Following two straight months of growth, the amount of freight moved by for-hire operations in the U.S. fell in February from the month before, due in part to a substantial decline in trucking, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

April 13, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Adds Tracking To Sylectus Mobile App

Sylectus Mobile App via Google Play

Omnitracs has made vehicle location tracking available through the Sylectus Mobile On Demand feature of the Sylectus Mobile app for iOS and Android mobile devices.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Sylectus, TMS, Omnitracs, Mobile Apps

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Decline, Keeping Inventories High; PPI Drops

Retail sales in the U.S. disappointed once again last month, causing high inventory levels to fall only marginally while wholesales prices declined, according to three separate reports released on Wednesday.

Tags: Retail Sales, Business Inventories, Producer Prices, Wholesale Prices, Economy

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

TxDOT Reduces Truck Tolls for Congestion-Relief Effort

The Texas Transportation Commission voted to give trucks a break on the cost of tolls on a portion of State Highway 130 and State Highway 45SE as part of the Truck Toll Discount Program approved by the 84th Legislature.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, TxDOT, Truck Tolls

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Give Back Most of Recent Gains

Spot freight rates eased off the gas as spot truckload volume dipped 1% and the number of posted trucks increased 6.2% for the week ending April 9, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

200 Drivers Honored in Salute to Women Behind the Wheel

Photo: Women In Trucking

Women In Trucking honored nearly 200 female professional drivers with its 7th annual Salute to Women Behind the Wheel at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking Association, Events, Women Drivers

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Walmart Announces Carrier of the Year Honorees

Photo: Walmart

Walmart Transportation has named 12 trucking and transportation partners as its 2015 Carriers of the Year.

Tags: Partnership, Awards, Walmart

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Groups Slam FMCSA Approach to Safety-Fitness Rule

A roadside safety inspection. Photo: U.S. DOT

A coalition of trucking interests has come out bluntly critical of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s efforts to put in place its proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety Fitness Determination

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Super Rigs Contest Set for June in Joplin, Mo.

A parade on Friday night is part of the festivities. This year it'll be on June 10. Judging will be June 9-11.

Owner-operator truckers from across the United States and Canada compete for cash and prizes, and for a chance at being featured in the 2017 Super Rigs Calendar.

Tags: Shell Rotella, Owner-Operators, Shell SuperRigs, Events

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

DHL Drivers Compete in Safe Driving Rodeo

DHL Express' drivers will be taking part in a Safe Driving Rodeo from April 4 to Sept. 30 operating in Mercedes-Benz Sprinters, similar to the European version shown here. Photo: DHL Express

DHL Express has begun its first Safe Driving Rodeo competition that puts 180 of its U.S. couriers to the test for 112 workdays to promote DHL’s safety culture by having drivers engage in friendly head-to-head competition.

Tags: DHL, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Safe Driving Competition, Delivery Fleets

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

West Virginia City Loses Appeal to Regulate Heavy Truck Traffic

The Morgantown, W. Va., city council has lost an appeal to regulate traffic along Route 7 in its jurisdiction based on size and weight.

Tags: Regulations, West Virginia, Truck Weight, Court Ruling

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

CP Drops Norfolk Southern Merger Bid

Image: Canadian Pacific Railway

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has announced it has terminated efforts to merge with Norfolk Southern Corp.

Tags: Railroads, Norfolk Southern, CP

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

YRC Freight Adds Accelerated Shipping Service

Photo: YRC Freight

YRC Freight is offering a new accelerated service with shipment times that are one or two days faster than standard shipment times.

Tags: LTL, Freight, YRC Freight

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Market Measure Remains Low Despite Improvement

Seasonal freight volumes got a 38% boost from seasonal freight in March according to the DAT North American Freight index. Compared to February, van freight availability increased 25%, flatbed volume rose 64% and reefer volume added 16%. Graphic: DAT Solutions

Spot market freight volume got a 38% percent boost from seasonal freight in March, but the DAT North American Freight Index remains at one of its lowest levels in years, according to newly released figures.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 8, 2016 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Executive Wins Distinguished Women In Logistics Award

Shelley Simpson, chief marketing officer, executive vice president and president, integrated capacity solutions and truck, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. Photo via WIT

Shelley Simpson of J.B. Hunt has received the 2016 Women In Trucking Association’s Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, J.B. Hunt, Women in Trucking Association, People, Women in Trucking, Logistics

April 7, 2016 - Industry News

European Platooning Challenge Delivers 'Promising' Results

Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks driving in a connected convoy (truck platoon) using the Highway Pilot Connect system. Photo: Daimler

Volvo, Daimler Trucks, DAF Trucks, Iveco, MAN Truck & Bus and Scania all participated in the challenge, driving platooned convoys thousands of miles across multiple borders in countries that included Sweden, Germany and Belgium.

Tags: European Union, Global, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

April 7, 2016 - Product News

FourKites Load Tracking Integrates with McLeod's PowerBroker

The load tracking platform FourKites has been integrated with McLeod Software’s PowerBroker, adding tracking capabilities for users of the brokerage management software.

Tags: Vehicle Tracking, McLeod Software, Asset Tracking, FourKites

April 7, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Fleet Care Replaces Quality Fleet Care Billing Tool

Ford Fleet Care replaced Quality Fleet Care as the company's consolidated parts and service billing tool on April 1, according to Ford.

Tags: Ford, Parts and Service, Billing

April 6, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Ends First Quarter on Up Note

Spot truckload volume increased 11% during the week ending April 2 as shippers moved freight out the door to close the first quarter on a high note, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 6, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Inks 5-Year UAW Contract

Volvo Trucks North America has ratified a new five-year agreement with the United Auto Workers covering about 2,000 union workers at its New River Valley, Va., plant.

Tags: Vehicle Manufacturing, UAW, Labor Unions, Volvo Trucks North America

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

FDA Reveals Final Rule for Hauling Food Safely

Final FDA Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule differs in numerous ways from the agency's original proposal.

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Feb. 5 that it has finalized a rule that will require certain shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicle, and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of that food.

Tags: FDA, Food and Beverage Fleets, Refrigerated Trailers

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Exports Increase, Service Sector Expands

While the U.S. trade deficit increased to a six-month high in February, U.S. exports seem to finally be turning around for the better. Meanwhile, the nation’s service sector improved again last month, and a final report on manufacturing offers hope for this freight-significant indicator.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Non-Manufacturing, Factory Shipments, Trade

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

Drivewyze Calculates Money Saved by Bypassing Weigh Stations

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Drivewyze, which offers weigh station bypass via an app on a smartphone or tablet, says it’s now able to do some interesting analytics of all the data collected from three years’ worth of operation, including how much fleets save by bypassing weigh stations.

Tags: Drivewyze, Analytics, Weigh Stations, MATS

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