June 11, 2015 - Industry News
Retail sales in the U.S. continue improving after slowing at the end of last year and the beginning of this year, but things could still be better.
Tags: Economy, Retail Sales
BNSF Railway announced new, faster service offerings along its Northern Corridor route, after heavy oil-field and grain shipments last year caused service times to drop.
Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, BNSF
Two Republicans on Capitol Hill have re-introduced a controversial bill taking a radical approach to the issue of highway funding -- handing responsibility for infrastructure over to the states.
Tags: Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, Devolution
June 10, 2015 - Industry News
The industry campaign to develop not one but two new API oil-service categories to eventually replace the current CJ-4 spec for heavy-duty diesel engines is on a fast track for new formulations to be licensed starting in late 2016, according to Shell Lubricants.
Tags: Shell, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, Shell Lubricants, API, PC-11
Large declines in trucking and pipeline, coupled with smaller declines in rail carloads and rail intermodal resulted in a decline in the total amount of U.S. for-hire freight movements in April from March.
Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index
The number of available loads on the spot truckload market jumped 36% during the week ending June 6 as capacity increased 5.5%, helping push rates higher.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
June 9, 2015 - Industry News
Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports has returned to normal levels following ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report.
Tags: Economy, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal
June 8, 2015 - Industry News
The Department of Transportation has declared that “data limitations” uncovered by its research on the impact of increasing truck size and weight limits should preclude changing “relevant laws and regulations.”
Tags: DOT, FHWA, Size and Weight
The California Trucking Association recently came out against a new chassis equipment inspection process at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, saying they are causing congestion problems for truckers.
Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, CTA, Congestion, Intermodal, Intermodal Chassis
June 5, 2015 - Industry News
The Murphy-Hoffman Company truck dealership group has acquired five Kenworth dealerships formerly operated by R.L French Corporation in three Midwest states.
Tags: Kenworth, Dealership, MHC, Truck Dealers
A bill introduced on June 5 would expand the powers granted by the Taft-Hartley Act regarding labor disputes at U.S. ports allowing state governors the intervention powers currently reserved for the President.
Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, U.S. Senate, Port Trucking
UPDATED -- A recently amended proposal to charge tolls for trucks crossing bridges in Rhode Island may not be included in the state budget, according to local reports -- but it could be addressed by the legislature in a special session.
Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Infrastructure Funding
The current trucking employment level is close to its pre-recession peak, while nationwide employers added more jobs during May.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment
Big data analytics generated $93.9 million in revenue in the trucking industry in 2014, according to research firm Frost & Sullivan, which projected that amount would grow to $1.6 billion by 2022.
Tags: Frost & Sullivan, big data, OEMs, Market Research, Telematics, Information Technology
June 4, 2015 - Industry News
The ATA is seeking nominations for the ninth annual Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award, recognizing those who are creative in increasing positive awareness for the trucking industry.
Tags: ATA, Awards, Trucking Moves America Forward, Awareness Campaign, Image, American Trucking Associations
June 4, 2015 - Product News
Omnitracs is offering a six-month free trial of its custom Recruiting Model in celebration of the company’s 10-year anniversary.
Tags: Technology, Analytics, Driver Retention, Driver Recruitment, Omnitracs
Full Circle TMS announced that Sylectus founder Stuart Sutton will lead the transportation management software company as president and CEO.
Tags: Information Technology, Leadership, Sylectus, People, TMS
NFI has announced that it is using MacroPoint’s freight tracking software to enhance load tracking capabilities for its current customers.
Tags: Vehicle Tracking, Macropoint, NFI, Freight
June 3, 2015 - Industry News
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued its long-awaited final rule to require electronic stability control (ESC) systems on Class 7-8 trucks and large buses.
Tags: Highway Safety, Electronic Stability Control, NHTSA
Freight rates on the spot truckload market held steady last week, as both capacity and the number of loads available to haul fell, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.
Two days before a government report on unemployment is set to be released, a report from a payroll processor shows 201,000 non-farm, private jobs were added in the U.S. during May, the biggest gain since January.
Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing, Employment
June 2, 2015 - Industry News
UPDATED -- Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced last minute changes to a truck tolling proposal that upset several local and national trucking groups, but the state trucking association says the plan still unfairly targets truckers.
New orders for factory-made goods continue to disappoint, falling 0.4% in April from the month before and marking the eighth decline in the last nine months.
Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments
Help Inc., is expanding its PrePass weight station bypass service for commercial vehicles into North Carolina, the company has announced.
Tags: North Carolina, Weigh Stations, PrePass, Weigh-Station Bypass
Even before a major spending bill containing several provisions of importance to the trucking industry has made it out of the House, the White House has all but promised that President Obama will veto it.
Tags: Insurance, Hours of Service, Size and Weight, 34-Hour Restart, Restart Study
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