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June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Retail Sales Improve for Third Straight Month

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

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

BNSF Promising Faster Intermodal on Northern Corridor

BNSF has made significant investments in its Northern Corridor route. Photo: BNSF

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

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Infrastructure Funding Bill: Let the States Pay

Photo: Evan Lockridge

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

Shell Lubricants: All Cylinders Firing for Two New Diesel Oil Categories

Extensive lab work is proceeding on track to complete the two new API oil-service categories for heavy-duty diesels. Photo: Shell

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

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Report: For-Hire Freight Movements Ease Up

Freight Transportation Services Index, April 2010 - April 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

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

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Increase Across the Board

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

Economic Watch: U.S. Ports Returning to Normal

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

DOT: Lack of Data Argues Against Truck Size/Weight Changes

FedEx has pushed for a provision allowing longer twin trailers, 33 feet up from the current 28.

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

June 8, 2015 - Industry News

So Cal Port Truckers: Inspection Program Causing Congestion

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

MHC Expands Dealership Footprint in the Midwest

Photo via MHC

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

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Would Authorize Governors to Intervene in Port Strikes

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

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

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Rhode Island Truck Tolls Stalled for Now

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

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Employment Numbers Improve, Including Trucking

The current trucking employment level is close to its pre-recession peak, while nationwide employers added more jobs during May.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Big Data Generated $93 Million in Trucking Last Year

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

ATA Looking for Trucking Image Boosters

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 Offers Free Trial of Recruiting Model

Retention predictors that Omnitracs takes into account on its Retention Model. Image via Omnitracs

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

June 4, 2015 - Industry News

Full Circle TMS Hires Sylectus Founder as President

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

June 4, 2015 - Product News

NFI Chooses MacroPoint for Freight Tracking

Photo via MacroPoint

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

NHTSA Issues Truck Electronic-Stability Rule

Outrigger-equipped for test-track safety, a rig demonstrates what happens when its electronic-stability control (ESC) system is not activated.

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

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Steady, Roadcheck Could Push Them Higher

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.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Growth Best Since January

Change in nonfarm private employment.

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

Rhode Island Scales Back Tolling Plans

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.

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Infrastructure Funding

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Orders Drop Again

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

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Help Inc. Expands Weigh Station Bypass Into N.C.

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

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

White House Threatens to Veto Bill with Key Trucking Provisions

The Obama Administration has put Congress on notice that it will recommend that President Obama veto the T-HUD bill that contains provisions key to trucking interests. Photo: The White House<br />

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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