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June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Firms, Construction Down as Personal Spending Jumps

Results from two surveys of the nation’s purchasing executives indicate manufacturing activity in the U.S. during May was nearly unchanged from the month before. Meanwhile, separate reports show construction spending eased, but consumer spending increased, resulting in hopes that the current quarter will be stronger for the overall economy than the previous one.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Construction Spending, Gross Domestic Product

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

Nonpartisan Group Gives Feedback on Infrastructure Reform

In a detailed report, the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board made recommendations for improving America’s roads and bridges, including private investment, user fees, technology and more.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Bridges, Roads, Highways

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Carrier Input for Operational Costs Survey

The American Transportation Research Institute is seeking carrier input for the annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.

Tags: Operating Costs, Survey, ATRI

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Van Volume Jumps as Reefer, Flatbed Rates Inch Higher

National average spot truckload rates for refrigerated and flatbed freight increased during the week ending May 27 while the rate for van freight slipped due to a lower fuel surcharge, despite strong freight volumes.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Formalizes Regulatory Reform Effort

Image: Whitehouse.gov

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen will serve as DOT’s Regulatory Reform Officer and chairman of the department’s Regulatory Reform Task Force.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, The Trucking Alliance, Donald Trump

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Fires Self-Driving Head at Center of Legal Battle

Anthony Levandowski speaking about the future of self-driving trucks at last year's ATA Managment Conference & Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

In the latest fallout from the legal battle between Waymo and Uber, Anthony Levandowski, who headed Uber's self-driving technology group, has been fired.

Tags: Lawsuits, Google, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Lidar, Otto, Waymo

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

Choptank Transport Expands Training and Development Department

Christina Parent (left) and Kailyn Mister Photo: Choptank Transport

Choptank Transport has announced that it is expanding its training and development department, promoting Christina Parent and Kaitlyn Mister to top training roles at the company.

Tags: People, Promotions, Training & Education

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Spartan Motors Names President, Fleet Vehicles and Services

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Spartan Motors, Inc., announced the appointment of Tom Ninneman as president of Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS), which includes the Utilimaster and Spartan Upfit Services brands,

Tags: Upfitting, Utilimaster, Leadership, Spartan Motors, New Hire, Spartan Upfit Services

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Retires Otto Brand Name

The retirement of the Otto brand name comes on the heels of a tough year for the autonomous truck company. Photo: Otto

Uber has quietly retired the Otto brand name with no word on a future branding for the autonomous truck developer.

Tags: Google, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Waymo

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Stoughton Names Kachidurian, McMaster to Leadership Positions

Luke McMaster Photo: Stoughton Trailers

STI Holdings and Stoughton Trailers recently named Jim Kachidurian as STI Holdings senior vice president of sales and marketing and Luke McMaster as vice president of sales and marketing, dealer for Stoughton Trailers.

Tags: Leadership, People, Stoughton Trailers

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Honors Fallen Military Members at Ride for Freedom Rally

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks employees will participate in the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom rally during Memorial Day weekend to pay tribute to America’s fallen military members.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Veterans, Events

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Automakers Fear NAFTA Changes

Photo: Ford Motor Co.

U.S. automakers are pushing President Trump not to make any significant changes that will affect their cross-border manufacturing operations.

Tags: NAFTA, Donald Trump, Automobile Makers

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Growth: GDP Not as Weak as First Estimated; Factory Activity Slows

Growth in the U.S. economy during the first quarter didn’t slow as much as first estimated, according to government numbers released Friday, while separate reports showed weaker factory activity but continued high consumer sentiment.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Factory Orders, Consumer Sentiment, Factory Shipments, Gross Domestic Product

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Fleets Bear the Pain in Glut Market for Used Trucks

A classic glut has created a buyer's market for good quality, low-mileage Class 8 tractors. Photo: Ritchie Bros.

Industry experts say a glut of used trucks remains on the market and, in extreme cases, some fleets actually owe more for equipment than it is now worth on the secondary market.

Tags: fleet management, Used Vehicle Sales, Equipment Issues, Used Truck Sales

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Opens Logistics Hub to Support Lifestyle Beauty Brand

Photo courtesy XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics announced the opening of a third regional distribution center in Camp Hill, Penn., to support specialty retailer European Wax Center.

Tags: New Facility, 3PL, XPO Logistics, Distribution Centers

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Memorial Day Brings Rise in Cargo Theft, Reminds CargoNet

CargoNet has issued its annual reminder that cargo theft activity often increases around Memorial Day weekend and is once again offering common sense tips to avoid becoming a victim.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, CargoNet

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

House Bills Seek to Ease Veterans’ Path into Trucking

Photo: United States Navy

Acting in bipartisan fashion, as it often does, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved two bills on May 24 intended to make it easier for military personnel and veterans to obtain Commercial Driver Licenses.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Veterans, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Brings on New Chief Technology Officer

USA Truck has announced another leadership change, naming Kim Littlejohn as a vice president and chief technology officer.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Offers Free Tuition and Income via Driving Schools

XPO veteran LTL driver Antoine Seegars is one of the company’s driving school instructors.  XPO’s LTL unit operates the schools at over 80 locations in the U.S. Photo: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics is offering prospective truck drivers free tuition, part-time work and an opportunity for a full-time job with the company through its network of commercial driving schools.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, Recruiting, XPO Logistics, Truck Driving Schools

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Van, Flatbed Freight Rates Rebound Slightly

National average spot truckload rates for van and flatbed freight rose during the week ending May 20 while the refrigerated freight rate remained at its highest mark since January, reported freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Federal Court Rules Against XPO in Driver Misclassification Case

Photo: Port of Long Beach

A federal district court judge has issued a judgment in favor of five port and rail truck drivers against XPO Cartage in a driver misclassification lawsuit, awarding the drivers nearly $1 million in reimbursement and legal fees.

Tags: Lawsuits, Department of Labor, Ports, Driver Pay, Legal, Independent Contractors

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing and New Home Sales Slow

Sales of both existing and new homes fell in April, according to two separate reports, as the nation’s home supply continues tightening.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

War of Words Erupts Over Trump's Call to Allow Interstate Tolls

A 39-word statement in a just-released six-page “fact sheet” on President Trump’s “infrastructure initiative” within his overall budget proposal has brought the toll vs. no-toll contenders out swinging.

Tags: Tolls, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Toll Management

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Michigan Adds Connected Car Upgrades to I-75

Michigan is emerging as one of the leaders in vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications research and adoption. Image courtesy of U.S. DOT.

3M is supplying special lane markings, signage and dedicated short-range communication devices for installation on a stretch of I-75.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, V2I, Safety, Michigan DOT

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

ATA April Truck Tonnage Drops for Third Month

Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire-Truck Tonnage Index slid 2.5% in April, marking the third straight month of declines.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

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