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January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Two Ports Handle Record Volume, Cope with Freight Challenges

Photo: Port of Oakland

Two of the nation’s marine port complexes said they handled record container volume in 2014.

Tags: Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, containers

January 14, 2015 - Product News

PeopleNet Names Industry Vet to Head Trucking Division

Trucking division GM Mark Kessler Photo: PeopleNet

PeopleNet announced that Mark Kessler will be the general manager of the company’s newly developed Trucking division. The division will focus on creating products and services to for trucking fleets.

Tags: Information Technology, Leadership, Fleet Management Software, PeopleNet, People

January 14, 2015 - Product News

Meritor Expands OnTrac Customer Service Hours

Meritor’ OnTrac Customer Service Center is now open seven days a week with expanded hours Monday through Friday.

Tags: Customer Service, Call Center, Meritor, Product Support

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Paragon Buys Majority Share in Home Delivery Service Company

Photo: Paragon

Paragon Software Systems acquired a majority shareholding in Axida, a company that has been a business partner of Paragon in the home delivery service industry.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Routing, Paragon Software, Delivery Fleet, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Crash Accountability Study Coming in Two Weeks

Photo: Ohio State Patrol

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will release its study on crash accountability in the next couple of weeks, said Jack Van Steenburg, the agency’s chief safety officer.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Crash Accountability

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Hits New Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, November 2009 - November 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of the amount of freight moved by the nation’s entire for-hire transportation sector shows it rose 0.8% in November from the month before, the fifth consecutive monthly increase.

Tags: Economy, U.S. DOT, Freight Index

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Drop in December, Increase Overall for Year

HDT file photo

Retail sales in the U.S. fell in December by the largest amount in nearly a year, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Big Spot Market Freight Gains in December, Year Begins on Down Note

Spot market freight volume was atypically strong for the season in December, while rates also moved higher, according to the truck freight load board operator DAT Solutions and its latest North American Freight Index.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 13, 2015 - Product News

J.J. Keller Updates E-Log System for Restart Suspension

Photo: J.J. Keller

J.J. Keller updated its Encompass E-Log System to reflect the recent 34-hour restart suspension, the company announced. The restart suspension is in effect until at least Sept. 30, 2015.

Tags: J.J. Keller, HOS, E-logs, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Contributes to Record CSX Railroad Earnings, Revenue

Photo: CSX Facebook page

CSX Corp. on Tuesday announced record fourth-quarter 2014 net earnings of $491 million, a 15% increase from $426 million for the same period last year, due in part to highway-to-rail freight conversions.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Earnings, CSX

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Survey Shows Tight Truck Capacity Slowing Freight

Graphic: TCP

The latest industry survey by the consultancy group Transport Capital Partners sees a shortage of capacity and lack of qualified drivers changing the dynamics of freight, with trends in capacity and rates also contributing to a decline in broker freight.

Tags: Research, Hours of Service, Fleets, Capacity, Brokers, Transport Capital Partners, 34-Hour Restart

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

New Refrigerated Intermodal Service Launched

Infinity Transportation Logistics recently launched its new expedited refrigerated domestic intermodal container service between Washington and Oregon and the Midwest and East Coast.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Fleets

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts Total $18 Million in Final Quarter of Last Year

During the three-month period the cargo recovery service recorded 181 thefts, with 81 in October, 60 in November, and 40 in December.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, CargoNet, Crime

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Shippers Transport Drivers Join Teamsters at SoCal Ports

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Port truck drivers from a major drayage firm serving the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been reclassified as employees and joined the Teamsters Union.

Tags: Drivers, Port of Los Angeles, California, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Offers States $30 Million in Safety Grants

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration announced the availability of $30 million in state grants aimed at assisting states in improving transportation safety by modernizing their technology infrastructure.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Department of Transportation, Federal Grants, Enforcement

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Swift Deploys Telematics System on New Dry Van Trailers

Swift Transportation announced that it would partner with Spireon to bring GPS-based trailer tracking and management to dry van trailers added in 2015.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Spireon, Trailer Tracking, Swift Transportation, Trailers

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

FTR Trucking Conditions Index Higher for November

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for November, at a reading of 8.98, reflects dropping fuel prices, according to the transportation research firm. Strong freight volumes from a good Christmas shopping season also helped.

Tags: Fuel Prices, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. to Open Border to Mexican Carriers

Mexican fleets like this one can now apply for U.S. operating authority under NAFTA. Photo by Evan Lockridge

Fourteen years later, the Mexican cross-border trucking provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement will finally be implemented.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters Lose Another Organizing Vote at Con-way Freight

Truck drivers at the carrier Con-way Freight’s Bakersfield, California, terminal on Thursday voted to reject representation by the Teamsters Union.

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Freight, California, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions, LTL

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls, Job Growth Best Since 1999

Unemployment in the U.S. continued declining in 2014, the best year for job growth since 1999, according to new Labor Department figures. However, wages fell and more people left the labor force.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: FTR 2015 Economic Webinar Paints Bright Picture

By Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Since the end of the "Great Recession" and the start of a recovery, the U.S. economy has gone through two distinct phases, with the latter being the better, and expectations are things will continue to improve.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, GDP, Unemployment, Housing, Employment

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

ASF Intermodal Opens North Carolina Drayage Facility

ASF Intermodal opened its newest intermodal drayage facility in Charlotte, N.C., the company’s first North Carolina terminal.

Tags: North Carolina, Expansion, ASF Intermodal, Terminals, Intermodal, Port Trucking

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Drivewyze Receives Investment from Equity Group

Drivewyze announced that private equity group Kanye Partners has invested in the company and its sister company Intelligent Imaging Systems to support the growth of its weigh station bypass service.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, Drivewyze, Weigh Stations

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Trucks Drive Cross-Border Freight, Hitting Record High Level

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, Oct. 2013 - Oct. 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners of Canada and Mexico increased in October compared to the same time a year ago, hitting the highest level on record.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Universal Truckload Replaces CEO after Planned Retirement

Universal Truckload Services named Jeff Rogers as the company’s new CEO succeeding Scott Wolfe who announced his plans to retire earlier this year.

Tags: Leadership, People, CEO, Universal Truckload

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