January 13, 2015 - Product News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
A new report released ahead of government numbers set to be published Friday shows private sector, nonfarm employment in the U.S. increased by 241,000 jobs from November to December, the biggest gain since June.
Tags: Economy, Employment
Joseph DeLorenzo, director at the Office of Enforcement and Compliance for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will deliver a keynote address at Omnitracs Outlook 2015.
Tags: FMCSA, Conference, Keynote Speech, Omnitracs, Events, Information Technology
Activity and rates on the spot freight market picked up slightly as 2014 ended and the New Year began, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
January 6, 2015 - Industry News
Truck orders remained strong in December with net Class 8 orders at 43,620 units, the third consecutive month above 40,000, according to the latest data from FTR.
Tags: Class 8, Fleets, Truck Orders, FTR
A shortage of experienced drivers means carriers are hesitant to increase capacity, despite rising carrier costs and rates, according to the quarterly Transport Capital Partners Survey. Expect increases in driver wages this year as a result.
Tags: Survey, Driver Shortage, Transport Capital Partners, Driver Pay
The National Association of Truck Stop Owners is giving Sapp Bros. Travel Centers Founder William Sapp the Hall of Fame award at this year’s NATSO Show in Las Vegas.
Tags: Hall of Fame, Awards, Truckstops, People, NATSO
A federal mediator is stepping in to try and resolve months of stalled talks between West Coast longshoremen and port terminal operators and shipping companies.
Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, California
A coalition representing an array of industry sectors and businesses filed suit in the U.S. District Court on Monday to stop the National Labor Relations Board from moving forward with plans to speed up the time for union representation elections by workers and labor unions.
Tags: Litigation, NLRB, Labor Unions
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