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March 9, 2016 - Product News

Drive Spotter Offers Video-Based Analytics Program

Drive Spotter president and CEO, Chris Augeri. Photo: Drive Spotter

Analytics startup company Drive Spotter has announced plans to scale its video analytics program, which is designed to improve commercial fleet vehicle and driver performance.

Tags: Telematics, In-Vehicle Video, Dash Cam

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Rates Move Higher Following Bleak February

Following a dismal February performance, Spring has sprung on the spot freight market, with rates moving higher in all three trucking categories for the first time in several weeks.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

HDT, Work Truck, Bobit Business Media Host Work Truck Exchange

Heavy Duty Trucking, along with Automotive Fleet and Work Truck, will be hosting the Work Truck Exchange, an intimate event that pairs a select group of commercial fleet managers with industry suppliers at an all-inclusive, networking retreat designed to accelerate the achievement of each participant's unique business goals.

Tags: Work Truck Exchange, Fleet Events, Bobit Business Media

March 8, 2016 - Product News

Trucking Insider Offers Video-Based Tech Consulting Service

Mike Nalepka Photo: VideoProtects

Veteran trucking technology consultant Mike Nalepka has launched VideoProtects, an advocacy and consulting company focused on the transportation video technology market

Tags: Telematics, People, Consultants, In-Vehicle Video

March 4, 2016 - Product News

Rand McNally to Update IntelliRoute Software

Photo: Rand McNally

Rand McNally is launching an updated version of its IntelliRoute with MileMaker routing and mileage calculation software with improvements to help users plan routes more efficiently.

Tags: Mileage, Fleet Management Software, Rand McNally, Routing, IntelliRoute

March 4, 2016 - Industry News

Used Class 3-8 Vehicle Values End 2015 Strong

Used commercial vehicle transactions of GVW 3-8 vehicles were just over 176,000 units during the last quarter of the 2015 calendar year, up 14.3 percent from the same time period in 2014 calendar year.

Tags: IHS Automotive, Market Analysis, Used Vehicle Sales

March 4, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Improves Despite Trucking Losses

Gains in total U.S. employment remain strong, with a new report showing non-farm payrolls increased in February from the month before. A renowned economist said this week the U.S. economic picture is one of the brightest on the world’s economic stage.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

March 3, 2016 - Industry News

ODFL Tonnage Up from Year Earlier

The less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has reported increases in freight for the first two months of 2016, including tons per day growing 2% and 3.2% for January and February, respectively, compared to the same time in 2015.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, Tonnage

March 3, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Activity Turns Around, ‘Beige Book’ Improves

New factory orders and shipments rebounded at least somewhat in January, while measures of business investment and inventories also improved, according to new Commerce Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Non-Manufacturing, Federal Reserve, Factory Shipments

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Ram Truck Models Receive More PTO Options

Photo: Lauren Fletcher

Ram Commercial has announced a new power take-off option for the Ram Chassis Cab — a left side PTO rated at 60 horsepower of output available in gas and diesel 4x4 models.

Tags: Upfitting, PTO, Chassis Cab, Ram Commercial Truck

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employers Add Another 200,000 Plus Jobs

Employment in the private sector jumped again in February, mainly led by the service industry, while recent weakness in manufacturing translated into a loss of jobs.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

GM to Offer Diesel-Powered Express Van

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Express courtesy of GM.

General Motors will offer a 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine with its 2017 model-year Chevrolet Express cargo and passenger vans, the company announced at the Work Truck Show.

Tags: Chevrolet Express, General Motors, Full-Size Vans, 2017-MY, Diesel Engines

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Continue Decline Despite More Loads

Despite greater demand for truckload services, national average van, reefer, and flatbed freight spot rates all slipped for the week ending February 27 compared to the previous week, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Remains Weak, Construction Booming

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector showed only slightly better signs of life in February and remains tepid, but construction spending in January hit it highest level since 2007, according to newly released reports.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

February 26, 2016 - Product News

Rush Launches Vehicle Service Monitoring Platform

Photo: Rush Enterprises

Rush Enterprises has launched RushCare Service Connect, a service communication system that provides customers with an online, on-demand view of the service process for vehicles in Rush Truck Centers service departments.

Tags: Information Technology, Vehicle Repairs, Rush Enterprises, Parts and Service

February 26, 2016 - Industry News

Lower Oil Prices Push Down Cross-Border Freight

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: December 2014 - 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Large declines in the value of oil and other petroleum-related products during 2015 was reflected in a lower value of cross-border freight movements between the U.S. and its neighbors, according to new Transportation Department figures.

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

February 26, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Improves; Capital Spending, Consumers Rebound

Following a raft of disappointing economic news, there are new encouraging signs about the health of the American economic, with improvements in some of the most closely watched measures – including the beleaguered manufacturing sector.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment, Personal Income, Personal Spending, Gross Domestic Product

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

WIT Names Finalists for Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award

Shelley Simpson, chief marketing officer, executive vice president and president, integrated capacity solutions and truck, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

The Women In Trucking Association announced the finalists for the 2nd Annual Distinguished Woman in Logistics award, promoting the achievements of women employed in the North American transportation industry.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking, Logistics, Women

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

500-Truck Convoy Set for Mother's Day

Photo: Make-a-Wish Foundation of America

A 500-truck convoy has been scheduled for Mother's Day in Lancaster, Pa., to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and take aim at a world record.

Tags: Charity, Make-A-Wish, World's Largest Truck Convoy

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: XPO Reports Loss of Nearly $63 Million

Despite greatly increased revenue in the final quarter of last year and for all of 2015, the fleet that purchased Con-way last year reported bigger losses.

Tags: Economy, Con-Way, XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

CVSA Cites FMCSA for Burdensome Exemptions

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has taken to task the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for unduly burdening roadside inspectors by issuing carriers and drivers too many safety-rule exemptions.

Tags: FMCSA, CVSA

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

DAT: Spot Truckload Rates Steady, Poised for Spring Thaw

Shippers and brokers posted more loads on the spot market for the week ending Feb. 20 while the number of available trucks moved slightly lower, according to DAT Solutions and based on its network of load boards, but rates held steady during the time of year they usually gain at least a little.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Increased Capacity Hurts Truckload Rates, Low Fuel Prices Hit Intermodal

Truckload rates grew at a weaker pace for the fifth consecutive month in January, according to newly released numbers, while intermodal rates are expected to continue a drop that started a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Truckload, Freight Rates

February 23, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Drop Tied to Excess Inventories

The American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 1.4% in January following a flat December reading.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

February 23, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Reports Raise Concerns About a Recession

A glimmer of hope that U.S. manufacturing was starting to rebound at the start of the year may have been quickly been dashed, leading to increasing concerns about the state of the overall economy, while separate reports show consumers don’t feel as good as they did last year, but they are still in the mood for home buying.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Sales

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