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July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: C.H. Robinson Earnings Fall 22.4% from Year Earlier

Multi-modal freight transportation services and third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. reported its second quarter net income fell 22.4% from a year ago despite a 12.4% hike in total revenue.

Tags: C.H. Robinson, Fleet Earnings

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Forecasts Steady Rise in Truck Tonnage Over Next Decade

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The ATA Freight Transportation Forecast is projecting steadily increasing freight tonnage overall and for the trucking industry for the next ten years.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Tonnage, Economic Forecast

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Concerns Remain Despite Housing Rebound

Housing starts in the U.S. bounced back, according to a new Commerce Department report, but concerns remain about the future of the housing market as well as the wider economy.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Housing Starts, Consumer Sentiment, Gross Domestic Product

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Another House Bill Aims to Delay ELD Rule

Photo: Paccar Financial

Another Hail Mary Pass has been flung to try and slow the advance of the electronic logging device rule. Rep. Brian Babin has introduced the ELD Extension Act of 2017, which seeks to extend the current initial implementation date for the ELD mandate.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, ELD, ELD Mandate, Legislation

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Increased Truck Orders Push Volvo Profit Higher

The parent company of Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks on Wednesday reported both increased sales and profitability during the second quarter of the year.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Volvo Group, Quarterly Earnings

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Market Returns to Normal Following Holiday Surge

The spot truckload freight market returned to seasonal norms during the week ending July 15 as the number of posted loads increased 35% and truck posts added 28%, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

Truckstop.com Taps Perry as Chief Economist

Noël Perry Photo via FTR

FTR and Truckstop.com have announced that Noël Perry, a partner at FTR, will lead the economic analysis for Truckstop.com, assuming the role of chief economist for the load board and technology company.

Tags: People, FTR, Truckstop.com, Market Analysis

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Falls 4.3%

Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 4.3% in June. That's in contrast to a 6.9% gain the month prior.

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

July 18, 2017 - Product News

Omnitracs Self-Certifies its ELD Solution

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Omnitracs has completed testing the Intelligent Vehicle Gateway electronic logging device solution that meets the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD Mandate, which is scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 18, 2017.

Tags: Omnitracs, ELDs, ELD Mandate

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

Could House Bill Slow or Even Stop ELD Rule?

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The House Transportation Committee has attached a directive to this year’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill that could end up delaying or repealing the electronic logging device mandate set to go into effect on Dec. 18.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, ELD, ELD Mandate, DOT

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power Revises May Used Truck Numbers

According to J.D. Powers’ latest Used Commercial Vehicle Report, the Peterbilt Model 579 is the market leader, due to a larger-than-normal number of 2015 models entering the market. Photo: Jim Park

Initial weak sales figures in May prompted a weak forecast – but increased sales later delivered a strong showing as the month ended.

Tags: Used Truck Sales, Used Trucks, J.D. Power

July 17, 2017 - Product News

Geotab Brings J.J. Keller, TMW Software to Marketplace

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Geotab has announced the launch of Driver DataSense from J.J. Keller & Associates and integrations to TMW Suite and TMW TruckMate from TMW Systems, through its online Marketplace.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Fleet Management Software, Geotab, TMW Systems

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Swift Creates Leadership Development Program

Edge, the name of Swift's new leadership development program, stands for education, discipline, guidance, and experience. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Swift Transportation has launched the Edge program, a proprietary leadership development program designed to incubate Swift leaders.

Tags: Leadership, Swift Transportation, Emerging Leaders

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

GAO Slams FMSCA for Sluggish IT Effort

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The watchdog agency of Congress has roundly criticized the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for not yet modernizing its information technology systems and for failing to fully establish an “investment management framework” for IT.

Tags: FMCSA, GAO, Unified Registration System, Safety & Compliance, Information Technology

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt Second Quarter Profit Falls

The second quarter earnings season for trucking kicked off on Monday morning with J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. reporting a small decline in profitability.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Monthly Spot Truckload Market Gauge at Highest Level in 3 Years

Spot truckload freight activity in June rallied to record highs for the number of available loads while rates rose to their highest points in nearly two years, according to the DAT North American Freight Index.

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts ELD File-Checker Tool Online

One of the bugaboos to the quick adoption by fleets of electronic logging devices compliant to the new rule has been the question of how—or when— users can be certain that the mandated devices will be able to electronically transfer data files of records of duty status for review by law enforcement officials who use portable computers.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, Hours of Service

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA Releases Results from Unannounced Brake Safety Day

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Administration has revealed that results from its unannounced Brake Safety Day inspection event shows that the majority of vehicles (79%) inspected did not have any critical item vehicle violations.

Tags: Inspections, Brakes, ABS, CVSA

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

ATD Show Returns to Las Vegas for 2018

The American Truck Dealers association has announced that the ATD Show 2018 will be returning to Las Vegas next year for four days, from March 22-25.

Tags: ATD, NADA, Events, Truck Dealers

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

How the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Could Change Trucking

New market trends, including the recent Amazon acquistion of Whole Foods, are creating opportunites for fleets willing to rethink pickup and last-mile delivery. Photo: Tiger Cool Express

Opportunities are on the horizon for fleets willing to embrace new market trends and rethink some aspects of their operations, according to logistics experts Tom Finkbiner and Ted Prince, founders of Tiger Cool Express.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Retail Sales, Amazon.com, Intermodal, ELDs, Food and Beverage Fleets, Last Mile Delivery, Tiger Cool Express, FSMA

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Names New CEO, Chairman of the Board

Paul Svindland Photo via LinkedIn

Celadon Group has announced the appointment of Paul C. Svindland as chief executive officer, effective on or about July 24, succeeding Paul Will who will retire as CEO and chairman of the board.

Tags: Leadership, Celadon Group, People

July 13, 2017 - Product News

Telogis Updates WorkPlan App to Further Automate HOS

Photo: Telogis

Telogis has updated its WorkPlan hours of service module, allowing drivers to select the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's 150-air-mile non-CDL short-haul exemption upon login.

Tags: Hours of Service, Telogis, ELDs, Mobile Apps

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Issues Upbeat Truck Forecast Heading into Fall

Volvo executives (left to right) John Mies, Rikard Orell, Jason Spence, Magnus Koeck and Göran Nyberg celebrate the launch of the new VNL tractor in New River, VA, on July 12, 2017. Photo: Jack Roberts

Citing positive North American market trends, Volvo is predicting a Class 8 market of approximately 215,000 units by year's end.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Truck Sales, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Safety, Volvo VNL

July 13, 2017 - Product News

Navistar OnCommand Telematics Now Available for Purchase

Navistar announced availability of its OnCommand Connection Telematics solution at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree. Photo: Navistar

Navistar has made its integrated OnCommand Connection Telematics solution available for purchase. It includes OnCommand Connection Telematics, Advanced Remote Diagnostics, and Electronic Driver Log.

Tags: Telematics, Navistar, ELDs, Remote Diagnostics, Navistar OnCommand

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Accused of Tampering with Diesel Emissions

Mercedes-Benz Sales Germany building, Berlin. Photo: Daimler.

Germany’s federal minister of transport is investigating whether Daimler's exhaust-gas treatment systems of certain diesel-powered cars and vans have been manipulated by illegal software that eliminates emission measurements taken during testing and on the road.

Tags: Emissions, Daimler, Global

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