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November 2, 2016 - Industry News

Unilever Strikes Deal with Convoy to Move Freight

Unilever and Convoy sign the transportation partnership agreement. Seated, from left: Kees Kruythoff, President of Unilever North America, Dan Lewis, CEO of Convoy; Standing, from left: Seref Alptekin, Camille Chammas, Reginaldo Ecclissato, Senator Bill Bradley, Wendy Herrick, Grant Ries, Jonathan Atwood, Tinsley Corbett, Matthew Algar, Ramesh Daga Photo: Business Wire

Uber-for-trucking startup Convoy has struck a multi-year deal with consumer goods giant Unilever to move the company's goods through its online freight-matching service.

Tags: Unilever, Load Board, Uber, Freight Uberization, Convoy

November 2, 2016 - Industry News

Turbine-Electric Hybrid Trash Truck Deployed

Ratto will deploy at least 15 Freightliner Condors retrofitted with Wrightspeed's Route turbine-electric hybrid powertrain over the next year.  Photo: Wrightspeed Powertrains

The Ratto Group says existing vehicles are being equipped with Wrightspeed’s Route heavy-duty powertrain consisting of a turbine engine, generator, battery pack and electronic controls.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Turbine Truck Engines, Hybrid Trucks, Wrightspeed

November 2, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Market Load Availability Falls as Rates Barely Move

Image: DAT

While the number of available spot market loads fell and rates showed only little improvement in the final week of October, freight volume during the month was better than a year ago, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 1, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Group Hires Former Aramark Fleet Manager

Fisher

Kevin Fisher has joined the Volvo Group as its national account lease manager for the Northeast Region, the company has announced.

Tags: Volvo, Aramark, Mack Trucks, New Hire

November 1, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Extends Speed-Limiter Rule Comment Period

Photo via FMCSA

A 30-day extension of the public comment period for a proposed truck speed-limiter rule was announced today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA

November 1, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Continues Rebound, Construction Falls

New economic reports show the nation’s manufacturing sector continues improving along with consumer spending-- the latest signs the overall economy is gaining traction-- while a separate report shows construction activity has eased, but only just a bit.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Construction Spending

October 31, 2016 - Industry News

Court Dismisses Challenge to ELD Rule

A federal appellate court has upheld the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate, which now remains on track to go into effect starting on Dec. 18, 2017.

Tags: OOIDA, Electronic Logging Devices, Court Ruling, ELD Mandate

October 31, 2016 - Industry News

Natural Gas Truck Sales Fall in Weak Freight Environment

U.S. and Canadian natural gas Class 8 truck sales declined over a three-month period from June to August, according to the latest quarterly report from ACT Research.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

October 31, 2016 - Global News

Scania to Showcase Concrete Mixer Trucks for Mexican Market

Scania is teaming up with McNeilus to showcase its first concrete mixer trucks for the Mexican market.

Tags: Mexico, Scania, Construction Fleets, McNeilus

October 28, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Safety Council Honors Fleets, Safety Director, Drivers

The American Trucking Associations' Safety Management Council recognized fleets, drivers and safety directors for their contributions to fleet safety at the Safety, Security and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition in Oklahoma City.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Safety

October 28, 2016 - Industry News

Fleets Seek Immediate Hair-Testing Action by FMCSA

J.B. Hunt is one of several carriers petitioning the FMCSA to allow hair-testing results in lieu of urinalysis to comply with pre-employment drug testing regulations for truck drivers. Photo: Drivewyze

Rather than wait for a rulemaking, several major motor carriers have petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for exemptions that would allow them to use hair-testing in lieu of urinalysis to comply with pre-employment drug testing regulations for truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Drug Testing, Truckload Carriers Association, The Trucking Alliance, Hair Testing

October 28, 2016 - Industry News

CFI Name Returns With TransForce Acquisition

The year before its acquisition by Con-way, CFI chairman and CEO Glenn Brown posed with the company’s original Kenworth T600 (right) and a 2006 version, celebrating the "Anteater's" 20th anniversary. Photo courtesy Kenworth

Longtime employees of TransForce’s new acquisition in Joplin, Mo., are proudly digging out their old CFI shirts, as the company founded in 1951 as Contract Freighters Inc. goes back to its roots and its name under its new ownership.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, XPO Logistics, CFI

October 28, 2016 - Industry News

Caravan Transport Leverages BlackBerry Radar

Image courtesy of BlackBerry

BlackBerry Limited, a global software provider, announced its end-to-end asset tracking solution, BlackBerry Radar, has been deployed with Caravan Transport Group Inc.

Tags: Radar, BlackBerry Limited, BlackBerry Radar, Caravan Transport

October 28, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Roars Back, Hits 'Turning Point'

Growth in the U.S. economy accelerated in the third quarter of the year, posting its biggest gain in two years, according to Commerce Department numbers released Friday morning. However, a separate report shows consumer confidence slipped.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, GDP, Consumer Sentiment, Gross Domestic Product

October 28, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Steady as Available Freight Increases

While there were slightly more loads and trucks on the spot market during the week ending Oct. 22, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, rates moved little from the week before.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Sells Truckload Operations to TransForce

Photo: XPO

XPO Logistics Inc. (NYSE: XPO) announced Thursday that it has sold its truckload business to Canada's growing trucking concern TransForce Inc. (TSX: TFI) for approximately $558 million in cash.

Tags: Con-way Truckload, Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, XPO Logistics

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: YRC, Universal Truckload Post Smaller Profits

Earnings for the parent of the mainly less-than-truckload carrier YRC Freight and others turned in a smaller third quarter numbers late Thursday, while one logistics operator also reported its profit is down from a year ago.

Tags: Economy, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight, Fleet Earnings, Universal Logistics Holdings

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

Sunteck and TTS Merger Forms $1 Billion Multimodal Company

Third-party transportation and logistics providers Sunteck Transport Group and TTS Holdings have merged to create a single $1 billion dollar company.

Tags: 3PL, Mergers & Acquisitions, Multimodal

October 27, 2016 - Product News

Truckstop.com Offers Load Tracking via New Mobile App

Truckstop.com has released its integrated Load Tracking solution with the company’s freight-matching marketplace and a new mobile app for carriers called Truckstop Mobile.

Tags: Freight, Load Board, Asset Tracking, Truckstop.com

October 27, 2016 - Product News

Netradyne Adds New Detection Features to Driveri Platform

Photo: Netradyne

Netradyne added three new artificial intelligence deep-learning features to its Driveri platform, including Traffic Light Detection, Relative Speed Determination and Pedestrian Identification.

Tags: In-Vehicle Video, Netradyne, Backup Cameras

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Value Posts First Hike in More Than a Year

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The total value of U.S. freight moved between Canada and Mexico during August posted its first year-over-year increase since December 2014, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: UPS, ODFL Rise; Knight, P.A.M., Hub, Echo Fall

At a time when many trucking companies are reporting lower third quarter profits, two report slight gains – but they remain the exception rather than the rule.

Tags: Economy, UPS, Old Dominion Freight Line, Knight Transportation, UPS Freight, Echo Global Logistics, Hub Group, PAM Transport, Fleet Earnings

October 27, 2016 - Product News

Paragon Updates Routing and Scheduling Software

Photo: Paragon Software Systems

Paragon Software launched the latest version of its advanced transport solution, with a number of improvements to the Planning and Paragon Live modules.

Tags: Tracking, Routing, Paragon Software Systems

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Mixed, New Home Sales Best in 9 Years

Shipments and new orders for long-lasting manufactured durable goods were varied in September. While home sales continue growing, one key economic indicator fell.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales

October 26, 2016 - Industry News

Tighter Capacity Fuels Improved Trucking Conditions

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index saw an increase in August fueled by tighter capacity brought about by looming regulations.

Tags: Utilization, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

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