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July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Court Rules California Truckers Entitled to Paid Breaks

Truck drivers in California are entitled to paid rest breaks and meal breaks, according to a Wednesday ruling from a federal court in San Francisco.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, California, Hours of Service, Litigation

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Route 15 in New York Designated I-99

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the designation of Route 15 as Interstate 99 between Corning, Steuben County, and the Pennsylvania border.

Tags: New York, Pennsylvania, Highways, Interstate, Canada, Cross-Border Trucking

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Expiration of West Coast Ports Contract Brings Surge in Imports

The Port of Los Angeles

With West Coast longshoremen still negotiating a new contract, retailers are bringing holiday merchandise into the country at record levels to protect against potential supply chain disruptions, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released Wednesday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, a maritime research and consulting business.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

New Central America Canal Route Unveiled, Impact on World Shipping Uncertain

A new trade route has been settled on linking the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean, which could be a boon that changes the face of container shipping, or be a boondoggle.

Tags: Surface Trade, Panama Canal, Global, Intermodal

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Lawmakers Slowly Moving to Prop Up Highway Trust Fund

The U.S. House could vote as soon as early next week on legislation to prop up the Highway Trust Fund, before it runs out of money.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

First Quarter Driver Turnover Largely Unchanged

The turnover rate at large truckload carriers rose just one percentage point to an annual rate of 92% in the first quarter of 2014, but held above 90% for the ninth consecutive quarter, according to new figures released by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Driver Turnover, Fleets

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Lineage Logistics Acquires Two California Cold Storage Facilities

Lineage Logistics, Colton, Calif., a warehousing and logistics company, has acquired two cold storage facilities in Santa Cruz county California from Dreisbach Enterprises.

Tags: California, Fleets, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Section of I-44 in St. Louis Closing Friday Through Monday

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close all lanes of I-44 in both directions from Broadway to the Poplar Street Bridge in St. Louis this weekend.

Tags: Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri, I-44, Interstate 44, St. Louis

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Expenditures Hit Record High During June

The freight logistics sector continued to strengthen in June, with both shipment volumes and expenditures rising once again, according to the Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Element's PHH Arval Buy Doubles Fleet Portfolio

Element Financial Corp. has finalized its acquisition of PHH Arval for $1.4 billion, a transaction that doubles the size of its managed fleet assets, the Canadian firm has announced.

Tags: Canada, Element Financial, PHH Arval, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Accellos, HighJump Software Announce Merger

Supply chain software companies Accellos, Colorado Springs, and HighJump, Minneapolis, announced July 7 that the two companies would merge operations, creating a company with 11,000 customers in 23 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Tags: Information Technology, Software, Mergers & Acquisitions, Accellos, HighJump Software

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Roadrunner Completes Management Team Reorganization

Photo: Via Roadrunner Facebook page.

Asset-light trucking and logistics services provider, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, has appointed a president for each of its three business segments.

Tags: Fleets, Roadrunner Transportation, People

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Los Angeles/Long Beach Port Truckers on Strike

Port truck drivers from three of Los Angeles’ leading drayage firms began indefinite strikes on Monday morning over claims of unfair labor practices at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Continues Setting Records

After hitting record high levels for two straight weeks, intermodal rail traffic set another new record during June.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Unveils Long-Term Plan for Autonomous-Driving Trucks

Daimler Trucks' Future Truck 2025, disguised in black and white adhesive foil, obscuring the exterior contours. (PHOTO: Daimler Trucks)

Daimler Trucks on Thursday shared its vision of the future of trucking trucks that can drive themselves, saying they could help solve the driver shortage problem -- but not by taking drivers out of trucks altogether. The autonomous truck project, called Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, was demonstrated on a section of the A14 Autobahn.

Tags: Drivers, Daimler Trucks, Global, Future Trucks, Automated Driving

July 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Numbers Signal Strengthening Economy

Employers added 288,000 jobs in June, 17,000 of them in the transportation and warehousing arena, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1%. That's well above the rate of hiring in the first five months of the year, a sign the economy continues to rebound.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

NTB Inc. Offers Drivers 4-cent Raise

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based regional hauler is offering a 4-cent raise to all current and future drivers.

Tags: Driver Pay, NTB, Fleets

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Independence Day Holiday Travel Expected to Jump Over Last Year

Expect the highways to be more crowded this Independence Day weekend that they were last year and compared to the recent Memorial Day holiday.

Tags: Economy, AAA, Highways, Holiday Travel

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

NACFE Releases Confidence Report on Idle Reduction Solutions

Idle-reduction technologies are not always one-size-fits-all. NACFE's Idle Reduction Solution report helps fleets make better technology choices.

A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency helps fleets choose the right idle reduction solution for their operation. NACFE examines the pros and cons of 19 separate technologies, and provides a tool to help fleets compare different solutions.

Tags: Idle Reduction, NACFE

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Up for 13th Month in a Row

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 13th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 61st consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

On-Highway Diesel Prices Ease Upward by a Tenth of a Cent

Diesel prices see a gain of one-tenth of a cent while regular-grade gasoline holds at last week's level. Crude oil prices are at their lowest in the past two weeks.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Westport, Clean Energy Fuels offer Natural Gas 201 Webinar

This free webinar is the second in a series designed to help fleets take full advantage of this inexpensive, abundant and clean-burning fuel.

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

GE Capital: 27% of Fleets Expect to Expand Within a Year

Average revenue of firms surveyed that operate vehicle fleets was $191.7 million. Those companies employed an average of 1,439 people.

About two-thirds of executives at middle market companies ($10 million - $1 billion in sales) with responsibility for their company’s vehicle fleets, surveyed by GE Capital saw improved overall performance and improved financial performance compared to the same period a year ago. Many are making plans to expand their fleets, hire more workers and grow revenue in the year ahead.

Tags: GE Capital Fleet Services

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Rail Intermodal Traffic Posts Second Straight Weekly Record High

This was the highest week in history for total U.S. intermodal volume, topping the previous record set last week, reaching 272,553 units, up 7.8% compared with the same week last year.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Study Lays Out Consequences of West Coast Port Strike as Deadline Looms

As negotiations continue for a new contract agreement covering 13,600 dockworkers at 30 ports stretching from San Diego, Calif., to Bellingham, Wash., a new shows the U.S. economy could lose as much as $2.5 billion a day if a prolonged West Coast port shutdown occurs.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Research, Economy, Intermodal

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