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November 13, 2015 - Industry News

Fleets Honored for Security, Claims and Loss Prevention Programs

ABF Freight System won the 2015 Excellence in Trucking Security Award. (From left) Jeff Ferber, Manager, Security - Field Operations; Chad Cullen, Security Investigator;   Josh Lovan, CCSP, Manager of Security; and ATA's Brian Lagana.

ABF Freight, Old Dominion Freight Line, and Roehl Transport took home honors from the American Trucking Associations' Safety, Security and Human Resources Conference in Little Rock, Ark.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Cargo Theft, ABF, Roehl Transport, Security, American Trucking Associations

November 13, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Latest Numbers Disappoint, More Uncertainty with Fed

While a recent good unemployment report led some to speculate the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at year-end, new numbers released Friday remind us there's more to the equation.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Unemployment, Consumer Confidence, Wholesale Prices, Employment, Producer Prices

November 12, 2015 - Industry News

Arrow CEO: Used Truck Supplies Growing, Will Demand Absorb Them?

Used trucks come on the market three to five years after they’re sold new. Many 2012-model trucks were sold in 2011, and they’ve begun hitting used-truck lots, strengthening supply. Chart: Arrow Truck Sales

The 2012-model trucks sold in 2011, a good year, should push down prices as freight tonnage and demand now seems to be softening slightly.

Tags: Used Trucks, Truck Sales, Class 8

November 12, 2015 - Industry News

Heating Oil Scandal Leaves New Yorkers in the Cold

A multi-million dollar scheme involving the theft, resale and purchase of stolen heating oil has led the New York County District Attorney’s Office to issue 44 indictments, including for 29 truck drivers.

Tags: New York City, Theft, Crime & Fraud, Winter

November 12, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: 3 Reports Show Uneven Freight Movements

Cass Freight Index of shipments. Credit: Cass

Taken separately, new reports on freight movements in the U.S. on freight volume, shipper spending and even the spot market seem to run almost counter to one another. A deeper dive into the analysis shows why activity has slowed but is not widespread.

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

November 12, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Declines, Further Drops Expected

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index declined from the previous month’s number to a reading of 8.46 in September. The reading in August was the highest of 2015 so far.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

November 11, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Motion Urges No Twin 33s in Highway Bill

Image: U.S. Senate

The Senate has approved a bipartisan motion that instructs Senate conferees to the highway bill to oppose the inclusion of a provision that would allow 33-foot long double trailers to operate on highways regardless of state laws.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Highway Bill, Truck Size/Weight

November 11, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Meritor Reports Loss, Westport Sees More Red Ink

One truck component supplier moved from a profit to a loss in the third quarter of the year while a natural gas engine provider took on more red ink.

Tags: Economy, Meritor, Earnings, Cummins Westport, Westport Innovations

November 11, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Volume Grows for Reefers, Vans

Signaling the movement of holiday goods, the number of posted van and refrigerated loads on the spot truckload market increased as the rate in one of the three major sectors moved slightly higher for a change.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 10, 2015 - Industry News

Crashing Against Common Sense

ATRI's latest CSA Research Piece found that excluding “non-preventable crashes” from data decreased the Crash Indicator BASIC by nearly 15% among over a dozen carriers studied.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, ATRI

November 9, 2015 - Product News

Bestpass to Implement Full Toll Coverage in Texas

Toll payment and management company for commercial fleets, Bestpass, will provide its customers with full tolling coverage in the state of Texas, the company announced.

Tags: Texas, Tolls, Toll Management Program, Bestpass

November 9, 2015 - Industry News

XPO Appoints New President of LTL Business

Tony Brooks Photo courtesy of XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has appointed Tony Brooks as president of its less-than-truckload business, effective Nov. 11.

Tags: Leadership, LTL, People, Con-Way, XPO Logistics

November 9, 2015 - Industry News

Expedited Industry Veteran Joins V3 as a Senior Advisor

Craig Amato Photo: V3 Transportation

Expedited services provider V3 Transportation is gaining former Panther II Transportation CEO Craig Amato as a senior advisor and investor, the company has announced.

Tags: Leadership, People, Shippers, Panther, Small Fleets, Investors

November 8, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Awake Over 28 Hours in Tracy Morgan Accident

The Walmart truck driver involved in a fatal crash with a limousine carrying comedian Tracy Morgan was awake for more than 28 hours prior to the crash, according to an NTSB investigation.

Tags: Accidents, New Jersey, Fatal Accidents, Fatigue, Walmart

November 6, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill in Home Stretch

Image: Penske

The highway bill passed by the House on Nov. 5 and the highway bill passed by the Senate in July are headed to a conference committee charged with working out any differences between the two measures.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Bill, U.S. Congress

November 6, 2015 - Product News

Oakley Transport to Equip Bendix Safety Systems on 300 Trucks

Photo: Oakley Transport

Oakley Transport is adding Bendix collision-mitigation, full-stability, and side-object detection systems on around 300 new Volvo tractors, the carrier has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix

November 6, 2015 - Industry News

Nominations Open for HDT's 2016 Truck Fleet Innovators

It's that time of year again - to nominate yourself or someone you know for HDT's 2016 Truck Fleet Innovators. The award recognizes the most innovative leaders in the trucking industry. The deadline is Dec. 1, 2015.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Effort Continues to Remove Hiring Threat to Smaller Carriers

File Photo

Although Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R-TN) pulled an amendment he crafted to fix language regarded as detrimental to smaller carriers before the House passed its highway bill, the lawmaker told HDT that he will “continue to work” to correct the wording during the conferencing process.

November 5, 2015 - Product News

OnTerra’s Software Optimizes Routes for Deliveries and Service Calls

Web mapping and routing provider OnTerra Systems has introduced its RouteSavvy Premium API, a new version of its route optimization for software vendors and software development teams.

Tags: Mapping, Software, OnTerra, Routing, Delivery Fleets

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ohio Farm Creates Giant F-150 Corn Maze

The corn maze can take an hour or more to complete. (PHOTO: Ford Motor Co.)

Inspired by the all-new Ford F-150, Leaders Farms near Napoleon, Ohio, created a seven-acre corn maze as a tribute to Ford’s latest 1/2-ton pickup.

Tags: Ford F-150, On the Lighter Side, Corn Maze

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Shipments Post Surprising Third Quarter Surge

Graphic: IANA

Despite month-to-month variations, third quarter intermodal freight traffic growth of 3.4% was in line with year-to-date results, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

Tags: Canada, Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Cargo Theft Incidents Fall, Average Value Up

The most intensely shaded areas show where cargo thefts happened the most during the third quarter of 2015. Graphic: FWI

The number of cargo thefts in the U.S posted a significant decline in the third quarter of the year but the average value of each crime moved up slightly, as big-value heists jumped, according to logistics-security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Highway Bill

Photo: David Cullen

The House of Representatives has passed its version of a highway bill— voting for it 363-64 in overwhelming bipartisan fashion.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight, Rates Remain Mixed Proposition

Image: DAT

If you are looking to the spot market to move some freight, it remains a good news/bad news situation, based on recent numbers.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: XPO Losses, Revenue Grow; USA Truck Profit Falls

XPO Logistics, which closed this week on its purchase of Con-Way Inc., reported more revenue but a bigger loss in its third-quarter earnings report, while the mainly truckload fleet USA Truck showed a smaller profit.

Tags: Economy, USA Truck, Con-way Inc., XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

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