September 2, 2014 - Industry News
Omnitracs, the original pioneer of tracking and communications in the trucking industry, announced it's buying XRS Corp., which led the industry in going to a mobile platform using the bring-your-own-device strategy.
Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Vehicle Tracking, XRS, Smartphones, Mergers & Acquisitions, Omnitracs
PierPass announced that its OffPeak program reached a major milestone, diverting its 30 millionth truck trip at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Intermodal, California, Congestion
August 29, 2014 - Industry News
Consumers unexpectedly backed off on personal spending in July by just a bit, while income moved slightly higher, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report, raising concerns that wages are not keeping up with household needs.
Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Personal Income
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun a study of the relationship between safety and driver pay. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to see if there is a connection between industry pay practices and safe driving.
Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Driver Pay, Drivers
The Maryland Department of Transportation has terminated its agreement with railroad operator CSX to locate a new Baltimore Rail Intermodal Facility in the western part of the city and has pulled all state funding from the project.
Tags: Maryland, Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Port of Baltimore, CSX
August 28, 2014 - Industry News
U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $103 billion in June as all five major transportation modes carried more cargo by value than during June 2013, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.
Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade
UPDATED -- The U.S. gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 4.2% in the second quarter of the year, according to a second estimate released Thursday by the U.S. Commerce Department -- its best pace since the third quarter of last year.
Tags: Economy, GDP, Auto Sales
A new survey asked thousands of truck drivers nationwide what makes them choose one job over another, and pay came out as the top reason, followed by the amount of time they get at home and then benefits.
Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Recruiting, Retention, National Retail Systems
August 27, 2014 - Industry News
Ruan Transportation Management Systems has announced changes to key leadership positions within the company.
Tags: Ruan, People, Fleets
Supply chain management company, CEVA Logistics, said Tuesday it will expand its presence in the San Diego market with a new freight management and logistics facility totaling 125,000 square feet and 23 dock doors.
Tags: California, CEVA Logistics, Fleets, Logistics
Talks between representatives for longshoreman at West Coast ports and shipping companies have resulted in an agreement on at least one topic as they continue to try and hammer out a new labor contract.
Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions
The summer doldrums appear to have kicked in on the spot freight market, with rates barely moving for the second straight week, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.
Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates
August 26, 2014 - Industry News
The Alabama State Port Authority finalized its purchase this week of two industrial properties including a 35-acre tract fronting the seaport’s channel and a 63-acre industrial tract within one mile of the harbor for expansion.
Tags: Alabama, Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking
One of USA Truck’s minority investors and its manager are calling for changes within the trucking company, including selling off all or part of to ousting its current leader.
Tags: USA Truck, Mergers & Acquisitions, Fleets
The parent company of bulk tanker carrier Florida Rock and Tank Lines filed papers a few days ago to spin off the trucking business into a new holding company that is separate from its real estate ventures.
Tags: Fleets, Patriot Transportation, Florida Rock & Tank Lines
Former Roadrunner executive Donald R. Foust has been named as the new president of YRC Worldwide’s regional less-than truckload operation New Penn, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Tags: Fleets, People, YRC Worldwide, New Penn
UPDATED -- Shipments and new orders for manufactured durable goods continue moving higher, with both hitting record levels -- but the numbers may not be as bright as they seem.
Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Consumer Confidence
August 25, 2014 - Industry News
What one media outlet calls a “landmark decision” by a federal court pushes aside a nearly decade-long federal protection for vehicle leasing companies. It's expected to affect trucking companies whose owner-operators are involved in accidents when certain leasing arrangements are used.
Tags: Accidents, Liability, Drivers, New York, Litigation, Leasing, Owner-Operators
The northbound lanes of I-495 through Wilmington have been reopened following the successful realignment of the bridge spanning the Christina River.
Tags: Delaware, Road Construction
New home sales in the U.S. declined in July, according to the Commerce Department, falling for the second month in a row and hitting a four-month low.
Tags: Economy, Home Sales
August 22, 2014 - Industry News
New construction starts in July climbed 6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $588.8 billion, according to industry date provider McGraw Hill Construction.
Tags: Economy, Construction
This year’s Green Fleet Conference will include a series of sessions aimed specifically at trucking fleets called the Heavy Duty Green Symposium.
Tags: Green Fleets, Green Fleet Conference, Heavy Duty Green Symposium, Fuel Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, Events
August 21, 2014 - Industry News
Bestpass has added several international bridges to its toll network at the border between New York and Canada.
Tags: Canada, Tolls, Bestpass, Bridges, New York
The fraudulent employers promise to reimburse the “shipping assistants”, but no money is ever reimbursed. When questioned, the scammers claim to be affiliated with the brokers or carriers whose identities and logos they have hijacked for that purpose.
Tags: TIA, Crime & Fraud, Fleets, DAT, Brokers
Linehaul rates for truckload shipping continue to rise, according to the latest Cass Linehaul Rate Index. On average, North American shippers paid 7.2% more in July of this year than last in their truckload linehaul rates.
Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates
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