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September 2, 2014 - Industry News

Omnitracs to Acquire XRS in $178 Million Deal

XRS allows users to operate the system on a wide variety of mobile devices, such as this Motorola smartphone.

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

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

PierPass Diverts 30 Millionth Truck from So Cal Ports

Photo: Wikipedia Commons.

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

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Posts First Decline Since January

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

August 29, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Study Driver Pay Impact on Safety

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

August 29, 2014 - Industry News

Maryland Pulls Out of Baltimore Intermodal Project Development

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

Trucking Adds to 10.2% Gain in U.S.-NAFTA Freight Movements

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode:  June 2013 - June 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

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

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Revised Upward, Auto Sales Shrink

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

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Survey: Pay Most Important for Drivers in Deciding Where to Work

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 Names New President, COO

Ruan Transportation Management Systems has announced changes to key leadership positions within the company.

Tags: Ruan, People, Fleets

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

CEVA Logistics Expanding San Diego Facility

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

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

West Coast Port Workers, Shipping Companies Agree on Healthcare

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

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Hold, Freight Availability Down Slightly

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

Alabama Moves to Expand Container Capacity at Port of Mobile

Aerial view of Alabama State Port Authority's land acquisitions this week.

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

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Minority Shareholder Calls for Changes, CEO Ouster

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

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Patriot Transportation Holding Closer to Spinoff of Bulk Carrier Operation

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

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

YRC’s New Penn Names Foust as New President

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

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durables Surge, Consumer Confidence Best Since 2007

Aircraft bumped up orders and shipments of durable goods.

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

Judge Rules Vicarious Liability Applies in Lawsuit Against Carrier

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

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Section of Delaware I-495 Fully Reopen

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

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Fall During July

Photo: Evan Lockridge

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

Economic Watch: Construction Starts Index Hits Highest Level of the Year

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

August 22, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Introduces the Heavy Duty Green Symposium

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 Adds Border Crossings to Toll Network

The Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. Photo via Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.

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

August 21, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers, Brokers Warned About Identity Fraud Scam

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

August 21, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Heading Higher

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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