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June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Ky. Fleet Employee Indicted for Missing Tires

File photo

A former fleet employee of the City of Ashland, Ky., has been indicted for purchasing $143,000 in tires that are unaccounted for.

Tags: Procurement, Tires, Parts Management, Crime & Fraud

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Drop Over Past Week

Average spot truckload rates dipped during the week ending June 20 compared to the previous week but remain well above the averages for May, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

May Truck Tonnage Increases But Remains Weak

Graph via ATA

Soft manufacturing numbers are still affecting truck freight, with the American Trucking Associations' Truck Tonnage Index rising only 1.1% in May following a 1.4% loss in April.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index, American Trucking Associations

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

State of Logistics: Truck Drivers Sorely Wanted

SOL report sees truck drivers as  "the limiting factor for the growth in trucking capacity.” Image: Penske Logistics

The numbers are in and 2014 was the “best year for the supply chain industry since the Great Recession.” Nonetheless, the truck-driver shortage still greatly concerns the logistics sector.

Tags: Driver Shortage, State of Logistics Report

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Replaces CEO

Glasman

Jecka Glasman will succeed Todd Bloom as president and CEO for Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) on July 1, the company has announced.

Tags: C-Suite, Mitsubishi Fuso, Promotions

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Attendee Count Doubles

The Fleet Technology Expo is in Long Beach, Calif. on Aug. 24-26. Conveniently located in the midst of Southern California, Long Beach is nearby multiple SoCal attractions. Photo courtesy Long Beach Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

Compared to the 2014 Green Fleet Conference & Expo, fleet attendee count for the now renamed and expanded show has so far doubled in 2015.

Tags: Fleet Technology Expo, Fleet Events, Bobit Business Media

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Fall as Manufacturing Slows

A first look at May orders and shipments of manufactured durable goods, a key indicator for trucking freight.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Port Truckers Protest in New Orleans

Local TV station reports on trucker protest at Port of New Orleans.

Truckers at the Port of New Orleans are sick and tired of handling damaged boxes that they don't get paid for and are protesting, according to a local TV station.

Tags: New Orleans, Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

East Coast Ports Could Gain 10% of Asian Goods by 2020

Photo: Photocapy via creative commons.

Following an expansion of the Panama Canal in 2016, up to 10% of container traffic to the U.S. from East Asia could shift from West Coast ports to East Coast ports by 2020, according to research by the Boston Consulting Group and C.H. Robinson.

Tags: Ports, Panama Canal, Port Trucking

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts Trending Up

Across the United States, cargo theft is up 11% in March through May from the same period in 2014, according to the theft prevention and recovery network CargoNet.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, CargoNet

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

Large Fleets Driving Strong Used Class 3-8 Sales

Photo of 2011 Ram 3500 via Wikimedia.

Overall, used GVW 3-8 transactions from March 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 accounted for 51.7 percent of total GVW 3-8 transactions in the U.S. market.

Tags: IIHS, Used-Truck Sales, Wholesale Prices, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 3

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

Ram 2500/3500 Trucks Increase Towing Capability

Photo of 2016 Ram 2500 courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Truck has increased the towing and payload capabilities of its 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups for 2016 through engine calibration, Ram has announced.

Tags: Ram Truck, Towing, 2016-MY, Ram Heavy Duty, Cummins, Diesel Engines

June 22, 2015 - Product News

SkyBitz Integrates ALK Maps with InSight App

SkyBitz has integrated ALK Maps with its InSight asset tracking and management web application, bringing real-time visualizations and interactive maps to the service.

Tags: ALK Technologies, SkyBitz, Integration, Asset Tracking, Information Technology, Navigation

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

May Truckload Rates Higher, Intermodal Rates Fall

Newly released figures show the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index once again remained higher in May than in each of the past three years, coming in 3.5% higher than May 2014 and 9.5% higher than two years ago.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Surge

Fueled partly by an increase in sales to first-time buyers, existing-home sales in May rose to their highest pace in nearly six years.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Housing Starts

June 21, 2015 - Industry News

Reaction Tempered to Proposed Phase 2 GHG Rule

Image: Environmental Defense Fund

Stakeholder reactions to the rollout of the proposed Phase 2 federal GHG emission rules run the gamut from to cautionary to laudatory.

Tags: GHG, MPG, EPA, NHTSA

June 19, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Claim Phase 2 GHG Rules Will Cut Pollution and Save Money

HDT File Photo

The federal government’s top vehicle and clean-air regulators on June 19 formally announced their proposal for extending fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas emissions rules, and predicted positive economic and health-benefit results.

Tags: MPG, GHG, EPA, NHTSA

June 19, 2015 - Industry News

Doonan Announces Hire of Marketing and Sales Manager

Photo via LinkedIn

Doonan Specialized Trailer announced that Michael Hinton has joined the company as the manager of marketing and inside sales.

Tags: Trailers, People, Marketing, Doonan

June 18, 2015 - Industry News

Bipartisan Senate Duo Lobbies Against Twin 33 Trailers

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

A bipartisan pair of Senators— Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)-- are lending their voices to the chorus opposing the nationwide legalization of twin 33-foot truck trailers via a rider to the T-HUD funding bill now under consideration by the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Size and Weight, Double Trailers

June 18, 2015 - Industry News

May Trailer Orders Down 14 Percent

May trailer orders continued a downward slide with 15,200 units moved in the month, decreasing 14% from April and down 29% year overyear, according to this month’s FTR report.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Dry Vans, Reefers, Trailer Orders

June 18, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Order Outlook Somber as May Sees Decline

Class 8 truck orders were down in May with just over 20,500 units moved in the month, according to the latest numbers from ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, May

June 18, 2015 - Industry News

Cargomatic Hires New Chief Operating Officer

Sean Whiteley, Cargomatic's new COO Photo courtesy of Cargomatic

Cargomatic announced that Sean Whiteley has joined the company as its chief operating officer charged with overseeing operations, sales and marketing efforts for the company.

Tags: Information Technology, People, Shippers, Load Board, Logistics

June 18, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Advantage Expands Business Development Team

MILLS

Fleet Advantage, a provider of truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing, and lifecycle cost management, has expanded its sales team with the addition of Jeff Mills, a 23-year veteran in the transportation and equipment finance industry.

Tags: PACCAR, Fleet Advantage, Truck Fleets

June 18, 2015 - Industry News

McNeilus Rolls Out Technical Support Center Hotline

Street Smart Service by McNeilus introduced a new Technical Support Center hotline to provide access to a team of technical product experts and parts support services. Photo courtesy of McNeilus

McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing’s Street Smart Service announced the new Technical Support Center hotline for the company's refuse trucks and mixers

Tags: Customer Service, Refuse Trucks, Mixer, McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

House Ways & Means Gets Earfuls on Fixing Highway Funding Mess

In testimony Wednesday, transportation stakeholders pressed the House Committee on Ways & Means to quickly and finally figure out how to fix the nation’s broken highway-funding system.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

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