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March 18, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Freight Movements with Canada, Mexico Increase 4.5% Last Year

U.S.-NAFTA trade by mode: 2010-2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North America neighbors increased 4.5% in 2014 compared to a year earlier, while over the longer term trucking has some lost market share to other transportation modes.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Surface Trade

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

Flatbeds Post Only Increase in Spot Market Rates Over Past Week

The average flatbed rate on the spot market picked up a little more steam while rates in the other two sectors remained stable as both the number of loads to move and truck capacity increased.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

FedEx Profit Leaps More Than 50%

Photo: FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. on Wednesday reported a 4% increase in revenue while profit jumped more than 50% in its most recent fiscal quarter.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

House Highway Committee Hears from Beyond the Beltway

Photo: U.S. House T&I Committee

Roads and bridges may be local projects, but there’s no getting around their funding being planned and executed on a national scale. That message was driven home today in testimony by three representatives of key stakeholder groups before the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.

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

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Registration Open for FTR Virtual Conference

Photo: FTR

FTR has announced that registration is open for its first "virtual conference." The event is scheduled for April 7th and will include discussions and question-and-answer sessions on important topics in trucking.

Tags: Webinar, Events, FTR, Fuel Prices, Regulations

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Post Largest Drop in 4 Years

Nationwide housing starts dropped 17% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 897,000 units in February, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts

March 16, 2015 - Industry News

Bendix Hits Billion Dollar Sales Mark

Photo: Bendix

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems surpassed $1 billion in sales during 2014, marking a first for the company.

Tags: Sales, Bendix, Brakes, Wheel Ends, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, Safety

March 16, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Rises, Home Builder Confidence Down

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

UPDATED -- Industrial production in the U.S. increased 0.1% in February from the month before, but is 3.5% higher than the same time a year ago.

Tags: Industrial Production, Economy

March 16, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. and Canada Agree to Border Pre-Clearance Deal

The Peace Bridge near Buffalo, N.Y. Photo via Wikipedia commons user Óðinn

The U.S. and Canada have agreed to allow trucks going into the U.S. from Canada to clear customs on the Canadian side of the border, according to a report from The Buffalo News.

Tags: Canada, Legislation, Cross-Border Trucking, Department of Homeland Security

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Offers Heavy Payload F-150 to Commercial Users

Ford has begun offering a heavy payload package on regular cab and extended cab 2015 F-150 trucks. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has begun offering a heavy payload package with its 2015 F-150 pickup that increases the payload and towing capabilities for fleet and other commercial users.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Towing, Payload, Ford, 2015-MY

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Dart Offers Bose Seats to Drivers

Bose Ride seat. Image:Bose

Dartco has begun installing Bose Ride seats in its trucks for its drivers to improve comfort on long drives, the company announced. The seats will also be available as bonuses or performance incentives.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Dart, Driver Comfort, Driver Retention, Bose

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Virginia Port Addresses Congestion's Impact on Truckers

Trucks are backed up along the roads leading into the Port of Virginia. Image:Via Wavy.com video

The Port of Virginia has begun implementing several policies to ease congestion and address problems for truckers at the busy East Coast port.

Tags: Virginia, Ports, Congestion, Port Trucking, Intermodal

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Fall Again, Consumer Optimism Dips

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Prices at the wholesale level fell again in February, down 0.5% from the month before, the fourth straight month this has happened, and is the largest drop since 2009.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Sentiment, Producer Prices

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Starts 2015 F-150 Production in Kansas City

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, drives the first 2015 F-150 built in Kansas City. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has begun production of its 2015 F-150 pickup at the Kansas City Assembly Plant about four months after it began building aluminum-body trucks at its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Assembly Plant, Full-Size Pickups

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Key Lobby Floats Political Solution to Fix Highway Trust Fund

Source: ARTBA

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association is floating a detailed “political solution” that it contends would “permanently resolve the issue of [using] short-term fixes” to fund future investments in highway/bridge and transit capital projects.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Construction, Capitol Hill

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Opens Nominations for Leadership Program

American Trucking Associations is seeking nominations for the third class of its LEAD ATA leadership development program designed to nurture the next generation of trucking industry leaders.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Market Facing Big Challenges

Intermodal traffic has been seeing a diversion to East Coast ports. Photo: Port of NY/NJ

Intermodal freight movements are finally recovering since a tentative agreement was worked out about three weeks ago between West Coast Port workers and shipping companies, but diversions of freight from this part of the country are expected to continue.

Tags: Intermodal, FTR, Ports, Research, Port Trucking, Stoughton, China, Railroads

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Drops 34%, Still High

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for January dropped 34% month to month to a reading of 7.8. Despite the drop, the index is only slightly below the high average score from 2014.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Capacity

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Fall for Third Straight Month

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Retail sales in the U.S. fell for the third straight month in February as harsh weather in much of the country kept consumers and their wallets at home.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Rates for Vans, Reefers Gain Momentum on Spot Freight Market

The freight-matching service provider DAT Solutions reports the biggest increase on its network of load boards was in the van segment.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Six Carriers Agree to Settle Pilot Flying J CEO Fraud Suit

Six of the seven trucking companies suing Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam for fraud have agreed to settle, according to reports from a Cleveland-based ABC news affiliate.

Tags: Lawsuits, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Fraud, Settlement

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Building a Safety Culture from the Driver Up

Bob Peterson, presidnet and COO, Melton Truck Lines. Photo by Deborah Lockridge.

Every company has a culture, whether intentional or not. For three carriers represented at a panel discussion at the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting in Kissimmee, Fla., this week, intentionally building a culture of safety pays big dividends.

Tags: Bison Transport, Truckload Carriers Association, Melton Truck Lines, Jetco Delivery

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Cargo Theft Declines in 2014, Average Value Increases

2014 U.S. cargo theft incident frequency. Graphic: CargoNet

Two separate reports show the number cargo thefts in the U.S. fell last year compared to 2013, but the average value of the heists increased.

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

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

National Fleet Safety Winners Named At TCA Convention

Photo courtesy of TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association named FTC Transportation of Oklahoma City and Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba as the two grand prize winners of its National Fleet Safety Award.

Tags: Driver Safety, TCA, National Fleet Safety Awards

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Moves Lower For Second Straight Month

Freight Transportation Services Index, January 2010 - January 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry fell slightly in January from the month before, but remains close to its record high level.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

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