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September 25, 2015 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Revises Profit Expectations

Photo by Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation has lowered projections for profits for the final two quarters of the year and for the full year, due in large part to at least one accident, legal claims and expected lower freight volume.

Tags: Economy, Swift Transportation, Fleet Earnings

September 25, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Revised Upward, Consumer Sentiment Declines

The U.S. economy performed better in the second quarter of the year than earlier thought, according to a new Commerce Department report Friday, leaving some wondering if this puts the Federal Reserve closer to raising interest rates.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Federal Reserve, Gross Domestic Product

September 25, 2015 - Industry News

House Speaker Boehner to Step Down Next Month

Speaker of the House John Boehner will resign from Congress effective October 30, according to published news reports.

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

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Proposed 'Mattress Tag Rule' Angers ATA's Engineering VP

Ted Scott, vice president of engineering for the American Trucking Associations, had a succinct assessment of a recent federal regulatory proposal: “FMCSA has finally gone crazy.”

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Safety & Compliance, FMCSA, Vehicle Safety, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Updates Silverado HD Trucks for 2016

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD chassis cab courtesy of GM.

The Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks will add new features for the 2016 model year, including integrated cruise control, powertrain grade braking, and diesel exhaust braking to enhance control, General Motors has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Silverado HD, General Motors, Class 3, 2016-MY

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

PeopleNet Renews School Grant Sponsorship

Photo via Trucker Buddy

PeopleNet has agreed to renew its sponsorship of the School Supply Program that gives out grants to classrooms for needed supplies, announced Trucker Buddy International.

Tags: PeopleNet, Grants, Trucker Buddy

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Obama Administration Moves to Speed Up Infrastructure Projects

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The White House has issued new guidelines to Federal agencies to help accelerate the review and approval of infrastructure projects.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, White House, Highway Construction

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Cools, New Homes Soar

Economic watchers got a mixed bag of reports on Thursday. One showed an easing in part of the manufacturing sector, including a measure of business investment. However, two others were upbeat regarding housing and the upcoming holiday sales season.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales

September 23, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Show Little Post Labor Day Week Jump

Rates on the spot market showed little to no improvement over the past week, with little of the usual after-Labor-Day jump in available freight .

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Driver Work-Related Fatalities at Six-Year High

Chart: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Fatal work-related injuries to commercial truck drivers last year reached their highest level in six years, per a summary of preliminary results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2014 just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tags: Truck Drivers, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Truck Driver Safety

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Dips Slightly in August

The American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell by 0.9% in August when compared to strong July numbers.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

September 21, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Slow

Following three straight months of gains, existing–home sales dipped in August, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors.

Tags: Economy, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Home Sales

September 21, 2015 - Product News

Aljex Adds HubTran Back Office Management Features

via HubTran

Aljex Software has partnered with HubTran to offer back office document management for its transportation management software.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Aljex Software, Document Management, Integration, Information Technology

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Schneider Names New Top Executive

Photo: Schneider

Mark Rourke has been named the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. He has been with Scneider since 1987.

Tags: Leadership, People, Schneider

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Norfolk Southern Restructures Triple Crown Services

Photo: Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern Corp is restructuring its Triple Crown Services subsidiary to focus on the transportation of automobile parts, the company has announced.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Norfolk Southern

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Economic Index Points to Slow Growth

A measure of the health of the nation’s economy and where it's headed moved slightly higher, but one analyst says the rate of growth remains unimpressive.

Tags: Economy, The Conference Board, Leading Economic Indicators

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

TCA: Weight-Reform Bill Would Up Equipment Costs

Image: Federal Highway Association

The Truckload Carriers Association has come out strongly against legislation that would enable individual states to raise the GCW limit for trucks operating on Interstate highways from the current 80,000 to 91,000 pounds on tractor-trailers equipped with a sixth axle.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Truckload Carriers Association, Truck Size/Weight

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

Celadon Announces Driver Wage, Productivity Initiatives

Photo: Celadon

Celadon Trucking's WageLock pay program and FleetWire mobile application are new initiatives aimed at improving the working lives of its drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Celadon, Driver Pay

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Interest Rates Unchanged, Housing Starts Fall

Following a highly anticipated two-day meeting, the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee announced it is keeping interest rates unchanged, despite earlier indications it was moving toward a hike.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts, Federal Reserve

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Regulatory Agenda: Hurry Up and Wait

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg speaking at the FTR Conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday. Photo by Jim Park

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg told attendees at the FTR Conference that most of FMCSA'S current rulemaking workload is on hold until after Acting Administrator Scott Darling is confirmed as the Agency's next Administrator.

Tags: FMCSA, FTR, Regulations, Hours of Service, CSA

September 16, 2015 - Product News

SkyBitz Enhances TMW TruckMate Integration

SkyBitz and TMW Systems announced enhanced integration between SkyBitz’s asset management and TMW’s TruckMate transportation management system during TMW’s user conference in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 14-16.

Tags: Asset Management, TruckMate, TMW Systems, SkyBitz, Integration

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Continue to Languish

Rates and the amount of available freight on the spot market continue to be lackluster, but there is an indication prices could pick up at least somewhat in the near future.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Well Below Fed’s Goal for Interest Rate Hike

As the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee begins a two-day policy meeting to decide whether to raise interest rates, it’s missing one key element.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

FedEx Reports $692 Million Profit, Increases Rates

Weaker LTL industry demand is prompting FedEx to lower its guidance for the year. (Photo courtesy FedEx.)

FedEx Corp.'s profits in its most recent fiscal quarter increased from a year earlier, but the company lowered expectations for the full year.

Tags: FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings, Economy, LTL

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Schneider Offers New Cross-Border Intermodal Service

Schneider is offering a new cross-border intermodal service for shippers in Canada and the Southeastern U.S.

Tags: Canada, Intermodal, Schneider


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