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October 20, 2016 - Industry News

Have Pickup Sales Peaked?

Photo of 2017 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford's decision to idle production of its F-150 pickup this week has followed several months of slowing demand in retail and fleet channels and may point to a larger trend in pickup sales.

Tags: Ford, General Motors, Ram Truck, Large Pickups, Vehicle Production

October 19, 2016 - Product News

Magellan Rolls Out Trio of Fleet Management Solutions

GPS navigation vendor Magellan has rolled out three fleet management solutions, including a rugged navigation device, hours of service compliance solution, and routing solution aimed at municipal fleets.

Tags: Municipal Fleets, Hours of Service, Routing, Magellan, ELDs, Fleet Technology Expo

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Covenant Profit Plunges 62%, Landstar Slips 7.6%

Profit for the Tennessee-based parent to Covenant Transport plummeted in the third quarter, while Landstar System recorded only a 7.6% decline, according to numbers released late Wednesday afternoon.

Tags: Economy, Covenant Transport, Landstar System, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings, Southern Refrigerated Transport

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Fleets Honored for Sustainability and Efficiency at FTX

James Cade of Ruan Transportation Managment at the awards ceremony for the Heavy Duty Sustainability category. Photo: Jim Park

Several heavy duty fleets were recognized and six took the top honors for sustainability and efficiency at the 2016 Fleet Technology Expo at an Oct. 19 ceremony in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Sustainability, Awards, Fleet Technology Expo, Efficiency

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Index Disappoints After Offering ‘False Hope’

After offering a glimmer of “less bad” hope in August, one measure of freight shipments data in September disappointed.

Tags: Economy, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Jump, May Push Interest Rates Higher

While the strength of nation’s homebuilding market has eased just a bit, it remains robust. Meanwhile, a measure of consumer prices show it’s approaching a level the Federal Reserve has said it needs to hit in order to raise interest rates.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, GDP, Home Starts, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve, Home Building, Gross Domestic Product

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

I-95 Now Open Through North Carolina

Image: North Carolina DOT

Interstate 95 has been re-opened throughout North Carolina after earlier closures due to Hurricane Matthew. However, I-95 Southbound is reduced to one lane at two locations in the state.

Tags: North Carolina, Hurricane Matthew

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Is a Video Safety Strategy in Your Future?

Forward-facing cameras catch the action. Hopefully you're not in the wrong at the time. YouTube screen capture.

Fleets are becoming very curious about on board video recording devices. There are dozens of very good reason to get get serious about acquiring such systems, but there's a downside to the systems as well. Mike Nalepka, CEO of VideoProtects.com, shared his thoughts on truck cams at Bobit Business Media's Fleet technology Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Camera System, Driver Coaching, Fleet Technology Expo

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Awards Nearly $1 Million to Help Train Veterans as Drivers

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

The FMCSA has awarded close to $1 million in grants to seven technical and community colleges to help train military veterans and their families for jobs as commercial truck and bus drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Training, Grant Funding, Veterans, Hiring Veterans

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

Volatile Truck Tonnage Index Falls 5.8%

Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonal adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index shrank 5.8% in September, erasing the 5% increase of the month before.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Remain Down From Last Year

Truckload linehaul and intermodal rates are continuing their declines despite some slight improvements, according to two new reports.

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

October 17, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth, Peterbilt Return to MATS for 2017

Photo courtesy of Paccar

After a year in which none of the major Class 8 OEMs exhibited at the Mid-America Trucking Show, Kenworth and Peterbilt announced that they will return to the show for 2017.

Tags: Kenworth, Peterbilt, Industry Event, OEMs, MATS, Events

October 17, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Survey Examines How Fleets are Saving Fuel

ATRI has conducted a survey of nearly 100 fleet managers and representing over 114,500 trucks to examine fuel economy and fuel usage among fleets of different sizes and needs.

Tags: Emissions, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Survey, ATRI

October 17, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Pushes Industrial Production Higher

The total output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities rebounded last month, posting its best quarterly performance in a year, due in part to increased manufacturing, according to new Federal Reserve figures.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Federal Reserve

October 17, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Lower J.B. Hunt Numbers Kick off 3rd Quarter Reports

Third quarter earnings for the nation’s trucking companies began rolling in on Monday, following reports of lowered expectations as several negative factors weigh on the nation’s freight markets.

Tags: JB Hunt, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings, Universal Logistics Holdings, Economy, Forward Air

October 14, 2016 - Product News

Pegasus TransTech Hires New Vice President of Integrated Solutions

Enterprise mobility, telematics and business process automation company Pegasus TransTech has named Mark Spicer its vice president of integrated solutions.

Tags: Sales, Leadership, People, Transflo, Pegasus TransTech

October 14, 2016 - Industry News

States Still Dealing With Hurricane Matthew Damages

Flooding in Dare County, N.C. Photo: NCDOT

Hurricane Matthew may be little more than scattered clouds in the Atlantic Ocean at this point, but it left behind damage to highways and other property that could take a lot of time and money to clean up.

Tags: Hurricane, Flooding, Road Closure, Damage Recovery, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, I-95, I-40

October 14, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Rebound But Consumers Less Upbeat

Retail sales in the U.S. posted a solid gain in September, indicating consumers remain confident about the economy – but a separate report revealed that certainty is being hit by the race for White House.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Confidence, Wholesale Prices, Consumer Sentiment, Producer Prices, Business Inventories

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

Sen. Schumer Urges Finalizing Speed-Limiter Rule

Senator Chuck Schumer

Influential Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) lent his support to the proposed federal rule that would mandate electronic speed limiters on commercial vehicles during an Oct. 13 campaign stop on Long Island.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA, Chuck Schumer

October 13, 2016 - Product News

DAT Solutions Integrates Small Carrier-Focused Getloaded

Image via DAT Solutions

DAT Solutions has announced that Getloaded, a load board for smaller freight brokers and carriers, will be integrated into the DAT Network of load boards.

Tags: DAT Solutions, Load Board, Integration

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

Detroit Diesel to Pay $28.5 Million in Clean Air Act Settlement

Image: U.S. Department of Justice

Detroit Diesel Corp. will pay $28.5 million, in a combination of fines and funding for pollution-reduction projects, to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, EPA, Department of Justice

October 13, 2016 - Product News

FourKites Receives $13 Million To Expand and Improve Platform

Photo: FourKites

Asset tracking software provider FourKites announced that it has raised $13 million in Series A funding led by Bain Capital Ventures, bringing total funding for the two-year-old company to $16.5 million.

Tags: Funding, Asset Tracking, Venture Capital, FourKites

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Slips Following Four Straight Monthly Gains

Freight Transportation Services Index, August 2011 - August 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry fell in August after rising four straight months, according to new Transportation Department figures, and reflecting trends in the overall economy.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Post Weekly Gains

Fallout from Hurricane Matthew and the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy helped push spot market rates higher over the past week, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions, while a separate report shows rates in September were mixed when compared to the previous month and a year ago.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

October 13, 2016 - Product News

Aljex Integrates Truckstop.com Data Into TMS

Screenshot via Aljex

Aljex Software has integrated Truckstop.com data directly into its transportation management software system, the company announced.

Tags: TMS, Aljex Software, Truckstop.com, Software Integration


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