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November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Trump Picks Chao to Head DOT

Image via Elainelchao.com.

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Elaine Chao to serve as secretary of transportation. She served as secretary of labor throughout President George W. Bush’s two terms and as deputy secretary of transportation under President George H. W. Bush.

Tags: Donald Trump, U.S. DOT

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

North American Commercial Vehicle Show Announces Adjusted Schedule

The North American Commercial Vehicle Show announced that it has adjusted the trade show's original dates to allow a more fluid schedule to benefit exhibitors.

Tags: Industry Event, Suppliers, North American Commercial Vehicle Show

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Value of Cross-Border Freight Falls Following One-Month Gain

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight movements between the U.S. and its two next door neighbors moved back into negative territory following the first year-over-year increase since late 2014.

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

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Posts Biggest Jump in 2 Years, Consumer Confidence Soars

Overall U.S. economic growth increased more in the third quarter of the year than first projected, according to a new Commerce Department report, and will likely pave the way for an interest rate hike in December.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Sentiment, Gross Domestic Product

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Launches the Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange

HDT will be hosting the Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange, an intimate event that pairs a select group of innovators in the Class 8 market together with the suppliers, giving them an intimate environment in which to engage in discussions on topics that affect the entire industry.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Events

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Otto to Test Autonomous Rig in Ohio

Otto has tested its self-driving rigs in western states, and this week will begin demonstrations amid midwestern terrain in Ohio. Photo: Otto

A demonstration on Monday, using a 35-mile stretch of U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus, was postponed, but may be rescheduled. Next week, the Otto truck will run on the Ohio Turnpike.

Tags: Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Turnpike, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

2017 Fleet Safety Conference Seeks Presenters

Logo courtesy of Bobit Business Media.

The Fleet Safety Conference planning committee is looking for presenters for the 2017 show to fill out the conference schedule.

Tags: Industry Event, Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

November 28, 2016 - Product News

McLeod Software Updates LoadMaster Enterprise and PowerBroker

McLeod Software is releasing version 16.2 of its Loadmaster Enterprise and PowerBroker products, introducing new automation solutions for carriers and brokers.

Tags: Software, LoadMaster, McLeod Software, PowerBroker

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Cass Freight Measures Post First 2016 Gains

Two measures of freight shipping posted their first year-over-year improvements in more than 12 months, indicating there has been more than the usual fall surge in shipment volume.

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

November 28, 2016 - Product News

Carrier Logistics Offers Weighing and Measuring System

Carrier Logistics has partnered with Rice Lake Weighing Systems, a manufacturer and marketer of commercial weighing and measurement equipment, on a weight and measuring solution to help carriers reduce costs and provide accurate rates.

Tags: Carrier Logistics, Truck Weights, Weights and Measures

November 23, 2016 - Industry News

10-4 Systems Licenses MacroPoint’s Tracking Technology

10-4 Systems, a firm that provides end-to-end shipment visibility of the supply chain for Fortune 500 companies, has licensed freight-tracking technology from MacroPoint.

Tags: Macropoint, Supply Chain Management, Asset Tracking

November 23, 2016 - Industry News

Court Enjoins Overtime Rule Change, ATA Applauds Action

Image: USCourts.gov

A federal judge has halted changes to federal overtime rules that would have taken effect on Dec. 1. Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction on Nov. 22 in a lawsuit brought by the National Retailer Federation along with Attorneys General of 21 states and over 50 business lobbies.

Tags: ATA, Department of Labor, Driver Pay, Overtime

November 22, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Tightening Capacity

Source: FTR

FTR's September Trucking Conditions Index shows a reading of 5.47, down somewhat from August’s reading.

Tags: Regulations, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, Donald Trump

November 22, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Down Slightly in October

Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index contracted by 0.3% in October, following a 6.3% drop during September.

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

November 21, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Van Upfitter Program Now Underway

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz's MasterSolutions upfitter program has launched for Metris and Sprinter vans to provide common equipment packages for fleets through a Mercedes-Benz or Freightliner dealer.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Full-Size Vans

November 21, 2016 - Industry News

Love’s Adds Nearly 190 Parking Spaces with New Locations

Love's new location in White House, Tenn. Photo: Love's

Love’s Travel Stops has opened two new locations in Domino, Texas and in White House, Tenn., adding nearly 190 truck parking spaces in total.

Tags: New Facility, Love's Travel Stops, Truck Parking, Truck Stops

November 21, 2016 - Industry News

Cargo Transporters to Join Trucking Alliance as Group Expands in 2017

Photo: Cargo Transporters

Cargo Transporters has accepted an invitation to join The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security in 2017. The carrier will be among a “small number of carriers” joining the Trucking Alliance next year, according to Trucking Alliance President Steve Williams.

Tags: The Trucking Alliance

November 21, 2016 - Industry News

New Jersey Offers Weigh Station Bypass Service

Photo via NJPass

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has launched a new weigh station bypass service called NJPass, allowing pre-enrolled commercial truck fleets in the state to bypass weigh stations.

Tags: New Jersey, Weigh Stations, Weigh-Station Bypass

November 18, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Were Hurt by Cancellations

Net Class 8 orders were weak in October, driven by a high number of cancellations in the month, according to ACT Research.

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

November 18, 2016 - Press Release

Chevin, NAPA IBS Integration Boosts Parts Spending Visibility

Chevin Fleet Solutions announced that it has integrated its FleetWave software with the National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) Integrated Business Solutions (IBS) point-of-sale system.

Tags: Chevin Fleet Solutions, Parts Management, Software Integration, Data Analysis, NAPA IBS

November 18, 2016 - Product News

Comdata Expands Services for Smaller Fleets

Payment solutions company Comdata has expanded its fleet management offerings to improve support of smaller over-the-road fleets with the Comdata MyFleet Program.

Tags: Comdata, Fleet Management Software, Small Fleets

November 17, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Report on Autonomous Vehicles Examines Industry Concerns

Photo: Daimler Trucks

Hours of service, CSA scores and the driver shortage are all areas identified as being impacted by autonomous vehicle technology in a new report from the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: CSA, Hours of Service, Driver Shortage, ATRI, Automated Driving, Autonomous Vehicles

November 17, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Latest Numbers Make Interest Rate Hike More Likely

New government numbers show housing starts in the U.S. surged in October, as a measure of consumer prices also rose, likely paving the way for the Fed to raise interest rates before the year is out.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Housing Starts, Federal Reserve

November 17, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Online Systems to be Down Starting Nov. 17

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has advised that a scheduled outage of its online information systems will take place starting today at 9:00 p.m. EST and extend through Sunday, Nov. 20, at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Tags: FMCSA

November 17, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Patriot Profit Higher, Others Mixed

Third-quarter financial reports from fleets and equipment makers continue to reflect a tepid freight environment.

Tags: Patriot Transportation, Cummins, Cummins Westport, Westport, Fleet Earnings, Quarterly Earnings, Economy, Radiant Logistics

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