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January 31, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Seeks to Quantify Trucking's Charitable Efforts

ATA's Chris Spear Photo: Evan Lockridge

The American Trucking Associations has commissioned the American Transportation Research Institute to examine and quantify the trucking industry’s various charitable efforts.

Tags: ATA, Charity, Survey, ATRI

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

Weighing the Value of Private-Label Aftermarket Parts

Image: Mack Trucks

The further we get from the engine, the greater the likelihood that fleets will use private label parts, contended Stu MacKay, president of market-research firm MacKay & Co., during a talk at the recent Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue event in Las Vegas.

Tags: Aftermarket, Parts and Service

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

TCA Announces 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For

Past representatives of the Best Fleets to Drive For. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriesEdge have announced the 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For, made up of 20 North American for-hire trucking companies recognized for providing exemplary work environments for drivers and other employees.

Tags: Awards, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

Chao Confirmed as Transportation Chief

Elaine Chao being sworn in as secretary of transportation by Vice President Mike Pence. (Photo: U.S. DOT)

As expected, Elaine Chao was easily confirmed in largely bipartisan fashion on Jan. 31 as Secretary of Transportation by the U.S. Senate.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Names James Reed President and CEO

James D. Reed has been named president and chief executive officer of USA Truck, effective immediately.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: UPS Reports Loss, Paccar Earnings Fall

Despite increased revenue and freight volume, parcel delivery and trucking company UPS Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, UPS, Peterbilt, UPS Freight, Fleet Earnings

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Werner Enterprises Quarterly Profit Falls 40%

Earnings for trucking and logistics company Werner Enterprises Inc. took a bit of a dive in not just the final quarter of last year but for all of 2016 as it said it continued to make a significant investment in its business.

Tags: Economy, Werner Enterprises, Fleet Earnings

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Robert Nuss Named 2017 ATD Truck Dealer of the Year

Photo: ATD

Robert Nuss, president of Minnesota-based Nuss Truck Group, has been named the 2017 Truck Dealer of the Year by the American Truck Dealers, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and Procede Software.

Tags: Truck Dealer of the Year, Awards, ADT, Procede Software, Truck Dealers

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Hotlanta: Atlanta Tops DAT's List of Places to Find Spot Freight

Atlanta was the hottest place to find spot truckload freight in 2016, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the largest on-demand freight exchange for spot market truckload freight.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Truckload, DAT Solutions

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Will Trump's Take on Trade Be Boost or Bust for Fleets?

Image: Mexico Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes

Last summer, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that cross-border trade generated by NAFTA alone was worth $89 billion to the trucking industry. So are President Trump’s recent free trade actions a positive move for trucking? Or should American fleet executives be concerned?

Tags: Canada, Mexico, NAFTA, Free Trade Agreement, Donald Trump

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Judge Rules SEC Suit Against Former Navistar Exec Can Proceed

Navistar's Advanced EGR diesels couldn't meet EPA exhaust limits, but Chairman and CEO Dan Ustian promoted the products anyway, the SEC has charged. Photo: Tom Berg

Daniel C. Ustian, former chairman and CEO of Navistar International, had promoted a unique diesel exhaust emissions solution. But the Securities and Exchange Commission has charged in a suit that he knew it couldn’t work, with subsequent losses to company investors.

Tags: Navistar, EGR, SCR

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Activity Looks Strong to Start 2017

Photo: Cargo Transporters

Truckable Economic Activity, the parts of Gross Domestic Product that spends time in trucks, looks to be getting off to a strong start in 2017.

Tags: Economy, Imports, Freight, HDAD, GDP, Exports

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Slows on Trade as Other Indicators Stay Strong

The widest measure of U.S. economic growth slowed in not just the final quarter of last year but for all of 2016. However, that performance wasn’t so much due to weakness here at home.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Cancels 500-Person Layoff at Virginia Plant

Volvo VNLs on the assembly line at the New River Valley plant. Photo: Volvo

Volvo Trucks has decided to cancel a round of layoffs at its Dublin, Va., truck manufacturing plants that would have put 500 people out of work.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Layoffs, Truck Sales, Vehicle Manufacturing

January 26, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Swift, Marten, Heartland Report Lower Profits

Earnings reports from three more trucking fleets rolled in late Thursday afternoon, all showing lower earnings in the fourth quarter compared to the same time a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Heartland Express, Marten Transport, Swift Transportation, Fleet Earnings

January 26, 2017 - Product News

ERoad Announces Max Speed Alert Feature

Screenshot via Eroad

Fleet management solutions company ERoad has announced the Max Speed Alert feature, designed to notify a fleet manager when a driver goes over a set speed limit.

Tags: Fleet Managers, Speed Limits, Driver Coaching, ERoad

January 25, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Knight, Covenant, Patriot, YRC Worldwide

The latest batch of fleet earning reports from the fourth quarter are in, with three major fleets reporting revenue dips and a fourth signaling that it will have similar news when its formal report is released next month.

Tags: Florida, Economy, Covenant Transport, Patriot Transportation, YRC Worldwide, Knight Transportation, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings

January 25, 2017 - Industry News

Atlanta Tops ATRI's Bottleneck List Again

Atlanta's Spaghetti Junction and the surrounding congestion it causes were tracked by ATRI for its 2017 Top Truck Bottleneck List. Image via ATRI

Atlanta’s Spaghetti Junction has again topped the American Transportation Research Institute’s Top Truck Bottleneck List, which tracks the 100 most congested sections of American roads for the trucking industry.

Tags: Infrastructure, ATRI, Congestion

January 25, 2017 - Industry News

Medium-Duty Sales Expected to Stabilize Commercial Market in 2017

The commercial vehicle market in 2016 was a tug of war between gaining medium-duty and declining heavy-duty sales, according to IHS Markit. Next year, medium-duty sales may be high enough to offset those losses.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, New Vehicle Sales, IHS Automotive

January 24, 2017 - Global News

Trump and Trade

Image via Twiiter @realDonaldTrump

President Trump is already making good on campaign promises to end or seriously alter U.S. free trade agreements. But what are the pros and cons of these moves?

Tags: NAFTA, Free Trade Agreement, FedEx, Donald Trump

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

December Truck Tonnage Reflects Pattern of Volatility

Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 6.2% in December, losing ground after a strong showing in November.

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

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Starts Year Strong, Housing Best in Years

The U.S. manufacturing sector had a solid start to 2017, with overall operating conditions improving at the quickest pace for nearly two years, according to a preliminary report from IHS Markit.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Starts, Home Sales, Home Building

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Outlook for 2017: More of the Same?

The outlook for the U.S. economy is expansion at a pace around trend through 2019, according to Bill Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, speaking at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue.

Tags: Economy, HDAD

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Three States Agree to Collaborate on Autonomous Vehicles

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Transportation agencies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan have formed the Smart Belt Coalition that will focus on automated and connected vehicle initiatives.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicle Technology, Pennsylvania DOT, Ohio DOT, Michigan DOT, University of Michigan

January 23, 2017 - Product News

Drivewyze Bypass Now at 2 Busy Ohio Weigh Stations

Image via Drivewyze

Drivewyze weigh station bypass service is now offered at two busy permanent weigh stations in Ohio, located on U.S. Interstates 70 and 71.

Tags: Ohio, Drivewyze, Weigh Stations, Weigh-Station Bypass

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