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November 14, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability Hits Second Highest Level of 2016

While October was the second strongest month for spot market freight availability so far this year there were only small improvements in rates, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions and its North American Freight Index.

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

November 10, 2016 - Industry News

FTR: Trump Impact Minimal in Short Term

President-elect Donald Trump Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Economists with freight transportation forecasting firm FTR are convinced that the election of Donald Trump will not much move any economic needles much for at least six months. Not because the 45th President of the United States won’t accomplish anything right away, but because the wheels of government don’t spin any faster for a new Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, FTR, Donald Trump

November 10, 2016 - Industry News

Omnitracs: Veterans Make Safe and Reliable Truck Drivers

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

Independent research conducted by software provider Omnitracs finds military veterans to be safer and have fewer terminations than the average truck driver.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Veterans, Veterans Day, Employment

November 10, 2016 - Industry News

Bennett International Creates New Logistics Company

Georgia-based transportation company Bennett International has announced the creation of Boss Engineered Logistics, a non-asset based transportation logistics firm.

Tags: 3PL, Logistics, Bennett International Group

November 9, 2016 - Industry News

HDT, Work Truck Magazine's Hosted Buyer's Event Begins

Photo by Scott Bain.

Work Truck magazine, along with sister publications Automotive Fleet and HDT, is launching Work Truck eXchange (WTX) this week, Nov. 9 to 11, at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Tags: Automotive Fleet, Bobit Business Media, Work Truck Magazine, Fleet Events, Work Truck Exchange

November 9, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking with Trump: Beware Fog Ahead

President-elect Donald Trump has grand plans for infrastructure, but how will he and Congress fund them? Image via Twiiter @realDonaldTrump

Since President-elect Trump has never been in lockstep with Republican orthodoxy, let alone GOP leadership on Capitol Hill, there’s no way of telling now how their vision of governing jointly will ultimately turn out.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, White House, Donald Trump

November 9, 2016 - Industry News

States Vote to Bolster Infrastructure Funding

Infrastructure funding was bolstered by voters in several states on election day, with measures being passed in Illinois, New Jersey, Louisiana and Maine that direct money at the issue.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, State Legislation, Election Day

November 9, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Shipments Fall for Second Straight Month

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

A new U.S. Transportation Department report shows the total amount of for-hire freight moved in the country fell 0.6% in September from the month before, the second consecutive monthly drop.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight Index

November 9, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Rise for Vans, Reefers as Demand Increases

Spot market truckload rates and the amount of available freight posted gains for the week ending Nov. 5 as the number of trucks posted slipped, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 9, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Congratulates President-Elect Trump

The American Trucking Associations has congratulated President-elect Donald Trump on his victory in the 2016 presidential election.

Tags: ATA, Infrastructure, Election Day, Donald Trump

November 8, 2016 - Industry News

Over-Height Detection System Installed in NYC

Photo: NY.gov

The installation of a $4.8 million over-height vehicle detection system has been completed on two New York City parkways to prevent large trucks from hitting low-clearance bridges.

Tags: New York City, Bridges, Oversize Loads

November 8, 2016 - Industry News

NHTSA Slates Public Meeting on Autonomous Vehicle Policy

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will hold a public meeting on Nov. 10 to gain input on the federal policy on automated vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Policy, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

November 8, 2016 - Industry News

How Will Verizon Integrate Acquisitions?

Logos courtesy of Verizon and Fleetmatics.

With regulatory approvals now in the rear-view mirror, Verizon must now decide whether to merge its three telematics companies as separate business units or merge them into Verizon Telematics.

Tags: Verizon, Telogis, Fleetmatics, Mergers & Acquisitions, Verizon Networkfleet

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Theft Figures Mixed, Overall Value of Heists Falls

Cargo theft incident frequency. Graphic: CargoNet

Two new reports paint slightly different pictures of cargo theft, but there is no doubt the problem continues, especially in certain parts of the country and for specific types of freight.

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

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

Nearly a Third of Major Urban Roads in Poor Condition

Urban road conditions in major metropolitan areas are in terrible shape and could deteriorate further as traffic increases and transportation remains underfunded

Tags: Research, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

Verizon-Fleetmatics Deal Finalized

Logos via Verizon and Fleetmatics.

Verizon Communications has completed its $2.4 billion acquisition of Fleetmatics Group to become the largest provider of telematics systems for commercial fleets, the company has announced.

Tags: Verizon, Fleetmatics, Mergers & Acquisitions, Telogis

November 4, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Helps Boost Overall Employment, Factory Activity Up

Employers continued adding jobs in the U.S. during October, according to a new Labor Department report, and trucking was one of many industries that helped push the number higher.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, Federal Reserve, Factory Shipments

November 4, 2016 - Industry News

Roadrunner LTL Becomes Roadrunner Freight

Roadrunner Transportation Systems has changed the name of its Roadrunner LTL operation to Roadrunner Freight as part of a rebranding effort to reposition the business as a cost-effective option.

Tags: LTL, Roadrunner Transportation, Rebranding

November 4, 2016 - Industry News

Intermodal Volumes Reflect Sluggish Market Conditions

Total intermodal volume fell in the third quarter of 2016, according to an Intermodal Association of North America quarterly report.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, IANA

November 4, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Expands Telematics Offering for More Fleet Types

Image via Omnitracs

Omnitracs is offering two new telematics solutions, Omnitracs Roadnet Telematics and Omnitracs XRS, expanding the types of fleets that can benefit from real-time asset tracking and data-based visibility.

Tags: telematics, Omnitracs, Small Fleets, Short-Haul

November 4, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: USA Truck Reports Quarterly Loss

The trucking company USA Truck reported on Friday that its financial picture turned slightly negative in the third quarter of the year as it continues to move to a more asset-light business

Tags: Economy, USA Truck, Fleet Earnings

November 3, 2016 - Industry News

Early Class 8 Order Numbers Flat for the Month

Class 8 truck orders are projected to be essentially flat in October when compared to September, according to preliminary numbers from analysts at ACT Research and FTR.

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

November 3, 2016 - Product News

Noregon TripVision Added to Geotab Marketplace

Image via Noregon

Noregon’s recently released TripVision vehicle health monitoring solution for heavy-duty trucks has been made available on the Geotab Marketplace.

Tags: telematics, Geotab, Noregon Systems, Vocational Trucks, Vehicle Monitoring

November 3, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: ArcBest Profit Falls, Celadon Reports Loss

The parent of a company primarily known for its less-than-truckload fleet saw its profit fall by nearly a third while a separate carrier that provides long-haul truckload and other services moved into the red, according to newly released earnings numbers.

Tags: Economy, Celadon Trucking Services, Celadon Group, Panther, ABF, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings

November 3, 2016 - Industry News

Colonial Pipeline Expected Back Online by Saturday

The Colonial Pipeline Co. hopes to bring a significant gasoline supply line back online by Saturday, less than a week after a blast that could reduce gasoline supply to the Southeast and Northeast, Reuters has reported.

Tags: OSHA, Fuel Management, Gasoline Prices

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