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April 4, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment, Manufacturing Remain Strong

Change in nonfarm private employment by month. Graphic: ADP

Employers continued adding a high-number of non-farm jobs in March while U.S. factory orders increased broadly in February, but the rebound was less than expected, according to two new reports.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Employment

April 3, 2018 - Industry News

Ryder Acquisition Adds Last-Mile Delivery, E-Commerce Fulfillment Capabilities

Ryder System has acquired e-commerce fulfillment provider MXD Group, including the company's network of facilities and last mile capabilities.

Tags: E-commerce, Ryder System, Mergers & Acquisitions, Last Mile Delivery

April 3, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Capacity Tightens, Shipper Demand Jumps

The number of trucks on the spot truckload freight market did not keep pace with demand from shippers wanting to move goods before the end of the first quarter and the start of Easter holidays, sending rates and load-to-truck ratios higher.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Smart Cities, Crash Data, Marijuana Make ATRI's Top Research Priorities List

Continental has partnered with Columbus, Ohio to develop a Smart Columbus smart city initiative. ATRI wants to examine how trucking can be effectively incorporated into concepts like it. Image: Continental

The American Transportation Research Institute's top research priorities for 2018 include smart cities, autonomous vehicles, and cannabis intoxication testing procedures, among others.

Tags: CDL, Drug Testing, Crash Research, ATRI, Autonomous Vehicles, Smart City

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Solar Transport Names New President

Rich Clair, president of Solar Transport. Photo: Solar Transport

Rich Clair has been named president of Solar Transport, a Midwest tank truck carrier and logistics provider.

Tags: Leadership, People, Tankers, Liquid Tank Trailers

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Cross-Border Truck Freight Value Jumps 10.2%

Top five U.S. ports by truck, January 2018. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucks moved freight valued at $60.6 billion between the U.S. and its North American neighbors Canada and Mexico in January, up 10.2% compared to January 2017, according to newly released Transportation Department figures.

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

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Construction Remain on Firm Ground

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector remained solid during March, while construction spending was nearly unchanged in February. The latest reports show the nation’s overall economic health was stronger in the final quarter of last year than earlier indications.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Gross Domestic Product

March 30, 2018 - Industry News

Port of Los Angeles to Get Container Staging Hub to Improve Cargo Flow

A 5.5 million square foot container staging facility at the Port of Los Angeles would help improve the flow of cargo to and from the facility. Photo: Harbor Performance Enhancement Center

The Harbor Performance Enhancement Center has secured capital for the development of a 5.5 million square foot container staging hub at the Port of Los Angeles.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Ports, Logistics, Cargo

March 30, 2018 - Industry News

House Bill Aims to Bend 14-Hour Clock for Truck Drivers

Newly proposed bill would allow truckers a daily break of up to 3 consecutive hours that would not eat into their 14-hour on-duty allotment.

A newly proposed bill would allow truck drivers a daily break of up to 3 consecutive hours that would not eat into the 14-hour on-duty allotment afforded them by federal Hours of Service rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives

March 30, 2018 - Industry News

Melton Truck Lines Hikes Company Driver Pay

Melton Truck Lines is offering all of its drivers a per mile pay raise as well as a chance to earn a performance bonus. Photo: Melton Truck Lines

Melton Truck Lines, a flatbed carrier based in Tulsa, Okla., has announced pay increases for all of its company drivers and a performance-based bonus.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Melton Truck Lines

March 30, 2018 - Industry News

Schilli Corp. Adopts Video-Based Fleet Safety Program

Schilli fleet managers recognize the critical role driver coaching plays in reducing risk and preventing collisions. Since adopting the SmartDrive program the fleet has already seen a reduction in collisions. Photo: Schilli Corp.

Schilli has deployed the SmartDrive program across its entire fleet of more than 300 vehicles across all five of its operating companies.

Tags: SmartDrive, In-Vehicle Video, Collision Mitigation Technology

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Impact of Full ELD Enforcement: ‘A Firehose of Violations’

Everyone required to operate with an ELD will face “a firehose of violations” issued roadside by law enforcement, predicts Steve Bryan, president of Vigillo.

Not just the illegally unprepared may feel the shock starting April 1, when full enforcement of the electronic logging device rule kicks in. That’s because everyone required to operate with an ELD will face “a firehose of violations” issued roadside by law enforcement, predicts Steve Bryan, president of Vigillo.

Tags: FMCSA, Vigillo, ELD Mandate, TCA, ELDs

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Most Transportation Companies Plan to Grow Workforce in 2018

Finding and retaining qualified drivers remains a top concern for trucking companies in 2018. Image: HireRight

HireRight's survey found that while the majority of transportation companies planned to increase their workforce in 2018, they were concerned about how difficult it was to find qualified candidates.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Driver Shortage, Hiring, Driver Retention, HireRight

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Denso Brings Autonomous Vehicle Research and Development to Israel

Denso wants to tap into the startup culture in Israel for transportation technology research and development. Image: Denso

Denso Corporation has launched a satellite research and development team in Israel, aimed at accelerating advanced technologies such as automated driving, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Research and Development, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Denso, Global

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

ELD Mandate: 10 Things You Need to Know as Full Enforcement Hits

Printing is one of several ways e-logs can be presented to enforcement officials during roadside inspections. Photo: Continental VDO

The "soft enforcement" period for the new electronic logs mandate is over as of April 1. Here are 10 things that can help you make sure you're legal.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Compliance

March 28, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Freight Jumps 3.6%, Capacity Increases Slightly

Flatbed spot freight rates were up last week while reefer spot rates remained unchainged. Source: DAT Solutions

The number of loads on the spot truckload freight market jumped 3.6% during the week ending March 24 while truck capacity increased 1.3%, according to DAT Solutions.

Tags: Economy, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, Freight Market, Freight Capacity

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Driver Pay has Increased to Meet Freight Demand

Driver pay has increased by as much as 18% in the past few years as fleets compete for an ever smaller pool of qualified truck drivers. HDT Illustration

A competitive market for truck drivers has caused driver pay to increase significantly as fleets look to meet increased demand for freight transportation services.

Tags: ATA, Recruiting, Survey, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Ryder Launches Commercial Vehicle Sharing Network

Coop is a sharing platform of underused commercial vehicles and equipment. Fleets can rent from each other and make money off of idle assets. Photo: Ryder System

Ryder System has launched a new commercial vehicle sharing platform called Coop by Ryder, allowing businesses to list and rent their trucks to members of a closed, trusted network.

Tags: Ryder System, Mobile Apps, Rental Trucks, Truck Sharing

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Fleet Advantage: 2012 MY Trucks Cost $23,100 Per Year to Operate

Shorter equipment life cycles are easier on a fleet's bottom line, according to a new study by Fleet Advantage. Photo: Arrow Truck Sales

A new report from Fleet Advantage compares the maintenance and repair costs of older trucks with those of new ones to highlight the impact older equipment can have on fleets' bottom lines.

Tags: Maintenance Costs, Preventive Maintenance, Equipment, Lifecycle Costs

March 23, 2018 - Industry News

Peach State Truck Centers President Named Truck Dealer of the Year

Richard Reynolds, president of Peach State Truck Centers, receives the 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year award from Barbara Robinson, senior director of ATD. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Richard Reynolds, president of Peach State Truck Centers in Norcross, Georgia, has been named the 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year by American Truck Dealers, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, and Procede Software.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Awards, Truck Dealers

March 23, 2018 - Product News

Oneboard Dispatching Software Simplifies and Consolidates Data

UTech Global has launched the Oneboard dispatching software,which is designed to reduce inefficiencies by simplifying and consolidating the large volume of data required by dispatch operations.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Dispatch, Load Board, MATS

March 23, 2018 - Industry News

Starsky Robotics Goes All-In On Driverless Trucks

Starsky Robotics says the time for fully-autonomous trucks hauling freight has arrived. Photo: Starsky Robotics

Another start-up tech company is aggressively staking its claim as an autonomous trucking technology leader. San Francisco-based Starsky Robotics recently touted a 7-mile test run with no human interaction as well as a $16.5 million Series A investment in the company.

Tags: Driverless Vehicle, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Starsky Robotics

March 23, 2018 - Product News

One20 Fuel Program Caters to Owner-Operators and Small Fleets

One20 members will have access to fuel discounts as high as 55 cents per gallon at more than 2,000 participating retailers nationwide. Image: One20

One20 has added the One20 Fuel Program as a membership benefit for truckers that could save members money in fuel costs, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tags: Membership, Fuel Costs, MATS, One20, Fuel Cards

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Spending Bill Stretches ELD Exemption for Livestock Haulers

Updated: Livestock haulers will get a respite from complying with the electronic logging device rule thanks to the omnibus funding measure passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 23.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, EOBR, U.S. Congress, ELD Mandate

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Mack Connect Offers Suite of Fleet Productivity Tools

Mack says its Experieince Managment approach reduced the time it took to address outstanding customer service issues by as much as 50%.

Mack has updated its Mack Connect suite of productivity management tools, which it highlighted during a press briefing at the Mid-America Trucking Show, along with introducing an Anthem truck configurator tool and discussing customer experience surveys.

Tags: Telematics, Productivity, Fleet Management Software, Mack Trucks, MATS, Connected Vehicles

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