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July 11, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. 3PL Market Set to Grow 5.2% This Year

U.S. 3PL Market 1996-2014 gross revenues, estimated, in billions of dollars. Credit: Armstrong & Associates

The U.S. third-party logistics market gross revenue grew 3.2% from 2012-2013 and growth will be 5.2% for 2014 as the U.S. economy continues to expand.

Tags: Research, 3PL, Logistics

July 11, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Rural Roads Suffering From Poor Conditions, High Fatality Rates

A new report finds that the nation’s rural transportation system is in need of modernization to address deficient roads and bridges, due in part to increased truck traffic, and suffer from high crash rates and inadequate capacity.

Tags: Research, Highway Fatalities, Highway Funding, Highways, interstate

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Electronic Signatures Now Allowed on Driver Logging Programs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revised its guidance regarding hours of service logging software programs on laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones, to allow for digital driver signatures.

Tags: FMCSA, Information Technology, Hours of Service

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

House, Senate Committees Pass Highway Trust Fund Patch

UPDATED---Congress appears to be coming together to pass a plan to rescue the Highway Trust Fund, used to pay for federal road and bridge projects, before it runs out of money in August, putting hundreds of road construction jobs at risk and shuttering thousands of highway projects.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Hits Another Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, May 2009 - May 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT<br />

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.6 percent in May from April, rising for the fourth consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Freight Transportation Services Index released Thursday.

Tags: Economy, Research, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Iowa Motor Truck Association Launches Trucking Jobs Website

In an effort to match up available jobs in trucker with prospective candidates, the Iowa Motor Truck Association has created and launched an interactive jobs board specific to the trucking industry.

Tags: Drivers, Iowa, Employment

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Court Rules California Truckers Entitled to Paid Breaks

Truck drivers in California are entitled to paid rest breaks and meal breaks, according to a Wednesday ruling from a federal court in San Francisco.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, California, Hours of Service, Litigation

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Route 15 in New York Designated I-99

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the designation of Route 15 as Interstate 99 between Corning, Steuben County, and the Pennsylvania border.

Tags: New York, Pennsylvania, Highways, interstate, Canada, Cross-Border Trucking

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Expiration of West Coast Ports Contract Brings Surge in Imports

The Port of Los Angeles

With West Coast longshoremen still negotiating a new contract, retailers are bringing holiday merchandise into the country at record levels to protect against potential supply chain disruptions, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released Wednesday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, a maritime research and consulting business.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

New Central America Canal Route Unveiled, Impact on World Shipping Uncertain

A new trade route has been settled on linking the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean, which could be a boon that changes the face of container shipping, or be a boondoggle.

Tags: Surface Trade, Panama Canal, global, Intermodal

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Lawmakers Slowly Moving to Prop Up Highway Trust Fund

The U.S. House could vote as soon as early next week on legislation to prop up the Highway Trust Fund, before it runs out of money.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

First Quarter Driver Turnover Largely Unchanged

The turnover rate at large truckload carriers rose just one percentage point to an annual rate of 92% in the first quarter of 2014, but held above 90% for the ninth consecutive quarter, according to new figures released by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Driver Turnover, Fleets

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Lineage Logistics Acquires Two California Cold Storage Facilities

Lineage Logistics, Colton, Calif., a warehousing and logistics company, has acquired two cold storage facilities in Santa Cruz county California from Dreisbach Enterprises.

Tags: California, Fleets, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Section of I-44 in St. Louis Closing Friday Through Monday

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close all lanes of I-44 in both directions from Broadway to the Poplar Street Bridge in St. Louis this weekend.

Tags: Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri, I-44, Interstate 44, St. Louis

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Expenditures Hit Record High During June

The freight logistics sector continued to strengthen in June, with both shipment volumes and expenditures rising once again, according to the Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Element's PHH Arval Buy Doubles Fleet Portfolio

Element Financial Corp. has finalized its acquisition of PHH Arval for $1.4 billion, a transaction that doubles the size of its managed fleet assets, the Canadian firm has announced.

Tags: Canada, Element Financial, PHH Arval, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Accellos, HighJump Software Announce Merger

Supply chain software companies Accellos, Colorado Springs, and HighJump, Minneapolis, announced July 7 that the two companies would merge operations, creating a company with 11,000 customers in 23 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Tags: Information Technology, Software, Mergers & Acquisitions, Accellos, HighJump Software

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Roadrunner Completes Management Team Reorganization

Photo: Via Roadrunner Facebook page.

Asset-light trucking and logistics services provider, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, has appointed a president for each of its three business segments.

Tags: Fleets, Roadrunner Transportation, People

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Los Angeles/Long Beach Port Truckers on Strike

Port truck drivers from three of Los Angeles’ leading drayage firms began indefinite strikes on Monday morning over claims of unfair labor practices at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, California, Port of Long Beach, Fleets, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Ports

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Continues Setting Records

After hitting record high levels for two straight weeks, intermodal rail traffic set another new record during June.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Unveils Long-Term Plan for Autonomous-Driving Trucks

Daimler Trucks&#39; Future Truck 2025, disguised in black and white adhesive foil, obscuring the exterior contours. (PHOTO: Daimler Trucks)

Daimler Trucks on Thursday shared its vision of the future of trucking trucks that can drive themselves, saying they could help solve the driver shortage problem -- but not by taking drivers out of trucks altogether. The autonomous truck project, called Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, was demonstrated on a section of the A14 Autobahn.

Tags: Drivers, Daimler Trucks, global, Future Trucks, Automated Driving

July 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Numbers Signal Strengthening Economy

Employers added 288,000 jobs in June, 17,000 of them in the transportation and warehousing arena, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1%. That's well above the rate of hiring in the first five months of the year, a sign the economy continues to rebound.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

NTB Inc. Offers Drivers 4-cent Raise

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based regional hauler is offering a 4-cent raise to all current and future drivers.

Tags: Driver Pay, NTB, Fleets

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Independence Day Holiday Travel Expected to Jump Over Last Year

Expect the highways to be more crowded this Independence Day weekend that they were last year and compared to the recent Memorial Day holiday.

Tags: Economy, AAA, Highways, Holiday Travel

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

NACFE Releases Confidence Report on Idle Reduction Solutions

Idle-reduction technologies are not always one-size-fits-all. NACFE&#39;s Idle Reduction Solution report helps fleets make better technology choices.

A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency helps fleets choose the right idle reduction solution for their operation. NACFE examines the pros and cons of 19 separate technologies, and provides a tool to help fleets compare different solutions.

Tags: Idle Reduction, NACFE

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