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March 8, 2017 - Product News

MacroPoint Integrates Load Tracking with Oracle TMS

MacroPoint has announced a partnership with Eminent Global Logistics, an Oracle PartnerNetwork member, to integrate its load tracking platform with Oracle Transportation Management solutions.

Tags: Macropoint, Freight, Integration, Asset Tracking

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Remain Steady

The Freight Transportation Services Index, Jan. 2012 - Jan. 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

While the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation sector was unchanged in January from December, according to a new Transportation Department report, it did manage a slight increase from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight Index

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Federal Grants Fund Green Tech Despite Uncertain Future

Photo: TransPower

While U.S. Department of Energy grants are still funding electric vehicle and alternative fuel technologies, it is uncertain how the Trump administration could affect this funding in the future.

Tags: Grant Funding, ACT Research, Alternative Fuels, DOE, Electric Vehicles, Donald Trump

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Melton Truck Lines Adds Stepdeck Trailers

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Flatbed carrier Melton Truck Lines has added 53-foot stepdeck trailers to its fleet to allow the company to meet a broader scope of customer needs, the company announced.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Melton Truck Lines

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Navistar Losses Nearly Double from Year Earlier

Navistar International Corp. on Tuesday announced its financial losses in the first quarter of 2017 nearly doubled from the same time a year ago due to lower truck volume and softer Class 8 truck sales.

Tags: Navistar, Quarterly Earnings, Navistar International

March 6, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Rising Factory Orders Latest Indicator of Interest Rate Hike

An increase in new factory orders is one of the latest economic signs that the Federal Reserve is moving close to another jump in interest rates, some analysts believe.

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

March 3, 2017 - Product News

Teletrac Navman Guarantees ELD Compliance for Director HOS Platform

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Teletrac Navman has guaranteed federally mandated ELD hours of service compliance for the company’s Director product platform.

Tags: Hours of Service, Teletrac, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Still Look Strong in February

Class 8 truck orders are expected to be strong again in February, beating expectations for the second month in a row, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

GM Fleet Partners with Spireon on Telematics Solution

Using General Motors’ OnStar hardware, Spireon will offer a customized version of its FleetLocate fleet management system to GM fleet customers starting in May 2017.

Tags: OnStar, Telematics, Telogis, General Motors, Spireon, Commercial Link

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo’s Euro Efficiency Concept Truck Now Boasts Hybrid Power

Euro-spec Volvo Concept Truck boasts hybrid diesel-electric powertrain. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Sweden’s Volvo Trucks has developed its first hybrid truck designed for long-haul applications—a concept vehicle based on its European-spec Volvo FH cabover tractor powered by Volvo’s own D13 Euro 6 emissions-compliant diesel engine.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Europe, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Researchers: Big Data Could Move Trucking Better

Photo: U.S. DOT

Researchers at Iowa State University say that using real-time data collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation could help fleets save billions of dollars a year by avoiding congestion.

Tags: Productivity, Traffic Congestion, Iowa, Big Data

March 1, 2017 - Product News

Omnitracs Launches Integrated Routing, Dispatching and Compliance Solution

Screenshot via Omnitracs

Omnitracs has launched its integrated Routing, Dispatching, and Compliance solution, the company announced at its third annual user conference, Omnitracs Outlook 2017.

Tags: Compliance, Fleet Management Software, Routing, Dispatch, Omnitracs

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trump: Infrastructure Plan Will Ride on Public Funds, Too

President Trump addressing Congress on Feb. 28. Image via WhiteHouse.gov

In his address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, President Trump called for a $1-trillion infusion of public and private investment to repair and expand the nation’s infrastructure. It was the first time the president indicated that public— not just private— financing would be needed to fund his infrastructure proposal.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Hendrickson Academy Offers Online Maintenance Training

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Hendrickson has launched an interactive online education portal called the Hendrickson Academy that provides video-based maintenance and repair procedures for many of the company’s suspensions and components.

Tags: Online Training, Technicians, Hendrickson

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Keeps Surging as Construction, Personal Spending Slip

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector continued expanding in February, according to two surveys of the nation’s purchasing managers. One report shows conditions are the best in two years while the other indicates things are slightly cooler than they were at the beginning of 2017.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Personal Income, Personal Spending

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Volume Up Slightly Over Past Week, Rates Flat

Spot truckload freight volumes improved a bit during the week ending Feb. 25 thanks to a 7% gain in flatbed load posts, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, but rates were virtually unchanged.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Endorses Developing Autonomous Trucks

Hands-off on the highway in the Freightliner Inspiration, a demo vehicle for autonomous-driving technologies. Photo: David Cullen

The Board of Directors of the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (aka the Trucking Alliance) has announced its unanimous support for the development of autonomous driving technologies for commercial vehicles

Tags: The Trucking Alliance, Autonomous Vehicles

February 28, 2017 - Product News

Mack Launches Wireless Software Updates

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has launched Over The Air, which lets customers update software wirelessly to minimize scheduling disruptions and increase efficiency and uptime. The company is also offering a 30-day trial of Mack Fleet Management services with Telogis Fleet.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Software, Telogis, Mack Trucks

February 28, 2017 - Product News

Wireless Monitoring System Checks Battery Charge, Battery Health

The Wireless Monitoring System for commercial vehicles offered by eNow is designed to provide updates on the state of charge and state of health of batteries.

Tags: Batteries, eNow, Electrical System

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Two Studies Examine Truck Parking with New Methods

ATRI used a camera-based system to track parking availability for one of the studies. Source: ATRI

The American Transportation Research Institute has posted two new truck parking studies on its website that use different methods to track available capacity.

Tags: Case Studies, ATRI, Truck Parking, Minnesota DOT

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Daseke Goes Public via Merger with Hennessy Capital Acquisition

Cargo-securement training at WTI, one of the open-deck carriers in the Daseke family of companies. Photo: Daseke Inc.

Flatbed fleet operator Daseke Inc. became a public company on Feb. 27 by completing its previously announced merger with Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II. The deal included HCAC changing its name to Daseke, Inc.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Creep Upward for Third Straight Week

Diesel prices in the U.S. crept upward last week, continuing a three-week streak of modest increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Gasoline Prices, Trends

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Performance Unchanged; Durable Goods Rebound

The widest measure of the nation’s economy performed as first estimated in the final quarter of last year despite a jump in consumer spending, according to a new assessment released Tuesday. Meanwhile, orders for long-lasting durable goods rebounded somewhat in January.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Durable Goods, Gross Domestic Product

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA’s DeLorenzo: Move to ELDs Benefits Everyone

FMCSA's DeLorenzo. Photo: Stephane Babcock

As Joe DeLorenzo, director of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance, sees it, there are positive reasons why all motor carriers need to be conscious of the upcoming electronic logging device mandate deadline of December 18, 2017.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Omnitracs, Alcohol Testing, ELDs, Compliance

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

TMC Awards Two Silver Spark Plugs at Annual Meeting

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council has honored two maintenance professionals with the Silver Spark Plug award, the organization's highest honor.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Annual Meeting, Technology & Maintenance Council

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