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February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: ArcBest, P.A.M. Transportation Net Incomes Plummet

The parent to less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight and other trucking and logistics operations reported that its fourth quarter net income fell in both the final quarter of 2016 and all of last year.

Tags: Panther, ABF, PAM Transport, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Trucking Index Dips Before Projected Bounce

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions index declined in December, reflecting soft conditions that affected the industry in the second half of 2016.

Tags: NAFTA, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Rise Again, Tying Record High

Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of for-hire freight moved across multiple transportation modes increased 1% in December from the month before, marking the third consecutive monthly gain, according to the Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, For-hire Truck Tonnage, Freight Index

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Expands Military Recruitment Initiative

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Veterans Administration has granted accreditation to U.S. Xpress as part of the Post 9/11 GI Bill Apprenticeship Program that allows eligible veterans to receive educational benefits from the VA while training as a driver or technician for the company.

Tags: Military, Recruiting, Veterans, U.S. Xpress

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Inland Kenworth to Auction T680 to Fight Human Trafficking

Photo: Inland Kenworth

Truck dealer group Inland Kenworth has put together a special Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 for auction and will donate the proceeds to Truckers Against Trafficking, a nonprofit devoted to fighting human trafficking.

Tags: Auction, Kenworth, Charity, Truckers Against Trafficking, Truck Dealers

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

TCA Launches Accreditation Program to Foster Professional Development

The Truckload Carriers Association has launched an accreditation initiative for truckload carriers to foster professional development to help carriers attract new people and create career paths as a retention tool.

Tags: Recruiting, Education, TCA, Driver Retention, Professional Development

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: YRC Trims Quarterly Loss, USA Truck Moves Into Red

The parent of less-than-truckload carrier YRC Freight and others managed to reduce its losses in the final quarter of 2016 while a truckload carrier reported a loss for both the final three months of last year and all of 2016.

Tags: USA Truck, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight, Fleet Earnings

February 6, 2017 - Product News

TMW Suite, TruckMate TMS Now Integrate With 123Loadboard

Image via 123Loadboard

TMW Systems has integrated its TMW Suite and TruckMate transportation management software with the 123Loadboard freight-matching service.

Tags: TruckMate, TMW Systems, TMS, Load Board

February 6, 2017 - Industry News

PeopleNet Taps Rodi to Head New Transportation Group

Jim Rodi Photo: PeopleNet

PeopleNet has promoted Jim Rodi to executive vice president and general manager of the company’s newly formed Transportation group.

Tags: Leadership, PeopleNet, People

February 6, 2017 - Industry News

Intermodal Shipments Post Fourth-Quarter Gain, Down Last Year

Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Intermodal freight volumes returned to growth in the fourth quarter of 2016, posting a 1% year-over-year increase that tempered volume declines earlier the year, according to the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Port Trucking

February 3, 2017 - Press Release

Kenworth Awarded NJPA Truck Sales Contract

Kenworth T370 dump truck. Photo courtesy of Kenworth

A new contract awarded to Kenworth Truck Company by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) will expand sales opportunities for new Kenworth Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis to more than 50,000 NJPA members.

Tags: Kenworth, Procurement, NJPA, NJPA contract, Cooperative Procurement

February 3, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Growth Continues as Manufacturing Improves

Employers in the U.S. continue to add people to their payrolls at a healthy pace, and there is mounting evidence that the nation’s manufacturing sector is coming out of the doldrums.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Employment

February 3, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Saia, Old Dominion, Hub Group

Two less-than-truckload fleets and a multi-modal and logistics provider reported slightly lower fourth quarter earnings.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Saia, Hub Group, Fleet Earnings, LTL, 3PL, Intermodal

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

Sen. Fischer Floats Quick-Fix Highway Funding Proposal

Sen. Fischer

The first highway bill has emerged in the 115th Congress— a two-pronged measure introduced on Feb. 1 by Nebraska's Sen. Deb Fischer.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

February 2, 2017 - Product News

FreightRover Offers Owner-Operators Self-Dispatch Capabilities

Photo: FreightRover

Indianapolis-based online freight exchange platform FreightRover has partnered with Celadon Trucking to provide the company’s owner-operators with self-dispatch features.

Tags: Dispatch, Freight, Owner-Operators, Load Board, Mobile Apps

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Landstar, Celadon, C.H. Robinson, Roadrunner

Fleet earnings reported this week so far are varying widely, ranging from record numbers at one carrer to another barely eking out a profit, and one carrier delayed in reporting due to an investigation into its accounting practices.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation, C.H. Robinson, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings, Celadon Group

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trump ‘Freeze’ Only Technically Delays Driver-Training Rule

Photo: FMCSA

Thanks to a “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” issued by the White House, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has “temporarily delayed” the effective date of its final rule on minimum entry-level CDL training requirements.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Donald Trump

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Fairly Stable Despite Lower Freight Volume

Spot truckload freight volume continued a seasonal decline, falling 12% for the week ending Jan. 28 compared to the previous week, but overall rates moved little, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Dart Transit Names New Executive VP & COO

James Langley Photo: Dart Transit

Truckload carrier Dart Transit has announced that James Langley has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Tags: Leadership, People, Dart Transit

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Relaunches Commercial Vehicle Dealer Program

Photo of Commercial Vehicle Center interior courtesy of Ford.

Ford is launching the Commercial Vehicle Center dealer program that will replace the Business Preferred Network (BPN) and offer improved service, better parts availability and a new loyalty program, Ford announced.

Tags: Ford, Dealers, Parts and Service

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Employment Help Launch Strong 2017

The U.S. manufacturing industry kicked off the year with its strongest performance in two years, according to a new report, while a separate one about the sector plus others regarding employment, personal spending and incomes all points to increased economic growth.

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

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

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