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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

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Level Up 6.3% from Year Earlier

Freight Transportation Services Index, January 2013 - January 2018. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry, fell 0.4% in January from the month before, after it reached an all-time high in December, according to newly released figures from the Transportation Department's Freight Transportation Services Index.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Freight Index

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Leading Indicators, Existing Homes All Move Higher

Manufacturing activity this month hit a three-year high, while other reports showed healthy increases in where the economy is headed over the next several months.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Remain Firm

Spot truckload freight volume slipped 1.2% and truck posts increased 2% for the week ending March 17, according to DAT Solutions and its load boards, while load-to-truck ratios and rates were relatively even, although both are considerably higher compared to a year ago.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Remain High Despite Slip

Freight rates for truckload linehaul and intermodal movements continued showing great strength in February, according to figures released Wednesday from one freight payment processor.

Tags: Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Truckload, Freight Rates

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: What Higher Interest Rates May Mean for Trucking

The Federal Reserve signaled its confidence in the economy on Wednesday when raised a key interest rate for the sixth time since 2015 – but this also could lead to trucking companies needing to rethink how they are handling their loans.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Federal Reserve

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Trucking Returns to Kentucky for 2018 MATS

The Mid-America Trucking Show takes place in Louisville, Kentucky from March 21-24, 2018.

The Mid-America Trucking Show this week at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky, features a variety of educational sessions, the country's largest trucking expo, and other trucking festivities aimed at drivers, owner-operators, small fleets and other trucking enthusiasts.

Tags: Events, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Cloud-Based TMS Promises 'Friction-Free' Connections Between Broker, Shipper, Carrier

This carrier sourcing screen is one example of how the EKA Omni-TMS cloud platform offers intuitive, graphic-based tools to brokers, carriers, and shippers. Screenshot courtesy EKA

Imagine an affordable, cloud-based software platform that would allow brokers, carriers, and shippers to easily assign and track loads, including back-end billing and financial functions. That’s the thinking behind the new EKA Omni-TMS cloud-based supply chain platform from EKA Solutions.

Tags: Cloud Computing, TMS, Freight Brokers

March 21, 2018 - Press Release

Bestpass Offers Toll Rebilling Service

Screenshot courtesy of Bestpass.

Bestpass has launched Bestpass Rebilling to allow its customers to seamlessly reassign toll transactions to specific business units, customers or contractors, the toll management provider has announced.

Tags: Bestpass, Toll Management, Fleet Services

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Uber Freight Offers Discounts on Trucks, Fuel

The new Uber Freight Plus program offers discounts on items from fuel to new trucks. Photo: Uber Freight

“Book a load, reap the benefits.” That’s what Uber Freight is promising drivers, owner-operators and small fleets who use the Uber Freight app, with discounts on everything from a new or used International truck to fuel and tires through its new Uber Freight Plus program.

Tags: Uber, Uber for Trucking

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

OOIDA Sues Pennsylvania Turnpike over Toll Hikes

Photo: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for what it claims are excessive toll increases.

Tags: Tolls, OOIDA, Pennsylvania DOT

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Schneider Completes Shift to Company-Owned Intermodal Chassis Network

Over a four-year period, Schneider purchased 15,000 intermodal chassis. Photo: Schneider

Trucking giant Schneider has completed its conversion to a company-owned and managed chassis fleet after buying 15,000 intermodal container chassis over the past four years.

Tags: Intermodal, Schneider, Chassis

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: FedEx Surges, Daseke Rebounds

Parcel and trucking giant FedEx posted a big gain in profits during its most recent quarter, while Daseke, the owner of several flatbed and specialized carriers, moved from a loss to a profit in both the final quarter of 2017 and for all of last year.

Tags: FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings, Daseke Inc., FedEx

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

Feds Offer Exclusion from Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

American businesses may apply for an exclusion through the Commerce Department from the recently enacted tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Photo: Creative Commons

The Department of Commerce has outlined a process that would allow individual American businesses to apply for an exclusion from the tariffs on imported steel and aluminum recently enacted by the Trump administration.

Tags: China, MEMA, HDMA, Aluminum, Steel, Tariffs, Donald Trump

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Buys Abilene Motor Express

Abilene Motor Express is a Richmond, Va.-based carrier with nearly 400 trucks that operates throughout the U.S. and Canada. Photo via Abilene Motor Express

Knight Transportation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Knight-Swift Holdings, has acquired all of the assets of Abilene Motor Express and related entities, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Knight Transportation, Knight-Swift

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Service Accused of Coercing Fleets into Paying Fake Fees Agrees to Settle

The accused allegedly took more than $19 million from small trucking businesses by creating the false impression that they were affiliated with U.S. DOT, the UCR system, or another government agency.

The operators of an online registration service for carriers have agreed to settle with the FTC for $900,000 over charges that they impersonated and falsely claimed affiliation with government agencies to trick fleets into paying them for UCR registration.

Tags: Lawsuits, FTC, U.S. DOT, Fraud, Settlement

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Turnover Rate Declines but Driver Shortage Still a Concern

The driver turnover rate for truckload carriers fell in the fourt quarter of 2017, but the rate remained 14 points higher than for the previous year.

The driver turnover rate for truckload carriers fell in the final three months of 2017, but the rate remained 14 points higher than it was for the previous year.

Tags: ATA, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Driver Retention, Employment

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Nissan Expands Full-Size Van Production

Photo of the 2018 NV Cargo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan North America has expanded production of its NV cargo and passenger vans by adding a second shift to its Canton, Ohio, assembly plant, where Nissan recently celebrated production of 4 million vehicles.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Nissan, Vehicle Production, Nissan NV, Passenger Vans, Milestones

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA: A Driver Found Lacking Required ELD May Finish Trip

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has advised how the electronic logging device mandate will be enforced beginning April 1, 2018, when the period of “soft enforcement” ends.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, ELD, ELD Mandate

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