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July 29, 2015 - Industry News

CRST Founder Dies at 91

Herald Smith Photo: CRST

CRST founder Herald “Smitty” Smith Jr. passed away on July 27 at his home in Door County, Wis., at the age of 91.

Tags: Obituary, People, CRST

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

13 Corporations Agree to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Photo courtesy of UPS.

Thirteen large corporations have signed the White House's American Business Act on Climate Pledge, with companies such as UPS, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo using "greener" fleets to help meet carbon footprint goals.

Tags: UPS, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, White House, President Obama, Emissions Reduction, Carbon Footprint, Alternative Fuels

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Continue Downward, Seasonal Trend

Seasonal trends continued to push spot market freight rates and availability lower for the week ending July 25, according to new figures released by DAT Solutions, the operator of the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

House, Senate to Move on Short-Term Highway Bill

It looks like Congress is going to kick the can down the road again when it comes to highway funding after what looked like a game of "chicken" in recent days.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Outlines Zonar Role in Aftermarket Strategy

DTNA's Friedrich Baumann: "Our goal is to elevate what we have already done" in the aftermarket. Photo: Daimler

A key element of DTNA’s aftermarket strategy is greater collaboration with Zonar Systems, the technology firm that it acquired a minority stake in late last month as part of a long-term strategic partnership.

Tags: Telematics, Zonar, Daimler Trucks North America

July 28, 2015 - Industry News

Roadrunner Acquires Stagecoach For Cross-Border Services

Roadrunner Transportation Systems has acquired Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution to help it expand its cross-border business into Mexico.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Roadrunner Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 28, 2015 - Industry News

TMAF Offers Trailer Wraps to Support Trucking

Examples of TMAF Decals. Courtesy of Trucking Moves America Forward

Trucking Moves America Forward is offering trailer wraps as a way to promote the industry image and education program.

Tags: Community Outreach, Trucking Moves America Forward, Vehicle Wraps, Image

July 28, 2015 - Industry News

Consumer Confidence Drops, Service Sector Rebounding

UPDATED -- Economic Watch: Consumers are not feeling quite as rosy about the U.S. economy, while a separate report shows a rebound in economic conditions for the U.S. services sector.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Non-Manufacturing

July 28, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Second Quarter Profit Skyrockets

Trucking and parcel delivery giant UPS reported a huge increase in its second quarter profit – 170% – despite a slight drop in revenue.

Tags: Economy, UPS, UPS Freight, Fleet Earnings

July 28, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Profit Increases 6%, Paccar Jumps 40%

Truck engine manufacturer Cummins increased both second quarter revenue and net income, while truck and engine maker Paccar reported record quarterly net income.

Tags: Economy, Cummins, Earnings, Paccar, Peterbilt, Kenworth

July 27, 2015 - Industry News

House Won't Consider Senate Highway Bill

Barbara Boxer: "if we have a bill, we're sending it."

UPDATED: An issue unrelated to transportation may keep the House from taking up the Senate's six-year highway bill. The clock is ticking as funds run out midnight Friday and the House is leaving for August recess.

Tags: Legislation, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

July 27, 2015 - Industry News

Swift Profit Jumps More Than 20%

Truckload giant Swift Transportation increased its second quarter profit by more than 20% from a year ago despite an overall downturn in revenue.

Tags: Economy, Swift Transportation, Fleet Earnings, Truckload

July 27, 2015 - Industry News

CCTA Renamed Western States Trucking Association

The California Construction Trucking Association has been renamed the Western States Trucking Association in a move to better represent its more diverse membership.

Tags: Associations, California Construction Trucking Association, California, Western States Trucking Association

July 27, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Forecasts Growth in Freight Volumes

The forecast predicts growth for intermodal.

Freight volumes are projected to grow nearly 29% over the next 11 years, according to a report released by American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Forecast, Intermodal, Freight

July 27, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Rebound, Still Down for 2015

New orders and shipments for manufactured durable goods rebounded in June following two straight monthly drops, while business investment also turned around, according to the Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing

July 26, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Highway Bill Dodges Potholes

Long weekend leads into a long week for highway bill on Capitol Hill Photo: David Cullen

As of late Sunday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had managed to steer the multi-year highway bill introduced last week beyond some legislative potholes that had threatened to slow the process of getting the measure to the House for consideration.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

July 24, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Plummet, Manufacturing Rebounds

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in the U.S. dropped 6.8% in June from the previous month but are still up 18% over last year.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales

July 24, 2015 - Industry News

Universal Truckload Services Profit Drops Slightly

The asset-light freight transportation and logistics provider Universal Truckload Services reported second quarter net income of $13.3 million, down just slightly from $13.6 million a year earlier.

Tags: Economy, Universal Truckload, Fleet Earnings

July 23, 2015 - Industry News

Contractor/Employee Debate Heating up at Ports

Some port drivers in Savannah believe they are "misclassified" as independent contractors. Photo via Justice for Port Truckers.

Are drivers who handle the drayage of intermodal containers into and out of the nation's ports employees or independent contractors? The controversy was visible this week at ports on both coasts.

Tags: Ports, Teamsters, Independent Contractors, Drayage

July 23, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler, Landstar Profit Moves Higher; Dana's Declines

Earnings season continued on Thursday, with results reported by the world’s largest truck manufacturer along with results from one component supplier and a major owner-operator trucking company.

Tags: Economy, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Dana Holding Corp., Earnings, Dana, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings

July 23, 2015 - Industry News

Expect Delays In St. Paul this Weekend

Image: Minnesota DOT

Drivers should expect delays and a detour on westbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Tags: Minnesota Department of Transportation, Detours, Road Closure

July 23, 2015 - Product News

GuardDog Connect Telematics in 25,000 Mack Trucks

Cresson, Texas-based 3 Star Daylighting recently took delivery of the 25,000th Mack truck model equipped with Mack GuardDog Connect. Photo via Mack

Mack Trucks has activated its GuardDog Connect integrated telematics solution in more than 25,000 models since the product launched in 2014.

Tags: Telematics, Mack Trucks, Diagnostics

July 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Post Solid Gain

A measure of where the American economy is headed in the next three to six months increased again, according to figures released on Thursday.

Tags: Economy, The Conference Board, Leading Economic Indicators

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Moves Highway Bill Forward

Sen. McConnell contends that if the Senate can pass its highway bill quickly, the House may be persuaded to agree to a multi-year package. Photo: mcconnell.senate.gov

The Senate voted on Wednesday to move forward a bipartisan highway bill that had been blocked by a procedural vote just a day before.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Interstate 10 To Reopen After Bridge Collapse

Photo via Caltrans

Interstate 10 near the border between California and Arizona will reopen to traffic this week after the bridge was washed out earlier in the week by flooding.

Tags: Caltrans, Flooding, I-10

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