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November 9, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Shipments Fall for Second Straight Month

Freight Transportation Services Index, September 2011 - September 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A new U.S. Transportation Department report shows the total amount of for-hire freight moved in the country fell 0.6% in September from the month before, the second consecutive monthly drop.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight Index

November 9, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Rise for Vans, Reefers as Demand Increases

Spot market truckload rates and the amount of available freight posted gains for the week ending Nov. 5 as the number of trucks posted slipped, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 9, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Congratulates President-Elect Trump

The American Trucking Associations has congratulated President-elect Donald Trump on his victory in the 2016 presidential election.

Tags: ATA, Infrastructure, Election Day, Donald Trump

November 8, 2016 - Industry News

Over-Height Detection System Installed in NYC

Photo: NY.gov

The installation of a $4.8 million over-height vehicle detection system has been completed on two New York City parkways to prevent large trucks from hitting low-clearance bridges.

Tags: New York City, Bridges, Oversize Loads

November 8, 2016 - Industry News

NHTSA Slates Public Meeting on Autonomous Vehicle Policy

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will hold a public meeting on Nov. 10 to gain input on the federal policy on automated vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Policy, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Theft Figures Mixed, Overall Value of Heists Falls

Cargo theft incident frequency. Graphic: CargoNet

Two new reports paint slightly different pictures of cargo theft, but there is no doubt the problem continues, especially in certain parts of the country and for specific types of freight.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, CargoNet, Security

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

Nearly a Third of Major Urban Roads in Poor Condition

Urban road conditions in major metropolitan areas are in terrible shape and could deteriorate further as traffic increases and transportation remains underfunded

Tags: Research, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

Verizon-Fleetmatics Deal Finalized

Logos via Verizon and Fleetmatics.

Verizon Communications has completed its $2.4 billion acquisition of Fleetmatics Group to become the largest provider of telematics systems for commercial fleets, the company has announced.

Tags: Verizon, Fleetmatics, Mergers & Acquisitions, Telogis

November 4, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Helps Boost Overall Employment, Factory Activity Up

Employers continued adding jobs in the U.S. during October, according to a new Labor Department report, and trucking was one of many industries that helped push the number higher.

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

November 4, 2016 - Industry News

Roadrunner LTL Becomes Roadrunner Freight

Roadrunner Transportation Systems has changed the name of its Roadrunner LTL operation to Roadrunner Freight as part of a rebranding effort to reposition the business as a cost-effective option.

Tags: LTL, Roadrunner Transportation, Rebranding

November 4, 2016 - Industry News

Intermodal Volumes Reflect Sluggish Market Conditions

Total intermodal volume fell in the third quarter of 2016, according to an Intermodal Association of North America quarterly report.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, IANA

November 4, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Expands Telematics Offering for More Fleet Types

Image via Omnitracs

Omnitracs is offering two new telematics solutions, Omnitracs Roadnet Telematics and Omnitracs XRS, expanding the types of fleets that can benefit from real-time asset tracking and data-based visibility.

Tags: telematics, Omnitracs, Small Fleets, Short-Haul

November 4, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: USA Truck Reports Quarterly Loss

The trucking company USA Truck reported on Friday that its financial picture turned slightly negative in the third quarter of the year as it continues to move to a more asset-light business

Tags: Economy, USA Truck, Fleet Earnings

November 3, 2016 - Industry News

Early Class 8 Order Numbers Flat for the Month

Class 8 truck orders are projected to be essentially flat in October when compared to September, according to preliminary numbers from analysts at ACT Research and FTR.

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

November 3, 2016 - Product News

Noregon TripVision Added to Geotab Marketplace

Image via Noregon

Noregon’s recently released TripVision vehicle health monitoring solution for heavy-duty trucks has been made available on the Geotab Marketplace.

Tags: telematics, Geotab, Noregon Systems, Vocational Trucks, Vehicle Monitoring

November 3, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: ArcBest Profit Falls, Celadon Reports Loss

The parent of a company primarily known for its less-than-truckload fleet saw its profit fall by nearly a third while a separate carrier that provides long-haul truckload and other services moved into the red, according to newly released earnings numbers.

Tags: Economy, Celadon Trucking Services, Celadon Group, Panther, ABF, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings

November 3, 2016 - Industry News

Colonial Pipeline Expected Back Online by Saturday

The Colonial Pipeline Co. hopes to bring a significant gasoline supply line back online by Saturday, less than a week after a blast that could reduce gasoline supply to the Southeast and Northeast, Reuters has reported.

Tags: OSHA, Fuel Management, Gasoline Prices

November 3, 2016 - Industry News

Nikola to Officially Unveil Hybrid-Electric Truck on Dec. 1

The Nikola One hybrid-electric truck. Image: Nikola Motors

Nikola Motor Company is on track to unveil its flagship product, the Nikola One electric Class 8 truck, at a launch event on Dec. 1, 2016.

Tags: Hydrogen, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company

November 2, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: XPO, Roadrunner Report Improved Earnings

While many trucking operations have reported lower third quarter profits during this earnings season, there were two exceptions on Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Roadrunner Transportation, XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

November 2, 2016 - Product News

Telogis Adds Optimization and Automation Features to MRM Platform

Photo: Telogis

Telogis is adding a number of extensions to its Telogis Mobile Resource Management software platform designed to optimize and automate processes.

Tags: MRM, Telogis, Telogis Latitude

November 2, 2016 - Product News

XYpper Enters the Uber-for-Trucking Fray

Photo: XYpper

Startup company XYpper is joining the increasingly crowded “Uber for trucking” online freight-matching field, officially launching its new app and web-based system for carriers and shippers.

Tags: Freight, Brokers, Load Board, Freight Uberization, XYpper

November 2, 2016 - Industry News

OOIDA Not Throwing In ELD Towel

Photo: Continental VDO

While several trucking lobbies are applauding the court ruling that upholds a Congressional mandate to require electronic logging devices, the association that had sued to overturn the pending ELD rule has not yet given up the fight.

Tags: ATA, OOIDA, TCA, ELD, The Trucking Alliance, ELD Rule

November 2, 2016 - Industry News

Unilever Strikes Deal with Convoy to Move Freight

Unilever and Convoy sign the transportation partnership agreement. Seated, from left: Kees Kruythoff, President of Unilever North America, Dan Lewis, CEO of Convoy; Standing, from left: Seref Alptekin, Camille Chammas, Reginaldo Ecclissato, Senator Bill Bradley, Wendy Herrick, Grant Ries, Jonathan Atwood, Tinsley Corbett, Matthew Algar, Ramesh Daga Photo: Business Wire

Uber-for-trucking startup Convoy has struck a multi-year deal with consumer goods giant Unilever to move the company's goods through its online freight-matching service.

Tags: Unilever, Load Board, Uber, Freight Uberization, Convoy

November 2, 2016 - Industry News

Turbine-Electric Hybrid Trash Truck Deployed

Ratto will deploy at least 15 Freightliner Condors retrofitted with Wrightspeed's Route turbine-electric hybrid powertrain over the next year.  Photo: Wrightspeed Powertrains

The Ratto Group says existing vehicles are being equipped with Wrightspeed’s Route heavy-duty powertrain consisting of a turbine engine, generator, battery pack and electronic controls.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Turbine Truck Engines, Hybrid Trucks, Wrightspeed

November 2, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Market Load Availability Falls as Rates Barely Move

Image: DAT

While the number of available spot market loads fell and rates showed only little improvement in the final week of October, freight volume during the month was better than a year ago, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

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