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August 27, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Hold, Freight Availability Down Slightly

The summer doldrums appear to have kicked in on the spot freight market, with rates barely moving for the second straight week, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Alabama Moves to Expand Container Capacity at Port of Mobile

Aerial view of Alabama State Port Authority's land acquisitions this week.

The Alabama State Port Authority finalized its purchase this week of two industrial properties including a 35-acre tract fronting the seaport’s channel and a 63-acre industrial tract within one mile of the harbor for expansion.

Tags: Alabama, Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Minority Shareholder Calls for Changes, CEO Ouster

One of USA Truck’s minority investors and its manager are calling for changes within the trucking company, including selling off all or part of to ousting its current leader.

Tags: USA Truck, Mergers & Acquisitions, Fleets

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Patriot Transportation Holding Closer to Spinoff of Bulk Carrier Operation

The parent company of bulk tanker carrier Florida Rock and Tank Lines filed papers a few days ago to spin off the trucking business into a new holding company that is separate from its real estate ventures.

Tags: Fleets, Patriot Transportation, Florida Rock & Tank Lines

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

YRC’s New Penn Names Foust as New President

Former Roadrunner executive Donald R. Foust has been named as the new president of YRC Worldwide’s regional less-than truckload operation New Penn, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tags: Fleets, People, YRC Worldwide, New Penn

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durables Surge, Consumer Confidence Best Since 2007

Aircraft bumped up orders and shipments of durable goods.

UPDATED -- Shipments and new orders for manufactured durable goods continue moving higher, with both hitting record levels -- but the numbers may not be as bright as they seem.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Consumer Confidence

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Rules Vicarious Liability Applies in Lawsuit Against Carrier

What one media outlet calls a “landmark decision” by a federal court pushes aside a nearly decade-long federal protection for vehicle leasing companies. It's expected to affect trucking companies whose owner-operators are involved in accidents when certain leasing arrangements are used.

Tags: Accidents, Liability, Drivers, New York, Litigation, Leasing, Owner-Operators

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Section of Delaware I-495 Fully Reopen

The northbound lanes of I-495 through Wilmington have been reopened following the successful realignment of the bridge spanning the Christina River.

Tags: Delaware, Road Construction

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Fall During July

Photo: Evan Lockridge

New home sales in the U.S. declined in July, according to the Commerce Department, falling for the second month in a row and hitting a four-month low.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

August 22, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Construction Starts Index Hits Highest Level of the Year

New construction starts in July climbed 6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $588.8 billion, according to industry date provider McGraw Hill Construction.

Tags: Economy, Construction

August 22, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Introduces the Heavy Duty Green Symposium

This year’s Green Fleet Conference will include a series of sessions aimed specifically at trucking fleets called the Heavy Duty Green Symposium.

Tags: Green Fleets, Green Fleet Conference, Heavy Duty Green Symposium, Fuel Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, Events

August 21, 2014 - Industry News

Bestpass Adds Border Crossings to Toll Network

The Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. Photo via Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.

Bestpass has added several international bridges to its toll network at the border between New York and Canada.

Tags: Canada, Tolls, Bestpass, Bridges, New York

August 21, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers, Brokers Warned About Identity Fraud Scam

The fraudulent employers promise to reimburse the “shipping assistants”, but no money is ever reimbursed. When questioned, the scammers claim to be affiliated with the brokers or carriers whose identities and logos they have hijacked for that purpose.

Tags: TIA, Crime & Fraud, Fleets, DAT, Brokers

August 21, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Heading Higher

Linehaul rates for truckload shipping continue to rise, according to the latest Cass Linehaul Rate Index. On average, North American shippers paid 7.2% more in July of this year than last in their truckload linehaul rates.

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

August 21, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Indicators, Existing Home Sales, Manufacturing Jump

The latest measure on the condition of the U.S. economy and where it's heading shows improvement again, according to the private research group The Conference Board.

Tags: Economy, The Conference Board, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

August 20, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Freight Upgrades Three Terminals

YRC Freight has upgraded three of its terminals to full distribution center status to increase network capacity for its customers and reduce congestion at some facilities.

Tags: YRC Freight, LTL, Fleets, Distribution Centers

August 20, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability Increases, Rates Stabilize

Spot market freight availability has increased nicely in the most recent period while rates appear to have ended their recent decline, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

August 20, 2014 - Industry News

Ground Broken for Future Intermodal Port of East St. Louis

Ground has been broken on a new $7 million multi-modal transportation project that will service the future Port of East St. Louis.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking

August 20, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Maritime Commission Hosting Port Congestion Forums

The goal is to promote dialogue on the causes and implications of congestion at U.S. ports, according to the commission.

Tags: Events, Ports, Port Trucking

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

PeopleNet Recognizes Innovators of the Year

PeopleNet executives, Rick Ochsendorf, senior vice president of operations (far left), Brian McLaughlin, president (center), and Mark Botticelli, chief technology officer (far right) awarded Old Dominion Freight Line the Tier 3 Innovator of the Year Award. Photo: Stephane Babcock

As part of its 2014 User Conference, PeopleNet spent Tuesday evening recognizing the top innovators among its client base, fleets that have demonstrated exceptional leadership over the past year by using PeopleNet products and services to create unique solutions that accelerate and drive return on investment.

Tags: PeopleNet, Industry Event, Awards, Fleets, Telematics

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

PeopleNet Celebrates 20 Years, Looks to the Future

Famed ESPN sportscaster Dick Vitale closed out the 2014 PeopleNet User Conference opening session. Photo: Stephane Babcock

ESPN sportscaster Dick Vitale closed out the conference's opening session, which was filled with looking back on the company's 20-year history and looking forward to what it has to offer clients now and in the near future.

Tags: Conference, Video Event Recorders, PeopleNet, Events, Information Technology

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Trimble Invests in Shipping Software Provider 3GTMS

A strategic alliance between Trimble Navigation Limited and 3GTMS Inc. will help TMW customers manage complex 3PL challenges.

Tags: Fleet Management, Information Technology, Trimble, 3PL, TMW Systems

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Southern California Import Container Volume Stagnates, Contract Talks Blamed

Port of Los Angeles. Credit: Port of L.A.

Import cargo volume at the nation’s busiest port complex barely increased, if at all in July, due to shipper concerns about contract talks involving longshoremen working at West Coast ports.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Increases 1.3% in July, Near Record High

Graphic: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 1.3% in July, following a decrease of 0.8% the previous month, according to newly released figures.

Tags: Economy, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Truck Tonnage

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Lowest in Five Months, Housing Best Since January

UPDATED -- Consumer prices increased as the slowest pace in five months during July, increasing just 0.1% from the month before, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Home Starts, Consumer Prices

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