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May 26, 2015 - Product News

Webtech Wireless Signs $4.7M Fleet Contract

Photo via Webtech Wireless

Webtech Wireless has signed a $4.7 million contract with a major U.S. fleet customer for an upgrade to its Webtech Driver Center software.

Tags: Webtech Wireless, eLogs, Telematics

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

PeopleNet Acquires Private Fleet Technology Provider Cadec

PeopleNet has acquired the assets of Cadec Global Inc.,expanding the company’s mobility solutions in the foodservice and private fleet industries.

Tags: Information Technology, PeopleNet, Analytics, Cadec, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence, New Home Sales Improve

A measure of consumer confidence has increased following a sharp downturn, while new home sales rebounded strongly, according to reports released on Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Home Sales

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Patch Bill Sent to President Obama

Photo: David Cullen

With a voice vote on Saturday, the U.S. Senate approved the two-month extension of the highway bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last Tuesday. The legislation now awaits the expected signature of President Obama.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill, Legislation

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Bird Flu Affecting Trucking in Midwest

Truckers hauling chickens aren't the only ones being affected by bird flu. Photo by Ben via Wikimedia Commons

The avian flu viruses that have affected more than 33 million turkeys, chickens and ducks in more than a dozen states since December are taking their toll on the trucking companies that serve the poultry industry.

Tags: Iowa, Minnesota, Livestock Hauling

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Key Durable Goods Indicator Rises

An advance report shows both new orders and shipments for manufactured durable goods declined in April, but a key indicator increased for the second consecutive month.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Non-Manufacturing

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

Heniff Acquires Horizon Tank Lines

Heniff Transportation Systems has acquired Horizon Tank Lines, expanding Heniff’s footprint into the Southeastern U.S.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Liquid Tank Trailers, Bulk Hauling

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

CDL School Owners Charged with Testing Fraud Plead Guilty

Two owners of a Brooklyn, NY, CDL driving school had to forfeit cash and assets totally more than $175,000 in a plea deal for charges stemming from a massive, 11-year long testing fraud scheme.

Tags: CDL, Fraud, Truck Driving Schools

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

Old Dominion Shuffles Senior Management

Old Dominion Freight Line announced that Greg C. Gantt has been promoted to the president and chief operating officer of the company, replacing David S. Congdon as the company’s president.

Tags: Leadership, Old Dominion Freight Line, People, Promotions

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Hit 17-Month Low

Net orders for Class 8 trucks fell to just over 22,400 units in April, the lowest amount since November 2013, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Truck Orders

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Higher, Inflation Still Weak

Consumer prices moved barely higher in April, but it was the third consecutive monthly increase, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Port Trucking Group Unveils Plan to Reduce Congestion

Photo via Port of Long Beach

The Harbor Truck Association has announced that it is supporting a new plan to reduce congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Ports, Strikes, Port Trucking

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Continental Tire Sponsors Truck Racing Series

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Continental Tire the Americas has been named the tire sponsor of the ChampTruck truck racing series in 2015.

Tags: Tires, Continental Tire the Americas, ChampTruck, Racing

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Mixed in April

Truckload linehaul rates declined in April from the month before while intermodal rates moved higher, according to two separate reports released on Thursday.

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

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Declines, Leading Indicators Increase

A first look at the nation’s manufacturing sector shows activity has declined for the second straight month. However, a measure of future economy activity is on the upswing.

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

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

House Dems Push Long-Term Highway Measure

Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Image: Official Portrait

Peter DeFazio and 19 Committee Democrats have introduced the Obama Administration’s GROW AMERICA Act as a long-term surface transportation funding measure.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

CarrierWeb Names New Head of U.S. Operations

Jim Gamache, the newly appointed president of CarrierWeb's U.S. operations. Photo: CarrierWeb

CarrierWeb has appointed James B. Gamache as president of its U.S. operations, taking over the role from R. Fenton-May.

Tags: Telematics, People, eLogs, CarrierWeb

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability Slips, Rates Move Little

An upturn in spot market truckload freight rates seen the previous week ran out of steam quickly, according to new numbers from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Two-Month Highway Patch

Photo: David Cullen

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a temporary extension of the highway bill that will fund transportation projects through July.

Tags: Highway Bill, Highway Trust Fund, Congress, Legislation

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

April Truck Tonnage Decreases, Weakening GDP Outlook

Graph via ATA

American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 3% to 128.6 in April to the lowest level in a year.

Tags: ATA, Freight, GDP, Truck Tonnage Index

May 19, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Starts Skyrocket

New homes starts in the U.S. increased dramatically in April from the month before, jumping 20.2% and hitting its highest level in more than seven years.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts, Home Building

May 18, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Raises GHG Phase 2 Alert

Volvo Trucks North America's Göran Nyberg.

Göran Nyberg, Volvo Truck North America president, is concerned that the upcoming Phase 2 round of GHG regulations could push back hard against the advance of truck technology.

Tags: GHG, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Volvo Trucks

May 18, 2015 - Product News

Lending Platform Tailored to Small Fleets

Bam Worldwide announced Bamwire, a specialty asset-based lending platform for motor carriers designed to help small fleets grow their business.

Tags: Freight, Small Fleets, Factoring

May 18, 2015 - Industry News

Volatile Cab Chassis Sales Outpacing Year Ago Level

Chart courtesy of NTEA.

Sales and shipments of cutaways, low cab-over-engine and strip chassis trucks moved higher in the first two months of 2015 compared to a year ago, yet 2015 should be as volatile as 2014, according to the NTEA.

Tags: NTEA, Vehicle Purchasing, Truck Sales, Cabovers, Chassis Cab Trucks, Mexico, Canada

May 17, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Output, Consumer Sentiment Decline

U.S. industrial production fell 0.3% in April for its fifth consecutive monthly loss, according to a Federal Reserve report issued Friday.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Industrial Production, Consumer Sentiment

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