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August 3, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies Issuance of Commercial Learner’s Permits

Photo: FMCSA

Guidance just issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration clarifies that a state may accept applications for commercial learner’s permits and administer the general knowledge test to individuals who are not domiciled there.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Training, Hiring Veterans

August 3, 2017 - Product News

Cummins Launches Smartphone-Based ELD Solution

Photo: Zed Connect

Cummins has launched a new fleet software company called Zed Connect and announced its first product, Zed ELD – a smartphone based electronic logging solution.

Tags: Cummins, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound in July

Class 8 truck orders are expected to increase in July compared to the previous month and previous year, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Intermodal Recovery Strengthens During Second Quarter

Intermodal service providers again demonstrated clear gains in the intermodal sector. Photo: Jim Park

Total intermodal freight volumes gained 4.5% in the second quarter of the year, the strongest growth in nearly three years, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Freight Expands Reach of Truck Load-Matching App

A new ‘For You’ pack will show personalized recommendations. Photo: Uber Freight

Uber Freight is expanding the geography served beyond its initial focus on Texas and adding personalized load matching to its instant load booking/fast payment system.

Tags: 3PL, Uber, Mobile Apps, Uber for Trucking

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Profit Jumps As It Mulls More Acquisitions, USA Truck Losses Grow

XPO Logistics' profit during the second quarter was 11.7% higher than a year ago, as a separate report said the company is looking to greatly expand its business in the next year or two. In contrast, USA Truck saw its second quarter loss more than double as revenue declined.

Tags: XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Volumes Rise in Late July Push, Rates Move Little

An unusual surge of truckload freight led to higher-than-normal volume on the spot market for the week ending July 29, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, but it failed to turn into any substantial rate increases.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

House Bill Aims to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

Image: FMCSA

A bill newly proposed in the House would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to change the classification of employers and employees. “Currently, it is difficult and overly complicated for businesses to use independent contractors, which limits companies’ growth and individuals’ work,” said Rep. Erik Paulsen, who introduced H.R. 3396.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Independent Contractors, Legislation, Drivers

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI Announces New Focus on Web

The American Transportation Research Institute has a new web address, www.truckingresearch.org, and says it will focus on improving its online presence and promotion of its research efforts.

Tags: Website, Research, ATRI

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Capitol Hill Aide to Lead Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference

American Trucking Associations has named Tyler Rushforth as executive director of the Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference.

Tags: ATA, Intermodal, People, Lobbying

August 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Solid, Construction Disappoints

U.S. manufacturing activity in July remained solid, according to two reports issued Tuesday while separate ones showed overall construction activity in the U.S. eased as consumer spending and personal incomes barely improved.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Federal Reserve, Personal Income, Personal Spending, Gross Domestic Product

August 1, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Schneider Profit Rises 5.2%

Trucking, intermodal and logistics services provider Schneider National Inc. on Tuesday reported its second quarter profit increased 5.2% from a year earlier while revenue improved 8.1%.

Tags: Schneider National, Fleet Earnings

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Continues to Build New Leadership Team

USA Truck has made another appointment as it continues to build its executive leadership team, naming Allen Lowry as vice president, safety and risk management.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck, Safety

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Value of U.S.-NAFTA Freight Rises for 7th Straight Month

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A rise in the value of cross-border trucking freight between the U.S. and the other two North American Free Trade Agreement partner counties helped push total value of commodities higher for the seventh straight month in May, according to a new Transportation Department report.

Tags: Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Railroads, Surface Trade, Freight

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Bestpass Promotes Knowlton to Senior Director of Customer Experience

Alison Knowlton Photo: Bestpass

Bestpass has promoted Alison Knowlton to senior director of customer experience, overseeing the toll payment and management company’s newly created customer experience division.

Tags: Customer Service, People, Marketing, Bestpass

July 28, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Covenant Reports Steep Year-over-Year Earnings Drop

Covenant Transportation Group, Inc. (NASDAQ/GS: CVTI) reported on July 25 second quarter earnings of $0.08 per share, marking. That’s down 60% year over year, but according to analysis by Stifel, that result is “right in line with the Street consensus of $0.06.”

Tags: Earnings, Covenant Transportation Group

July 28, 2017 - Product News

ELD Solution Targets Small Contract Carriers

Photo via C.H. Robinson

C.H. Robinson and One20 have announced an electronic logging device solution designed to help small contract carriers comply with the electronic logging mandate.

Tags: Owner-Operators, ELDs, Small Fleets, C.H. Robinson, One20

July 27, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Old Dominion Earnings Spike 21.4% in Second Quarter

One of the country’s leading LTL carriers, Old Dominion Freight Line scored high in the second quarter, reporting a 21.4% increase in earnings per diluted share to $1.19 on revenue of $839.9 million.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Earnings

July 27, 2017 - Industry News

New Connectivity, Analytics Options Coming for Detroit-Powered Trucks

Daimler Trucks North America officials gathered in Yountvile, California, to update trucking reporters on the latest Detroit connectivity and analytics advances. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Fleets of all sizes that are running Detroit powertrains are about to get access to several new tools that will make it easier to analyze the vast amount of data available from the truck – including not only engine fault code data, but also fuel efficiency and safety data.

Tags: Telematics, Detroit, Big Data, Data Analysis, Freightliner Cascadia, Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner, Western Star

July 27, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Let Carriers Dispute Crash Fault

Photo: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will launch on Aug. 1 a demonstration program that will enable motor carriers to dispute the determination of certain truck crashes as “preventable.”

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Crash Accountability

July 27, 2017 - Industry News

TSA Demonstrates Vehicle Explosives Detection

A handful of FSC attendees were selected to find the above IEDs, which were hidden on two vehicles. Photos: Jim Park

A team of experts from the Transportation Security Administration offered both classroom and hands-on presentations on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at this year’s Fleet Safety Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Tags: Cargo Security, Vehicle Security, Terrorism, TSA, Fleet Safety Conference

July 26, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: In Face of EU Antitrust Probe, Daimler Earnings Rise 15%

Daimler AG, parent of Daimler Trucks North America and Mercedes-Benz Vans USA, reported on July 26 a 15% jump in profit for the second quarter, largely on the strength of its global Mercedes-Benz luxury car business.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Daimler, Earnings, Global

July 26, 2017 - Industry News

CargoNet: Cargo Theft Down Significantly in Second Quarter

The average value of each cargo theft event in the second quarter of 2017 was $202,774, according to a new report from CargoNet. Photo: Truckinginfo.com

CargoNet said 110 tractors and 109 trailers were stolen across the United States and Canada in the second quarter of this year, which is down 17%, and 29% respectively from the period last year.

Tags: Cargo Theft, CargoNet, Crime, Stolen Vehicles

July 26, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Rates Remain Strong Amid Slight Demand Downturn

Among the bright spots mentioned in DAT Solutions' Truckload Rate report are a boost in activity and rates out of the Midwest. Photo: Truckinginfo.com

According to a report by DAT Solutions, the number of available loads on the spot truckload market slipped just 3% during the week ending July 22, better than expected for the middle of July.

Tags: Freight Rates, Spot Freight, DAT Solutions

July 26, 2017 - Industry News

Duke Energy Tackles Truck Idling at N.C. Distribution Facility

Photo via Duke Energy

Duke Energy will be heading a $320,000 project to install a total of 36 electric power outlets for heavy trucks at a distribution center for Merchants Distributors in Hickory, N.C.

Tags: EPA, Duke Energy, Idle Reduction, IdleAir, Shorepower Technologies

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