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March 20, 2017 - Industry News

‘Better Year Ahead’ Despite Flat Trucking Conditions Index

Source: FTR

FTR has released its Trucking Conditions Index for January, showing an unchanged reading from the month before of 2.7. Conditions are expected to improve in 2017 as a result of a rebounding economic environment.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, ELD Mandate

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

MATS Returns this Week, Bringing Back Some Major OEMs

Photo: Mid-America Trucking Show

The Mid-America Trucking Show returns this week, going from March 23-25 in Louisville, Ky., and this year it once again features several major manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting new technology and equipment.

Tags: Events, OEMs, MATS

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

NTEA Names New President

Keane

At The Work Truck Show 2017, NTEA announced its new president, Adam Keane, as well as updated the Board’s Executive Committee and trustees.

Tags: NTEA, Leadership, Work Truck Show

March 20, 2017 - Product News

FR8Star Calculator Determines Heavy-Haul Costs on State Level

Image via FR8 Revolution

FR8 Revolution has developed the free, cloud-based FR8Star Heavy Haul Marketplace, which offers a rate calculator for oversize/overweight loads.

Tags: Shippers, Heavy Haul, Oversize Loads, FR8 Revolution

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

Online List Tracks Carriers in Compliance with Upcoming Food Safety Rule

Image via UFSTP website

TransComply, the manager of the Uniform Food Safety Transportation Protocol, has launched an online public listing of motor carriers that have complied with all the requirements for participation in the program.

Tags: FDA, Food and Beverage Fleets, TransComply

March 17, 2017 - Product News

Phillips Collaborates on Trailer-to-Tractor Connectivity Tool

Phillips Industries and Velvac are collaborating on the TrailerLink connected vehicle solution, which is designed to support trailer-to-tractor video and data communications and connectivity.

Tags: Telematics, Trailers, Video Event Recorders

March 17, 2017 - Industry News

Infrastructure Group Slams Trump on Erasing TIGER Grants

Image: White House Office of Management and Budget

An infrastructure advocacy group questions the wisdom of eliminating federal TIGER grants for funding freight-related road projects.

Tags: Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, CAGTC

March 17, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Latest Readings Full of Positives

A gauge of the health of the American economy has increased again, hitting its highest level in more than a decade. Meanwhile, manufacturing activity outpaced overall industrial output, consumer sentiment hit its highest level in over a decade, and homebuilding continues to trend up, according to a basket of reports issued Friday and Thursday.

Tags: Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment, Home Building, Economic Conditions

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck's President-Trucking Resigns

The president of USA Truck’s trucking operations has resigned, effective March 13, in the latest in a string of leadership changes at the Van Buren, Arkansas-based company.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck, Fleet Executives

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Announces First Economic Summit

American Trucking Associations is launching an Economic Summit that will bring together chief economists from several trade associations for an outlook on each speaker's industry and how it could impact trucking.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Events

March 16, 2017 - Product News

Schneider Launches Online LTL Hub

Image via Schneider

Schneider has created a new one-stop online shop for less-than-truckload freight.

Tags: LTL, Online Tool, Schneider, Shippers

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Makes Top Leadership Moves

Eric Fuller Photo: U.S. Xpress

U.S. Xpress named Eric Fuller to the role of CEO and Lisa Quinn Pate as the new president and chief administrative officer for the truckload carrier, effective immediately.

Tags: Leadership, People, U.S. Xpress

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Ease Slightly Following Jump

After a 17% jump the previous week, spot truckload freight volume increased a modest 1.3% during the week ending March 11 while rates gave back at least part of their gains from the week before, according to DAT Solutions' network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Fills Six Leadership Positions

Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations promoted four longtime staffers and hired a new vice president of creative services and creative director, and a new director of marketing as part of the federation’s continued retooling.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Associations

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Fed Pushes Interest Rates Higher Amid Improving Signs

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday increased the nation’s benchmark interest rate for the third time since its first hike in nearly a decade in December 2015, amid evidence of a steady economy and indications of more interest rate increases later this year.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Wholesale Prices, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Plotting the Path from Diesel to Electric Trucks

DTNA's Achenbach keynoting the Green Truck Summit Photo: David Cullen

Alternative fuels and propulsion systems offer a compelling array of environmentally friendly powertrain options to consider, but it’s still too soon to write off diesel as trucking’s juice of choice, said the Green Truck Summit's keynote speaker.

Tags: NTEA, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Work Truck Show, Daimler Trucks North America, Battery-Electric Vehicles

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Infrastructure Reform Group Finds Twin 33s Boost Safety and Efficiency

Image via report: Twin 33 Foot Truck Trailers: Making U.S. Freight Transport Safer and More Efficient

The Americans for Modern Transportation coalition released a new study finding that twin 33-foot trailers would boost safety and efficiency with widespread adoption.

Tags: Infrastructure, Double Trailers, Efficiency

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Company Faces EEOC Lawsuit Over Veteran’s Service Dog

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against CRST Expedited for allegedly failing to accommodate a veteran with a service dog and then retaliating against the man.

Tags: Lawsuits, Veterans, CRST, EEOC, Hiring Veterans

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Joins the Trucking Alliance

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation has accepted an invitation to join the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (also known as the Trucking Alliance), which promotes safety reforms such as collision mitigation systems and speed limiters for trucks.

Tags: Driver Safety, Swift Transportation, The Trucking Alliance

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Market Measure Falls from Previous Month, Up from Year Earlier

Despite an increase freight volume during February, a measure of the total strength of the truckload spot freight market declined from the month before due to softer rates, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

March 10, 2017 - Industry News

House Committee to Eye State/Local Rollout of FAST Act

Traffic in New York City Photo: U.S. DOT

For its first hearing of the 115th Congress, the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will delve into how the most recent highway bill — the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act— is being implemented on the state and local level.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, Highway Bill

March 10, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Helps Boost Overall Employment Ahead of Fed Meeting

Job growth in the U.S. posted another healthy gain in February, according to a new Labor Department report, leading many analysts to predict an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve when it meets next week.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Civil Engineers Issue Harsh Report on State of Infrastructure

Image: U.S. DOT

The American Society of Civil Engineers has once again assigned a barely passing grade of “D+” to the nation’s overall infrastructure and an even more parsimonious “D” to our road network. Bridges, though, fared a bit better— scoring a “C+.”

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange to Offer Networking, HDT Innovator Panel

There are a limited number of fleet spots still available for the Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange, a new networking event that will bring together a select group of fleet executives -- including HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators -- and top industry suppliers.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Events, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Roadrunner Forms Temperature-Controlled Carrier

Roadrunner Transportation announced the formation of Roadrunner Temperature Controlled, combining two transportation providers, M. Bruenger and R&M Transportation into a single company offering temperature-controlled solutions.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation, axle, Food and Beverage Fleets, Refrigerated Trailers

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