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May 15, 2015 - Industry News

Committee Chairmen Propose Their Own Funding Patch

Rep. Bill Shuster and Rep. Paul Ryan released a joint statement about their own proposal to extend spending authority for the Highway Trust Fund through the end of July.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Bill

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

Walmart Launching Delivery Service to Challenge Amazon Prime

Photo via Walmart.

Walmart is planning to test an online shipping subscription service similar to Amazon Prime, according to a report from The Information.

Tags: Information Technology, Amazon.com, Walmart, Retail Sector, Shipping Service

May 15, 2015 - Industry News

Former Trucking Company Operator Given 3 Years in Prison

Dragan Simovski, the operator of Illinois-based Freedom Transportation was sentenced to 3 years in prison for his connection to an illegal double-brokering scheme.

Tags: Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Brokers

May 14, 2015 - Industry News

Senators Float Midsummer Highway Bill Patch

With one week left to pass a short-term funding extension two key Democratic lawmakers have introduced a measure to extend the authorization of surface transportation programs into this July.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Bill

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Allows Twin 33s Nationwide; Keeps Restart Suspension Active

Photo: David Cullen

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a $55-billion spending bill that includes a provision to allow 33-foot long double trailers on Interstate and other highways— regardless of state laws.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Trailers, 34-Hour Restart, Insurance

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Measure Hits Second Highest Level on Record

Freight Transportation Services Index, March 2010 - March 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT.

A measure of the amount of freight moved by the for-hire transportation industry in the U.S. increased in March, reversing a one-month decline and posting its biggest gain since last July, according a report released Wednesday.

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Spring Back to Life

National average spot freight rates, four-week trend. Graphic: DAT

Rates for spot market truckload freight posted gains in two of the three major sectors May 3 through May 9 compared to the previous seven days, according the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: April Retail Sales Go Nowhere

U.S. retail sales in April were virtually unchanged from March, according to a Commerce Department report released Wednesday morning.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Wants Highway Bill Patched But Fast

Source: American Trucking Trends 2014/U.S. DOT Image via ATA

The ATA is urging Congress to quickly adopt a short-term measure to keep the Highway Trust Fund afloat to help ensure that a comprehensive long-term highway bill gets passed in this calendar year.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, American Trucking Associations

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Average Cargo Theft Value Increases

The darkest areas show where cargo theft activity is the highest. Credit: FWI

While the number of incidents of cargo thefts in the U.S. declined in the first quarter of the year from the same time in 2014, the average value of each heist jumped 25%, according to the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

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

May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Expenditures Increase in April from Month Before

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

North American freight shipment volume and payments were up for the third month in a row during April, according to the latest readings from the Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Tops $700 Billion for First Time

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking brought in over $700 billion, the highest revenue ever for the industry, according to an American Trucking Associations report.

Tags: ATA, Revenues, Industry Trends

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Generally Down In Past Month, Year

Spot market freight volume in April followed a typical seasonal pattern, declining 10% from March, while rates posted a more moderate drop

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Subdued by Weak Manufacturing

Graph via FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index fell slightly in March to a reading of 7.3, reflecting lessened demand for truck services and normalizing fuel costs.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Manufacturing

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

What Do CIOs Want from Technology?

Trucking technology executives talked about strategies, gamification, analytics and more during the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.

Tags: Information Technology, ALK Transportation Technology Summit

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

OEM-Provided Telematics Platforms Could 'Disrupt' Industry

Matthew Pfaffenback, director of telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, speaks at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit. (Photo courtesy of Able Communications)

OEM powertrain integration will ultimately positively disrupt the telematics industry, according to Matthew Pfaffenback, director of telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, speaking at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.

Tags: OEM, ALK Transportation Technology Summit, Telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, Diagnostics

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

Vehicle Logistics Companies Partner to Expedite Auto Transport

Photo: Adam Pringle

ShipCarsNow and Ready Auto Transport have joined forces to provide truck or rail transportation to vehicle shippers as a response to increasing volumes for remarketed and new cars.

Tags: ShipCarsNow, Cox Automotive, Ready Auto Transport, Vehicle Transportation, Railroads

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

Broker Pleads Guilty in Phony Cargo Insurance Scam

In an operation the FBI called "theft and greed on a large scale," a former insurance broker has pleaded guilty to bilking nearly 800 trucking companies out of $3.7 million for phony cargo insurance.

Tags: Insurance, Georgia, Crime & Fraud

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Lowest in Almost 7 Years

Unemployment in the U.S. fell in April, hitting a near seven-year low following weak job additions in the first quarter of the year.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

Quality Distribution to Sell for About $800 Million

The trucking company Quality Distribution Inc. has reached an agreement to be acquired by the private investment fund Apax Partners.

Tags: Earnings, Quality Distribution, Mergers & Acquisitions, Quality Carriers, Boasso America

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Paccar Offers Medium-Duty Leasing Program

Photo of Kenworth T270 medium-duty truck model courtesy of PACCAR.

Paccar Leasing Company (PacLease) will begin offering a medium-duty leasing program called the PacLease Value Spec, the truck maker has announced.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Kenworth T270, Peterbilt Model 330, PACCAR, Truck Leasing, Class 6, Private Fleets

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

DOT to Audit FMCSA High-Risk Investigative Practices

Image: FMCSA

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has announced it will audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices for high-risk motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA, DOT, Accidents

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Continue Slipping

Graphic: DAT

The number of available loads on the spot truckload market decreased 2.9% and capacity fell 1.8%, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Perry: Economy Improving, But Volatile

Noel Perry speaks at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit. Photo: Jim Beach

The economy is in a “particularly volatile state,” with some saying it is going up while others think it is going down, according to Noel Perry, founder of Transport Economics, speaking at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.

Tags: Economy, ALK

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

First Quarter Intermodal Shipments Increase 2 Percent

Graphic: IANA

Total intermodal shipments in the U.S. and Canada rose 2% over last year’s first quarter volumes despite port congestion issues that impacted international container traffic, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, IANA

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