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October 3, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Seeks Public Comment on Cutting Red Tape

In keeping with the Trump Administration’s stated intention to slice through red tape to benefit businesses, the Department of Transportation has issued a notification of regulatory review.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Buys Large Stake in Pilot Flying J

Photo: Pilot Flying J

Warren Buffet’s holding company Berkshire Hathaway has made a significant minority investment in truckstop chain Pilot Flying J, with plans to become the majority stakeholder by 2023, the companies announced.

Tags: Investment, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Mergers & Acquisitions

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

Organizers Pronounce Inaugural NACV Show Success, Plan for 2019

Ribbon cutting for the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta. From left-right Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Managing Board Member Deutsche Messe, Elisabeth Barna, COO American Trucking Association, Larry Turner, President and CEO Hannover Fairs USA, and Jim Glionna, Chairman and Founder Newcom Business Media. Photo: NACV

Organizers of the first North American Commercial Vehicle Show held last week say they’re happy with the results of the show’s business-to-business concept and focus on global technology, and they learned how to improve the next one, to be held in 2019.

Tags: NACV Show

October 2, 2017 - Industry News

NFI Acquires CalCartage, Increases Supply Chain Capabilities

With CalCartage’s expertise, NFI can provide heightened specialization in the retail, e-commerce, footwear, and apparel sectors.

Tags: NFI, Ports, Mergers & Acquisitions, Supply Chain Solution, Drayage, CalCartage

October 2, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Refinancing Amid SEC investigation

The Celadon Group continues to restructure its assets in an attempt to create more liquidity, while it is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tags: Economy, SEC, Celadon Group

October 2, 2017 - Industry News

ATA: Keep NAFTA’s Mexican Truck Proviso to Curb Border Congestion

Photo: México Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes

UPDATED: In no uncertain terms, the American Trucking Associations has made it clear it continues to support the provision within the North American Free Trade Agreement that allows approved Mexico-based motor carriers to operate in the U.S.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexican Trucking, NAFTA, Teamsters

October 2, 2017 - Industry News

ConMet Develops Intelligent Wheel End Monitoring System

Photo: Evan Lockridge

ConMet has developed the SmartHub, an intelligent wheel end that will allow drives and fleet managers to monitor the health of a wheel end in real time.

Tags: Telematics, ConMet, Hubs, Wheel Ends, Data Analysis, NACV Show

October 2, 2017 - Industry News

Orbcomm Acquires Blue Tree Systems

Orbcomm has acquired transportation management systems provider Blue Tree Systems Limited and its subsidiaries.

Tags: TMS, Blue Tree Systems, Mergers & Acquisitions, ORBCOMM, Telematics

October 2, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Surges, Construction Rebounds

Manufacturing activity in the U.S. turned higher in September, hitting its highest level in 13 years, according to newly released survey results of supply executives. A separate report showed construction spending rebounded after two straight monthly drops.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Gross Domestic Product

September 29, 2017 - Industry News

Capitol Hill Dems Float Bill to Force Sleep-Apnea Rule

Image: Volvo Group

Six weeks after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration pulled their advance notice of proposed rulemaking on obstructive sleep apnea, Democrats in both the House and Senate are pushing back.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, OSA

September 29, 2017 - Industry News

Covenant Rebrands to Emphasize Variety of Services

Joey Hogan, president of Covenant Photo: Covenant Transport Services

Covenant Transport has rebranded itself as Covenant Transport Services, the carrier announced, to emphasize the variety of services offered by the group, which includes Covenant Transport, Covenant Transport Solutions, Southern Refrigerated Transport and Star Transportation.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Rebrand, Fleets

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Vans Tests Drone-Delivery Program

Mercedes-Benz Vans, Matternet, and Siroop start a pilot project for on-demand delivery of e-commerce goods in Zurich. Photos: Mercedes-Benz.

The Matternet M2 drones used in the pilot can carry packages of up to 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) over distances of up to 20 kilometers (12.4 miles).

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Utility Fleets, Switzerland, Delivery Fleets, Drones

September 28, 2017 - Product News

PrePass Offers Tolling Analytics Solution

Photo: Help Inc.

Help Inc., provider of the truck weigh station bypass service PrePass, has introduced Inform Tolling - a new tolling data analytics solution for medium and large trucking companies to monitor and manage toll transactions.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Tolls, Analytics, Help Inc., PrePass, Toll Management

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Host Two-Day ELD Implementation Event

Photo: Roehl Transport

As required by federal law, all motor carriers subject to the ELD Rule must convert from paper logs or logging software to a registered ELD if they do not have an Automatic On-Board Recording Device by Dec. 18 of this year.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate, AOBRD, Training

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Continue Moving Higher Following Hurricanes

The number of available loads on the spot truckload freight market rose as freight rates moved higher again for the week ending Sept. 23, according to new figures from DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 27, 2017 - Industry News

Organizer: New NACV Truck Show Opened Strong

The view of the Daimler Trucks North America booth from one of the meeting rooms above the show floor at the inaugural NACV Show. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The numbers are not all in yet, but given preliminary figures and his own expert sense of how shows go, one of the organizers of the North American Commercial Vehicle Show was ready to declare it a solid success at the end of the third of its four-day inaugural run, despite comments from some exhibitors about light attendance.

Tags: NACV Show, Events

September 27, 2017 - Industry News

Digital Supply Chain Offers Greater Potential Than Electric, Autonomous Trucks

Persio Lisboa talks to suppliers about the need to be leaders in technology to improve trucking productivity.

Amidst a show where major topics of conversation included electrification of commercial vehicles and the path to autonomous trucks, one industry exec said the digital supply chain will be the next big breakthrough in trucking productivity.

Tags: Navistar, Supply Chain Management, NACV Show, Disruptive Technology, Connected Vehicle Technology

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Awards Over $70M in Grants For Commercial Vehicle Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has awarded more than $70 million in grants and educational institutions to enhance commercial motor vehicle safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Grant Funding, Federal Grants

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Sees One Strong Year Leading into Another

Göran Nyberg speaking at NACV show. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Alluding to Volvo’s rollout of not one but two new trucks in the past few month, Volvo Trucks North America President Göran Nyberg declared “it’s a great year to introduce a new truck.”

Tags: Truck Sales, Volvo Trucks North America

September 25, 2017 - Product News

TomTom Launches Flexible Bridge Hub Solution

Photo: TomTom

TomTom has launched the TomTom Bridge Hub in North America, announcing pre-order availability of the connected mobility and electronic logging device compatibility solution.

Tags: TomTom, Connected Vehicle Technology, Navigation, Mobility, ELDs, ELD Mandate, NACV Show

September 25, 2017 - Product News

Zonar Docs Streamlines Reporting for Small to Medium-Sized Fleets

Photo: Zonar

Zonar has announced a new Zonar Docs image capturing solution for paperwork management and a new integration with the ContiPressureCheck tire pressure monitoring system.

Tags: Continental, Zonar, Document Management, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, Software Integration

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Gauging the Tech that Will Drive the Future of Trucking

Volvo’s Lars Stenqvist says the technologies set to most potently change trucking are connectivity, electromobility and automation.  Photo: David Cullen

Volvo’s Lars Stenqvist sees the potential for a chicken-or-egg dynamic slowing down how quickly smart trucks and smart highways can be integrated to leverage their potential to boost trucking efficiency.

Tags: Volvo Group, Volvo Trucks North America, Smart Trucks, Smart Highways

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

AAA Report Underscores Benefits of High-Tech Truck Safety Advances

Photo: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is recommending that all large trucks— both new and existing ones— be equipped with what it considers to be “cost-effective technologies that improve safety for everyone on the road.”

Tags: AAA

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Four Former Pilot Executives Plead Guilty to Rebate Fraud

Four former Pilot employees pleaded guilty to mail fraud and wire fraud. Photo: Evan Lockridge

John Freeman, former sales VP of Pilot Flying J, has pleaded guilty alongside three other former Pilot employees of mail fraud and wire fraud after the FBI found that Pilot defrauded 5,500 customers of over $56 million.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fraud, Payment Cards

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: September Manufacturing, Leading Indicators Improve

A first-look at how the manufacturing economy is performing this month shows conditions have improved to a two-month high, while a separate report indicates the overall economy improved again in August as the outlook calls for continued growth through the second half of the year.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Leading Economic Indicators, Gross Domestic Product

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