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April 18, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Names VP of National Accounts

Richard Hoyle Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has named Richard Hoyle as vice president of national accounts, responsible for all national accounts activities in North America.

Tags: Leadership, Mack Trucks, People

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

March Truck Tonnage Slips; Moderate Growth Forecast

Rough weather in March was to blame for depressed truck tonnage numbers in the month, according to the American Trucking Associations. Despite the drop, March’s numbers were still slightly better in year-over-year comparisons.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

Despite Seasonal Decline, Trailer Orders Stay Strong

Source: ACT Research

Despite falling compared to the previous month, net trailer orders in March remained robust, posting significant gains compared to last year.

Tags: ACT Research, FTR, Stifel Nicolaus, Trailer Orders

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Weaker Numbers for Manufacturing, Housing

A measure of industrial production in the U.S. moved higher despite an easing in manufacturing, while the housing market also gave up some recent gains, according to reports issued Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Housing Starts, Gross Domestic Product

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Names 2017 Truck Fleet Innovators

The editors of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine have announced the 2017 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, four fleet executives being recognized for their leadership and forward-thinking in areas such as driver recruiting and retention, fuel economy, maintenance and more.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, HDTX

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Carriers and Drivers Express Concern with Medical Examiner Registry

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

The American Transportation Research Institute has found that the Medical Examiner Registry is not fixing the problems that fleets and drivers have had with the DOT examination process and may be making them worse.

Tags: Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, U.S. DOT, ATRI, Medical Examiners

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Penske Launches Device-Neutral Connected Fleet Platform

Photo: Penske Truck Leasing

Penske Truck Leasing has announced the rollout of its new connected fleet data platform, which allows it to connect its systems with virtually any truck and engine configuration or telematics service provider.

Tags: Telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, Penske Truck Leasing, Remote Diagnostics, Full-Service Leasing

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt First Quarter Profit Inches Higher

The first quarter earnings reporting season for trucking kicked off on Monday morning when multi-modal freight transportation provider J.B. Hunt Transportation Services Inc. released numbers showing slight improvements from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

Blackberry, Modagrafics Help Fleets Understand Asset Tracking in the Digital Age

Fleet executives at a seminar co-hosted by Blackberry earlier this month learned how new asset-tracking systems can  system can generate more revenue by optimizing trailer usage, improving delivery times and other logistics.<br />Photo: Blackberry

A Chicago seminar helped fleets understand connected transportation trends, the evolution of the smart trailer, and how to use new Blackberry sensor technology to take advantage of those trends.

Tags: Blackberry, Trailer Tracking, Asset Tracking, Real Time Freight, Modagrafics, Internet of Things, Telematics

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Ease as Consumer Prices Drop Slightly

Retail sales fell for the second straight month during March, according to the Commerce Department on Friday. Separate reports showed consumer prices declined – but there are expectations that retail imports will continue to grow as the overall economy expands.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Consumer Prices, Gross Domestic Product, Ports

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Takes ELD Rule to Supreme Court

Image: www.supremecourt.gov

The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association has flung a Hail Mary pass in its quest to overturn the electronic logging device mandate, petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether the regulation violates the Fourth Amendment.

Tags: OOIDA, ELD, U.S. Supreme Court

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Innovative Thinking to Highlight New Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange

Tim Richardson will teach HDTX attendees how to better foster innovative thinking. Photo courtesy Tim Richardson.

Tim Richardson, co-author of the book “Transformation Thinking: Tools and Techniques That Open the Door to Powerful New Thinking,” will be the keynote speaker for HDT’s new Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange event next month, helping attendees learn how to overcome the barriers that hold back innovative thinking.

Tags: Events, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, HDTX

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Schism: Truck Groups Draw Lines over ELD, Speed-Limiter Rules

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

A proxy war of words over how the Trump administration should approach existing and proposed truck-safety rules has erupted among some trucking and stakeholder groups.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, OOIDA, U.S. DOT, ELD, The Trucking Alliance

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Monthly Spot Truckload Freight Index Jumps 47%

A monthly gauge of the spot freight market moved sharply higher in March, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions, marking the first month-over-month increase of the year as shippers ramped up activity.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Shipments Hit New Record High

Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of U.S. for-hire freight movements set another record high in February, according to new Transportation Department figures released Wednesday, following no change the month before.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

Forward Air Acquisition to Expand Intermodal Footprint

Photo: Forward Air

Yet another indicator of the upswing in trucking mergers and acquisitions is word that Forward Air Corporation has announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Central States Trucking Co., will buy substantially all of the assets of Atlantic Trucking Co., a Charleston, S.C.-based privately held provider of intermodal and drayage services.

Tags: M&A activity, Intermodal, Forward Air

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Heat Up Despite Less Freight

Spot truckload freight rates posted impressive gains the first week of this month despite a small but typical decline compared to the week before, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, as shippers rushed to move cargo before closing their books on the first quarter.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

TCA Implores Congress Not to Raise Truck Weights

Hartt Transportation runs tri-axle vans, among other things, in Maine, where such rigs may gross 100,000 pounds. Photo: Hartt Transportation

The Truckload Carriers Association reiterated its support of the current five-axle, 80,000-pound federal gross vehicle weight limit for trucks.

Tags: Truckload Carriers Association, Truck Size/Weight

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Adds to Public Affairs Staff

The American Trucking Associations has hired Jeremy Kirkpatrick as its new director of strategic communications.

Tags: American Trucking Associations

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

New Booking and Dispatch Platform Designed for Heavy Haul/Open Deck Carriers

With a focus on heavy haul and open deck, FR8Star offers a marketplace where carriers can bid on loads, book directly with shippers, and manage their fleet, all in one free cloud-based platform.

Tags: Information Technology, Heavy Haul, FR8 Revolution

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

Rush Trucking Corp. CEO Earns Women in Trucking Logistics Honor

Andra Rush. Photo courtesy Women in Trucking Association.

The winner of the Women in Trucking Association's 2017 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award is Andra Rush, who has been honored extensively for her innovative job creation and manufacturing ingenuity.

Tags: Women in Trucking Association, Logistics

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February Moves Up in Expectation of Tightened Market

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February took a positive step, as the company's analysts expect the index to approach a double digit positive reading by the end of the year due to the combination of freight growth and still-planned regulatory headwinds in 2017.

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

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

Swift-Knight Merger to Create Truckload Giant

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation Co. and Knight Transportation Inc. announced on April 10 that they will merge via a stock swap to form a new company, Knight-Swift Transportation. The two Phoenix, Arizona-based carriers say the new company will be the truckload industry's largest.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Swift Transportation, Knight Transportation, Truckload

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

Bendix Supports Local High School Robotics Competition

Photo: FIRST Robotics Competition

The Huntington, Ind., campus of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has pledged $1,000 to local high school students in a statewide Robotics competition and an additional $2,000 to support the entire event.

Tags: Bendix, Education, Donations, Robots

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Helps Push Unemployment to Near 10-Year Low

While the number of jobs added in the U.S. slowed dramatically during March, trucking supplied a big part of the gain, according to Labor Department figures released Friday, helping push the unemployment rate down to almost a 10-year low.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

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