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June 16, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs for Volvo Trucks Adds Productivity and Safety Features

Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America has launched Omnitracs for Volvo Trucks, a new option for fleet management built on Volvo’s integrated Remote Diagnostics hardware.

Tags: Omnitracs, Remote Diagnostics, Volvo Trucks North America, Telematics

June 16, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Defends ELD Rule Against OOIDA Court Challenge

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration forcefully defended its Electronic Logging Device rule in a court brief filed June 15. The filing was in response to a lawsuit brought against the mandate by the Owner Operator Independent Driverws Association.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD, Lawsuits

June 16, 2016 - Product News

Mack Offers Integrated Telematics Through Omnitracs

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has expanded its fleet management services with the addition of Mack Omnitracs Integrated Telematics, providing real-time GPS location information as well as performance data.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Mack Trucks, Omnitracs, Telematics

June 16, 2016 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference to Explore Changing Truck Safety Technology

The 2015 Fleet Safety Conference. Photo: Mark Campbell

Hot-button safety and compliance issues such as electronic logs and the technology at work behind tomorrow's autonomous vehicle will be discussed at next month's Fleet Safety Conference.

Tags: driver safety, Bobit Business Media, Fleet Safety, Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

June 16, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Rise, Inflation Within Fed Target

Retail prices inched up again in May, while a closely watched measure of inflation by the U.S. Federal Reserve remains slightly above a level that sets the stage for an interest rate hike later this year.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Rates Barely Move Despite Big Gains Along Certain Lanes

The latest weekly numbers on the spot truckload freight market are both a good news and not so good news situation.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Mergers, Acquisitions Dominate 3PL Market

Big mergers and acquisitions deals changed the third-party logistics market in 2016, with XPO Logistics leading the way with $100 million worth of deals.

Tags: Amazon.com, Trend Analysis, 3PL, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions, XPO Logistics

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Falls, Wholesale Prices Up

A decline in manufacturing activity helped push down the amount of output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities in May, while prices at the wholesale level moved higher for the second straight month, according to economic reports released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Wholesale Prices, Producer Prices, Business Inventories

June 14, 2016 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Auction Volumes Steady but Slow

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Class 8 auction volume has remained steady but well below the second half of 2015, according to analysis of the commercial truck market by the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Tags: Class 8, Vehicle Pricing, NADA Used Car Guide, Used Trucks

June 14, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar Names VP of North American Parts Sales

Carlos Junquera has been named Navistar’s vice president of sales, North America parts, the company announced.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership, People, Parts and Service

June 14, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Post Another Solid Gain

U.S. retail sales rose a stronger-than-expected 0.5% in May from the month before, building on a strong April gain, which could lead to better expectations of overall second quarter economic growth.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Employment

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

New Award Recognizes Top Rookie Military Veteran Drivers

Screenshot via TransitionTrucking.org

Nominees are being sought for an award recognizing a veteran, guard member or reservist who has made a successful transition from military service into truck driving.

Tags: Veterans, Awards, Hiring our Heroes, Hiring Veterans, Fastport

June 10, 2016 - Industry News

Court: CARB Can't Level Playing Field for Truck Emissions Compliance

A California judge has ruled that the California Air Resources Board erred in delaying the enforcement of stricter diesel emission rules for certain heavy-duty truck operators.

Tags: CARB, California, Diesel Emissions

June 10, 2016 - Product News

Love’s Third Oregon Location Offers 95 Parking Spaces

The new Boardman, Ore., location. Photo: Love's Travel Stops

Love’s Travel Stops has opened a new location in Boardman, Ore., the company’s third location to open in the state.

Tags: New Facility, Oregon, Love's Travel Stops, Truck Parking

June 10, 2016 - Industry News

Kentucky Aims to Form Freight Advisory Committee

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released its 2016 Statewide Freight Plan for public comment and is seeking recommendations to establish a freight advisory committee to enhance communications between the Cabinet and the freight industry.

Tags: Department of Transportation, Kentucky, Freight

June 10, 2016 - Industry News

States Agree to Remove 'Friction' From I-10 Corridor

Photo: Arizona DOT

Transportation leaders from California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico have created a coalition supporting innovation along the Interstate 10 corridor to improve the safety and efficiency of the vital transportation route.

Tags: Infrastructure, California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, I-10

June 9, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Below Year Earlier Levels Despite Monthly Gains

The DAT North American Freight Index increased 5% in May from the month before but remains below the level from a year ago. Graphic: DAT

While spot truckload freight rates showed some improvements in May from the month before, they remain below levels from a year earlier, according to new figures released by the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 9, 2016 - Industry News

N.J. Trucking Company Defrauded of Over $900K

Four people have been arrested and charged with stealing more than $900,000 from a New Jersey-based trucking company by issuing fraudulent checks to nonexistent employees.

Tags: New Jersey, Crime & Fraud, Fraud, Legal

June 9, 2016 - Industry News

OSHA Backs Driver Fired for Refusing to Violate Safety Regs

OSHA is ordering NFI Interactive Logistics to reinstate and pay upwards of $276,000 to a driver who was fired after refusing to violate hours of service regulations to complete a delivery.

Tags: driver safety, OSHA, HOS, Employment

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Spireon Names Company’s Next CEO

Kevin Weiss Photo via Spireon

GPS-based telematics provider Spireon announced that Kevin Weiss has been named as the company’s next chief executive officer.

Tags: Leadership, Fleet Management Software, Software, Spireon, People, Internet of Things

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Seeing Seasonal Improvements

Rates on the spot truckload freight market turned higher over the past week amid optimism the usual seasonal bump in the spring and early summer has finally arrived, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Rebound, Biggest Jump in 2 Years

Freight Transportation Services Index, April 2011 - April 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Following two straight months of declines, the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry turned around in April, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures, rising 1.3% from the month before, posting the largest increase since March 2014.

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Reflect Slow Freight Growth

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for April was up over the previous month, but still not significantly better-- reflecting soft market conditions affecting the trucking sector.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Carrier Installs Internal Electronic Trailer-Locking System

The Power In-Lock mounts to the inside of the trailer and is operated and tracked remotely by KLLM. Image via KLLM YouTube

Temperature-controlled truckload carrier KLLM Transport Services has announced that it is installing Power In-Lock internal locking systems on its fleet of trailers.

Tags: Security, Trailers, Cargo Theft, Food and Beverage Fleets, Refrigerated Trailers

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Sleep-Apnea Comment Deadline

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the public-comment period on the impact a sleep-apnea rule might have on CMV drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea

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