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September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Understanding the Driver Shortage

The driver lifestyle needs to be addressed in order to solve the driver shortage. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

For truckload carriers, the number one problem is the driver shortage – but the reasons go beyond pay, said Stifel's John Larkin at TMW Systems’ annual user conference in Nashville Monday.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, TMW Systems, Stifel Nicolaus, Driver Pay

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

TMW's Wangler Talks Trucking Changes

TMW Systems president David Wangler addresses attendees at the company's Transforum user conference in Nashville. Photo: Jim Beach

More than 1,900 trucking company executives, driver managers, dispatchers, IT managers and other personnel were on hand for TMW Systems’ Transforum 2014, the company’s annual user conference.

Tags: TMW Systems, Information Technology, Mobile Apps, Events

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Productivity Facing Challenges

John Larkin told attendees at TMW Systems' user conference that trucking productivity could take a hit. Photo: Jim Beach

Logistics cost as a percent of GDP has been declining over the last 30 years, from 16% before deregulation to 8% now. But while logistics costs have been reduced, productivity has leveled out and may even decrease, according to Stifel's John Larkin, speaking at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: Productivity, Economy, Driver Shortage, TMW Systems

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Labor Department Hands Out Money for Misclassified Worker Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded more than $10 million to 19 states to implement or improve worker misclassification detection and enforcement initiatives in unemployment insurance programs.

Tags: Drivers, Enforcement, Independent Contractors, U.S. Department of Labor

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Indiana Toll Road Operator Files for Bankruptcy

Indiana Toll Road. Photo: Indiana Toll Road Facebook page.

The private operator of the Indiana Toll Road has filed for bankruptcy reorganization, following a deal several years ago in which a consortium of Spanish and Australian investors leased the route from the state of Indiana.

Tags: Tolls, Indiana, Highways, indiana Toll Road

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Slip, Total U.S. Construction Falls

After four consecutive months of gains, existing-home sales slipped in August, according to the National Association of Realtors, but remains near its highest level so far this year.

Tags: Economy, Construction, Home Sales

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Intermodal Rail Volume Sets New Weekly Record

Photo: Jim Park

The Association of American Railroads has reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Sept. 13, including intermodal volume posting another record this year.

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

133 SuperTech Competitors Ready for Testing, Organizers Say

Geroge Arrants, a long-time leader in the SuperTech program (left), and Michael Meredith, this year’s Professional Development chairman, say that a crew of supervisors and judges from fleets, suppliers and technical schools are ready to test 131 technicians beginning Monday.

Organizers of TMC's SuperTech competition in Orlando, Fla., say they are ready to test 133 top technicians from across the United States beginning Monday. High scorers will emerge after two days of pitting their skills against pre-arranged flaws in 25 different areas of truck diagnostics and repairs, with the winners announced at a lunch on Wednesday.

Tags: Maintenance, Technicians, TMC SuperTech

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

IAA Commercial Vehicles Event to Showcase Trucking Innovations

The 65th IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition is set to begin Sept. 25 at the Hanover Fairgrounds in Hanover, Germany. The week-long event runs through Oct. 2 and will feature 2,066 exhibitors from 45 countries and the world premieres of 322 new vehicles and innovations.

Tags: Emissions, Fuel Efficiency, IAA, Auto Shows, Germany, Future Trucks, Global, Events

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

Study Labels Some Highway Projects a ‘Boondoggle’

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s "Highway Boondoggles: Wasted Money and America’s Transportation Future," explains how 11 projects, costing at least $13 billion, are based on what it says are driving forecasts that are out of synch with the decade-long trend toward less driving.

Tags: Research, Highway Funding, Highways

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

IANA Intermodal Expo Begins Monday

The 2014 Intermodal Expo in Long Beach, Calif., is bringing together industry leaders to discuss industry trends and business opportunities. The expo is being launched by the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Port of Long Beach, City of Long Beach, Intermodal, IANA, Events

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Restrictions Removed from Section of Nevada I-15

One southbound lane and two northbound lanes are now open on Interstate 15 in Nevada near Moapa, after a section of the route was closed more than a week ago.

Tags: Nevada, I-15, Detours

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

TCA Names New President

Brad Bentley, new TCA president. Photo: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association named Brad Bentley its new president, succeeding Chris Burruss, who resigned this summer for personal reasons.

Tags: People, TCA, Associations

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Study: More Money Doesn’t Equal Better Highways

Photo: Evan Lockridge

More money is going to state highways, but there has been very little progress in improving their condition, according to a new report from the libertarian think tank the Reason Foundation and its 21st Annual Highway Report.

Tags: Research, Highway Funding, Highways

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

New Commercial Vans Offer Improved Residual Value

Ram ProMaster: Photo by Vince Taroc.

A lineup of new full-size commercial vans from Chrysler/Ram, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz will deliver significantly higher residual value that their counterparts from previous generations, according to ALG’s latest industry projection.

Tags: Residual Values, ALG, Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ram ProMaster

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Adds Resource for Sustainable Freight Practices

Graphic via ATRI.

The American Transportation Research Institute has added a compendium of sustainable freight practices on its website.

Tags: Sustainability, ATRI, Fleets, Aerodynamics

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Dive in August Following July Surge

Housing starts in the U.S. plunged in August from the month before but the level of activity was still higher than the same time a year earlier, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Home Starts, Home Building

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

YRCW Improving, Expecting Better Profits

Photo: Evan Lockridge

YRC Freight CEO James Welch said while business in the first half of the year kept pace with its forecast, improvements are taking longer than originally anticipated at the national less-than-truckload carrier.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, YRC Worldwide, LTL

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

House Panel Sees Important, Limited Role for Public-Private Partnerships

Private investment can work well as a funding source for some infrastructure projects, particularly those that are very expensive and complex, but it is not useful for most projects. That’s the message from a House study on the benefits and risks of using public-private partnerships to pay for highways and other transportation projects.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House, Public Private Partnerships, U.S. DOT

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Gain in Latest Weekly Report

Credit: DAT

Freight rates on the spot market posted solid gains over the past week as the number of loads available has moved higher and capacity has jumped.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Fall, Homebuilders Most Optimistic Since 2005

The threat of inflation to the U.S. economy appears to be muted, with a report issued Wednesday showing consumer prices in August fell for the first time in 16 months.

Tags: Economy, Fuel Consumption Index, Home Building, Consumer Prices

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Leads Quality Carriers to Start Bulk Rail Intermodal Service

Quality said it completed testing of the service with its western rail partner earlier in the current quarter and has begun initial shipments with some of its largest customers.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Intermodal, Fleets, Quality Distribution, Quality Carriers

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Quarterly Profit Surges 24% to $606 Million

Net income totaled $606 million or $2.10 per share, up 37% from last year’s $1.53 per share. Revenue was $11.7 billion, an increase of 6% from the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Earnings, FedEx, Equity Markets

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Launches Premium Certified Used Truck Program

The Volvo Used Truck Search: via Volvo Trucks.

The new Volvo Premium Certified truck program inspects and reconditions used Volvo trucks for resale.

Tags: Information Technology, Volvo Trucks, Used Trucks, Truck Warranty

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Transport Interests Attack Conservatives’ Highway Bill

A bid by conservatives in the House and Senate to effectively eliminate the federal highway program is drawing fire from American Trucking Associations and other transportation interests.

Tags: Congress, fuel tax, Highway Funding, Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Gasoline Tax, American Trucking Associations, ATA

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