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February 15, 2018 - Product News

Celadon Upgrades CelaTrac Freight Tracking Software

Celadon Group has released open beta testing to all users for its newly updated customer load-tracking platform CelaTrac.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Celadon Group, Asset Tracking

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Ryder Expands Cross-Border Network In Texas

New facility will handle thousands of shipments behalf of 19 customers within the auto, industrial, retail, and high-tech industries and will provide additional services and capacity opportunities to Ryder’s North American customers. Photo: Ryder

Ryder System has opened a new logistics facility in Laredo, Texas, primarily to support cross-border shipments between the U.S. and Mexico.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Texas, Ryder System

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

American Central Transport Driver Raise Includes Detention Pay

ACT contract drivers will be paid an additional 2 cents per mile and company drivers will receive a pay raise and be eligible for up to $500 in monthly bonuses. Photo via ACT

American Central Transport has announced that it is increasing both contractor and company driver pay this month as well as implementing a new bonus for company drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Continues Setting New Records

Freight Transportation Services Index, December 2012 - December 2017. Credit: U.S. DOT

A gauge of the level of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry capped off 2017 by posting another new all-time monthly high, according to the Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight Index, Freight

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Prices Jump as Retail Sales Drop

Prices at the retail level jumped more than expected during January, raising concerns about rising inflation as well as interest rates, while a separate reported showed one of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy declined by the most in nearly a year.

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

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Senate Confirms Martinez as FMCSA Administrator

New FMCSA chief Raymond Maretinez File photo

Raymond Martinez’s appointment as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was confirmed by a Senate voice vote late on Feb. 13.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. Senate

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

Trucking, Highway Groups Pan Trump Infrastructure Plan

Trucking and highway stakeholder groups are less than thrilled with devils in the details of the gargantuan Trump infrastructure plan. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Reaction by trucking and highway interest lobbies to the full reveal of President Trump’s gargantuan infrastructure plan essentially mirror views the groups expressed last month, when some of its contents were leaked and when the plan’s funding goal was ratcheted up in the State of the Union address.

Tags: ATA, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

FTR Finds Maxed-Out Capacity in Latest Trucking Conditions Index

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for December rebounded after a one-month lull in November to a strong 9.2 reading. Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index rebounded in December to a reading of 9.2, reflecting a full capacity environment with strong freight demand.

Tags: Productivity, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Market Truckload Rates Soar in January

Spot truckload rates for van, refrigerated, and flatbed freight set new records in January as capacity remained tight due to shipper demand and fallout from the electronic logging device mandate, according to load board operator DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Trump Infrastructure Funding Plan Faces Uphill Climb

Trump plan still sees limited role for federal spending to fix infrastructure. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Getting President Trump’s infrastructure plan through Congress may make the actual fixing of America’s crumbling highways (and the rest of its subpar infrastructure) a mere walk in the park, says HDT Executive Editor David Cullen in this news analysis.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Trimble Makes Key Leadership Appointments in Mobility Division

Thomas Fansler (left) has been named president of Transportation Mobility, Jim Rodi (center) was appointed general manager of global markets, and Bryan Coyne (right) was named general manager of Transportation Mobility North America. Photo: Trimble Transportation Mobility

Thomas Fansler has been named president of Transportation Mobility, Jim Rodi was appointed general manager of global markets, and Bryan Coyne was named general manager of Transportation Mobility North America.

Tags: Leadership, Fleet Management Software, Software, Trimble, People

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Amazon Moves to Launch Its Own Delivery Fleet

Recent moves by Amazon have led some industry observers to speculate the online retailer is poised to launch its own parcel delivery service soon. Photo: Amazon

Recent moves suggest Amazon, the online retail giant, is taking steps to establish its own air and land parcel delivery service.

Tags: UPS, USPS, Amazon.com, DHL Express, FedEx, Parcel Delivery Service, Amazon, E-commerce, Delivery Fleets

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Nikola COO Perry Joins Suddath's Logistics Division

Scott Perry has joined Suddath Global Logistics, leaving The Nikola Motor Company. Photo: Suddath Global Logistics

Scott Perry, longtime Ryder System exec, has been named the president of Global Logistics for the Suddath Companies, after serving as the chief operating officer of Nikola Motor for only a few months.

Tags: Leadership, Ryder System, People, Nikola Motor Company

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Heartland Express Annual Profit Swells to $75 Million

Trucking company Heartland Express Inc. on Monday reported higher profits for the final quarter of 2017 and for all of last year, but that was not enough to move its operating income higher.

Tags: Heartland Express, Fleet Earnings

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Old Dominion, Hub Group, Radiant Logistics Profits Move Higher

The fourth quarter 2017 earnings reporting season continued on Thursday with another three fleets – Old Dominion Freight Line, Hub Group, and Radiant Logistics – reporting increased profits, due not only to more business and better rates, but also to tax reform.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Intermodal, Hub Group, Radiant Logistics, Fleet Earnings

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

ELD Mandate: Exemptions, Uneven Enforcement Obscure Impact

Citations have increased for violations related to AOBRDs during ELD transition. Graph courtesy FTR.

It’s impossible to gauge the full impact of the electronic logging device mandate yet, between temporary exemptions and a phased-in enforcement period, and in fact we may not know the true effect on the industry until rates soften significantly, according to FTR analysts.

Tags: Regulations, FTR, Capacity, Freight Rates, ELD Mandate

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

C.R. England Launches Charitable Effort to Fight Childhood Hunger

The One initiative, is a charitable effort to provide 1 million meals annually to hungry children. Photo via One initiative

C.R. England and England Logistics have announced the launch of the One initiative, a charitable effort to provide 1 million meals annually to hungry children.

Tags: Charity, C.R. England, Donations

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retailers Expect 2018 to be Another Banner Year

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy is expected to grow between 3.8% and 4.4% this year over 2017, according to a new economic forecast from the trade group the National Retail Federation.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Unemployment, Employment, Gross Domestic Product

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Record Year for Intermodal Containers at Nation's Largest Ports

Post-Panamax cranes unload intermodal containers at the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal. Photo: Georgia Port Authority

Intermodal cargo is booming at the nation’s ports. The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach both reported record levels of cargo. Georgia's Port of Savannah hit its highest annual volume ever, and the Port of New York and New Jersey also shattered its previous annual cargo volume record, set in 2015.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Georgia, Intermodal, Ports, Port of New York and New Jersey, Drayage

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies How to Request a Non-Preventable Crash Data Review

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has clarified how carriers may go about requesting a data review of certain non-preventable crashes. Photo: FMCSA

Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched a demonstration program last August last summer that invited motor carriers to request a data review of certain non-preventable crashes, only now is the agency releasing “additional information to help submitters and other interested parties understand the demonstration program.”

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Crash Accountability

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Better Profits for XPO, Forward Air, Echo Global Logistics

Most trucking companies so far this earnings reporting season are reporting big gains in profits in both the fourth quarter of last year as well as for all of 2017. This is due in large part to tax reform legislation, and numbers released Wednesday were no exception.

Tags: Forward Air, XPO Logistics, Echo Global Logistics, Fleet Earnings

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Continue Dip Amid Greater Trucker Capacity

National average spot truckload rates continued their decline into February but remain unseasonably high, according to new figures based on the DAT Solutions network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

5 U.S. Cities Rank Among World’s Most Traffic-Congested Areas

Photo via Haljackey/Wikimedia.

For the sixth consecutive year, Los Angeles topped the list of the world’s most gridlocked cities, with drivers spending 102 hours in congestion in 2017 during peak time periods, according to the annual INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard.

Tags: Inrix, Traffic Congestion, Los Angeles

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

NATSO Report Finds Rest Areas Reduce Overall Truck Parking Capacity

A NATSO study shows a relationship between public commercial parking and a reduced overall truck parking capacity along a highway. Photo: DanTD

Interstate highways with private sector investment have 69% more commercial truck parking spaces per mile than those with public rest areas, according to a report issued by NATSO, an association representing truckstops and travel plazas.

Tags: Truckstops, NATSO, Truck Parking, Rest Areas

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

DOT Digs into Data on Driver Detention

DOT has taken issue with how FMSCA plans to collect data on driver detention. Photo: Dept.of Transportation

An audit slams the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s plan to collect data on driver detention, noting that the data collected “may not accurately describe how the diverse trucking industry experiences driver detention, which would limit any further analysis of [detention’s] impacts.”

Tags: HOS, Driver Detention, FMCSA, U.S. DOT, Driver Fatigue

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