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January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Survey Shows Tight Truck Capacity Slowing Freight

Graphic: TCP

The latest industry survey by the consultancy group Transport Capital Partners sees a shortage of capacity and lack of qualified drivers changing the dynamics of freight, with trends in capacity and rates also contributing to a decline in broker freight.

Tags: Research, Hours of Service, Fleets, Capacity, Brokers, Transport Capital Partners, 34-Hour Restart

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

New Refrigerated Intermodal Service Launched

Infinity Transportation Logistics recently launched its new expedited refrigerated domestic intermodal container service between Washington and Oregon and the Midwest and East Coast.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Fleets

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts Total $18 Million in Final Quarter of Last Year

During the three-month period the cargo recovery service recorded 181 thefts, with 81 in October, 60 in November, and 40 in December.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, CargoNet, Crime

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Shippers Transport Drivers Join Teamsters at SoCal Ports

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Port truck drivers from a major drayage firm serving the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been reclassified as employees and joined the Teamsters Union.

Tags: drivers, Port of Los Angeles, California, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Offers States $30 Million in Safety Grants

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration announced the availability of $30 million in state grants aimed at assisting states in improving transportation safety by modernizing their technology infrastructure.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Department of Transportation, Federal Grants, Enforcement

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Swift Deploys Telematics System on New Dry Van Trailers

Swift Transportation announced that it would partner with Spireon to bring GPS-based trailer tracking and management to dry van trailers added in 2015.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Spireon, Trailer Tracking, Swift Transportation, Trailers

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

FTR Trucking Conditions Index Higher for November

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for November, at a reading of 8.98, reflects dropping fuel prices, according to the transportation research firm. Strong freight volumes from a good Christmas shopping season also helped.

Tags: Fuel Prices, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. to Open Border to Mexican Carriers

Mexican fleets like this one can now apply for U.S. operating authority under NAFTA. Photo by Evan Lockridge

Fourteen years later, the Mexican cross-border trucking provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement will finally be implemented.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters Lose Another Organizing Vote at Con-way Freight

Truck drivers at the carrier Con-way Freight’s Bakersfield, California, terminal on Thursday voted to reject representation by the Teamsters Union.

Tags: drivers, Con-way Freight, California, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions, LTL

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls, Job Growth Best Since 1999

Unemployment in the U.S. continued declining in 2014, the best year for job growth since 1999, according to new Labor Department figures. However, wages fell and more people left the labor force.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: FTR 2015 Economic Webinar Paints Bright Picture

By Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Since the end of the "Great Recession" and the start of a recovery, the U.S. economy has gone through two distinct phases, with the latter being the better, and expectations are things will continue to improve.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, GDP, Unemployment, Housing, Employment

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

ASF Intermodal Opens North Carolina Drayage Facility

ASF Intermodal opened its newest intermodal drayage facility in Charlotte, N.C., the company’s first North Carolina terminal.

Tags: North Carolina, Expansion, ASF Intermodal, Terminals, Intermodal, Port Trucking

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Drivewyze Receives Investment from Equity Group

Drivewyze announced that private equity group Kanye Partners has invested in the company and its sister company Intelligent Imaging Systems to support the growth of its weigh station bypass service.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, Drivewyze, Weigh Stations

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Trucks Drive Cross-Border Freight, Hitting Record High Level

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, Oct. 2013 - Oct. 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners of Canada and Mexico increased in October compared to the same time a year ago, hitting the highest level on record.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Universal Truckload Replaces CEO after Planned Retirement

Universal Truckload Services named Jeff Rogers as the company’s new CEO succeeding Scott Wolfe who announced his plans to retire earlier this year.

Tags: Leadership, People, CEO, Universal Truckload

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: December Job Creation Highest Since June

A new report released ahead of government numbers set to be published Friday shows private sector, nonfarm employment in the U.S. increased by 241,000 jobs from November to December, the biggest gain since June.

Tags: Economy, Employment

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Director to Speak at Omnitracs Outlook 2015

Joseph DeLorenzo, director at the Office of Enforcement and Compliance for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will deliver a keynote address at Omnitracs Outlook 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, Conference, Keynote Speech, Omnitracs, Events, Information Technology

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Reefer, Flatbed Rates Rise as 2014 Ends, New Year Begins

Spot freight rates, left to right, for vans, flatbeds and reefers, the past four weeks. Graphic: DAT Solutions

Activity and rates on the spot freight market picked up slightly as 2014 ended and the New Year began, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

December Tops Off Near Record Year for Class 8 Orders

Photo: Freightliner.

Truck orders remained strong in December with net Class 8 orders at 43,620 units, the third consecutive month above 40,000, according to the latest data from FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Fleets, Truck Orders, FTR

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Carriers Could Pay Higher Wages to Address Driver Shortage

Carriers of all sizes expect driver wages to increase in 2015. Graph by Transport Capital Partners.

A shortage of experienced drivers means carriers are hesitant to increase capacity, despite rising carrier costs and rates, according to the quarterly Transport Capital Partners Survey. Expect increases in driver wages this year as a result.

Tags: Survey, Driver Shortage, Transport Capital Partners, Driver Pay

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Sapp Bros. Founder to Receive NATSO Award

Hall of Fame Award recipient William Sapp. Photo: Sapp Bros.

The National Association of Truck Stop Owners is giving Sapp Bros. Travel Centers Founder William Sapp the Hall of Fame award at this year’s NATSO Show in Las Vegas.

Tags: Hall of Fame, Awards, Truckstops, People, NATSO

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Federal Mediator Steps In to Aid West Coast Port Talks

Photo courtesy Port of Long Beach

A federal mediator is stepping in to try and resolve months of stalled talks between West Coast longshoremen and port terminal operators and shipping companies.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, California

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Groups File Lawsuit to Stop Change in Union Organizing Rules

A coalition representing an array of industry sectors and businesses filed suit in the U.S. District Court on Monday to stop the National Labor Relations Board from moving forward with plans to speed up the time for union representation elections by workers and labor unions.

Tags: Litigation, NLRB, Labor Unions

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Port of Virginia Delays Start of Truck Appointment System

The Port of Virginia is delaying the implementation of the motor carriers’ appointment system at Norfolk International Terminals until this spring.

Tags: Virginia, Ports, Port Trucking

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Non-Manufacturing, Factory Orders, Shipments Slow

Economic growth in the U.S. non-manufacturing and factory sectors slowed in December, according to two separate reports released Tuesday, possible signs the overall economy lost some steam in the final quarter of last year.

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