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September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Economic Index Points to Slow Growth

A measure of the health of the nation’s economy and where it's headed moved slightly higher, but one analyst says the rate of growth remains unimpressive.

Tags: Economy, The Conference Board, Leading Economic Indicators

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

TCA: Weight-Reform Bill Would Up Equipment Costs

Image: Federal Highway Association

The Truckload Carriers Association has come out strongly against legislation that would enable individual states to raise the GCW limit for trucks operating on Interstate highways from the current 80,000 to 91,000 pounds on tractor-trailers equipped with a sixth axle.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Truckload Carriers Association, Truck Size/Weight

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

Celadon Announces Driver Wage, Productivity Initiatives

Photo: Celadon

Celadon Trucking's WageLock pay program and FleetWire mobile application are new initiatives aimed at improving the working lives of its drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Celadon, Driver Pay

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Interest Rates Unchanged, Housing Starts Fall

Following a highly anticipated two-day meeting, the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee announced it is keeping interest rates unchanged, despite earlier indications it was moving toward a hike.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts, Federal Reserve

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Regulatory Agenda: Hurry Up and Wait

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg speaking at the FTR Conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday. Photo by Jim Park

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg told attendees at the FTR Conference that most of FMCSA'S current rulemaking workload is on hold until after Acting Administrator Scott Darling is confirmed as the Agency's next Administrator.

Tags: FMCSA, FTR, Regulations, Hours of Service, CSA

September 16, 2015 - Product News

SkyBitz Enhances TMW TruckMate Integration

SkyBitz and TMW Systems announced enhanced integration between SkyBitz’s asset management and TMW’s TruckMate transportation management system during TMW’s user conference in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 14-16.

Tags: Asset Management, TruckMate, TMW Systems, SkyBitz, Integration

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Continue to Languish

Rates and the amount of available freight on the spot market continue to be lackluster, but there is an indication prices could pick up at least somewhat in the near future.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Well Below Fed’s Goal for Interest Rate Hike

As the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee begins a two-day policy meeting to decide whether to raise interest rates, it’s missing one key element.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

FedEx Reports $692 Million Profit, Increases Rates

Weaker LTL industry demand is prompting FedEx to lower its guidance for the year. (Photo courtesy FedEx.)

FedEx Corp.'s profits in its most recent fiscal quarter increased from a year earlier, but the company lowered expectations for the full year.

Tags: FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings, Economy, LTL

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Schneider Offers New Cross-Border Intermodal Service

Schneider is offering a new cross-border intermodal service for shippers in Canada and the Southeastern U.S.

Tags: Canada, Intermodal, Schneider

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Volume, Rates Drop

Freight volume followed a common seasonal pattern of declining in August on the spot freight market as linehaul rates also moved lower, pushing the latest DAT North American Freight Index down for the second straight month.

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

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Latest Indicators May Keep Lid on Interest Rate Hike

Retail sales in the U.S. posted another gain in August, leaving some wondering if it will be enough to push the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates from near zero for the first time in several years.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Federal Reserve

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

PeopleNet Announces New Integrations

PeopleNet announced new Road Call integration features between its fleet management system and TMW’s TNT Fleet Maintenance software that automates the way drivers alert fleet managers and maintenance personnel of breakdowns.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Maintenance, Integration, PeopleNet, TMW Systems

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

Looming Capacity Crunch Could Lead to Trucking Golden Age

John Larkin speaking at TMW TransForum. Photo by Jim Beach.

Finding enough drivers to keep trucks on the road has long been a problem for trucking companies, and that problem is only expected to get worse. But the resulting "mother of all capacity shortages" could be very positive for fleets.

Tags: John Larkin, TMW Systems, Capacity, Driver Shortage

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

New Technologies Will Create Challenges for Transportation

Technological changes can happen very quickly and if companies are not prepared to recognize and embrace these changes, they could end up going out of business as the new technologies make their products or services obsolete.

Tags: TMW Systems, Information Technology, Future Trucks, Industry Trends, Demographics

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

Companies Announce Software Integrations With TMW

At the start of TMW’s TransForum User Conference and Exhibition, several companies announced integrations with TMW Systems software including ALK Technologies, Comdata, Orbcomm and XRS.

Tags: Comdata, ALK Technologies, TMW Systems, XRS, TMS, Orbcomm, Integration

September 14, 2015 - Industry News

Economy Improving, But Challenges Abound

John Larkin, Stifel Nicolaus, discusses the economic outlook at TMW Systems' user conference Sept. 14 in Orlando. Photo by Jim Beach

There are a number of positives for the U.S. economy and for trucking going forward, but a number of “headwinds” remain. That according to John Larkin, managing director of the investment firm Stifel, Nicolaus & Company.

Tags: TMW Systems, John Larkin, Economy, Industry Trends

September 14, 2015 - Industry News

Managing Time Theme of TMW User Conference, New Products

David Wangler, president TMW Systems, welcomes attendees to the company's user conference Sept. 14. Photo by Jim Beach

Time. It's the most precious commodity for any company. And software can help manage it better so we can "Make the Most of Now. " That was the message at TMW Systems' annual user conference this week.

Tags: TMW Systems, Fleet Management Software, Information Technology

September 14, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Improving; Intermodal Rebounds

Truckload linehaul rates paid by shippers increased again last month, while intermodal costs were mixed, according to two new reports from freight payment processor Cass Information Systems.

Tags: Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

September 14, 2015 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Posts Unusual Drop for August

North American freight shipment volume and expenditures dropped for the second month in a row during August as the summer slowdown hit.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

September 11, 2015 - Industry News

Red Tape’s Huge Impact on Cost of Infrastructure Projects

Image: Common Good

Delays caused by securing approval for infrastructure projects cost the U.S. more than twice what it would cost to fix the infrastructure itself, according to a new report released by Common Good.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding

September 11, 2015 - Industry News

FTR Index Reflects Stronger Freight Forecast

Image: FTR

GDP growth in the second quarter could drive improvements in freight and FTR is forecasting double digit positive Trucking Conditions Index readings by the end of the year.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

September 11, 2015 - Product News

AT&T, Telogis Announce Global Telematics Partnership

AT&T Mobility CEO Glenn Lurie announces a partnership with Telogis. Photo courtesy of Telogis.

AT&T and Telogis have expanded an existing collaboration to provide widespread secure data access for Telogis' suite of fleet software and co-develop new connected services for vehicles around the globe.

Tags: AT&T, Fleet Management Software, Telogis, Connected Car

September 10, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Would Up Truck Weight Limit to 91,000 Pounds

Image: Federal Highway Administration

A bill that would allow individual states to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 91,000 pounds for tractor-trailers equipped with a sixth axle has been introduced by Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI).

Tags: Truck Size/Weight, U.S. House of Representatives

September 10, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Shipments Rebound After One-Month Decline

Freight Transportation Services Index, July 2010 - July 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 0.6% in July from June, following a single month decline.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index, Freight Transportation Services Index


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