February 12, 2015 - Industry News
Shipping companies represented by the Pacific Maritime Association are suspending the loading and unloading of vessels during four of the next five days as labor unrest at West Coast Ports continues.
Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions
Regional parcel carrier LSO, has announced the acquisition of Express Courier International, a same-day carrier in the southeast and mid-south region, to form what it describes as “a super-regional parcel carrier.”
Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions
U.S. retail sales slumped in January for the second straight months, falling 0.8% from the month before, according to a new Commerce Department report and double the amount forecast by many economists.
Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking
Urgent need was the phrase most emphasized during the first hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure on reauthorizing the surface-transportation bill, which was held Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
Tags: Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster, Highway Bill
February 11, 2015 - Industry News
The latest reading on freight movements in the U.S. shows the amount carried by the for-hire transportation industry was virtually unchanged in December from November, failing to rise after five consecutive months of increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index
The time-definite trucking and logistics services provider Forward Air Corp. has released figures showing a modest increases in earnings.
Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Forward Air
The amount of freight available on the spot market has increased, but rates are doing anything but following in the same footsteps, hitting their lowest levels in at least four weeks.
Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions
USA Truck Inc. on Wednesday reported net income of $6.03 million for 2014, its first annual profit following five straight years of losses.
Tags: Fleets, Earnings, USA Truck
February 10, 2015 - Industry News
North American shipment volumes and total spending on freight both dropped in January, according to the Cass Freight Index, but they were also at their highest level for the month in at least three years.
Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index
Significant mid-year gains, paired with across-the-board growth in the final quarter of last year, contributed to strong overall intermodal freight performance in 2014, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America.
Tags: Economy, Intermodal
Participants in a panel at the Omnitracs Outlook User Conference shared some of the ways they have used technology to improve their CSA scores and overall safety performance.
Tags: CSA, Omnitracs, Safety, Information Technology, E-logs
David Lee Cullen, who has been covering trucking exclusively for major industry magazines since 1981, joins the Heavy Duty Trucking editorial team officially this week as executive editor.
Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People
XPO Logistics Inc. announced it has acquired UX Specialized Logistics, a North American provider of last mile logistics services for major retail chains and e-commerce companies.
Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, XPO Logistics
Omnitracs, LLC, hosted its first global user conference in the company’s new hometown, Dallas, Feb. 8-11, kicking off with a rousing drum line performance.
Tags: Telematics, Omnitracs, Routing, Fleet Management
A female-friendly heavy-duty truck package will be available for lease through Ryder System designed with the help of several OEMs and the Women In Trucking Association.
Tags: Ergonomics, Ryder System, Women in Trucking Association, Women Drivers
February 9, 2015 - Industry News
Peterbilt gave out several awards to affiliated dealers at the company’s annual Dealer Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. The two-day business meeting also included presentations and sessions covering industry topics.
Tags: Peterbilt, Dealership, Awards, Dealers, Parts and Service, Annual Meeting
ACS Advertising is one of three properties purchased from Pegasus TransTech by industry executives Kelley Walkup and Joanne Hazelwood. The company was renamed Conversion Interactive Agency.
Tags: Advertising, Pegasus TransTech, Marketing
After only three days of bargaining, about 100 port truck drivers employed by the trucking company Shippers Transport Express, who were reclassified as employees the first of the year and later voted to be represented by the Teamsters Union, approved a collective bargaining agreement on Sunday.
Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Truck Drivers, California, Port of Long Beach, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Labor Unions
Volvo Trucks is offering veterans a discount off of approved finance rates for new highway or vocational trucks obtained through a Volvo Trucks dealer.
Tags: Volvo Trucks, Vehicle Financing, Veterans
Southeastern Freight Lines is expanding its regional LTL business, opening four new services centers in Kentucky and Ohio in response to growing customer need.
Tags: Southeastern Freight Lines, LTL, Freight, Expansion
Penske Automotive Group appointed industry veteran Richard Shearing as the president of its commercial vehicle dealership business.
Tags: Penske, Dealership, People, Daimler Trucks North America
February 6, 2015 - Industry News
Hub Group Inc. did something few other large publicly traded trucking operations have done in announcing earnings: It reported a slight decline in profits.
Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Hub Group
Echo Global Logistics Makes Purchase, Increases Profit Almost 70%
Tags: 3PL, Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Echo Global Logistics
Law enforcement officers ticketed non commercial drivers ten times more often than truckers during Operation Safe Driver mobilization week from Oct. 19-25.
Tags: FMCSA, Traffic Violations, Vehicle Inspection, Driver Behavior, CVSA, Speeding
According to the U.S. Labor Department, 257,000 jobs were added last month, while total jobs gains in December were revised upward to 329,000 from 252,000.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment
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