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October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Profit Leaps More Than 66%

With strong demand and tight capacity continuing, Knight Transportation's third-quarter profits are up more than 66% over a year ago, thanks to higher revenue per tractor and per loaded mile and fewer empty miles.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Knight Transportation

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Volume Hits 7-Year High at Long Beach Port

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Cargo container traffic rose 7.3% in September at the Port of Long Beach compared to the same month last year, marking the Southern California seaport’s busiest September since 2007, the Port’s peak year.

Tags: Port of Long Beach, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

DAT: Spot Freight Rates Down, Still Relatively Strong

Vans reported the biggest decline from Oct. 12 through Oct. 18 compared to the previous seven days, falling 1% to an average of $2.01 per mile, though the rate has been above the $2 per mile level for most of the year.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

PS Logistics Purchases Two Tennessee-Based Fleets

The acquisition of Tennessee-based carriers adds a combined 220 new drivers, 210 tractor trucks and over 500 trailers to the P&S fleet offering reefer, flatbed and dump trucking services to customers including the aluminum, steel, food and building materials industries, according to PS Logistics.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, PS Logistics

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Covenant Transportation Group Profit Falls Slightly

The decline was not surprising with the company announcing last month it was hit with a multi-million dollar judgment.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Earnings, Covenant Transportation Group

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Barely Move Higher

Consumer prices in the U.S. remained in check during September, increasing just 0.1%, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Miami Port, Railway Offering New Service for Faster Shipments

Photo: FECR Twitter page

Called the Sunshine Gateway service, this ship to rail transfer allows the port to handle additional volumes and ensures that shipments move more quickly with the potential to reach 70% of the United States population in four days or less

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Ports, PortMiami

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Hit Highest Level in a Year

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The latest housing starts figures show the housing market continues to move in the right direction, finally recapturing 2013 levels after a weak start to the year.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Top Challenge for Heavy-Duty Fleets

Graph via CKCVR.

An annual survey of fleet representatives found that the driver shortage and improving fuel efficiency are among the key issues for heavy-duty fleets. The findings were published in the CK Commercial Vehicle Research 2014 Annual Fleet Study.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Driver Shortage, Fleet Survey, CKCVR

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies Home Heating Emergency Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration clarified its rule for tank carriers providing service in a home heating emergency.

Tags: FMCSA, Tankers, Hours of Service

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Follows FedEx with Rate Hike, Includes Freight Services

They will increase an average of 4.9% for UPS Freight along with the company’s ground, air and international operations for shipments within and between the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Tags: UPS, Fleets, UPS Freight, Freight Rates, FedEx, FedEx Freight

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Werner Enterprises Reports 22% Net Income Increase

Photo: Evan Lockridge

According to Werner, freight market dynamics began showing year-over-year improvement for the company in mid-November 2013, and that trend has continued for the last eleven months, including the first three weeks of October.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Fleets, Earnings

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Finalists Selected for America’s Road Team

America's Road Team Truck: Photo by Volvo.

American Trucking Associations named 32 professional truck drivers as finalists for the 2015 America’s Road Team captains. America’s Road Team is a group of drivers with good safety records picked to represent the trucking industry.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, America's Road Team

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Research Group Names New Chairman

Judy McReynolds is ATRI's new chairperson. Photo:  ATRI.

The American Transportation Research Institute named Judy McReynolds as its new chairman of the board, succeeding Steve Williams, CEO of Maverick Transportation.

Tags: ATRI, People, ArcBest Corp., Fleets

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Railway Giants End Merger Talks

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. announced Monday that exploratory conversations held with CSX Corp. about a possible merger between the two railroads have ended. No further talks are planned.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, CSX

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

U.S., Mexico Sign Agreement Streamlining Freight Movements

A new agreement between the U.S. and Mexico allows stronger collaboration between CBP's Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program, commonly known as C-TPAT, and Mexico’s equivalent, to streamline the flow of goods between the two countries.

Tags: Security, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Free Trade Agreement, Surface Trade

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL Opening New Memphis Terminal

Memphis serves as one of the company’s busiest freight hubs due to its proximity to Interstate 40, Interstate 55, three major rail heads, the largest American cargo airport and the nation’s second largest inland port.

Tags: LTL, Tennessee, Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Volume at Port of Los Angeles Highest Since 2008

The Port of Los Angeles

The increased volume reflects peak season volumes and larger vessels calling at the facility, according to port officials.

Tags: Economy, Port of Los Angeles, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal, California

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Agreement Gives Carrier Service Customers Fuel Discounts

Photo via Pilot.

Pilot Flying J and RTS Carrier Services entered into a long-term agreement making the truckstop chain the exclusive fuel partner for customers of the services company.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Discount, Partnership, Pilot Flying J

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Hendrickson Schedules Suspension Training for November

The Hendrickson Vehicle Suspension Institute scheduled the next date for its heavy duty suspension training program on Nov. 18 -20.

Tags: Technician Training, Technicians, Suspensions, Hendrickson, Trailer Suspensions

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Nominate HDT's 2015 Truck Fleet Innovators

We are now accepting nominations for Heavy Duty Trucking’s 2015 Truck Fleet Innovators which honors the most innovative leaders in the industry.

Tags: Awards, Fleets, People, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Construction Rises, Consumer Sentiment Hits Seven-Year High

Residential construction in the U.S. has rebounded but remains volatile, hitting an annual rate of just more than 1 million units for only the third time this year in September, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Housing Starts, Economy, Consumer Sentiment, Home Building

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Increases, Recruiting Expected to Remain Tough

Photo: Con-way

Driver turnover in the truckload sector continues to get worse, according to recently released figures, while a study of hard-to-fill occupations emphasizes the growing driver shortage.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Turnover, Fleets, Driver Recruitment

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Port Export Traffic Jumping, Truck Wait Time Slumping

Exports moving across Port of Virginia facilities in September helped drive a high amount of cargo through port terminals but officials concede truck wait times could be shorter.

Tags: Virginia, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

ABF Freight President and CEO Retires, Replacement Named

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The president and CEO of the trucking company ABF Freight System, Roy M. Slagle, retired on Wednesday following 37 years of service.

Tags: Fleets, People, ABF, ArcBest Corp., LTL

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