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September 22, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Final Rule Allows Windshield Mounted Technology

Photo: Lytx

The FMCSA has issued a final rule amending the FMCSRs to allow the voluntary mounting of certain devices on the interior of the windshields of commercial motor vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety Technology, Windshields

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

TCA Promotes Director of Safety and Policy to VP of Government Affairs

David Heller Photo: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has promoted David Heller from director of safety and policy to vice president of government affairs, the group announced during its Fall business meeting.

Tags: Leadership, People, TCA, Promotions

September 21, 2016 - Global News

Navistar and VW Chiefs Talk Up Their Alliance Deal

Navistar CEO Troy Clarke, VW Truck CEO Andreas Renschler, and Navistar CFO Walter Borst field queries from the press at IAA. Photo: David Cullen

Just two weeks after revealing they had forged a “wide-ranging strategic alliance,” the chief executives of Volkswagen Truck and Bus and Navistar International Corp. fielded questions from North American journalists covering the massive IAA truck show opening this week in Hannover, Germany.

Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, IAA

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

USPS Awards $37.4M for Next-Gen Vehicle Prototypes

Photo of existing delivery vehicles by Paul Clinton.

The U.S. Postal Service has awarded $37.4 million in contracts to six vendors to provide 50 prototypes of a next-generation delivery vehicle that will be tested in various climates and locales.

Tags: USPS, Procurement, Delivery Fleets

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Van, Reefer Rates Dip; Hanjin Bankruptcy Could Push Them Higher

The number of loads on the DAT network of load boards gained 20% during the week ending Sept. 17 compared to the week before and the number of trucks added 19% as the spot market rebounded during the first full week after the Labor Day holiday but it barely translated into higher rates.

Tags: Spot Freight, Port Trucking, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

Latest Freight Shipment, Spending Levels Show Economic Uncertainty

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

Freight shipments across all U.S. domestic modes continued improving in August but remain weak, according to the latest Cass Freight Index, while freight spending moved lower again with both resulting in mixed feelings when it comes to their economic impact.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Dean Foods' Ahart Named Fleet Executive of the Year

Automotive Fleet's Mike Antich, Ahart, and CEI Group's Wayne Smolda. Photo courtesy of AFLA.

Michael Ahart, VP of transportation for Dean Foods, was named the 2016 Fleet Executive of the Year at the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association's (AFLA) annual conference on Sept. 20.

Tags: Fleet Executive of the Year, AFLA Conference, CEI Group, Dean Foods, Awards

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: FedEx Quarterly Profit Totals $715 Million

Earnings for trucking and package delivery company FedEx Corp. moved up modestly to $715 million, or $2.65 per share, in its fiscal quarter ending Aug 31 that included the cost of integrating another carrier.

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

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Feds Release Autonomous Vehicle Policy

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx discusses new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles during a Sept. 20 press conference. Screen shot courtesy of U.S. DOT.

The new guidelines include a 15-point safety assessment framework that provides vehicle performance standards for manufacturers and developers.

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Another Carrier Lowers Expectations, Three LTLs Hiking Rates

Forward Air Corp. has become the latest trucking operation to lower expectations ahead of releasing its next earnings report.

Tags: UPS, Old Dominion Freight Line, Forward Air, UPS Freight, Freight Rates, FedEx, FedEx Freight, Fleet Earnings

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Starts Slow, Overall Optimism Remains

Nationwide housing starts fell 5.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.14 million units in August, according to newly released data from the Commerce Department on Tuesday, the latest disappointing economic indicator, but there are still feelings overall economic conditions are improving.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Starts

September 19, 2016 - Industry News

Mack to Develop Fleet Management Offerings for Concrete Mixer Fleets

Photo: Tom Berg

Mack Trucks has reached an agreement with WheresMyConcrete to develop future service options for Mack Fleet Management Services.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Mack Trucks, Concrete Mixer Trucks, GuardDog Connect, Vocational Trucks

September 19, 2016 - Industry News

Crete Carrier Chairman Duane Acklie Passes Away at 84

Duane Acklie Photo via Crete Carrier

Duane Acklie, chairman of Crete Carrier has passed away at the age of 84 due to complications related to a number of health problems, according to a report in the Omaha World-Herald.

Tags: Leadership, Obituary, People, Crete Carrier Corp.

September 19, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Tumbling

Measures of both truckload and intermodal rates posted another rounds of declines, according to new figures released by freight payment processor Cass Information Systems.

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

September 16, 2016 - Product News

Truckstop.com’s LoadPay to Integrate with McLeod Software

Photo via LoadPay

Truckstop.com and McLeod Software have announced plans to integrate LoadPay, a secured payment platform that connects carriers, brokers, and shippers, with the McLeod Software system.

Tags: McLeod Software, Truckstop.com, Software Integration, Electronic Payments

September 16, 2016 - Industry News

Southern Pines and Byers Trucking Combine Operations

(Left to Right) Pat Gallagher, David Byers and George Byers. Photo courtesy of Southern Pines

WL Byers and Southern Pines announced that the two trucking companies will combine in an equal partnership under the Southern Pines name offering services in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Tags: Hazardous Materials, Heavy Haul, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oversize Loads

September 16, 2016 - Industry News

FTR: Future Transportation Will Require a Whole New Playbook

FTR's Noël Perry and Larry Gross talk about the future of trucking and other freight transportation modes on the final day of the FTR Transportation Conference in Indiana. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Changes on the way for trucking could be as sweeping as the deregulation of the early 1980s or the invention of the Interstate Highway System, according to analysts with FTR at the company's transportation conference.

Tags: FTR, Intermodal, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

September 16, 2016 - Industry News

Intermodal Volume Unexpectedly Weak in July

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index fell more than three points from June to a reading of 0.6 in July, a large drop that nearly brought the ICI into negative territory.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, FTR

September 16, 2016 - Industry News

ARI Names Director of Sales

ARI has added several associates to its sales organization to support its strategic vision and continued growth, including appointing Craig Pierce as director of sales, the fleet management company has announced.

Tags: ARI, Promotions, fleet management companies

September 15, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Hit New Record High Level

New U.S. Transportation Department figures show the amount of for-hire freight rose 1.6% in July from June, the fourth consecutive monthly gain and a new record high.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

September 15, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Conference: Digital Disruptions and the Future of Trucking

Steve Sashihara, CEO of Princeton Consultants, talks about digital disruption at FTR's annual conference. Photo: Evan Lockridge

INDIANAPOLIS -- Expect big changes over the years in the way trucking and supply chains are managed, including turning it upside down. That was one of the messages those attending the FTR Transportation Conference heard Thursday morning.

Tags: Information Technology, FTR, Commercial Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Uberization

September 15, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Rates Improve Little Over Past Week, Month

Spot truckload freight rates saw more declines than improvements in both new weekly and monthly figures released by DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 15, 2016 - Industry News

Trucker Path Hire to Head Business Development of Truckloads Marketplace

Leigh Foxall Photo courtesy of Trucker Path

Trip planning app provider Trucker Path announced that Leigh Foxall has joined the company as the vice president of sales.

Tags: Leadership, People, Load Board, Trucker Path

September 14, 2016 - Industry News

Survey: Small Carriers More Wary of ELD Mandate

A survey conducted by transportation management and logistics provider Transplace has revealed that 38% of small carriers had no immediate plans to implement ELD devices.

Tags: Survey, Transplace, ELDs, ELD Mandate

September 14, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Conference: Expect a Freight Recovery, Just Not a Big One

FTR economist Noel Perry said it would be prudent to prepare for the possibiilty of a recession. Photo: Evan Lockridge

While a recovery for freight and the overall U.S. economy is in the cards for the fourth quarter of the year, those attending the first sessions of the FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday were also told by experts they should not expect a huge boom.

Tags: Economy, Recession, Events, FTR, Business Inventories

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