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August 2, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo and Mack Renew Decisiv Contract

Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks have renewed their contracts with Decisiv, the provider of the ASIST tool that enables real-time communications between customers, dealers and service staff.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Decisiv, Connected Diagnostics, Uptime, Volvo Trucks North America

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

UPS Reaches Alternative Fuels Goal a Year Early

By the end of 2016, UPS will have invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally since 2009, including propane autogas vehicles. (Photo courtesy of UPS)

UPS has achieved its goal of driving 1 billion miles with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet one year earlier than planned, the global delivery company announced.

Tags: UPS, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Sustainability, Delivery Fleets

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

England Logistics Opens Atlanta Offices

The freight brokerage firm England Logistics has opened a new office in Atlanta, Ga., to accommodate the company’s growth in the region.

Tags: New Facility, Atlanta, C.R. England, Logistics

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

Verizon-Fleetmatics Deal Makes Telematics Giant

Logos via Verizon and Fleetmatics.

Verizon will control about 25% of the telematics market following its planned acquisitions of Fleetmatics and Telogis in moves that indicate steady growth ahead for fleet telematics use, a market expert said.

Tags: Verizon, Fleetmatics, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

Hybrid-Electric Class 8 Truck Scores Zero Emissions in Testing

The Nikola One concept truck Image: Nikola Motors

Nikola Motor Company’s advanced research and development team says it has achieved 100% zero emissions on the company’s hybrid-electric Class 8 truck, the Nikola One.

Tags: Turbine Truck Engines, Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Tesla

August 1, 2016 - Industry News

Element Boosts Truck Team


Element Financial Corp. has bolstered its fleet truck sales efforts with eight new hires and promotions that include elevating Brad Hewitt to vice president of national accounts, the company announced.

Tags: New Hire, Promotions, Element Financial, Element Fleet Management

August 1, 2016 - Industry News

Lifecycle Index Shows Boost from Buying Latest Trucks

Fleet Advantage’s quarterly Truck Lifecycle Data Index shows that in the second quarter of 2016, replacing 2011 model-year trucks with 2017 models will save fleets around $18,861 in the first 12 months of operation.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Fleet Advantage, Fleet Costs, New Vehicles

August 1, 2016 - Industry News

Verizon to Acquire Fleetmatics

Logos courtesy of Fleetmatics and Verizon.

Verizon Communications will acquire leading telematics provider Fleetmatics Group for $2.4 billion in a cash deal that will create a powerhouse telematics provider.

Tags: Verizon, Fleetmatics, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 1, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Continues Rebound, Construction Declines

After hitting a post-Great Recession low, economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector continues to grow, but how strong that growth is depends on which report you read.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

July 29, 2016 - Industry News

Smokey Point Distributing Honored Again for Safety Efforts

Chris Zondlo, SPD safety coordinator (2nd from left), receives a Great West Safety Award from Great West’s Kevin Skow (far left), and the WTA’s Safety Fleet of the Year Award from Jason Berry, Washington State Patrol assistant chief (2nd from right) and Tom Walrath, of T.E. Walrath Trucking and WTA president (far right). Photo: Daseke

Arlington, Wash.-based Smokey Point Distributing, a Daseke company, has been named the Washington Trucking Association’s “Safety Fleet of the Year” in the common carrier (over 5 million miles) category.

Tags: Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, Smokey Point Distributing, Daseke Inc.

July 29, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New GDP Reading Disappoints, Consumer Sentiment Falls

Hopes that the American economy picked up a good head of steam in the second quarter of the year were quickly dashed on Friday following numbers being issued by the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Sentiment, Gross Domestic Product

July 29, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: UPS, YRC, Saia, ArcBest, Universal

The week wrapped up with more fleets reporting their second-quarter earnings. Like many that have already advised, profits for three were lower, while the largest trucking company in the nation and another a few years ago that was on the brink of extinction showed improvements.

Tags: Economy, UPS, ABF, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight, Saia, UPS Freight, Universal Truckload, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings, Universal Logistics Holdings

July 28, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Advocates Slam NHTSA for Pushing “Robot Car Technology”

Still from YouTube video of Tesla S owner using autopilot mode

The National Highway Traffic Administration should stop pushing the adoption of “robot car technology” until more testing is done and enforceable safety standards are promulgated, according to a July 28 letter sent by three advocacy groups to NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind.

Tags: Highway Safety, Tesla Motors, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

July 28, 2016 - Industry News

Trucks Move Bigger Slice of NAFTA Freight, Overall Value Keeps Falling

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: May 2015-2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A new Transportation Department report shows trucks carried more U.S. freight by value with its NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico, in May compared to the year before. But declines in all other freight modes led to a 3.1% decrease in the dollar value of cross-border freight, totaling $89 billion.

Tags: NAFTA, Freight

July 28, 2016 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Taps Tom Begin as Tech Leader

Tom Begin

Phillips Industries has appointed Thomas “Tom” Begin to fill the new role of director of innovation and emerging technologies, effective August 1.

Tags: Phillips Industries

July 28, 2016 - Industry News

Overnite Founder J. Harwood Cochrane Dies

J. Howard Cochrane (Family photo)

Trucking pioneer J. Harwood Cochrane, who founded LTL carrier Overnite Transportation Co. during the Depression, died at age 103 on July 25 in Richmond, Va.

July 28, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: ODFL, Heartland, P.A.M. See Lower Numbers

Trucking companies in both the less-than-truckload and truckload sectors reported lower second quarter profits on Thursday morning.

July 27, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Covenant, Knight, Roadrunner See Lower Profits

Phrases such a “challenging freight market” and a freight environment that’s “less attractive” continued to be some of the buzz words Wednesday as another raft of second quarter corporate earnings washed ashore, while one company defied the trend with its net income soaring more than 300%.

Tags: Economy, Covenant Transport, Roadrunner Transportation, Knight Transportation, Echo Global Logistics, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings

July 27, 2016 - Industry News

China Looks to Revive the Silk Road with UN Agreement

A map of the countries that are part of the TIR system. Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

China has taken a key step toward developing an international economic corridor for trade with the European Union and the rest of the world with the ratification of the United Nations TIR Convention.

Tags: China, Global, United Nations

July 27, 2016 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Truck Sales Jump 15%

Same-dealer sales volumes of Used Class 8 trucks recovered in June, posting a double digit month-over-month increase following a sharp decline in May.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

July 27, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Market Van, Reefer Rates Fall From Seasonal Highs

National average spot freight rates for dry vans and reefers each slipped slightly over the past week while the average flatbed rate made a small gain for the third consecutive week, according to new figures from DAT Solutions, based on its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 27, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Dive, New Home Sales Jump

While new orders for manufactured durable goods plunged in June, a closely watched economic indicator shows a gain for the first time in three months, as a separate report shows a big hike in new home sales and another is calling for even better retail sales.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales

July 26, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Hub, C.H. Robinson, Wabash National, Rush Enterprises

The second quarter earnings season continued on Tuesday with companies ranging from a fleet and 3PL to a trailer maker and mega-dealer, with all but one reporting higher earnings than the same time last year.

Tags: Economy, Truck Sales, 3PL, Rush Enterprises, Earnings, Wabash National, C.H. Robinson, Hub Group, Fleet Earnings

July 26, 2016 - Industry News

Investors Show Increased Interest in Uber-Like Trucking Startups

Image via Transfix

Money is lending credibility to a new crop of Uber-like trucking startups, with two large investment firms recently spending millions of dollars to fund the startups Transfix and CargoX.

Tags: Investment, Freight, Load Board, Uber, Shipping Service, Freight Uberization

July 25, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Asks for Input on Industry Concerns

The American Transportation Research Institute has launched the 2016 Top Industry Issues Survey, collecting information from industry stakeholders on the top issues affecting trucking,

Tags: Survey, ATRI, Industry Concerns


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