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March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Shows Slow Growth in Freight

Source: FTR

The Trucking Conditions Index measure fell to a reading of 9.05 for January, indicating slowing growth patterns for truck freight.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Port Traffic Expected to Return to Normal Patterns

Photo courtesy the Port of Long Beach

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should see its traditional buildup toward the summer, despite difficult comparisons with last year’s unusual patterns, according to one report.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Ports

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Slip Again, Key Price Indicator Rises

Retail sales in the U.S. fell for the second consecutive month during February, according to a new preliminary Commerce Department report, raising some concerns about overall economic growth this year.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Ports, Wholesale Prices, Port Trucking, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

March 14, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Updates Roadnet Anywhere Platform

One of the biggest additions to the new version of Roadnet Anywhere is the ability to create and optimize multi-day routes. (PHOTO: Roadnet Technologies)

Updates to the Roadnet Anywhere platform consolidates views of routing, dispatching, proof of delivery, telematics, customer notifications, and business analytics into one place.

Tags: Routing, Roadnet Technologies, Omnitracs, Roadnet Anywhere

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

Logistics Company Buys Coastal Pacific Xpress

Canadian supply chain solutions company VersaCold Logistics Services has agreed to acquire Coastal Pacific Xpress, a large refrigerated carrier based in British Columbia.

Tags: Canada, LTL, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions, Truckload

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Slates Public Hearings on Autonomous Vehicle Safety

Freightliner Inspriation autonomous truck at its rollout last Spring. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has announced that DOT will hold two public hearings, one in Washington, D.C., and one in California, to get input on “how to best integrate the safe operation of automated vehicles.”

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

Latest Aviation Bill Ditches Pro-Trucking Reform

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

The effort to inject a reform proposal widely viewed as favorable to trucking into an aviation bill has crashed and burned. At least for now.

Tags: Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

C.R. England Exec Wins TCA's Past Chairman's Award

Dan England (left) recieving the award at the TCA Annual Convention. Photo: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Administration has awarded its Past Chairman’s Award to Dan England, chairman of the board of C.R. England and former chairman of TCA.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, C.R. England, People, TCA

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

Used Medium-Duty Truck Values Inch Lower

Used medium-duty trucks, such as the diesel N-Series, are experiencing overall resale declines. (PHOTO: Isuzu.)

Used medium-duty truck models (model-years 2005-2012) experienced a 1% resale value decline in February, and resale values for trucks model-year 2013-2014 dropped 0.9%.

Tags: Resale Value, Black Book, Medium-Duty Trucks, Depreciation

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

AmeriFleet's 'Hot Shot' Haulers Carry Up to Five Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Amerifleet.

Vehicle transportation provider Amerifleet has expanded its vehicle transport and hauler program to more quickly and cost-effectively meet customer needs, according to the company.

Tags: Amerifleet, Vehicle Transportation

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Amazon Enters Air Cargo Space With 20-Aircraft Deal

Photo: Amazon

Amazon is leasing 20 Boeing 767s, the company's first official step into air cargo, to improve its capacity for short delivery times within the United States.

Tags: Cargo Management, Amazon.com, Aircraft

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Two Carriers Win Fleet Safety and Best Fleets to Drive For Awards

FTC Transportation representatives recieving the award. Photos: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has named FTC Transportation and Bison Transport the overall winners of its Fleet Safety and Best Fleets to Drive For awards.

Tags: Awards, Driver Turnover, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, Fleet Safety Award

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Spending Rebound Somewhat

The number of North American freight shipments and the amount of expenditures both posted strong increases in February from the month before, according to newly released Cass Freight Index figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Hendrickson Parent Company Head John Boler, Dead at 81

John M. Boler Photo: Hendrickson

John M. Boler, chairman of the board and founder of Hendrickson parent company, The Boler Company, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2016 at the age of 81.

Tags: Leadership, Obituary, People, Suspensions, Hendrickson

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Mid-America Trucking Show Kicks Off End of March

The Mid-America Trucking Show will be held from March 31-April 2, at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky., with several new features this year even as truck makers skip this year's show.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Events, Fleet Innovators, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Up Two Months Straight, Near Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, January 2011 - January 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Intermodal and pipeline transportation helped drive the DOT's Freight Transportation Services Index to near a record high in January.

Tags: Freight Index

March 9, 2016 - Product News

PeopleNet Partners With Samsung on Mobile Solutions

Photo: PeopleNet

PeopleNet has launched Managed Mobility Solutions as part of its ConnectedFleet Platform, to support customers with a company-owned, personally enabled communications device strategy.

Tags: telematics, PeopleNet, Mobile Devices, Samsung

March 9, 2016 - Product News

Drive Spotter Offers Video-Based Analytics Program

Drive Spotter president and CEO, Chris Augeri. Photo: Drive Spotter

Analytics startup company Drive Spotter has announced plans to scale its video analytics program, which is designed to improve commercial fleet vehicle and driver performance.

Tags: telematics, In-Vehicle Video, Dash Cam

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Rates Move Higher Following Bleak February

Following a dismal February performance, Spring has sprung on the spot freight market, with rates moving higher in all three trucking categories for the first time in several weeks.

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

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

HDT, Work Truck, Bobit Business Media Host Work Truck Exchange

Heavy Duty Trucking, along with Automotive Fleet and Work Truck, will be hosting the Work Truck Exchange, an intimate event that pairs a select group of commercial fleet managers with industry suppliers at an all-inclusive, networking retreat designed to accelerate the achievement of each participant's unique business goals.

Tags: Work Truck Exchange, Fleet Events, Bobit Business Media

March 8, 2016 - Product News

Trucking Insider Offers Video-Based Tech Consulting Service

Mike Nalepka Photo: VideoProtects

Veteran trucking technology consultant Mike Nalepka has launched VideoProtects, an advocacy and consulting company focused on the transportation video technology market

Tags: telematics, People, Consultants, In-Vehicle Video

March 4, 2016 - Product News

Rand McNally to Update IntelliRoute Software

Photo: Rand McNally

Rand McNally is launching an updated version of its IntelliRoute with MileMaker routing and mileage calculation software with improvements to help users plan routes more efficiently.

Tags: Mileage, Fleet Management Software, Rand McNally, Routing, IntelliRoute

March 4, 2016 - Industry News

Used Class 3-8 Vehicle Values End 2015 Strong

Used commercial vehicle transactions of GVW 3-8 vehicles were just over 176,000 units during the last quarter of the 2015 calendar year, up 14.3 percent from the same time period in 2014 calendar year.

Tags: IHS Automotive, Market Analysis, Used Vehicle Sales

March 4, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Improves Despite Trucking Losses

Gains in total U.S. employment remain strong, with a new report showing non-farm payrolls increased in February from the month before. A renowned economist said this week the U.S. economic picture is one of the brightest on the world’s economic stage.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

March 3, 2016 - Industry News

ODFL Tonnage Up from Year Earlier

The less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has reported increases in freight for the first two months of 2016, including tons per day growing 2% and 3.2% for January and February, respectively, compared to the same time in 2015.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, Tonnage

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