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October 22, 2017 - Industry News

Autonomous Technologies Could Mean 'Transformational' Change in Trucking

Larry Burns tells ATA attendees his vision of how autonomous vehicles could affect trucking. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO - Automated vehicle technologies, vehicle electrification, and the rise of transportation as a service (think ride-share services like Uber and Lyft) are creating a “transformational change” in the transportation industry. But what does that mean for trucking?

Tags: ATA MC&E, Autonomous Vehicles, Disruptive Technology

October 22, 2017 - Industry News

New Gauge of Freight Shipping and Economy Debuts at ATA

Bob Costello, chief economist for the American Trucking Associations, explains about the new U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO - U.S. Bank announced the launch of a new barometer for assessing the nation’s shipping industry on Sunday during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference and Exhibition in Florida.

Tags: Economy, ATA MC&E

October 21, 2017 - Industry News

ELD, Driver Safety & Wellness Among ATA Announcements

Acuity Insurance's Cliff Johnson talks trucking insurance to reporters. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO – An electronic logging device, a driver security system and a new driver wellness app were among a series of brief trucking product and service announcements Saturday ahead of the official start of the American Trucking Associations’ annual Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Wellness, ELDs, ATA MC&E

October 21, 2017 - Industry News

ELD Mandate Enforcement Highlights ATA Educational Session

Jim Ward of D.M. Bowman and Collin Mooney of CVSA talk ELDs at ATA MC&E. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

ORLANDO — In a sometimes-lively educational session at the American Trucking Associations 2017 Management Conference & Exhibition Saturday, a panel of regulatory, enforcement and fleet personnel fielded questions on enforcement and other aspects of the electronic logging device mandate that goes into effect Dec. 18.

Tags: FMCSA, CVSA, ELDs, ATA MC&E, ELD Mandate

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

HDT’s New ELD Channel Keeps You Up to Speed

Heavy Duty Trucking has launched a new ELD channel on Truckinginfo.com that contains every news story, feature article, and video our editors produce on the electronic logging device mandate.

Tags: FMCSA, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, ELDs, ELD Mandate, ELD

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Issues Two Narrow ELD Exemptions to All Carriers

Having decided to grant part of a United Parcel Service request for a limited 5-year exemption from some provisions of the electronic logging device mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will now allow all motor carriers — not just UPS — and drivers to make use of two new temporary exemptions from the ELD rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, UPS, ELD Mandate, ELDs

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

Pay Hikes Abound as Fleets Try to Retain Drivers

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Several fleets have announced pay and benefit increases for drivers as the industry keeps trying to address the driver shortage.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

October 19, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Werner, Covenant See Double-Digit Gains; Marten Nearly Unchanged

Three trucking fleets issued their third quarter earnings reports on Thursday, with two showing profits increasing significantly from the same time a year earlier, while the third was healthy but nearly the same as it was a year earlier.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Covenant Transport, Marten Transport, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings, Southern Refrigerated Transport

October 19, 2017 - Industry News

Survey: Fleets Investing in Technology to Cut Costs

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In a recent survey of the transportation industry by Teletrac Navman, 39% of fleets named reducing costs as a top business goal in 2017.

Tags: Operating Costs, Telematics, Fleet Management Software, Survey, ELDs, Teletrac Navman

October 19, 2017 - Industry News

Drivers Cost Fleets More than Fuel Does for Second Year in A Row

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The American Transportation Research Institute has found that increases to driver wages and benefits outpaced declines in fuel costs in 2016. The findings were published in the 2017 update of ATRI’s An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fuel Costs, ATRI, Driver Pay, Benefits

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Hurricanes Hit Housing, Industrial Production

Home building in the U.S. slowed in September, according to a new report, while a separate one showed that the total amount of output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities moved higher during the month. Results of both reports would have been better had it not been for two hurricanes.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Housing Starts

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Market Van, Reefer Rates Ease as Flatbeds Hit Two-Year High

The availability of spot truckload freight fell 10% while the number of trucks posted gained 7% during the week ending Oct. 14, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 17, 2017 - Industry News

Gerry Mead Joins Phillips Industries

Gerry Mead Photo: Phillips Industries

Gerald "Gerry" Mead, formerly executive vice president of maintenance at U.S. Xpress and a recent HDT Truck Fleet Innovator, has joined Phillips Industries as the executive director of innovations.

Tags: Leadership, Phillips Industries, Awards, People, U.S. Xpress, Truck Fleet Innovators

October 17, 2017 - Industry News

Anheuser-Busch Partners With Convoy Freight Matching Service

Budweiser producer Anheuser-Busch will use Convoy's network to transport truckloads like these from its facilities. Photo: Business Wire

Anheuser-Busch has signed a multi-year partnership agreement with the Convoy freight matching network, a move some observers say gives Convoy a leg up in the race to see who will win in the "Uber for Trucking" space.

Tags: Load Board, Freight Market, Anheuser-Busch, Convoy, Uber for Trucking, Big Data, Data Analysis

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler AG Aiming to Get More Nimble at Selling Trucks and Cars

Photo: David Cullen

Germany’s Daimler AG has announced that it is considering a new corporate structure that it expects would make the company more responsive to rapidly changing marketplace developments.

Tags: Daimler, Global, Germany, Vehicle Production

October 16, 2017 - Product News

ITI Launches Sentix Automated Training Platform

Image: Instructional Technologies

Instructional Technologies has announced an automated web-based learning management system called Sentix designed for scheduling, tracking, verifying, and managing training.

Tags: Training, Fleet Management Software, Online Training, Instructional Technologies

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt Third Quarter Profit Slips

Profits for multi-modal freight transportation provider J.B. Hunt Transport Services fell a little more than 8% in the third quarter of the year despite increased revenue, with increased driver recruiting and retention costs part of the reason.

Tags: Intermodal, J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Teletrac Navman, Noregon Integrate Vehicle Health, Safety Management Solution

Combining the intelligent fleet management capabilities of Teletrac Navman Director and the advanced vehicle health and safety diagnostics of Noregon TripVision, this integration gives carriers a holistic view of vehicle fitness in real time.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Noregon Systems, Intelligent Transportation, Teletrac Navman, Uptime, Maintenance, Telematics, Diagnostics

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck to Run Routes in California

Toyota Motor North America has announced that its Project Portal Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell truck has completed initial testing and development and will begin regular drayage routes at ports in Southern California starting in late October.

Tags: Toyota, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Drayage

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Court Battle Erupts over Truck Trailers and GHG/MPG Rule

Trailer aerodynamic device include side skirts, pictured here. Photo: Utility Trailer Mfg.

Court filings have begun to pile up that may ultimately determine the fate of the trailer-related provision within the federal Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards.

Tags: Regulations, EDF, Trailers, GHG Phase 2, TTMA

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Coca-Cola Adds Lytx DriveCam Video Safety System

Photo: Lytx

Coca-Cola Consolidated implemented the program at three company locations, involving 200 drivers and 115 vehicle assets.

Tags: Coca-Cola, Video Event Recorders, Lytx, In-Vehicle Video

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Jump; Retail Sales and Consumer Sentiment Skyrocket

Retail prices recorded their biggest hike in eight months in September, according to a new report, while separate ones show the best improvement in retail sales in more than two years amid consumer sentiment hitting its highest level since 2004.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Consumer Sentiment

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Drives Another Record-Setting Month in For-Hire Freight Movements

Freight Transportation Services Index, August 2012 - August 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved by U.S. for-hire transportation providers hit an all-time high again in August, according to Transportation Department figures, after breaking the previous record the month before.

Tags: Economy, Freight

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Supports President’s Health Insurance Executive Order

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The American Trucking Associations has praised President Trump for signing an executive order that will allow individuals to purchase health insurance through association health plans.

Tags: Driver Health, Healthcare Costs, Donald Trump

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Adds Independent Director to Board

Amid a financial restructuring and an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Celadon Group has announced the appointment of a new independent director to its board.

Tags: Leadership, Celadon Group, People, Celadon

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