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April 20, 2015 - Industry News

Big Con-way Truckload Order Features Automated Transmissions

Infographic detailing the driver facing amenities of Con-way Truckload's newest trucks. Graphic via Con-way Truckload

Con-way Truckload is buying 635 new twin-screw tractors equipped with automated manual transmissions -- a move that will more than double the AMTs to nearly half its fleet.

Tags: Freightliner, Driver Shortage, Con-way Truckload, Automated Manual Transmissions, Kenworth, Spec'ing

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Loses 6,800 Jobs in March

Graph showing trucking employment from 2013 through 2015. Graph: Department of Labor

The trucking industry lost 6,800 jobs in March-- the first such drop since 2013, according to the latest employment numbers from the Department of Labor.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Department of Labor, Employment

April 1, 2015 - Industry News

Turnover Still Over 90 Percent at Truckload Fleets

ATA Chief Economist, Bob Costello. Image via ATA

Turnover at truckload fleets remained high in the fourth quarter of 2014, but the gap narrowed between small and large carriers.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Truckload

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Thermo King Sets Up Network of Drop Yards

One of the 2,250 drop yards in Thermo King’s program is owned by the TK dealer in Kingman, Ariz., where 11 acres is devoted to parking. Regular customers include Artur Trucking, US Foods and local operators. Photo courtesy of Thermo Kiing

The yards can be used for a "nominal" fee by almost all truckers, whether or not they're TK customers.

Tags: Thermo King, Truck Parking, Driver Shortage, Trailers

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Dart Offers Bose Seats to Drivers

Bose Ride seat. Image:Bose

Dartco has begun installing Bose Ride seats in its trucks for its drivers to improve comfort on long drives, the company announced. The seats will also be available as bonuses or performance incentives.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Dart, Driver Comfort, Driver Retention, Bose

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Issues May Hurt Trucking Industry Growth in 2015

Driver shortages, driver turnover and regulations could all affect the potential growth of the trucking industry in 2015, according to analysis from GE Capital.

Tags: GE Capital, Driver Shortage, Truck Orders, Freight, Industry Trends

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

Drivers Prefer Percentage Split Over Other Payment Methods

Graph via Stay Metrics.

Drivers are more satisfied with a percentage split pay compared to hourly or per mile methods, according to a recent study by Stay Metrics.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Retention, Driver Recruitment, Stay Metrics

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Carriers Could Pay Higher Wages to Address Driver Shortage

Carriers of all sizes expect driver wages to increase in 2015. Graph by Transport Capital Partners.

A shortage of experienced drivers means carriers are hesitant to increase capacity, despite rising carrier costs and rates, according to the quarterly Transport Capital Partners Survey. Expect increases in driver wages this year as a result.

Tags: Survey, Driver Shortage, Transport Capital Partners, Driver Pay

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Struggles to Replace Aging Workforce

The largest portion of the truck transportation workforce was in the 45-54 year age range in 2013. Graph via ATRI

The median driver age had risen significantly over the past two decades according to a new paper released by the American Transportation Research Institute that analyzed the demographics of driver age.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, ATRI, Recruiting, Research

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Immigration Action Could Increase Pool of Truck Drivers

President Obama’s move to let some undocumented immigrants stay in the country clears the way for them to become professional truck drivers, but that path is neither simple nor quick.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, TCA, Immigration, Drivers, President Obama

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Commits to Hiring 100,000 Veterans

Photo: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The American Trucking Associations announced on Tuesday it is committing on behalf of the trucking industry and its members to hire 100,000 veterans as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Shortage, Veterans, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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 6, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Shows Hours of Service Top Trucking Concern

ATRI President, COO Rebecca Brewster. Photo: Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO -- The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry, during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

Tags: ATA, Research, CSA, Hours of Service, Driver Shortage, Electronic Logging Devices, ATRI, ELDs, ATA MC&E

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Ups Tuition Program to Fight Driver Shortage

Photo via Con-way Truckload.

Con-way Truckload is rolling out a new tuition reimbursement program to entice new drivers to attend a professional driving school and work for the company.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Commercial Driver's License, Con-way Truckload, Truck Driving Schools

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Understanding the Driver Shortage

The driver lifestyle needs to be addressed in order to solve the driver shortage. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

For truckload carriers, the number one problem is the driver shortage – but the reasons go beyond pay, said Stifel's John Larkin at TMW Systems’ annual user conference in Nashville Monday.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, TMW Systems, Stifel Nicolaus, Driver Pay

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Productivity Facing Challenges

John Larkin told attendees at TMW Systems' user conference that trucking productivity could take a hit. Photo: Jim Beach

Logistics cost as a percent of GDP has been declining over the last 30 years, from 16% before deregulation to 8% now. But while logistics costs have been reduced, productivity has leveled out and may even decrease, according to Stifel's John Larkin, speaking at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: Productivity, Economy, Driver Shortage, TMW Systems

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Leads Quality Carriers to Start Bulk Rail Intermodal Service

Quality said it completed testing of the service with its western rail partner earlier in the current quarter and has begun initial shipments with some of its largest customers.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Intermodal, Fleets, Quality Distribution, Quality Carriers

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Capacity Crunch Changes Relationships Between Carriers, Shippers

Paul Newbourne of Armada, left, and Craig Brown of Maverick Transportation talk about the capacity crunch. (Photo: Deborah Lockridge)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Partnership. Collaboration. Shipper of Choice. These were the buzzwords at this week's FTR Transportation Conference as truck and rail providers, shippers and others discussed the current capacity crunch and what's ahead for the freight transportation industry.

Tags: Driver Shortage, FTR, Shippers, Capacity

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Moves Beyond Truckload; Worst Yet to Come

Stifel's John Larkin says that the driver shortage is now affecting less-than-truckload, private fleets and other industry sectors. Photo: Southeastern Freight Lines.

Driver turnover, a problem that has traditionally plagued longhaul, irregular-route truckload fleets, is now affecting every type of fleet in the industry – and it's only going to get worse, according to industry analysts at investment advisory firm Stifel.

Tags: Regulations, Driver Shortage, Capacity, Stifel Nicolaus, Drivers

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Indicates Extreme Pressure on Available Capacity

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased to a reading of 8.49 for July, one of the highest points this year. The high values reflect rising prices and service lapses caused by the current capacity crisis. FTR says the TCI could go even higher this fall if the economy accelerates as expected.

Tags: Driver Shortage, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, Spot Freight

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Survey: Pay Most Important for Drivers in Deciding Where to Work

A new survey asked thousands of truck drivers nationwide what makes them choose one job over another, and pay came out as the top reason, followed by the amount of time they get at home and then benefits.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Recruiting, Retention, National Retail Systems

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

AMSA Receives Grant to Address Driver Shortage through Online Resources

The American Moving & Storage Association has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the National Network of Business and Industry Associations to create an online clearinghouse to help members recruit and retain new and existing van drivers, and to promote the careers in the moving industry to prospective workers.

Tags: Driver Shortage, AMSA, American Moving & Storage Association

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

New HOS Rules Continue to Impact Bottom Lines

Transport Capital Partners fourth-quarter survey results show new hours-of-service impacting productivity, carriers expecting wages to climb, and more entry-level drivers to be sought by fleets.

Tags: Driver Shortage, HOS, Driver Turnover, TCP, Driver Pay

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

ATA: Trucking Short of Nearly 100,000 Drivers Annually

On Tuesday American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello said fleets are adjusting to continued tightness in the driver market by increasing pay and hiring newer drivers.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Shortage, ATA2013

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Says: Hours of Service Top Trucking Industry Concern

ATRI President and COO Rebecca Brewster delivering the results of a survey of top trucking industry concerns. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO -- The changes to the federal commercial driver hours of service rules that went into effect July 1 caused the issue to top the American Transportation Research Institute's annual survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry executives, truck drivers, trucking industry suppliers and government.

Tags: Economy, ATA, CSA, Hours of Service, Driver Shortage, EOBR, ATRI, ATA2013

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