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September 22, 2017 - Industry News

AAA Report Underscores Benefits of High-Tech Truck Safety Advances

Photo: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is recommending that all large trucks— both new and existing ones— be equipped with what it considers to be “cost-effective technologies that improve safety for everyone on the road.”

Tags: AAA, Advanced Safety Technology

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Four Former Pilot Executives Plead Guilty to Rebate Fraud

Four former Pilot employees pleaded guilty to mail fraud and wire fraud. Photo: Evan Lockridge

John Freeman, former sales VP of Pilot Flying J, has pleaded guilty alongside three other former Pilot employees of mail fraud and wire fraud after the FBI found that Pilot defrauded 5,500 customers of over $56 million.

Tags: Fleet Fuel Cards, Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fraud

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Shell’s Starship Truck Focuses on Freight Efficiency First

Scale model of Shell's Starship concept truck. Photo: Steven Martinez

Shell Rotella’s next-generation concept truck, nicknamed the Starship, is set to debut early in 2018, and the company says it will focus on freight efficiency rather than raw miles per gallon.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Shell Rotella, Freight Efficiency, Concept Vehicles

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: September Manufacturing, Leading Indicators Improve

A first-look at how the manufacturing economy is performing this month shows conditions have improved to a two-month high, while a separate report indicates the overall economy improved again in August as the outlook calls for continued growth through the second half of the year.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Leading Economic Indicators, Gross Domestic Product

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Shell's New Oil Works for Mixed Diesel and Gas Fleets

Photos: Shell Rotella

Shell Rotella's T6 Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 synthetic oil is designed for versatility, meeting the API CK-4 specification for Class 8 Trucks as well as API SN specification for gasoline trucks and vans.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Efficiency, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, Gasoline Engines, Mixed Truck Fleet

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Ready to Shift Into High Gear, Conditions Index Indicates

Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for July remains in a positive range with a reading of 5.75, reflecting tightening capacity, rising spot rates.

Tags: Operating Costs, Economy, Labor Costs, Market Trends, FTR, TCI, Trucking Conditions Index

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Growing Stronger

Newly released figures show the market for truckload freight shipments is improving and the intermodal sector has completed nearly a year of increasing rates while the outlook for both has improved.

Tags: Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Hit 2-Year Highs, Hurricane Effects Continue

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have come and gone but their effects on supply chains continue, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions, with spot freight rates remaining at two-year highs.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 21, 2017 - Product News

HighJump and KeepTruckin Integrate Fleet Management Platforms

Image via KeepTruckin

The integration is an effort from HighJump and KeepTruckin to enable truckload carriers to comply with the latest FMCSA ELD rule while streamlining operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Fleet Management Software, HOS, HighJump Software, ELD Mandate, ELDs, Software Integration

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Appoints Maintenance VP

USA Truck announced that Jeff Harris will be the company's new VP of maintenance. Harris will oversee maintenance at all the company’s facilities.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

California Passes Clean Air Bill with $895M in Vehicle Incentives

$140 million will go toward incentivizing cleaner vehicles at California’s ports. Photo: Jim Park.

The Clean Air Initiative provides $895 million for incentive programs that cut emissions from diesel and other greenhouse gas producing pollutants.

Tags: Greenhouse Gases, Port of Los Angeles, California, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Emissions Reduction, State Legislation, Ports

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Shell: New Engine Oil Categories Making the Grade

Since 2011 the company has amassed 60 million test miles on CK-4 formulations, and 50 million miles of tests involving the High Temperature High Shear (HTHS) formulas required by FA-4 specifications. Photo: Shell

A new generation of engine oils is in the North American market, passing a battery of tests developed for specific engine brands. But the work of convincing buyers about the related features and benefits of CK-4 and FA-4 oils continues.

Tags: Maintenance, Shell, Fuel Efficiency, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, PC-11

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

J.J. Keller Program Lets Fleets Reserve ELDs

Photo: J.J. Keller

With some industry observers worrying about whether the supply of electronic logging devices will meet the demand as we near the Dec. 17 deadline to install the mandatory devices, J.J. Keller & Associates announced it will make the transition earlier for fleets who want to wait until closer to the deadline.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Safety & Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Slow, New Construction Uneven

Existing-home sales stumbled in August for the fourth time in five months as strained supply levels continue to subdue overall activity. And housing starts fell for the second straight month.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Housing Starts, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Trucking Services Getting Out of Driver Training Business

A Celadon Driving Academy student practices his driving skill on a TransSim simulator. Photo: Celadon

Days after it announced it was selling off its flatbed division, Indiana-based Celadon said it’s getting out of the driver training business.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Truck Drivers, Celadon Group, Celadon, Truck Driving Schools

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Dominates 2017 TMC SuperTech Competition

FedEx Freight technician Mark McLean said he hopes to one day move into fleet management and share his knowledge and experience with young, up-and-coming technicians.

FedEx Freight technician Mark McLean came away with an unprecedented third TMC SuperTech title at the 2017 competition held in Orlando, Florida.

Tags: Maintenance, TMC, Technician Training, Technicians, TMC SuperTech

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Continues to Beef up Lobbying Team

The American Trucking Associations has added two more hires to its Capitol Hill team, announcing Ed Gilroy as the federation’s new senior vice president of legislative affairs and Jay Lim as vice president of legislative affairs.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Lobbying

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

New TMW Data Community Expands Market Intelligence Capabilities

TMW announced a new, industry-wide data warehouse to help carriers, 3PLs and other users do benchmarking and get other data-based insights.

Tags: TMW Systems, Big Data, Data Analysis

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: FedEx Profit Falls Due to Cyberattack, Hurricane Harvey

FedEx earnings during its fiscal 2018 first quarter fell 17% from a year ago as a result of a cyberattack and Hurricane Harvey, despite a slight improvement in revenue.

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

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

Nikola Developing Electric Truck Powertrain with Bosch

The Nikola Two daycab verison of the hydrogen electric truck. Photo: Nikola Motor Company

Nikola Motor Company and Bosch have teamed up to develop an electric powertrain designed for Nikola’s long-haul electric heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Powertrains, Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Hydrogen, Nikola Motor Company, Bosch, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Vehicle Interest Accelerated in Third Quarter, ACT Says

Photo: Jim Park

Several high-profile electric vehicle concepts have been introduced the third quarter of 2017, indicating increasing interest from the trucking industry, according to a report from ACT Research.

Tags: Cummins, ACT Research, Motiv Power Systems, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Chanje

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Rebound From July

August order activity was up 9% month-over-month and 4% year-over-year, as FTR projects that 2017 will turn out to be “another solid trailer year."

Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

AscendTMS, FreightRover Integrate Services

Photo: AscendTMS

The partnership allows any accepted load by a carrier or driver, via the FreightRover website or app, to automatically update the AscendTMS software.

Tags: Software, TMS, Load Board, AscendTMS, Fleet Management Software, Mobile Apps

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

3 Tech Trends from McLeod User Conference

Tom McLeod talks to reporters at the McLeod Software 2017 User Conference. Photo: McLeod Software

In a roundtable with trucking reporters at the McLeod 2017 User Conference in Atlanta, McLeod executives talked about a number of technology trends affecting their fleet customers and the industry at large, including ELDs, blockchain, and making sense of the vast amount of data available to fleets.

Tags: McLeod Software, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Data Analysis, Blockchain

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

TMW Systems Joins Blockchain in Trucking Alliance

TMW Systems has become a charter member of the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance, a group dedicated to setting standards for blockchain applications developed for the transportation industry.

Tags: Information Technology, TMW Systems, Lobbying, TransRisk

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