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September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Container Volume Mixed at Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach

The Port of Los Angeles.

The Port of Los Angeles in August saw overall volume increase 6.7% compared to the same time last year, but it fell at the nearby Port of Long Beach.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Port Trucking

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

DAT White Paper Examines Causes, Results of Freight Capacity Crunch

Freight transportation capacity has been subject to enormous pressure from a number of sources for a little more than a year, leading to higher rates and even jeopardizing some long-standing business relationships

Tags: Research, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Unchanged in August

The Producer Price Index was unchanged, following a 0.1% gain in July and a 0.4% jump during June.

Tags: Economy, Producer Prices

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

McLeod Software CEO Highlights Connected Concept

To be successful in the future, trucking companies, 3PLs and brokers need to run connected companies where data flows freely within their company and without. Tom McLeod, founder and CEO of McLeod Software, discussed this topic with customers attending the company’s annual user conference in Washington, D.C. Sept. 14-16, a concept McLeod called “the connected enterprise.”

Tags: Information Technology, McLeod Software

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Hits Lowest Level in More Than Two Years

The average cost of on-highway diesel fuel has resumed falling after being unchanged last week, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Laredo Con-Way Freight Truckers Vote to Join Teamsters

The 55-49 decision makes this the first time employees at what is one of the nation’s largest less-than-truckload carriers have voted to be represented by the union.

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Freight, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Germany’s ZF Purchasing TRW Automotive

ZF Friedrichshafen of Germany is buying Michigan-based TRW Automotive Holdings, creating one of the world's largest companies in the vehicle supplier business.

Tags: TRW Automotive, Mergers & Acquisitions, Suppliers, ZF Friedrichshafen, Global

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Shows Large Carriers Have An Edge Over Smaller Carriers

Photo via International.

In its inaugural trucking industry benchmarking survey, Katz, Sapper & Miller and McLeod Software released key findings about large, medium and small truckload carriers.

Tags: Operating Costs, Survey, Fleets, McLeod Software, Small Fleets, KSM, Large Fleets

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Electric Truck Maker Shuts Down Production

One of Boulder Electric Vehicles' models on display in May 2013 during the Southeastern High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum. Photo: Evan Lockridge

One company that made medium-duty electrically powered trucks has ended production, but says it has not gone away entirely.

Tags: Boulder Electric Vehicle, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

This Week is American Truck Driver Appreciation Week

This week marks National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, a celebration started in 1988 by the American Trucking Associations honoring truck drivers across the nation.

Tags: ATA, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, TCA, Health

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Getting $700 Million for Acquisitions

PSP Investments, along with GIC and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan will invest a total of $700 million.

Tags: Fleets, XPO Logistics

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Falls Slightly

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Industrial production in the U.S. fell slightly in August, its first decline since January, according to a report released Monday by the Federal Reserve.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Consumer Sentiment

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Covenant Transportation Group Projects Lower Third Quarter Net Income

The parent company to trucking operations including Covenant Transport and others has issued expectations for its upcoming third quarter financial results.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Fleets, Earnings, Covenant Transportation Group

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Section of I-15 Partially Reopens to Commercial Traffic

The Nevada Department of Transportation reopened Interstate 15 north of Las Vegas Friday after 4 p.m., but only partially for commercial vehicles.

Tags: Road Construction, I-15, Road Closure, Interstate 15, Nevada, Highways

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

PierPass Program Reduces Truck Turn Times at SoCal Ports

Photo via Wikipedia.

PierPass Inc. has launched a new test program called the Free-Flow Program to reduce the time trucks spend picking up containers at marine terminals.

Tags: Port of Long Beach, Intermodal, Shipping Ports, Port of Los Angeles

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

TMC’s 2014 Fall Meeting Next Week

TMC SuperTech Competition: Photo via TMC.

The American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council will hold its Fall Meeting Sept. 22-25 at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Events, TMCSuperTech, Technicians

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

Bimbo Bakeries Adds Leased CNG Trucks

The bakery giant says it's continually looking to cut its greenhouse gas emissions. Photo: Clean Energy Fuels.

Bimbo Bakeries USA is leasing 16 natural gas trucks for its California trucking fleet. Bimbo has a fueling agreement in place with Clean Energy Fuels to fuel the fleet of Class 8, heavy-duty trucks using Clean Energy's network of public-access CNG stations throughout Northern California.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Bimbo Bakeries, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., CNG trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Private Fleets

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Grants $600 Million for Highway Projects

The Department of Transportation announced $600 million in federal grants under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The money is being awarded to 72 projects out of 797 applications in a competitive process designed to focus resources where they are most needed.

Tags: DOT, Highway Funding

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Best in Four Months

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The U.S. Commerce Department on Friday reported August retail sales were up 0.6% from the month before and 5% higher than the same time a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

Section of Nevada I-15 May Reopen Friday

Nevada transportation officials hope to reopen sometime Friday a section of Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and the Utah border that has been closed since Monday -- however, trucks heading in one direction will continue to have to take a long and painful detour.

Tags: I-15, Nevada, Highways, Detours

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

TCA Recognizes Two Highway Angels from Utah

The Truckload Carriers Association is recognizing Mark Olsen and Brad Wenneberg, as Highway Angels for attempting to rescue a couple from an RV fire.

Tags: Utah, People, TCA, TCA Highway Angel, Interstate 15, Image

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Western Star Breaks the Mold with the 5700XE (Video)

Western Star's 5700XE as the wind sees it. Photo by Jim Park.

Western Star has broken the aerodynamic truck mold with a new angular, edgy and very slippery version of its classic configuration. The 5700XE boasts a very fuel efficient powertrain as well as some groundbreaking aero treatment that Western Star says will give any aero truck on the road today a real run for its money. Three years in the making, Western Star launched the 5700XE in Las Vegas.

Tags: DD15, Western Star, Daimler Trucks North America, Detroit DT12, Aerodynamics, Class 8, Fuel Efficiency

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 11, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Advantage Names New President

Fleet Advantage announced that Brian Holland has been selected to be the company’s new President and CFO.

Tags: Fleet Advantage, Promotion, People

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Avoid Interstate 5 in Olympia the Next 2 Weekends

A bridge structural repair near Olympia, Wash. over the next two weekends is expected to cause traffic problems due to ramp and lane closures. The Washington Department of Transportation is warning drivers to avoid the Interstate 5 in Olympia if possible.

Tags: Washington, Traffic Congestion, Road Construction, Interstate 5, I-5

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