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May 30, 2016 - Industry News

In Observance of Memorial Day

For the Memorial Day holiday, we are presenting a special version of our daily newsletter that is filled with the most popular online articles from the past few months.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

May 27, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Sees Smallest Decline In Cross-Border Freight Flows

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: March 2015-2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking and four other transportation modes carried less U.S. freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in March 2016 compared to a year earlier, according to a new Transportation Department report.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads

May 27, 2016 - Industry News

Cooper Tire & Rubber Names VP of Marketing for North America

Bryan Hess Photo: Cooper Tire

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has named Bryan Hesse its new vice president of marketing for North America tire operations.

Tags: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Leadership, People, Marketing

May 27, 2016 - Industry News

Crude Topping $50 Could Mark Oil Tipping Point

Photo: Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Analysts contend that the crude oil supply-and-demand imbalance will be righted just as soon as the price climbs high enough to compel U.S. shale-oil drillers to again ramp up production.

Tags: Crude Oil Prices

May 27, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Improves, Still Weak; Consumers Happy

Despite the nation’s gross domestic product in the first quarter of the year moving higher than first thought, growth remains at its lowest level since the first quarter of 2015, according to a Commerce Department report released Friday. Yet a separate survey shows this has yet to damper consumers’ feelings.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Sentiment, Gross Domestic Product

May 27, 2016 - Industry News

Omnitracs Sponsors HDT’s Safety & Compliance Award

HDT Executive Editor David Cullen (right) presents Nussbaum Transportation’s Jeremy Stickling with the inaugural HDT Safety and Compliance Award.

Fleet management and telematics software provider Omnitracs is sponsoring this year’s Safety & Compliance award which, recognizes industry leaders who have demonstrated excellence in fleet safety.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance, Omnitracs

May 27, 2016 - Industry News

Moving Services Provider Expands Pacific Northwest Footprint

Photo: Bekins

Moving services provider Bekins Northwest has acquired the assets of moving and storage company Clancy’s Transfer & Storage.

Tags: Washington, Mergers & Acquisitions, Moving and Storage Fleet

May 27, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Moves America Forward Recognizes Industry Supporters

Image: TMAF

Trucking Moves America Forward recognized 35 organizations and individuals for purchasing one or more TMAF-branded wraps for display on their company trailers to promote the cause.

Tags: Politics, Community Outreach, Trucking Moves America Forward, Vehicle Wraps

May 27, 2016 - Industry News

Sleep Apnea Screening Carries High Costs for Drivers

A recent survey on screening and treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea found that drivers were bearing many of the costs associated with the condition.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Survey, ATRI

May 26, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo and Mack Honor Veterans with Ride for Freedom Trucks

Ride for Freedom themed trucks from Mack (left) and Volvo. Photos: Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks are participating in the annual Ride for Freedom rally in Washington, D.C., over Memorial Day weekend, with each manufacturer’s 2016 Ride for Freedom truck.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Veterans, Military Support

May 26, 2016 - Industry News

Cargo Theft is 40% Higher on Holiday Weekends

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, FreightWatch International and CargoNet have issued bulletins offering recommendations on cargo security.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, CargoNet

May 26, 2016 - Industry News

Peterbilt Unveils Model 520 for Refuse Fleets

Photo of the Model 520 courtesy of Peterbilt.

Peterbilt has expanded its refuse truck lineup with the Model 520, which features new seating configurations for route collection, more versatility and the availability of the Paccar MX-11 engine.

Tags: Peterbilt, Refuse Trucks, Refuse Fleet, Model 520

May 26, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs Updates Roadnet Anywhere

Screenshot: Omnitracs

The updated solution allows for more views into a fleet, including service history statistics while giving more routing flexibility.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Telematics Update, Routing, Omnitracs

May 26, 2016 - Industry News

Bestpass Completes Toll Coverage With Oklahoma Addition

Bestpass has added toll processing in Oklahoma expanding the service’s coverage to include every major toll road in the U.S.

Tags: Tolls, Weigh Stations, Bestpass, Toll Management

May 26, 2016 - Industry News

MATS Organizers React to Announcement of New Competing Truck Show

Even though it may not have the presence of at least some of the major truck OEMs next year, Mid-America Trucking Show organizers say they will continue to put on what is in reality a national and international show, despite the name, and offer a broader audience for supplier and manufacturer exhibitors.

Tags: Events, MATS

May 26, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Business Investment Still Weak, Durable Goods Orders Jump

Orders for long-lasting manufactured durable goods surged in April, but the hike is a bit deceptive if you don’t dig below the surface of Commerce Department numbers.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing

May 25, 2016 - Product News

Bridgestone Americas Names VP of Marketing for Commercial Tire

Eric Higgs has been named Bridgestone Americas’ new vice president of marketing for commercial tires.

Tags: Leadership, Bridgestone, People

May 25, 2016 - Industry News

Carrier Offers 'Home Daily' Driving Opportunities

Photo: West Side Transport

Dry-van carrier West Side Transport has opened a terminal in Columbus, Ohio, that will serve as a base for its fleet of “home daily” drivers.

Tags: New Facility, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention

May 25, 2016 - Product News

Monro Muffler Brake Expands Commercial Tire Footprint

Monro Muffler Brake has acquired tire retailer McGee Tire Stores, adding 29 stores and one retread facility to expand the company’s footprint in Florida.

Tags: Tires, Monro Muffler Brake, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 25, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Recalls Sprinter 2500, 3500 Vans

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall, limited to 55 vans in the 2015 and 2016 model years, will address the risk of windows separating during a crash.

Tags: Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Freightliner Sprinter, Daimler, Full-Size Vans

May 25, 2016 - Industry News

WEX, QuikTrip Extend Fleet Fuel Card Deal

Photo via brykmantra/Flickr.

WEX Inc. has extended its existing fuel management program with QuikTrip for another five years so that the convenience store and gasoline marketer will continue to market their co-branded and proprietary commercial card programs.

Tags: Fuel Cards, WEX, QuikTrip

May 25, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates, Volume Fail to Post Gains

Spot truckload freight rates and volume both saw no improvements for the week ending May 21 compared to the previous week, according to DAT Solutions and network of load boards. However, load-to-truck ratios increased and diesel prices have been rising sharply, an indication that spot rates may pick up soon.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 25, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar Second OE to Sign with NACV Show

Navistar has signed a commitment to exhibit at the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, Ga.in 2017 as well as at the 2019 and 2021 editions of the biennial show.

Tags: Navistar, Events, NACV Show

May 24, 2016 - Product News

Knapheide's KUV Body Sheds 650 Pounds

Screenshot via Knapheide.

Knapheide has reduced the weight of its KUV enclosed utility body for chassis cab vans by 650 pounds, the upfitter has announced.

Tags: Knapheide, Van Bodies, Van Equipment, Chassis Cab Vans

May 24, 2016 - Industry News

House Committee Includes Restart Rollback in THUD Bill

The House Appropriations Committee passed a Fiscal Year 2017 transportation spending bill with some key trucking provisions Tuesday, including addressing problems in a previous bill that threatened the industry’s use of a 34-hour restart on driver hours of service.

Tags: Legislation, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, 34-Hour Restart

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