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February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Falls, Service Sector Rebounds Strongly

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Consumer confidence fell this month from a more than seven-year high last month, according to a new report from the private research group The Conference Board.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Non-Manufacturing

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Increases for Third Straight Week to $2.90

The average U.S. cost of on-highway diesel has increased for the third straight week since hitting a five-year low early this month, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Named Highway Angel for Pulling Man from Burning Car

For rescuing an unconscious man from a burning car the Truckload Carriers Association named escort driver Joe Bearce a Highway Angel.

Tags: Driver Safety, Escort, TCA, TCA Highway Angel

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Normalize in January

Trailer orders for January hit 27,300 units returning to normal order rates after an increased rate in the last three months of 2014, according to report from FTR.

Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Fall, Total Construction Rises

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Existing-home sales in the U.S. declined in January to their lowest rate in nine months, but the pace was higher than a year ago for the fourth straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Construction Spending

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

FTC Looks to Stop Merger Combining Two of Nation’s Largest Private Fleets

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Federal Trade Commission has filed an administrative complaint charging that the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods would violate the antitrust laws by significantly reducing competition nationwide and in 32 local markets for foodservice distribution services.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Fleets, Sysco, US Foods

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Agreement Reached Over West Coast Port Labor Problems

Port of Los Angeles. Photo: Port of L.A.

The Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Friday evening announced a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering 13,000 workers at all 29 West Coast ports – but problems at the ports are far from over.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

February 23, 2015 - Product News

Cummins Details Diagnostic Application

Cummins Connected Solutions is an innovative group of products that utilize the connection of a Cummins electronic engine to a vehicle's on-board telematics system.

Tags: Cummins, Diagnostics, Connected Diagnostics

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders Show Continued Strength in January

Class 8 truck orders orders were booked above a 400,000-unit seasonal rate in January for the fourth month in a row, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

February 20, 2015 - Product News

Knight Chooses Zonar Tablet for Telematics Platform

Photo courtesty of Zonar

Knight Transportation has chosen the Zonar 2020 Mobile Tablet as the new telematics platform for its fleet.

Tags: telematics, Zonar, Knight Transportation, Tablets

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Awards Parts Dealers At Dealer Meeting

From left are, Truck Enterprises executives John Harter and Jim Hartman, and David Danforth, PACCAR Parts general manager and PACCAR vice president. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth named Truck Enterprises Hagerstown its 2014 Parts and Service Dealer of the Year and named Worldwide Equipment as the 2014 TRP All-Makes Dealer of the Year.

Tags: Kenworth, Awards, TRP, Parts and Service

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

California Port Carrier Feeling Lockout's Pinch

Photo via Port of Long Beach.

Shippers Transport Express works from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, but in the midst of stalled labor negotiations and shutdowns, all the fleet can do is wait.

Tags: Ports, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Labor Unions

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Urged to Mandate Truck Crash Avoidance Technology

Photo: Jim Park

Highway-safety lobbies have petitioned the NHTSA to require forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems on all new trucks and buses rated at 10,000 pounds or more GVW.

Tags: Highway Safety, Collision Avoidance Technology, Forward Collision Warning, NHTSA

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

Universal Truckload Services Profit Slips

The logistics and customized freight transportation provider Universal Truckload Services Inc. has reported earnings showing profits declined slightly in the final quarter of last year and for all of 2014.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Universal Truckload

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

Landi Renzo to Offer CNG 2016 F-650 Truck

Photo of 2016 F-650 by Chris Brown.

Landi Renzo USA plans to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2016 F-650 truck that will appear at NTEA's The Work Truck Show in early March.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Ford F-650, 2016-MY, Landi Renzo, Work Truck Show

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters to Assist Truckers if So Cal Ports Shutdown

Photo via Port of Long Beach

The Teamsters Union announced an effort to provide unemployment benefits to truckers working from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in the event of a shut down.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Teamsters, Independent Contractors

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Dana Holding More Than Doubles 4th Quarter Profit

The vehicle component manufacturer Dana Holding Corp. on Thursday reported net income for the final quarter of 2014 more than doubled from the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Earnings, Quarterly Report

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Halo Tire Inflator Wins TWNA Tech Achievement Award

From left, Jim Park, awards committee chairman, presents the award to Josh Carter, Aperia's CEO, and Brandon Richardson, chief technology officer.

The device was proved effective in track testing in Canada last year and is in use by numerous fleets, members of the awards committee found in pre-selection research.

Tags: TWNA Technical Achievement Award, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, Technology & Maintenance Council, Tires, Aperia Technologies

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Increase at Slower Pace

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons.

A measure of where the American economy is headed three to six months down the road registered another monthly increase but the pace was slower than in recent months.

Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet City Express Finds its Place in Smaller Fleets

Des Moines, Iowa-based Smokey D's BBQ has added several Chevrolet City Express cargo vans to its fleet to keep up with product demand. Photo: GM

Launched in 2014, the all-new 2015 Chevrolet City Express cargo van has already found a place in businesses across the country and across segments. Small businesses, in particular, are adding the City Express to their fleets.

Tags: Chevrolet City Express, Compact Cargo Vans, University of Michigan, Small Business

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

TMC Elects New General Chairman

Kevin Tomlinson, TMC General Chairman and Treasurer. Photo: Jim Park

The Technology and Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations elected Kevin Tomlinson as its 2015-2016 general chairman and treasurer.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, TMC, People

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Fuel-Saving Engine Calibration Software Offered for Transit Van

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Derive Systems' engine calibration software now works with the 2015 Ford Transit's 3.7-liter or and 3.5-liter engines, the company has announced. The software reduces fuel consumption by commercial fleets that use the full-size Transit van.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Derive Efficiency

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

New Shell Website Explains Upcoming Oil Category

Shell Rotella has a new website, WhatisPC11.com, to help educate people about the next generation of diesel engine oils known as API Proposed Category 11 (PC-11).

Tags: Shell Rotella, PC-11, Engine Oils, Low-Viscosity Oil

February 18, 2015 - Press Release

QuickTrip Fuel Stations to Offer Comdata Card Discounts

Photo via QuikTrip

Comdata Inc., has reached an agreement with QuikTrip Corporation to expand the reach of fuel discounts through the Comdata Fuel Consortium (CFC) network.

Tags: Comdata, Fuel Cards, QuikTrip

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Trims Quarterly Losses

XPO Logistics released financial numbers on Wednesday showing a net loss of $9.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared with a net loss of $10.6 million for the same period in 2013.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, XPO Logistics

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