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March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Offers Heavy Payload F-150 to Commercial Users

Ford has begun offering a heavy payload package on regular cab and extended cab 2015 F-150 trucks. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has begun offering a heavy payload package with its 2015 F-150 pickup that increases the payload and towing capabilities for fleet and other commercial users.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Towing, Payload, Ford, 2015-MY

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

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Virginia Port Addresses Congestion's Impact on Truckers

Trucks are backed up along the roads leading into the Port of Virginia. Image:Via Wavy.com video

The Port of Virginia has begun implementing several policies to ease congestion and address problems for truckers at the busy East Coast port.

Tags: Ports, Congestion, Port Trucking, Virginia, Intermodal

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Fall Again, Consumer Optimism Dips

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Prices at the wholesale level fell again in February, down 0.5% from the month before, the fourth straight month this has happened, and is the largest drop since 2009.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Sentiment, Producer Prices

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Travel Centers of America Profits Surge

Photo: Jim Park

The parent to the truckstop chains TA and Petro reported sharp increases in its profits for the final quarter of last year and for all of 2014.

Tags: Petro Stopping Centers, Truckstops, Earnings, Travel Centers of America

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Starts 2015 F-150 Production in Kansas City

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, drives the first 2015 F-150 built in Kansas City. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has begun production of its 2015 F-150 pickup at the Kansas City Assembly Plant about four months after it began building aluminum-body trucks at its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Assembly Plant, Full-Size Pickups

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Key Lobby Floats Political Solution to Fix Highway Trust Fund

Source: ARTBA

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association is floating a detailed “political solution” that it contends would “permanently resolve the issue of [using] short-term fixes” to fund future investments in highway/bridge and transit capital projects.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Construction, Capitol Hill

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Opens Nominations for Leadership Program

American Trucking Associations is seeking nominations for the third class of its LEAD ATA leadership development program designed to nurture the next generation of trucking industry leaders.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Market Facing Big Challenges

Intermodal traffic has been seeing a diversion to East Coast ports. Photo: Port of NY/NJ

Intermodal freight movements are finally recovering since a tentative agreement was worked out about three weeks ago between West Coast Port workers and shipping companies, but diversions of freight from this part of the country are expected to continue.

Tags: Intermodal, FTR, Ports, Research, Port Trucking, Stoughton, China, Railroads

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Drops 34%, Still High

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for January dropped 34% month to month to a reading of 7.8. Despite the drop, the index is only slightly below the high average score from 2014.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Capacity

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Work Truck Show Announces Innovation, Green Awards

The Work Truck Show has announced the recipients of its Innovation and Green awards. The Innovation Award was presented to Chelsea Products for its 249V Series power take-off. The Green Award was presented to Miller Electric Mfg. Co. for its EnPak power system.

Tags: Green, Work Truck Show, Awards

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Fall for Third Straight Month

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Retail sales in the U.S. fell for the third straight month in February as harsh weather in much of the country kept consumers and their wallets at home.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Rates for Vans, Reefers Gain Momentum on Spot Freight Market

The freight-matching service provider DAT Solutions reports the biggest increase on its network of load boards was in the van segment.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Van Upfitters Roll Out ProMaster City Racks, Bins

Photo by Chris Wolski.

Several van upfitters have begun offering ladder racks, shelving units and partitions for the 2015 Ram ProMaster City compact van that entered the market in late 2014.

Tags: Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City, Compact Vans, Upfitting Vans, Adrian Steel, Leggett & Platt, Auto Truck Group

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Six Carriers Agree to Settle Pilot Flying J CEO Fraud Suit

Six of the seven trucking companies suing Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam for fraud have agreed to settle, according to reports from a Cleveland-based ABC news affiliate.

Tags: Lawsuits, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Fraud, Settlement

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Building a Safety Culture from the Driver Up

Bob Peterson, presidnet and COO, Melton Truck Lines. Photo by Deborah Lockridge.

Every company has a culture, whether intentional or not. For three carriers represented at a panel discussion at the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting in Kissimmee, Fla., this week, intentionally building a culture of safety pays big dividends.

Tags: Bison Transport, Truckload Carriers Association, Melton Truck Lines, Jetco Delivery

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Cargo Theft Declines in 2014, Average Value Increases

2014 U.S. cargo theft incident frequency. Graphic: CargoNet

Two separate reports show the number cargo thefts in the U.S. fell last year compared to 2013, but the average value of the heists increased.

Tags: Security, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, CargoNet, Crime

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

National Fleet Safety Winners Named At TCA Convention

Photo courtesy of TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association named FTC Transportation of Oklahoma City and Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba as the two grand prize winners of its National Fleet Safety Award.

Tags: Driver Safety, TCA, National Fleet Safety Awards

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Moves Lower For Second Straight Month

Freight Transportation Services Index, January 2010 - January 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry fell slightly in January from the month before, but remains close to its record high level.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Full Website Launches

With a schedule-at-a-glance and additional details about the new show, interested attendees, exhibitors and sponsors can now access the full 2015 Fleet Technology Expo full website.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Green Fleet Conference, Events, Fleet Technology Expo

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Pride Transport Invests In Driver Retention

Pride Transport recently announced driver pay increases and performance bonuses in addition to implementing Omnitracs Analytics to improve driver retention.

Tags: Pride Transport, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Omnitracs

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

TCA Announces Best Fleets to Drive For Winners

The nominees wait to hear which were chosen as the overall winners. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Truckload Carriers Association and Carriers Edge announced the overall winners of the 2015 Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest at the TCA Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Fla.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Awards, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Struck By Amtrak Had An Oversized Load

Image via ABC News video.

Improperly followed procedures involving a truck carrying an oversized load may have contributed to the train crash in North Carolina earlier this week, according to a news report from the Associated Press.

Tags: Safety, Collision, Railroads, Oversize Loads, Grade Crossing Accidents

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Spending Increase in Latest Cass Index

North American shipment volume jumped up in February, while total freight expenditures reversed a four-month slump, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Economy Still Sending Mixed Signals as Capacity Crunch Looms

John Larkin speaking at TCA's annual convention. Photo by Deborah Lockridge

Some economic indicators have not bounced back as well as others in the recovery from the Great Recession, but trucking is doing well, and a capacity crunch leads economic expert John Larkin to project truckload rates will rise this year.

Tags: Economy, TCA, Freight Rates, Truckload Carriers Association

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