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September 17, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth 76-inch Mid-Roof Sleepers in Production

Kenworth’s 76-inch mid-roof sleeper provides drivers with 6-1/2 feet of headroom. Image: Kenworth

Kenworth’s new 76-inch mid-roof sleeper for the Kenworth T680 and T880 is now in production, the company announced.

Tags: Kenworth, Sleepers, T880, T680

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

Celadon Announces Driver Wage, Productivity Initiatives

Photo: Celadon

Celadon Trucking's WageLock pay program and FleetWire mobile application are new initiatives aimed at improving the working lives of its drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Celadon, Driver Pay

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Interest Rates Unchanged, Housing Starts Fall

Following a highly anticipated two-day meeting, the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee announced it is keeping interest rates unchanged, despite earlier indications it was moving toward a hike.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts, Federal Reserve

September 17, 2015 - Industry News

DHL’s Aggressive Fleet Greening Plan

Photo courtesy of DHL Express.

As part of a global, company-wide initiative, DHL Express has replaced approximately 75 percent of its 3,100-vehicle U.S. fleet with new, more fuel-efficient vehicles in 2014 and 2015, the parcel delivery company announced.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Delivery Fleets

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Regulatory Agenda: Hurry Up and Wait

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg speaking at the FTR Conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday. Photo by Jim Park

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg told attendees at the FTR Conference that most of FMCSA'S current rulemaking workload is on hold until after Acting Administrator Scott Darling is confirmed as the Agency's next Administrator.

Tags: FMCSA, FTR, Regulations, Hours of Service, CSA

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Truckstop.com and FTR Launch Advanced Trans4Cast

The reinvented Trans4Cast provides a deeper dive into the spot marketplace. Freight professionals are now able to see information that’s more relevant to their business, viewing spot market data by freight equipment type and region.

Tags: FTR, Truckstop.com

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters Receive $4.6 Million for Apprenticeship Program

The Teamsters Union will use a 4.6 million grant from the Department of Labor to establish an apprenticeship program for the trucking industry.

Tags: Grant Funding, Department of Labor, Teamsters, Labor Unions, Driver Training

September 16, 2015 - Product News

SkyBitz Enhances TMW TruckMate Integration

SkyBitz and TMW Systems announced enhanced integration between SkyBitz’s asset management and TMW’s TruckMate transportation management system during TMW’s user conference in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 14-16.

Tags: Asset Management, TruckMate, TMW Systems, SkyBitz, Integration

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Shell Announces Location for SuperRigs Competition

The 2015 Best in Show SuperRigs winner. Photo: Shell

The 34th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition will be held June 9-11, 2016, at the Joplin Convention center in Joplin, Mo., the company announced.

Tags: Shell Rotella, Contest, Events, Shell SuperRigs

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Continue to Languish

Rates and the amount of available freight on the spot market continue to be lackluster, but there is an indication prices could pick up at least somewhat in the near future.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Denso Names New President for Products and Services Division

Haruhiko Kato Photo: Denso

Denso has named Haruhiko Kato president of Denso Products and Services Americas, the aftermarket sales, manufacturing and distribution arm of the supplier.

Tags: Leadership, Aftermarket, Denso, People

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Isuzu Adds Class 3 NPR Diesel Cabover

Photo of 2016 NPR Diesel courtesy of Isuzu.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has introduced its 2016 NPR Diesel as a Class 3 cabover with a 13,000-pound GVWR and 33.5-inch frame that expands the capability of Isuzu's entry-level truck, according to the company.

Tags: Isuzu, Cabovers, Class 3, Diesel Engines

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Well Below Fed’s Goal for Interest Rate Hike

As the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee begins a two-day policy meeting to decide whether to raise interest rates, it’s missing one key element.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

FedEx Reports $692 Million Profit, Increases Rates

Weaker LTL industry demand is prompting FedEx to lower its guidance for the year. (Photo courtesy FedEx.)

FedEx Corp.'s profits in its most recent fiscal quarter increased from a year earlier, but the company lowered expectations for the full year.

Tags: FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings, Economy, LTL

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Freightliner Maps Long Road Ahead for Autonomous Truck Technology

Hands off on the highway... Image: DTNA

It will take rewriting a sheaf of regulations and presenting a compelling business case on safety and fuel-economy gains to fleet operators before a Level 3 autonomous truck, like the Freightliner Inspiration demonstration truck, becomes a production tractor.

Tags: DTNA, Freightliner, Autonomous Vehicles

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Schneider Offers New Cross-Border Intermodal Service

Schneider is offering a new cross-border intermodal service for shippers in Canada and the Southeastern U.S.

Tags: Canada, Intermodal, Schneider

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

E-Logs, Safety Fitness Rule on FMCSA's Priority List

As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration readies a long-awaited proposed rule that would use CSA data in making Safety Fitness Determinations for motor carriers, it's also preparing for "Phase III" of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

Doctor Charged With Falsifying CDL Physicals

A Brooklyn, N.Y., federal court has charged a doctor with falsifying certifying physical examinations for commercial drivers.

Tags: CDL, Crime & Fraud, Medical Examiners, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Volume, Rates Drop

Freight volume followed a common seasonal pattern of declining in August on the spot freight market as linehaul rates also moved lower, pushing the latest DAT North American Freight Index down for the second straight month.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Latest Indicators May Keep Lid on Interest Rate Hike

Retail sales in the U.S. posted another gain in August, leaving some wondering if it will be enough to push the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates from near zero for the first time in several years.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Federal Reserve

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

Landmark Agreement Addresses 'Right to Repair' for Commercial Vehicles

Independent shops have seen limits in what they can do when it comes to today's heavily computerized vehicles. Photo courtesy Wheeltime Network

The aftermarket repair industry and truck and engine makers have reached an agreement on the sharing of heavy-duty vehicle service information, which will give truck owners more options for diagnosing and repairing today's heavily computerized commercial vehicles.

Tags: Diagnostics, Engines, Right to Repair

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

PeopleNet Announces New Integrations

PeopleNet announced new Road Call integration features between its fleet management system and TMW’s TNT Fleet Maintenance software that automates the way drivers alert fleet managers and maintenance personnel of breakdowns.

Tags: Information Technology, fleet maintenance, Integration, PeopleNet, TMW Systems

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

Looming Capacity Crunch Could Lead to Trucking Golden Age

John Larkin speaking at TMW TransForum. Photo by Jim Beach.

Finding enough drivers to keep trucks on the road has long been a problem for trucking companies, and that problem is only expected to get worse. But the resulting "mother of all capacity shortages" could be very positive for fleets.

Tags: John Larkin, TMW Systems, Capacity, Driver Shortage

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

New Technologies Will Create Challenges for Transportation

Technological changes can happen very quickly and if companies are not prepared to recognize and embrace these changes, they could end up going out of business as the new technologies make their products or services obsolete.

Tags: TMW Systems, Information Technology, Future Trucks, Industry Trends, Demographics

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

Companies Announce Software Integrations With TMW

At the start of TMW’s TransForum User Conference and Exhibition, several companies announced integrations with TMW Systems software including ALK Technologies, Comdata, Orbcomm and XRS.

Tags: Comdata, ALK Technologies, TMW Systems, XRS, TMS, ORBCOMM, Integration

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