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August 3, 2016 - Product News

FR8 Revolution Launches Online Freight Management Platform

Screenshot via FR8.guru

Provider of cloud-based, data-driven tools for the transportation industry FR8 Revolution has launched FR8.guru, a new platform and marketplace with routing, scheduling and tracking features.

Tags: Freight, Capacity, Load Board, Asset Tracking, FR8 Revolution

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts Drop but Average Loss Rises

Highlighted areas show incidents of the most cargo thefts in the second quarter. Graphic: CargoNet

A new report reveals the number of reported cargo thefts in the U.S. fell during the second quarter of the year compared to the same period in 2015, but the average value of the heists increased, according to CargoNet.

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

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

TMW Names Lyle New Marketing VP

Caroline Lyle Photo courtesy of TMW Systems

Veteran marketing and business development executive Caroline Lyle has been appointed vice president of marketing for TMW Systems, the company announced.

Tags: Leadership, TMW Systems, People, Marketing

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Market Flatbed Rates Continue Rise; Vans, Reefers Fall Again

The number of available loads on the spot truckload freight market increased 3.5% during the week ending July 30, sending load-to-truck ratios higher at the close of July, but only flatbed rates are continuing to head higher.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo and Mack Renew Decisiv Contract

Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks have renewed their contracts with Decisiv, the provider of the ASIST tool that enables real-time communications between customers, dealers and service staff.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Decisiv, Connected Diagnostics, Uptime, Volvo Trucks North America

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

UPS Reaches Alternative Fuels Goal a Year Early

By the end of 2016, UPS will have invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally since 2009, including propane autogas vehicles. (Photo courtesy of UPS)

UPS has achieved its goal of driving 1 billion miles with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet one year earlier than planned, the global delivery company announced.

Tags: UPS, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Sustainability, Delivery Fleets

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

England Logistics Opens Atlanta Offices

The freight brokerage firm England Logistics has opened a new office in Atlanta, Ga., to accommodate the company’s growth in the region.

Tags: New Facility, Atlanta, C.R. England, Logistics

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

Verizon-Fleetmatics Deal Makes Telematics Giant

Logos via Verizon and Fleetmatics.

Verizon will control about 25% of the telematics market following its planned acquisitions of Fleetmatics and Telogis in moves that indicate steady growth ahead for fleet telematics use, a market expert said.

Tags: Verizon, Fleetmatics, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

Hybrid-Electric Class 8 Truck Scores Zero Emissions in Testing

The Nikola One concept truck Image: Nikola Motors

Nikola Motor Company’s advanced research and development team says it has achieved 100% zero emissions on the company’s hybrid-electric Class 8 truck, the Nikola One.

Tags: Turbine Truck Engines, Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Tesla

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

Brake Parts Inc. Taps Cameron for National Sales Post

Jack Cameron Photo via Brake Parts Inc

Aftermarket industry veteran Jack Cameron has joined Brake Parts Inc. as national sales manager of commercial vehicles, BPI announced.

Tags: Leadership, Aftermarket Parts, People, Brake Parts

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

ZF Takes Stake in Autonomous Tech Firm

Per ZF, its Innovation Truck prototype was developed to “identify product ideas through technology transfer” from passenger cars to commercial vehicles. Photo: ZF

ZF has announced it has acquired a 40% minority stake in Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH. The Hamburg-based company is a market leader in lidar (light detection and ranging) technology.

Tags: ZF, Automated Driving, Autonomous Vehicles, Lidar, Global

August 1, 2016 - Industry News

Element Boosts Truck Team

Hewitt

Element Financial Corp. has bolstered its fleet truck sales efforts with eight new hires and promotions that include elevating Brad Hewitt to vice president of national accounts, the company announced.

Tags: New Hire, Promotions, Element Financial, Element Fleet Management

August 1, 2016 - Industry News

Average Diesel Prices Fall to $2.35 Per Gallon

Diesel fuel prices are continuing to fall, dropping around 8 cents from their peak of $2.43 per gallon in early June, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

August 1, 2016 - Industry News

Lifecycle Index Shows Boost from Buying Latest Trucks

Fleet Advantage’s quarterly Truck Lifecycle Data Index shows that in the second quarter of 2016, replacing 2011 model-year trucks with 2017 models will save fleets around $18,861 in the first 12 months of operation.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Fleet Advantage, Fleet Costs, New Vehicles

August 1, 2016 - Industry News

Verizon to Acquire Fleetmatics

Logos courtesy of Fleetmatics and Verizon.

Verizon Communications will acquire leading telematics provider Fleetmatics Group for $2.4 billion in a cash deal that will create a powerhouse telematics provider.

Tags: Verizon, Fleetmatics, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 1, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Continues Rebound, Construction Declines

After hitting a post-Great Recession low, economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector continues to grow, but how strong that growth is depends on which report you read.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

July 29, 2016 - Industry News

Smokey Point Distributing Honored Again for Safety Efforts

Chris Zondlo, SPD safety coordinator (2nd from left), receives a Great West Safety Award from Great West’s Kevin Skow (far left), and the WTA’s Safety Fleet of the Year Award from Jason Berry, Washington State Patrol assistant chief (2nd from right) and Tom Walrath, of T.E. Walrath Trucking and WTA president (far right). Photo: Daseke

Arlington, Wash.-based Smokey Point Distributing, a Daseke company, has been named the Washington Trucking Association’s “Safety Fleet of the Year” in the common carrier (over 5 million miles) category.

Tags: Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, Smokey Point Distributing, Daseke Inc.

July 29, 2016 - Industry News

Denso to Live-Stream Tech Seminar on Duramax Fuel Systems

Denso Products and Services Americas, Inc. has announced a live online technical training seminar on how to diagnose and understand fuel system problems of GM/Isuzu Duramax diesel engines for light- to medium-duty trucks will be held on Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. EDT.

Tags: Duramax, Technician Training, Denso

July 29, 2016 - Industry News

Bendix Updates Trailer Parking Brake Valve Issue

To verify that the Bendix SR-5 valve has been repaired per the recall campaign, look for the presence of a black or green tie wrap secured to the valve body. Photo: Bendix

Bendix is making available information pertaining to its voluntary recall of some 200,000 of its SR-5 trailer spring brake valves. That May 17 action has prompted recalls of over 30,000 trailers by 11 various trailer makers.

Tags: NHTSA, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

July 29, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New GDP Reading Disappoints, Consumer Sentiment Falls

Hopes that the American economy picked up a good head of steam in the second quarter of the year were quickly dashed on Friday following numbers being issued by the U.S. Commerce Department.

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

July 29, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: UPS, YRC, Saia, ArcBest, Universal

The week wrapped up with more fleets reporting their second-quarter earnings. Like many that have already advised, profits for three were lower, while the largest trucking company in the nation and another a few years ago that was on the brink of extinction showed improvements.

Tags: Economy, UPS, ABF, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight, Saia, UPS Freight, Universal Truckload, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings, Universal Logistics Holdings

July 28, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Advocates Slam NHTSA for Pushing “Robot Car Technology”

Still from YouTube video of Tesla S owner using autopilot mode

The National Highway Traffic Administration should stop pushing the adoption of “robot car technology” until more testing is done and enforceable safety standards are promulgated, according to a July 28 letter sent by three advocacy groups to NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind.

Tags: Highway Safety, Tesla Motors, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

July 28, 2016 - Product News

Daimler Enters Medium-Duty Engine Market with DD5

The DD5 installed in a Freightliner M102 box truck. Photo by Deborah Lockridge

Daimler Trucks North America's new Detroit DD5 engine will begin production in October. The four-cylinder engine offers several benefits over competitive medium-duty engines, including maintenance intervals, fuel economy and durability.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Detroit Diesel, Medium-Duty Trucks, Engines, Daimler Trucks North America

July 28, 2016 - Industry News

M-B Class 8 Electric Truck to be Tested in Urban Delivery Service

Heavy electric delivery truck's range is 200 kilometers (124 miles) and its batteries can be recharged in as little as two hours. Photos: Daimler Trucks

Heavy-duty Urban eTruck for “short radius” use in Germany and elsewhere could be in production by 2020 or soon thereafter, Daimler says.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Europe, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles

July 28, 2016 - Industry News

Trucks Move Bigger Slice of NAFTA Freight, Overall Value Keeps Falling

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

A new Transportation Department report shows trucks carried more U.S. freight by value with its NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico, in May compared to the year before. But declines in all other freight modes led to a 3.1% decrease in the dollar value of cross-border freight, totaling $89 billion.

Tags: NAFTA, Freight

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