November 16, 1999 - Industry News
The U.S.-China trade agreement on Nov. 16 clears the last major hurdle for China to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) early next year. This will open the huge Chinese market to the world economy and strengthen both the truck equipment and truck freight markets in the U.S
Market Transport, Portland, OR, opened a new facility this week for its drivers and owner-operators to relax
Paccar made the number one spot on PC Week's 1999 Fast-Track 500 listing
USF Holland, a division of USFreightways, has opened a new full-service terminal in Joliet, IL
First fiscal quarter 2000 revenue at Cannon Express, Springdale, AR was down, but income rose. Operating revenue was $22.9 million, versus nearly $24.7 in the first fiscal quarter of 1999, while first quarter 2000 net income was more than $501,000, compared with nearly $62,000 in the first fiscal quarter of 1999.
Kinetic Computer Corp. of Billerica, MA, has introduced eTruck, an integrated mobile communications system aimed at the LTL and private fleet market.
The new system revolves around Kinetic's PC/Piranha, a Windows-compatible onboard computer with available touch-screen and
More violence has been reported at Overnite Transportation facilities as the Teamsters union is in its fourth week of picketing the less-than-truckload carrier
Air-Weigh has started selling its on-board scales and WireLink product online. The company is offering a 5% discount for online purchases
PeopleNet Communications of Chaska, MN, has added a suite of Internet-based tools to its Intouch Fleet Management System.
The cellular-based Intouch system can include both voice and data communications. Voice communications travel directly over the cellular
Intermodal freight at the Canadian port of Vancouver, British Columbia, will be getting back to normal now that a lockout has ended
American Mobile of Reston, VA, has released MobileMAX2, a new mobile communications system in an easily installed, very compact shell that weighs less than 3 pounds. Despite its small size, the unit contains a satellite transceiver,
More than 200 fleets have already registered at dockreport.com, the interactive web site which allows fleets to report their experiences at loading and unloading facilities throughout the U.S.
The web site was created by CompuNet Credit Services
To keep up with just one year of increased traffic demand, the average city would have to add 37 more lane miles of highway, according to a study of 68 urban areas released Tuesday by the
Mitsubishi Fuso ranked highest in dealer service and tied with UD Trucks for the top product ranking among COE truck customers in the J.D. Power & Associates' 1999 Medium Duty Truck Customer Satisfaction Study. Peterbilt ranked
The Department of Transportation’s Research and Special Programs Administration has asked for comments on a tank rollover study done by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Input will be used to evaluate the need for new rules on tank rollover protection devices within federal hazmat regulations
Over the past 20 years, truck builders have labored mightily and with great success to make trucks more fuel efficient, safe and environmentally friendly. But the gains they have made are puny compared to what is to come, if an ambitious government program is successful
Sabre Inc., Burlington, MA, has introduced OptiYield RT, a real-time version of its established OptiYield business analysis software for truckload carriers.
OptiYield examines a company's business experience and helps distinguish profitable from unprofitable operations. Among other things,
Qualcomm Inc. has introduced a new terrestrial-based mobile communications system and a Microsoft Windows-based onboard computer/keyboard, both designed to appeal to private and LTL fleets outside Qualcomm's customary truckload carrier market.
Arrow Trucking Company has expanded its logistics division to form Arrow Logistics. The new subsidiary will be based out of Arrow's Houston terminal. Aubrey Scully is the executive director.
Arrow President and CEO Jim Pielsticker called the
Roberts Express, Akron, OH, has increased the minimum charges for shipments handled by its Express Division. The new minimum charges are said to more accurately reflect the real cost of providing shorthaul service and are expected
Rollins Leasing Corp. will buy UPS Truck Leasing as part of a Strategic Alliance Agreement with UPS
Roadway Express is hauling more truckload freight these days. So much, in fact, that based on revenue the unionized LTL carrier would rank among the nation's top 30 non-union truckload carriers
November 15, 1999 - Industry News
Trailer shipments through September totaled 210,671 units, down 17.1% from the same period last year, according to the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Assn. and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce.
Shipments by type:
Vans, 166,765, down 20.2%.
Tanks, 4,606, down
RailAmerica says it will sell its trailer manufacturing subsidiary, Kalyn/Siebert, and focus on its core freight railroad business.
Kalyn manufactures customized trailers for commercial and U.S. government/military customers at plants in Gatesville, TX, and Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. In
Kenworth Truck Company's aftermarket parts operation recently received ISO 9002 certification. Using quality standards established by the International Standards Organization, Kenworth's efforts were measured for their efficiency and accuracy in getting parts to customers via the
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