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May 12, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Expenditures Increase in April from Month Before

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

North American freight shipment volume and payments were up for the third month in a row during April, according to the latest readings from the Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Tops $700 Billion for First Time

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking brought in over $700 billion, the highest revenue ever for the industry, according to an American Trucking Associations report.

Tags: ATA, Revenues, Industry Trends

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Generally Down In Past Month, Year

Spot market freight volume in April followed a typical seasonal pattern, declining 10% from March, while rates posted a more moderate drop

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Outlines Global Sustainability Goals

Cummins has pledged both to reduce carbon emissions from its products in-use and to streamline the logistics of the company’s managed freight as part of a global sustainability effort.

Tags: Sustainability, Cummins, Carbon Footprint

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Nadeau Nominated to Head FHWA

Greg Nadeau Photo: FHWA

President Obama has announced he will nominate Greg Nadeau to serve as the next Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. Nadeau, 58, will replace Victor Mendez, who in July was named Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

Tags: FHWA, People, Leadership

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Subdued by Weak Manufacturing

Graph via FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index fell slightly in March to a reading of 7.3, reflecting lessened demand for truck services and normalizing fuel costs.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Manufacturing

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Video: The Autonomous Truck Comes to Life

Photo by Jim Park

HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park gets a right-hand-seat view of Daimler Truck's Inspiration Truck and the Highway Pilot autonomous control system in action.

Tags: DTNA, Freightliner Cascadia, Autonomous Vehicles, Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

What Do CIOs Want from Technology?

Trucking technology executives talked about strategies, gamification, analytics and more during the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.

Tags: Information Technology

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

OEM-Provided Telematics Platforms Could 'Disrupt' Industry

Matthew Pfaffenback, director of telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, speaks at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit. (Photo courtesy of Able Communications)

OEM powertrain integration will ultimately positively disrupt the telematics industry, according to Matthew Pfaffenback, director of telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, speaking at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.

Tags: OEM, Telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, Diagnostics

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

Natural Gas Powered ampCNG Fleet Hits 30 Million Miles

Photo courtesy of ampCNG.

Compressed natural gas fueling company ampCNG announced that its fleet of Class 8 CNG trucks has surpassed 30 million miles.

Tags: CNG, ampCNG, Natural Gas Vehicles, Renewable Dairy Fuels

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

Vehicle Logistics Companies Partner to Expedite Auto Transport

Photo: Adam Pringle

ShipCarsNow and Ready Auto Transport have joined forces to provide truck or rail transportation to vehicle shippers as a response to increasing volumes for remarketed and new cars.

Tags: ShipCarsNow, Cox Automotive, Ready Logistics, Vehicle Logistics, Railroads

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

Broker Pleads Guilty in Phony Cargo Insurance Scam

In an operation the FBI called "theft and greed on a large scale," a former insurance broker has pleaded guilty to bilking nearly 800 trucking companies out of $3.7 million for phony cargo insurance.

Tags: Insurance, Georgia, Crime & Fraud

May 8, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Lowest in Almost 7 Years

Unemployment in the U.S. fell in April, hitting a near seven-year low following weak job additions in the first quarter of the year.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

Bendix Appoints New President and CEO

Berend Bracht, Bendix's new president and CEO Photo courtesy of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has appointed Berend Bracht as president and CEO and a member of its executive board, effective July 1, 2015.

Tags: Leadership, Bosch, People, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

May 7, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Brings Eaton's 10-Speed UltraShift to Medium-Duty Trucks

Kenworth now offers the 10-speed Eaton UltraShift Plus VAS transmission for the Kenworth T370, T440 and T470 equipped with the 8.9-liter Paccar PX-9 engine. Image via Kenworth

Kenworth is offering Eaton's 10-speed UltraShift Plus VAS transmission on selected medium-duty trucks for the first time, including the T370, T440 and T470 equipped with the 8.9-liter Paccar PX-9 engine.

Tags: Kenworth, Eaton, Medium-Duty Trucks, UltraShift Plus

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Adds Bi-Fuel CNG Silverado 3500HD Chassis Cab

Photo courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet will expand its compressed natural gas lineup to include the bi-fuel 2016 Silverado 3500HD Chassis Cab, allowing drivers to operate the vehicle on CNG or gasoline.

Tags: California, Silverado HD, Bi-Fuel CNG, Chevrolet Silverado, Natural Gas Vehicles, Chevrolet

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

Chevron Oil Expert McGeehan to Retire

Chevron's Jim McGeehan Photo: Chevron

Jim McGeehan, Consulting Scientist for Delo engine oils, has elected to retire from Chevron effective June 30, 2015, according to Chevron Products Co.

Tags: Chevron Lubricants, Chevron Delo, PC-11

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

Quality Distribution to Sell for About $800 Million

The trucking company Quality Distribution Inc. has reached an agreement to be acquired by the private investment fund Apax Partners.

Tags: Earnings, Quality Distribution, Mergers & Acquisitions, Quality Carriers, Boasso America

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

Major Fleets Saved $477 Million With Fuel-Efficient Tech

Photo via Con-way Truckload

Fourteen fleets achieved fuel savings of $477 million in 2014 by adopting a variety of fuel efficiency technologies according to an annual study from the NACFE.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fleet Efficiency, Survey, NACFE

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Paccar Offers Medium-Duty Leasing Program

Photo of Kenworth T270 medium-duty truck model courtesy of PACCAR.

Paccar Leasing Company (PacLease) will begin offering a medium-duty leasing program called the PacLease Value Spec, the truck maker has announced.

Tags: Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Kenworth, Paccar, Truck Leasing, Class 6, Private Fleets

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Patriot Transportation Reports Slight First Quarter Loss

According to the Florida-based company this was the result of an “intangible asset impairment charge” of just over $2 million, with an with an after tax impact to net income of $1.265 million, relating to its November 2013 purchase of Pipeline Transportation.

Tags: Florida, Earnings, Patriot Transportation

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

DOT to Audit FMCSA High-Risk Investigative Practices

Image: FMCSA

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has announced it will audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices for high-risk motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, Accidents

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Westport Tests Near Zero NOx Natural Gas Engine

An ISL G engine Photo: Cummins Westport

Cummins Westport has announced field-testing of a spark-ignited natural gas engine capable of producing near zero NOx emissions for use in refuse and transit applications.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, Natural Gas Engines, NOx, Cummins Westport ISL G, Cummins Westport

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Continue Slipping

Graphic: DAT

The number of available loads on the spot truckload market decreased 2.9% and capacity fell 1.8%, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Maintenance Inefficiencies Costing USPS $21.8M a Year

Photo of USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Postal Service could reduce its maintenance costs by $21.8 million a year by improving oversight of its mechanics and right-sizing staffing at vehicle garages, according to finding by the U.S. Office of Inspector General.

Tags: USPS, Maintenance Costs

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