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June 17, 2016 - Industry News

Truckworx Kenworth Opens New Dealership in Alabama

Photo: Truckworx Kenworth

Truckworx Kenworth has relocated its full-service facility in Montgomery, Ala., into a new $6 million, 39,000-square-foot building with 21 service bays, including three bays dedicated for washing and conditioning trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, New Facility, Dealership, Truck Dealers, Alabama

June 16, 2016 - Industry News

DOT to Audit Truck Loading and Unloading Delays

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General has initiated an audit of commercial motor vehicle loading and unloading delays in response to provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act highway bill, which became law late last year.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA

June 16, 2016 - Product News

Omnitracs for Volvo Trucks Adds Productivity and Safety Features

Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America has launched Omnitracs for Volvo Trucks, a new option for fleet management built on Volvo’s integrated Remote Diagnostics hardware.

Tags: Omnitracs, Remote Diagnostics, Volvo Trucks North America, Telematics

June 16, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Defends ELD Rule Against OOIDA Court Challenge

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration forcefully defended its Electronic Logging Device rule in a court brief filed June 15. The filing was in response to a lawsuit brought against the mandate by the Owner Operator Independent Driverws Association.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD, Lawsuits

June 16, 2016 - Product News

Mack Offers Integrated Telematics Through Omnitracs

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has expanded its fleet management services with the addition of Mack Omnitracs Integrated Telematics, providing real-time GPS location information as well as performance data.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Mack Trucks, Omnitracs, Telematics

June 16, 2016 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference to Explore Changing Truck Safety Technology

The 2015 Fleet Safety Conference. Photo: Mark Campbell

Hot-button safety and compliance issues such as electronic logs and the technology at work behind tomorrow's autonomous vehicle will be discussed at next month's Fleet Safety Conference.

Tags: driver safety, Bobit Business Media, Fleet Safety, Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

June 16, 2016 - Industry News

Preliminary Numbers Show Declining Trailer Orders

Commercial trailer demand dropped in May compared to the previous month’s orders as part of a seasonal slowdown, according to the latest projection from ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Stifel Nicolaus, Trailer Orders

June 16, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Rise, Inflation Within Fed Target

Retail prices inched up again in May, while a closely watched measure of inflation by the U.S. Federal Reserve remains slightly above a level that sets the stage for an interest rate hike later this year.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Rates Barely Move Despite Big Gains Along Certain Lanes

The latest weekly numbers on the spot truckload freight market are both a good news and not so good news situation.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Murder Indictments for Driver, Fleet in Fatal Georgia Crash

A high-profile truck crash in Georgia that led to increased calls for a collision-avoidance technology mandate has reportedly resulted in murder indictments for the truck driver and carrier involved.

Tags: Georgia, Crime & Fraud, Collision Mitigation

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Mergers, Acquisitions Dominate 3PL Market

Big mergers and acquisitions deals changed the third-party logistics market in 2016, with XPO Logistics leading the way with $100 million worth of deals.

Tags: Amazon.com, Trend Analysis, 3PL, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions, XPO Logistics

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

QuikQ Hires Operations Director

Cardless fuel purchasing company QuikQ has announced that trucking industry veteran Tamara Wilson has been brought on as the company’s director of operations.

Tags: Fuel Cards, Leadership, Fueling, People

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Agility Merges with Hexagon to Create Agility Fuel Solutions

Agility Fuel Systems and composite CNG cylinder maker Hexagon Composites have announced a merger of the two companies, creating a new entity, Agility Fuel Solutions.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Agility Fuel Systems, CNG

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Falls, Wholesale Prices Up

A decline in manufacturing activity helped push down the amount of output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities in May, while prices at the wholesale level moved higher for the second straight month, according to economic reports released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Wholesale Prices, Producer Prices, Business Inventories

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Autonomous Vehicle Technology Aim of Bendix Parent Company Acquisition

Bendix’s German parent company Knorr-Bremse is making an acquisition to position it for future autonomous vehicle technology.

Tags: Bendix, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Reading Truck Body Taking Orders for Classic II, SL Service Bodies

The Classic II Service Body (PHOTO: Reading Truck Body)

After recently enhancing its two key product lines, Reading Truck Body LLC is now actively taking orders and shipping its updated models of the flagship Classic II and SL service body lines to its customers.

Tags: Truck Bodies, Service Bodies, Reading Truck Body

June 14, 2016 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Auction Volumes Steady but Slow

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Class 8 auction volume has remained steady but well below the second half of 2015, according to analysis of the commercial truck market by the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Tags: Class 8, Pricing, NADA Used Car Guide, Used Trucks

June 14, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar Names VP of North American Parts Sales

Carlos Junquera has been named Navistar’s vice president of sales, North America parts, the company announced.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership, People, Parts and Service

June 14, 2016 - Industry News

Virtual Technician’s 200,000th Installation, 5th Anniversary

Five years after its launch, Detroit has marked the 200,000th installation of its Detroit Connect Virtual Technician integrated remote diagnostic system hardware.

Tags: DD15, DD13, DD16, Detroit Virtual Technician

June 14, 2016 - Industry News

Stoughton Designs Stronger Rear Underride Guard

The new guard includes two additional bolt-on vertical supports on the outer ends of the horizontal bar.

The patent-pending guard underwent extensive testing internally and through multiple independent testing agencies, including crash testing performed at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s facility in Virginia.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Trailers, Stoughton Trailers, Rear Underride Guards, Rear Impact Guards

June 14, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Post Another Solid Gain

U.S. retail sales rose a stronger-than-expected 0.5% in May from the month before, building on a strong April gain, which could lead to better expectations of overall second quarter economic growth.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Employment

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

DriverFirst Aims to Design Internationals ‘Drivers Want to Drive’

Photo by Michael Hicks via Wikimedia Commons.

International Truck says it has launched a company-wide initiative, DriverFirst, aimed at giving its customers an edge in attracting and retaining qualified drivers through vehicles designed from the driver’s perspective.

Tags: Drivers, Navistar, Driver Shortage, International Trucks

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

Isuzu Celebrates 30,000th N-Series Truck

the 30,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced at the Spartan Motors, Inc. facility in Charlotte, Mich. The truck rolled off the line on Friday, June 10, 2016. (PHOTO: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America)

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of low-cab-forward trucks, announced that the 30,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced at the Spartan Motors, Inc. facility in Charlotte, Mich.

Tags: Isuzu, Spartan Motors, Milestones, Isuzu N-Series

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

East Makes Meister-Shane an Authorized Dealer

Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing has announced that Meister-Shane is now an authorized dealer, carrying the company’s lineup of aluminum and steel trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, East Manufacturing

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

Average Diesel Prices Hit $2.43

The average price of both on-highway diesel fuel and regular gasoline continued to rise last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

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