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January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Performing Well Despite December Decline

A new report shows freight shipments and expenditures in shipping fell in the final month of 2014 but posted gains for the entire year.

Tags: Economy, Research, Cass Freight Index

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Kane Is Able Names New President, CEO

Michael J. Gardner, Kane Is Able new president and CEO. Photo: Kane Is Able

Third-party logistics provider Kane Is Able, Inc. has announced Michael J. Gardner its new president and CEO, effective earlier this week.

Tags: Fleets, People

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Price Index Sinks, Core Prices Up

Prices at the wholesale level fell in December from the month before, the biggest drop since October 2011, due in large part to declining fuel prices.

Tags: Economy, Producer Prices

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Two Ports Handle Record Volume, Cope with Freight Challenges

Photo: Port of Oakland

Two of the nation’s marine port complexes said they handled record container volume in 2014.

Tags: Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, containers

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Wabash National Raises Expectations

Photo: Wabash National

The trailer manufacturer Wabash National Corp. on Wednesday updated and raised guidance it previously provided ahead of releasing its fourth quarter and 2014 earnings.

Tags: Earnings, Wabash National

January 14, 2015 - Product News

PeopleNet Names Industry Vet to Head Trucking Division

Trucking division GM Mark Kessler Photo: PeopleNet

PeopleNet announced that Mark Kessler will be the general manager of the company’s newly developed Trucking division. The division will focus on creating products and services to for trucking fleets.

Tags: Information Technology, Leadership, Fleet Management Software, PeopleNet, People

January 14, 2015 - Product News

Meritor Expands OnTrac Customer Service Hours

Meritor’ OnTrac Customer Service Center is now open seven days a week with expanded hours Monday through Friday.

Tags: Customer Service, Call Center, Meritor, Product Support

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Paragon Buys Majority Share in Home Delivery Service Company

Photo: Paragon

Paragon Software Systems acquired a majority shareholding in Axida, a company that has been a business partner of Paragon in the home delivery service industry.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Routing, Paragon Software, Delivery Fleet, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Crash Accountability Study Coming in Two Weeks

Photo: Ohio State Patrol

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will release its study on crash accountability in the next couple of weeks, said Jack Van Steenburg, the agency’s chief safety officer.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Crash Accountability

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Hits New Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, November 2009 - November 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of the amount of freight moved by the nation’s entire for-hire transportation sector shows it rose 0.8% in November from the month before, the fifth consecutive monthly increase.

Tags: Economy, U.S. DOT, Freight Index

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Drop in December, Increase Overall for Year

HDT file photo

Retail sales in the U.S. fell in December by the largest amount in nearly a year, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Big Spot Market Freight Gains in December, Year Begins on Down Note

Spot market freight volume was atypically strong for the season in December, while rates also moved higher, according to the truck freight load board operator DAT Solutions and its latest North American Freight Index.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Announces 2015-2016 America’s Road Team

The 2015-16 America's Road Team. Photo: American Trucking Associations

More than 450 years of experience. More than 30 million accident-free miles. The latest American Trucking Associations' Road Team is ready to roll.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, America's Road Team, Image

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

NTSB Takes Aim at Commercial Trucking Safety, Distracted Driving

Photo via NTSB

Strengthening commercial trucking safety is one of four new issues on the National Transportation Safety Board's Most Wanted List for 2015, including active safety systems and underride guard improvements, while distracted driving returns to the list.

Tags: Regulations, Distracted Driving, NTSB, Driver Health, Underride guard, Medical Examiners

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

ROUSH to Offer Propane Autogas Ford Medium-Duty Models

Photo: Ford

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering propane autogas versions of Ford medium-duty vehicles equipped with the 6.8-liter V-8, following certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Tags: Ford F-450, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford, Ford F-650, CARB, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford E-450

January 13, 2015 - Product News

J.J. Keller Updates E-Log System for Restart Suspension

Photo: J.J. Keller

J.J. Keller updated its Encompass E-Log System to reflect the recent 34-hour restart suspension, the company announced. The restart suspension is in effect until at least Sept. 30, 2015.

Tags: J.J. Keller, HOS, E-logs, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Restart Study on Track to Start This Month

Photo: Jim Park

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is on track to launch its study of the 34-hour restart, said Martin Walker, chief of the agency’s research division.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Contributes to Record CSX Railroad Earnings, Revenue

Photo: CSX Facebook page

CSX Corp. on Tuesday announced record fourth-quarter 2014 net earnings of $491 million, a 15% increase from $426 million for the same period last year, due in part to highway-to-rail freight conversions.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Earnings, CSX

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

DOE: Diesel to Average $2.85 in 2015

In the wake of diesel prices falling from an average of more than $4 per gallon nearly a year ago the U.S. Energy Department's Energy Information Administration has lowered its price forecast from last month’s prediction.

Tags: Oil Prices, Research, Forecast, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Help Train Police on Truck Traffic Enforcement

Photo via Police Mag

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon launch a national program to train police officers in traffic enforcement for large trucks. The agency worked with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance on a curriculum covering the basics of truck safety enforcement.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Traffic Violations, CVSA

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Survey Shows Tight Truck Capacity Slowing Freight

Graphic: TCP

The latest industry survey by the consultancy group Transport Capital Partners sees a shortage of capacity and lack of qualified drivers changing the dynamics of freight, with trends in capacity and rates also contributing to a decline in broker freight.

Tags: Research, Hours of Service, Fleets, Capacity, Brokers, Transport Capital Partners, 34-Hour Restart

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Ram Improves 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup's Fuel Efficiency

Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE courtesy of FCA US.

Ram Truck has improved the fuel efficiency of its 1500 EcoDiesel pickup with a model that edges highway fuel economy for full-size pickups closer to 30 mpg highway — a bar once thought unattainable.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy, Ram 1500, 2015-MY, Ram Truck, Full-Size Pickups

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Adds New Authorized Dealers

Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing named Waters Truck & Tractor and Waters International Trucks as authorized East dealers. Waters will offer East’s full line of flatbed, drop deck and dump trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, East Manufacturing, Dropdeck Trailers, Flatbed Trailers, Dump Trailers

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

New Refrigerated Intermodal Service Launched

Infinity Transportation Logistics recently launched its new expedited refrigerated domestic intermodal container service between Washington and Oregon and the Midwest and East Coast.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Fleets

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Dana CEO Retiring Next Year, Preliminary Earnings Released

The parent to truck component manufacturer Dana Spicer, Dana Holding Corp., on Tuesday announced President and CEO Roger J. Wood has told the company's board of directors he plans to retire in April 2016, after five years of leadership at the company.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Earnings, Dana Spicer

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