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July 14, 2017 - Industry News

How the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Could Change Trucking

New market trends, including the recent Amazon acquistion of Whole Foods, are creating opportunites for fleets willing to rethink pickup and last-mile delivery. Photo: Tiger Cool Express

Opportunities are on the horizon for fleets willing to embrace new market trends and rethink some aspects of their operations, according to logistics experts Tom Finkbiner and Ted Prince, founders of Tiger Cool Express.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Retail Sales, Amazon.com, Intermodal, ELDs, Food and Beverage Fleets, Last Mile Delivery, Tiger Cool Express, FSMA

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Names New CEO, Chairman of the Board

Paul Svindland Photo via LinkedIn

Celadon Group has announced the appointment of Paul C. Svindland as chief executive officer, effective on or about July 24, succeeding Paul Will who will retire as CEO and chairman of the board.

Tags: Leadership, Celadon Group, People

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Inks 3-Year Supplier Deal with REV Group

REV Group and Meritor have announced a new three-year, standard supplier agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, REV Group will equip its specialty, fire, and bus vehicles with Meritor’s fully dressed axle assemblies.

Tags: Meritor, Axles, Specialty Vehicles, Suppliers

July 13, 2017 - Product News

Telogis Updates WorkPlan App to Further Automate HOS

Photo: Telogis

Telogis has updated its WorkPlan hours of service module, allowing drivers to select the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's 150-air-mile non-CDL short-haul exemption upon login.

Tags: Hours of Service, Telogis, ELDs, Mobile Apps

July 13, 2017 - Press Release

Future Line Opens New Manufacturing Facility

The 18,000 square foot facility is designed and equipped to manufacture Future Line’s rapidly expanding line of aluminum truck bodies. (Photo courtesy of Future Line)

Future Line Manufacturing, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has announced the opening of its latest manufacturing facility.

Tags: New Facility, Truck Bodies, Manufacturing, Upfitters, Future Line

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Biodiesel Blooms From Algae in Chile

Image: National Biodiesel Board

Scientists at the Catholic University in Santiago, Chile contend that if biodiesel made from microalgae is used to power trucks and buses, it could cut GHG emissions by as much as 80%, according to a Reuters report.

Tags: Biodiesel, Algae Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, Global

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Issues Upbeat Truck Forecast Heading into Fall

Volvo executives (left to right) John Mies, Rikard Orell, Jason Spence, Magnus Koeck and Göran Nyberg celebrate the launch of the new VNL tractor in New River, VA, on July 12, 2017. Photo: Jack Roberts

Citing positive North American market trends, Volvo is predicting a Class 8 market of approximately 215,000 units by year's end.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Truck Sales, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Safety, Volvo VNL

July 13, 2017 - Product News

Navistar OnCommand Telematics Now Available for Purchase

Navistar announced availability of its OnCommand Connection Telematics solution at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree. Photo: Navistar

Navistar has made its integrated OnCommand Connection Telematics solution available for purchase. It includes OnCommand Connection Telematics, Advanced Remote Diagnostics, and Electronic Driver Log.

Tags: Telematics, Navistar, ELDs, Remote Diagnostics, Navistar OnCommand

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Accused of Tampering with Diesel Emissions

Mercedes-Benz Sales Germany building, Berlin. Photo: Daimler.

Germany’s federal minister of transport is investigating whether Daimler's exhaust-gas treatment systems of certain diesel-powered cars and vans have been manipulated by illegal software that eliminates emission measurements taken during testing and on the road.

Tags: Emissions, Daimler, Global

July 13, 2017 - Product News

Sygic Truck Navigation App Reaches 1M Installs

Photo of HUD courtesy of Sygic.

More than 1 million users have downloaded the Sygic Truck Navigation app on Android to use the navigation platform that's designed for trucks.

Tags: Route Optimization, Navigation, Sygic, Mobile Apps

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Beverage Distributor's Event Recorders Reducing Dents and Dings

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

Bellevue, Wash.-based Odom Corp. has added a video telematics system to its fleet of 354 beverage delivery trucks to nudge its drivers toward safer driving habits and improve its branding.

Tags: Drivers, Winter Driving, Video Event Recorders, Lytx, Food and Beverage Fleets, Delivery Fleets

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI Updates Online Guide to Sustainable Freight Practices

Source: ATRI

The American Transportation Research Institute has updated the compendium of sustainable freight practices on its website.

Tags: Sustainability, Online Tool, ATRI

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Names Winners of Mack Masters Competition

Members of team "Slackers" from CIT Trucks of Rockford, Ill., during the Mack Masters Competition. Photos: Mack Trucks

A team from truck dealer CIT Trucks in Rockford, Illinois, have proven themselves tops when it comes to their knowledge of Mack’s service systems and procedures, winning the biennial Mack Masters Competition.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Competition, Technicians, Parts and Service, Truck Dealers

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

Modagrafics Names VP of Sales

Michael Loizzo Photo: Modagrafics

Modagrafics has named Michael Loizzo vice president of sales following a national search.

Tags: Leadership, Blackberry, People, Modagrafics, Vehicle Graphics

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

SRT Ups Driver Pay, Paid Vacation Time

Photo: Southern Refrigerated Transport

Southern Refrigerated Transport announced a new compensation package for its drivers that includes new pay increases and increased paid vacation time.

Tags: Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Southern Refrigerated Transport

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Rebounds, Hits New Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, May 2012 - May 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The level of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transporters rebounded in May following a two-month decline, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Jump as Freight Activity Eases

Spot truckload freight rates surged for the week ending July 8 as the number of posted loads decreased 34% and truck posts slipped 19%, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Global Self-Driving Market Expected to Grow 40% by 2027

Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor used to demonstrate Daimler’s Highway Pilot Connect autonomous technology on German roads. Photo: David Cullen

The global autonomous vehicle market revenue is expected to grow at a compound average growth rate of 39.6% over the next 10 years - resulting in a $126.8 billion market by 2027, according to Infoholic Research.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks, Safety, Global, Research

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

House THUD Bill Boasts Trucking Reform Riders

Image: Office of the Architect of the Capitol

The subcommittee draft for the next House transportation appropriations bill features several riders favored by trucking interests, including a long-sought measure that would preempt states from enacting laws dictating meal and rest break requirements for truckers.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. DOT

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

NACFE Updates 6x2 Confidence Report

Third generation 6x2 systems feature liftable pusher axles, which are said to improve ROI by allowing for axle-up light-weight operation. Photo by Jim Park

NACFE offers an updated 6x2 Confidence Raport that reflects the lessons learned over the past 14 years. It also address advancing technology and how such improvements make 6x2 a more viable consideration than previous generations of the technology.

Tags: Tire Costs, Fuel Economy, NACFE, 6x2 axle

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Engineers Names Montgomery VP of Sales and Marketing

Bob Montgomery Photo courtesy Fleet Engineers

Fleet Engineers has appointed Bob Montgomery as vice president of sales and marketing.

Tags: Leadership, People, Fleet Engineers, Marketing

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Forecast Calls for Continued Low Oil, Fuel Prices

Average diesel prices are forecast to rise only a little this year and into 2018. Graphic: U.S. DOE

Lower than earlier forecast crude oil prices are expected to translate into continued low prices at the pumps for both diesel and gasoline, according to a new U.S. Energy Department report.

Tags: Economy, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

July 11, 2017 - Product News

Volvo Makes Active Driver Assist Standard on VNR, VNL

Volvo Active Driver Assist, which includes Bendix Wingman Fusion, a comprehensive, camera- and radar-based collision mitigation system, is now standard equipment on the new Volvo VNR and VNL series. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America has announced that Volvo Active Driver Assist is now standard equipment on the new Volvo VNR and VNL series trucks, a system that includes Bendix’s Wingman Fusion collision mitigation system.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Volvo VNR, Volvo VNL

July 11, 2017 - Product News

U.S. Xpress to Install SmartTruck TopKit on All New Trailers

Image: SmartTruck

U.S. Xpress announced that it will include SmartTruck’s TopKit Aero System on all of its trailer builds in 2017.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Trailers, SmartTruck, U.S. Xpress, Trailer Aerodynamics

July 11, 2017 - Product News

Volvo Unveils Next-Generation VNL Highway Tractor

Volvo says it relied on feedback from nearly 2,000 driver interviews in designing the new VNL. Photo: Jack Roberts.

Volvo Trucks North America Tuesday revealed its new Volvo VNL series highway tractor, available in several configurations, including an all-new, 70-inch sleeper. And for the first time, Volvo’s top-of-the-line Globetrotter trim levels will be available in North America. Jack Roberts was there for the unveiling and has this report.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Class 8, Volvo VNL

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