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July 6, 2017 - Industry News

Heartland Express Acquires Interstate Distributor Co.

Interstate Distributor Co., was acquired by Heartland Express for around $113 million. Photo via Interstate Distributor Facebook page

Truckload carrier Heartland Express has acquired 100% of the outstanding stock of Tacoma, Washington-based Interstate Distributor Co. from Saltchuk Resources.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Heartland Express, Truckload, Interstate Distributor

July 6, 2017 - Industry News

ArcBest Announces Space-Based Minimum Charges for LTL Shipments

Photo: ArcBest Freight

ArcBest announced it will apply space-based cubic minimum charges for less-than-truckload shipments, effective Aug. 1.

Tags: E-commerce, LTL, Freight, ABF

July 6, 2017 - Global News

France Ending Sales of Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles by 2040

France will halt sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 so it can meet its targets under the Paris climate agreement, its newly elected president has announced.

Tags: France, Donald Trump, Diesel Engines, Emissions Reduction

July 6, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Shows Off Latest Autonomous Truck Design

Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group has released a video of its latest autonomous heavy-duty truck design, shown operating on the streets of San Francisco.

Tags: Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Lidar, Otto, Waymo

July 6, 2017 - Industry News

Graybar's Fleet Manager Hughes Retires

Hughes

David Hughes, long-time director, corporate safety & fleet management at Graybar, retired on June 1. Succeeding Hughes as the new director, corporate safety and fleet management at Graybar is Keith Bailey, who assumed the position in May.

Tags: Retirement, Safety & Compliance, Delivery Fleets, Telecommunications Fleets

July 5, 2017 - Industry News

NTSB Hosting Driver Assistance Tech Roundtable at Fleet Safety Conference

Image: National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board will host a roundtable at this year’s Fleet Safety Conference. To be discussed will be strategies for and challenges of advanced driver-assistance systems implementation in heavy-duty trucks and fleets.

Tags: NTSB, Fleet Safety Conference, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles

July 5, 2017 - Industry News

Texas Technician Wins Hino's Skills Competition

Billy Stanley of Rush Truck Center - Houston raises the cup as the winner of Hino Truck's 2017 National Master Elite Service Skills Competition. (Photo: Hino Trucks)

Hino Trucks honored a new master elite technician in its annual Service Skills Competition, now in its ninth year.

Tags: Awards, Technicians, Service Skills Competition, Master Elite Technician, Hino Trucks

July 5, 2017 - Industry News

Daseke Continues North American Expansion with Latest Merger

The Steelman Companies, which specializes in flatbed and heavy-haul freight, has joined the Daseke family of companies. Photo: Daseke

Daseke has announced a merger with The Steelman Companies, the third such deal in the past two months, continuing the company’s North American expansion.

Tags: Flatbeds, Heavy Haul, Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

July 5, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers ISL G Natural Gas Engine on T680, T880

Photo: Cummins Westport

Kenworth’s T680 on-highway flagship and T880 and T880S vocational trucks are now available for order with the Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero NOx emissions natural-gas engine.

Tags: Engines, Cummins Westport, CNG, LNG, Kenworth, Natural Gas Engines, Vocational Trucks, Alternative Fuels

July 5, 2017 - Industry News

Turnover Increases; Still Historically Low

The turnover rate at U.S. truckload fleets increased during the first three months of 2017 while remaining at historically low levels, according to the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Truckload, Less Than Truckload

July 5, 2017 - Product News

Truckstop.com Adds Load Tracking to ITS Dispatch

Truckstop.com has announced that ITS Dispatch users will now have access to load tracking software, allowing brokers and shippers to integrate freight visibility into the dispatching process.

Tags: TMS, Asset Tracking, Truckstop.com

July 5, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: No Consensus on Factory Activity; Construction Flat

There are conflicting reports on activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector. One report says it moved into high gear in June, hitting a near three-year high, while a separate one indicated conditions were the weakest since last September.

Tags: Economy, Construction Industry, Manufacturing, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Schneider Chooses Navy Veteran to Drive Ride of Pride Truck

David Price has been chosen to drive the Ride of Pride Truck for Schneider. Photo: Schneider

Schneider has been selected to receive Freightliner’s Ride of Pride truck and has chosen David Price, a Navy Reserve veteran who completed tours in Kuwait and Afghanistan, to drive the military-themed vehicle.

Tags: Veterans, Schneider, Hiring Veterans, Ride of Pride, Drivers

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Trump's DOT Retools Infrastructure Grant Program

The new grant program will emphasize projects that stretch federal highway funding. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Department of Transportation has retooled the federal Fastlane infrastructure grant program to better align with the Trump administration’s goals of using more public-private partnerships.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. DOT, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

June 30, 2017 - Product News

Bosch Debuts Class 4-8 Diagnostic Scan Tool

The Bosch HDS 200 Heavy Duty Scan Tool Kit displays and graphs live data from SAE standard MIDS/PIDS along with on-screen definitions of diagnostic trouble codes. Photo: Bosch

The new HDS 200 is is designed to be an easy-to-use, cost-effective solution for technicians working on Class 4 - 8 trucks. It's ruggedized and features a color display with clear diagnostic trouble codes.

Tags: Maintenance, Diagnostics, Bosch

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Draytech Summit Offers Glimpse of Port Trucking's Future

New trucks were available to Draytech attendees to check out during the event. Photos: Steven Martinez

The Harbor Trucking Association held its inaugural Draytech Summit, bringing together port servicing companies and technology suppliers to focus on streamlining operations on every level, from dispatch to planning to driver hours of service.

Tags: Events, Ports, General Electric, Drayage, HTA, Intermodal

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

SAF Holland Refocuses on Aftermarket Parts

SAF Holland is bringing its electronic catalog up to date and focusing on field sales and timely order fulfilment. Photo: SAF Holland

SAF Holland is committed to building a world class aftermarket parts fulfillment program, with new initiatives aimed at easy use, and fast turn-around times.

Tags: Maintenance, Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, Technicians, SAF Holland

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Kansas City Tops Safe Drivers List

Photo by Airtuna08 at en.wikipedia.

A new report from insurance company Allstate also reveals that Brownsville, Texas, finished second, based on claims data, and Anchorage is the most improved.

Tags: Allstate, Safety

June 30, 2017 - Product News

International Ships First Trucks With A26 Engines

International's A26 12.4-liter diesel is being shipped in new LT and RH trucks.

International Truck announced it has started customer shipments of its first International LT Series and RH Series trucks with the company's new A26 12.4-liter engine.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Diesel Engines

June 29, 2017 - Product News

Sentry Partners With CarriersEdge on Driver Training Program

Photo via CarriersEdge

Sentry Insurance has launched an online driver training program for its trucking customers with content produced by CarriersEdge.

Tags: Driver Training, Sentry Insurance, Online Training, CarriersEdge, Drivers

June 29, 2017 - Product News

U.S. Xpress Launches Lease-Purchase Program for Drivers

Photo: U.S. Xpress

U.S. Xpress has introduced a new lease-purchase program designed to make truck ownership more attainable for truck drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Leased Vehicles, U.S. Xpress, Truck Ownership, Owner-Operators

June 29, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Overall Growth Revised Upward

The U.S. economy grew faster in the first quarter of the year than earlier estimates indicated, according to a Commerce Department report released Thursday, but there’s little optimism there the second quarter will show a big surge.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Gross Domestic Product

June 29, 2017 - Industry News

Consultant: Walmart Doesn't Want Its Carriers Hauling for Amazon

Walmart allegedly is telling trucking companies that they may have to choose between its business and Amazon’s, according to widely reported comments from a transportation and logistics consultant -- a report the retailing giant denies.

Tags: E-commerce, Amazon.com, Walmart

June 28, 2017 - Product News

Stertil-Koni Combines Touch-Screen Controls with Ecolift

The ebright Smart Control Lift allows Ecolift technicians to track data and measure lift height from their console.

Tags: Lift, Stertil-Koni, Vehicle Lifts, Maintenance

June 28, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar: Executive Changes Will Help Drive Growth

Attendees at HDT's Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange check out Navistar's new International RH model last month. Photo: Kareem Girgis

Navistar officials said they’re optimistic that excitement about their new products and an overall industry bump in truck orders will help them meet their financial goals for the year, while some executive leadership changes announced Wednesday are designed to help keep the company moving into the future.

Tags: Navistar, Senior Management

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