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February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Trimble Makes Key Leadership Appointments in Mobility Division

Thomas Fansler (left) has been named president of Transportation Mobility, Jim Rodi (center) was appointed general manager of global markets, and Bryan Coyne (right) was named general manager of Transportation Mobility North America. Photo: Trimble Transportation Mobility

Thomas Fansler has been named president of Transportation Mobility, Jim Rodi was appointed general manager of global markets, and Bryan Coyne was named general manager of Transportation Mobility North America.

Tags: Leadership, Fleet Management Software, Software, Trimble, People

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Amazon Moves to Launch Its Own Delivery Fleet

Recent moves by Amazon have led some industry observers to speculate the online retailer is poised to launch its own parcel delivery service soon. Photo: Amazon

Recent moves suggest Amazon, the online retail giant, is taking steps to establish its own air and land parcel delivery service.

Tags: Amazon.com, DHL Express, FedEx, UPS, USPS, Parcel Delivery Service, Amazon, E-commerce, Delivery Fleets

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Nikola COO Perry Joins Suddath's Logistics Division

Scott Perry has joined Suddath Global Logistics, leaving The Nikola Motor Company. Photo: Suddath Global Logistics

Scott Perry, longtime Ryder System exec, has been named the president of Global Logistics for the Suddath Companies, after serving as the chief operating officer of Nikola Motor for only a few months.

Tags: Leadership, Ryder System, People, Nikola Motor Company

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Offers $50,000 in Bonuses for Team Drivers

U.S. Xpress is offering 50,000 in bonuses for team drivers under its new TeamMax program. Image via U.S. Xpress

U.S. Xpress announced the TeamMax Bonus program for current and prospective team drivers, which offers $50,000 in bonuses and up to four weeks of paid vacation in a single year.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, U.S. Xpress, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Drivers, Truck Drivers, Team Drivers

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Heartland Express Annual Profit Swells to $75 Million

Trucking company Heartland Express Inc. on Monday reported higher profits for the final quarter of 2017 and for all of last year, but that was not enough to move its operating income higher.

Tags: Heartland Express, Fleet Earnings

February 9, 2018 - Industry News

Boyd Bros. Offers Driver Sign-on Bonus and Per-Mile Pay Increase

Boyd Bros. is offering drivers a new per-mile pay increase and a guaranteed weekly minimum pay. Photo via Boyd Bros. Transportation

Boyd Bros. Transportation has announced a new driver sign-on bonus and a two-cent per mile pay increase with a $1,000 weekly minimum pay guarantee.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Boyd Group, Hiring, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

February 9, 2018 - Industry News

Uber, Waymo Settle Autonomous Vehicle Technology Lawsuit

The lawsuit centered around Uber's acquisiton of Otto, an autonomous truck company started by a former Waymo employee. Photo: Uber

Uber and Waymo have agreed to terms on a settlement in a lawsuit over alleged stolen autonomous vehicle technology that will give Waymo a stake in Uber and absolve the company of wrongdoing.

Tags: Lawsuits, Uber, Settlement, Autonomous Vehicles, Waymo

February 9, 2018 - Press Release

Enterprise Truck Rental Offers Winter Web Discount

For customers who rent for personal use, Enterprise Truck Rental is also offering a winter web discount on rental rates at participating locations in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada.

Tags: Truck Rental, Promotions, Enterprise Truck Rental, Discounts, Enterprise Telematics

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Old Dominion, Hub Group, Radiant Logistics Profits Move Higher

The fourth quarter 2017 earnings reporting season continued on Thursday with another three fleets – Old Dominion Freight Line, Hub Group, and Radiant Logistics – reporting increased profits, due not only to more business and better rates, but also to tax reform.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Intermodal, Hub Group, Radiant Logistics, Fleet Earnings

February 8, 2018 - Product News

Cooper Tires to Open Mississippi Distribution Center

Cooper plans to use the 1 million square-foot warehouse in Byhalia, Miss. for distribution when construction is completed later in 2018. Image: Cooper Tires

Cooper Tire & Rubber announced that it will expand its product distribution network in the U.S. by opening a 1 million square-foot warehouse in Byhalia, Miss.

Tags: Tires, Cooper Tire, Distribution Centers

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

ELD Mandate: Exemptions, Uneven Enforcement Obscure Impact

Citations have increased for violations related to AOBRDs during ELD transition. Graph courtesy FTR.

It’s impossible to gauge the full impact of the electronic logging device mandate yet, between temporary exemptions and a phased-in enforcement period, and in fact we may not know the true effect on the industry until rates soften significantly, according to FTR analysts.

Tags: Regulations, FTR, Capacity, Freight Rates, ELD Mandate

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

C.R. England Launches Charitable Effort to Fight Childhood Hunger

The One initiative, is a charitable effort to provide 1 million meals annually to hungry children. Photo via One initiative

C.R. England and England Logistics have announced the launch of the One initiative, a charitable effort to provide 1 million meals annually to hungry children.

Tags: Charity, C.R. England, Donations

February 8, 2018 - Product News

Cummins Offers Real-Time Filtration Monitoring

FleetguardFit is a real-time filtration monitoring system offering full visibility to filter and oil life. Screenshot via Cummins Filtration

Cummins Filtration has announced FleetguardFit, a real-time filtration monitoring system that provides customers full visibility to filter and oil life through the use of intelligent sensing and advanced data analytics.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Cummins, Oil, Filters, Oil Filters

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retailers Expect 2018 to be Another Banner Year

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy is expected to grow between 3.8% and 4.4% this year over 2017, according to a new economic forecast from the trade group the National Retail Federation.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Unemployment, Employment, Gross Domestic Product

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Record Year for Intermodal Containers at Nation's Largest Ports

Post-Panamax cranes unload intermodal containers at the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal. Photo: Georgia Port Authority

Intermodal cargo is booming at the nation’s ports. The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach both reported record levels of cargo. Georgia's Port of Savannah hit its highest annual volume ever, and the Port of New York and New Jersey also shattered its previous annual cargo volume record, set in 2015.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Georgia, Intermodal, Ports, Port of New York and New Jersey, Drayage

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies How to Request a Non-Preventable Crash Data Review

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has clarified how carriers may go about requesting a data review of certain non-preventable crashes. Photo: FMCSA

Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched a demonstration program last August last summer that invited motor carriers to request a data review of certain non-preventable crashes, only now is the agency releasing “additional information to help submitters and other interested parties understand the demonstration program.”

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Crash Accountability

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Better Profits for XPO, Forward Air, Echo Global Logistics

Most trucking companies so far this earnings reporting season are reporting big gains in profits in both the fourth quarter of last year as well as for all of 2017. This is due in large part to tax reform legislation, and numbers released Wednesday were no exception.

Tags: Forward Air, XPO Logistics, Echo Global Logistics, Fleet Earnings

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

CVSA Director Talks ELDs, Enforcement, and the Future

Mooney spoke about the disconnect between how trucking companies view some of the Alliance’s enforcement and what the CVSA is actually trying to accomplish. Photo: CVSA

In a wide ranging interview, CVSA executive director Collin Mooney spoke about the ELD Mandate, out of service violations and the future of commercial safety enforcement.

Tags: CSA, CVSA, ELDs, Weigh-Station Bypass, Out of Service Violations, ELD Mandate, Safety & Compliance

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Embark's Self-Driving Truck Goes L.A. to Florida in Latest Journey

Embark's self-driving truck just completed a five-day, 2,400-mile journey across the U.S. Photo: Embark

Autonomous vehicle technology company Embark has completed a 2,400-mile, coast-to-coast journey in one of its self-driving trucks.

Tags: Startups, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Embark

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Renewable Dairy Fuels Adding RNG Plant

Imge courtesy of AMP Americas

Located in Fair Oaks, Ind., the dairy project will be Renewable Dairy Fuels second biogas facility producing renewable natural gas from dairy waste for transportation fuel.

Tags: Renewable Dairy Fuels, RNG, AMP Americas, Biogas

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Continue Dip Amid Greater Trucker Capacity

National average spot truckload rates continued their decline into February but remain unseasonably high, according to new figures based on the DAT Solutions network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

5 U.S. Cities Rank Among World’s Most Traffic-Congested Areas

Photo via Haljackey/Wikimedia.

For the sixth consecutive year, Los Angeles topped the list of the world’s most gridlocked cities, with drivers spending 102 hours in congestion in 2017 during peak time periods, according to the annual INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard.

Tags: Inrix, Traffic Congestion, Los Angeles

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers Sneak Peek at Zero-Emissions Transport Truck

Kenworth's Zero Emissions Cargo Transport heavy-duty truck can haul 80,000 lb at 30-50 mph a distance of 30-50 miles; an ideal setup for port drayage service. Photo: Jim Park

Kenworth's latest green initiative, the Zero Emissions Cargo Transport (ZECT), is a hydrogen fuel cell powered battery-electric vehicle, capable at this point of about 100 miles of travel fully loaded. Equipment Editor Jim Park got to take the truck for a spin.

Tags: Kenworth, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Drayage, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

NATSO Report Finds Rest Areas Reduce Overall Truck Parking Capacity

A NATSO study shows a relationship between public commercial parking and a reduced overall truck parking capacity along a highway. Photo: DanTD

Interstate highways with private sector investment have 69% more commercial truck parking spaces per mile than those with public rest areas, according to a report issued by NATSO, an association representing truckstops and travel plazas.

Tags: Truckstops, NATSO, Truck Parking, Rest Areas

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Boyd Bros. Offers More Predictable Truck Driving Schedule

Boyd Bros. is offering experienced drivers $1,300 weekly salary and guaranteed 48 hours of home time each week between Friday and Sunday. Photo: Boyd Bros. Transportation

Boyd Bros. Transportation unveiled a new type of truck driving position that it says overhauls traditional irregular route, flatbed, over the road trucking in order to give experienced flatbed drivers a more predictable driving job.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Boyd Group, Flatbeds, Driver Pay, Employment

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