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April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Announces 2018 Truck Fleet Innovators

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine has announced the 2018 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators. From top left: Andreea Crisan, Sergio Rojas, Tom Schilli, David Myers, Joel Morrow.

The editors of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine have announced the 2018 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, five fleet executives being recognized for their forward-thinking leadership.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, HDTX

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Maverick Offers Driver Pay Increase for Temperature Control Division

Maverick is offering its OTR temperature control division drivers a 5-cent per mile increase. Screenshot via Maverick Transportation

Maverick Transportation announced another pay raise for its drivers, this time offering a 5-cent-per-mile increase for its over the road temperature control division drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Maverick, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Wabco Building New American Headquarters in Michigan

Wabco's new Americas headquarters is located in Auburn Hills, Mich. Image: Wabco

Wabco Holdings announced that it will locate its new Americas headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and is currently building the facility to house it.

Tags: New Facility, Aftermarket Parts, Manufacturing, Wabco

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Spartan to Reveal Ford Transit for Utility Fleets

Photo of Ford Transit Utility exterior courtesy of Spartan Motors.

Spartan Motors will show a Ford Transit concept van that has been tailor-made for utility fleets with a more customized cargo area and remote workstation at an upcoming fleet trade show.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Utilimaster, NAFA Institute & Expo, Spartan Motors, Ford Transit, Concept Vehicles, Utility Fleets, Vehicle Modifiers

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Rates Fall as Available Truck Capacity Rises

Spot truckload rates moderated during the week ending April 14 as more trucks returned to the marketplace. The number of trucks posted to the DAT Solutions network of load boards jumped 11% compared to the previous week while the number of loads fell almost 1%.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, New Homes, Retail Sales Move Higher

The latest numbers about the health of the U.S. economy showed continued growth when it comes to industrial production, housing starts, and retail sales, indicating increasing energy for the first part of the second quarter.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Starts

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Head Ducker to Retire in August

Michael Ducker will retire from his position as Fedex Freight president and chief executive in August. Photo: FedEx

Fedex Freight president and chief executive officer Michael L. Ducker will retire effective Aug. 15, 2018, concluding a decades-long career with the company.

Tags: Leadership, People, FedEx, FedEx Freight

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

FTR: February Freight Environment for Carriers Scores Highest Ever

The February TCI reading of 15.41 was the highest since FTR began tracking conditions in1992-- and it jumped four points from January’s reading. Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February hit its highest reading ever, reflecting an unmatched positive environment for carriers.

Tags: Economy, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Rates, Freight Capacity

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

Overall Freight, Spending Post Double-Digit Gains in March; Truckload, Intermodal Rates Jump

Newly released figures on the health of the North American freight marketplace as well as on U.S. truckload linehaul and intermodal rates show all are at or near record highs.

Tags: Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Freight Index, Freight Rates, Intermodal, Economy

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

Penske Exec Named Truck Renting and Leasing Association Board Chairman

Penske Truck Leasing's Michael Duff has been named chairman of the board of TRALA. Photo: TRALA

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association named Penske's Michael Duff its 2018-19 Chairman of the Board at its annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Tags: Leasing, TRALA, Leadership, Penske Truck Leasing, People

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Details 2019 Sprinter's Telematics Offering

Photo of 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz will offer eight factory telematics packages with its third-generation 2019 Sprinter that allow fleet managers to better track preventive maintenance, routing, and driver behavior with the full-size van, the company has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2019-MY

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

VW Truck Signals Interest in Acquiring All of Navistar

Navistar CEO Troy Clarke, VW Truck & Bus CEO Andreas Renschler, and Navistar CFO Walter Borst field queries from the press during the IAA Show in Germany in 2016. Photo: David Cullen

News reports out of Germany indicate that Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH is open to taking over Navistar International Corp.. VW already holds a 16.9% share in the U.S. company via a “wide-ranging strategic alliance," which was announced back in 2016.

Tags: Global, Navistar International, Vocational Trucks, Volkswagen

April 16, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt Grows First Quarter Profit to $118.1 Million

The first quarter 2018 earnings reporting season for trucking began on Monday as J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. said its profit moved higher compared to the same time a year ago.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

April 13, 2018 - Industry News

Webinar to Explore Potential of Blockchain in Trucking

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Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and TMW Systems are offering a free webinar on the topic of blockchain to help fleets understand the potential of this transformative technology.

Tags: IBM, Webinar, TMW Systems, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Blockchain

April 13, 2018 - Industry News

March Maintains Trailer Order Momentum

Trailer orders fell in March but remained at the highest levels recorded since 2014. Photo: Stoughton Trailers

Early reports from FTR on trailer order activity for March show that while orders declined by 16% from the month before, they remain historically strong.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Freight Capacity, Trailer Orders

April 13, 2018 - Industry News

Colorado Law Requires Human Trafficking Education for Truckers

A new Colorado law will require CDL applicants in the state to take a course on human trafficking before receiving a license. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

A new law passed by the Colorado legislature will require applicants for commercial drivers licenses in the state to go through a course educating them on how to spot signs of human traffickers and their victims.

Tags: CDL, Colorado, Human Trafficking, Truckers Against Trafficking

April 13, 2018 - Industry News

Bill Would Hold Retailers Liable for Trucking Company Labor Violations

A new bill in California would punish retailers for working with port trucking companies that have been found in violation of labor and employement laws. Photo: Port of Long Beach

California state Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced a bill that would hold major retailers liable when trucking companies break labor laws, sparked by allegations of misconduct by some port drayage companies.

Tags: California, Driver Shortage, Ports, Driver Pay, Port Trucking, Employment, Independent Contractors

April 13, 2018 - Industry News

Volkswagen Names New CEO

Newly named Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess (center) speaks at a technology conference in Germany last year. Photo: Volkswagen

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller is being replaced by Volkswagen brand chief Herbert Diess, in a week full of news for the German-based auto and commercial vehicle maker.

Tags: Hino, Volkswagen, Navistar, Diesel Emissions, VW Diesel Scandal, Global

April 13, 2018 - Press Release

DTNA Raises Funds for Habitat for Humanity

More than 300 of Daimler Truck North America's personnel and dealer network came together to share best practices during the CIC Summit. (Photo courtesy of DTNA)

During the Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) 2018 Elite Support Continuous Improvement Coordinator (CIC) Summit in Orlando, attendees raised more than $55,000 to support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando.

Tags: DTNA, Charity, Habitat for Humanity, Daimler Trucks North America, Elite Support

April 12, 2018 - Industry News

Tesla Removed from Crash Investigation for Violating NTSB Rules

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Tesla will no longer be able to participate in the National Transportation Safety Board investigation of a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model X after it violated the agency’s rules on sharing investigative information before being vetted and confirmed.

Tags: NTSB, Tesla, Autonomous Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Accidents, Drivers, Safety, Tesla Model X

April 12, 2018 - Industry News

Trucking Execs, Drivers Tout Trump Tax Cuts in Rose Garden

Werner Operation Freedom driver Quinten Ward speaks on the benefits of the Tax Reform Law at an event in the Rose Garden Thursday. Photo: Screen capture by Jack Roberts

Werner CEO Derek Leathers and Operation Freedom driver Quentin Ward were among the "everyday Americans" speaking Thursday at a press conference in the Rose Garden on the benefits of the tax reform bill signed into law by President Trump last December.

Tags: Taxes, Werner Enterprises, Tax Incentives, Driver Pay, Donald Trump

April 12, 2018 - Product News

XPO Launches Freight Marketplace for Shippers

XPO Connect is an online freight marketplace that is designed to give shippers visibility across freight modes. Image: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has introduced a cloud-based freight marketplace called XPO Connect that is designed to give shippers visibility across freight modes to improve the efficiency of the supply chain.

Tags: Freight, Shippers, Load Board, XPO Logistics, Online Marketplace

April 12, 2018 - Press Release

Roush CleanTech, BSquare Join TRALA

Roush CleanTech and BSquare are the newest associate members of the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA), the nonprofit national trade association that provides the unified and focused voice for the truck renting and leasing industry.

Tags: TRALA, ROUSH CleanTech, Truck Rental, Associations, Bsquare

April 12, 2018 - Industry News

Nikola Brings On Alt-Fuels Expert as Technologies VP

Jesse Schneider, vice president of hydrogen and fuel cell tehcnologies at Nikola Motors. Photo: Nikola Motors

Nikola Motors has hired automotive industry alternative fuels expert Jesse Schneider as its vice president of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Tags: Leadership, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, People, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company

April 12, 2018 - Global News

Volvo Unveils All-Electric Truck for Europe

Volvo’s new FL Electric Truck will have a daily range of approximately 186 miles and will enter serial production in Europe next year. Photo: Volvo

Volvo has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use in Europe, the FL Electric, designed for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications.

Tags: Volvo, Refuse Fleets, Electric Trucks, Last Mile Delivery, Global, Sweden

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