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April 26, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Steady, Freight Volume Inches Higher

Graphic: DAT

National average spot truckload rates for van, reefer, and flatbed freight all held steady for the week ending April 22, while prices in many major freight markets continued a slow springtime climb, according to DAT Solutions and its network load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 25, 2017 - Product News

Comdata Creates Mobile Platform for Transferring Funds

Screenshot via App Store

Comdata has introduced Comchek Mobile, a digital platform designed to improve the simplicity, speed, and security of fund transfers between companies and individuals in the trucking industry.

Tags: Comdata, Mobile Apps, Electronic Payments

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Gets Earful on Autonomous Trucks at Atlanta Listening Session

Among the most common concerns at FMCSA's Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session were questions about changes to the Hours of Service rules and how actively engaged drivers should be while a truck is in autonomous driving mode. Photo: Jack Roberts

A listening session on autonomous vehicles drew public comment from law enforcement officers, truck drivers, fleet executives, OEM representatives and new technology developers, such as Uber.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CVSA, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Fights N.Y. over Taxes and Wins $44.4 Million

The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association has won $44.4 million in a class action lawsuit against the State of New York’s Department of Taxation and Finance over unconstitutional registration and decal fees.

Tags: New York, Lawsuits, OOIDA, Fleet Taxes

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Launches Online Marketplace for Shippers and Carriers

Screenshot via Google Play

J.B. Hunt has announced the launch of Marketplace for J.B. Hunt 360, the latest component of its supply chain solution aimed at creating an e-commerce platform for shippers and carriers.

Tags: E-commerce, J.B. Hunt, Online Tool, Load Board

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

Productivity Gains Linked to In-House Maintenance

During a recent survey with trucking fleets, there was a strong indication that fleets with current maintenance capabilities can improve productivity by bringing additional work in house.

Tags: Maintenance, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, In-house Maintenance

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler, Volvo, Paccar Profits All Move Higher

Earnings for truck makers moved higher in the first quarter of the year, with three on Tuesday showing big improvements from the same time in 2016.

Tags: Paccar, Volvo Trucks, Daimler, Quarterly Earnings

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

Element Releases Xcelerate Fleet Management Platform

Screenshot of Xcelerate courtesy of Element.

Element Fleet Management has fully launched its new fleet management platform, Xcelerate, the fleet management company has announced.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Fleet Management Companies, Cloud-Based Technology, Element Fleet Management

April 24, 2017 - Product News

International RH Truck Offers SAF-Holland Fifth Wheel

The Holland FW17 Series Fifth Wheel will be standard equipment on Navistar’s new International RH Series regional-haul tractor.

Tags: International Trucks, Fifth Wheels, SAF-Holland

April 24, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Swift, Covenant Profits Plummet More Than 80%

Profits for two trucking operations in the first quarter of the year fell dramatically, both saying they battled a tough pricing environment and excess capacity.

Tags: Swift Transportation, Knight Transportation, Fleet Earnings, Knight-Swift, Freight Capacity

April 24, 2017 - Industry News

Element Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Keilty

Sparks, Md.-based Element Fleet Management has made several changes in its senior management ranks, following the retirement of Tom Keilty as senior vice president of operations.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Senior Management, Element Fleet Management, Promotions

April 24, 2017 - Product News

Meritor Launches Online Platform for Buying Parts

Photo: Meritor

Meritor has launched MeritorPartsXpress.com, an e-commerce platform for U.S. and Canadian customers shopping for Meritor Aftermarket parts.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Catalog, Meritor, Online Tool

April 24, 2017 - Product News

TruckSeries Repair Software Comes to International Truck Dealers

Mitchell 1 announced that its TruckSeries truck repair software has been provided to International Truck dealers to help them work on all makes of trucks

Tags: Navistar, Mitchell 1, International Trucks, Repairs, Truck Dealers

April 24, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Rates Continue Struggling, Intermodal Pricing Continues Surge

Truckload linehaul rates struggled in March, according to a recently released measure, while intermodal rates moved higher for another consecutive month.

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

April 21, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Technicians Vie for Spot at TMC SuperTech

James Teglas, the top tractor winner, takes a closer look. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

After a two-day competition at U.S. Xpress’ Tunnel Hill, Georgia, facility, five tractor technicians and two trailer technicians will be heading to the national SuperTech competition held by the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council — and the truckload carrier will have more insight into where its techs need more training.

Tags: U.S. Xpress, Technicians

April 21, 2017 - Product News

Pilot Flying J Carrying Transflo ELDs in Stores

Photo: Business Wire

Pegasus TransTech announced that its Transflo ELD T7 devices will now be distributed in Pilot and Flying J travel centers in the U.S.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Transflo, Pegasus TransTech, ELDs

April 21, 2017 - Industry News

2017 Safety & Compliance Award Nomination Deadline Extended to May 8

2016 Safety & Compliance Award winner Kelsey Wolfe of Southern Freight Services. Photo: Chris Wolski

The deadline has been extended for Heavy Duty Trucking magazine’s 2017 Safety & Compliance Award, which recognizes trucking executives who have demonstrated excellence in fleet safety.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Events

April 21, 2017 - Industry News

Griswold Joins MacKay as Director of Market Strategy, Sales

Ken Griswold Photo: MacKay & Company

Kenneth D. Griswold has joined MacKay & Company as the director of market strategy and sales for the Chicago-based management consulting and market research firm.

Tags: Leadership, People, MacKay and Co., Marketing

April 21, 2017 - Industry News

Natural Gas Truck Sales Facing Headwinds

The natural gas truck market had a strong start to 2017 but it faces increased competition from traditional fuels, electric, and hybrid-electric options.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, Refuse Fleets

April 21, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Heartland First Quarter Profit Slips 2.4%

First quarter earnings for trucking company Heartland Express Inc. edged lower from the same time a year ago as revenue posted a significant decline, according to figures released Friday by the company.

Tags: Heartland Express, Fleet Earnings

April 21, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Conditions Not as Bad as Recent Hard Numbers Suggest

There are good indications the U.S. economy will further strengthen following recent reports that conditions slowed a bit in the first quarter of the year and at the beginning of the second quarter.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Freight, GDP, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators, Gross Domestic Product

April 20, 2017 - Product News

ROUSH CleanTech to Offer Medium-Duty Propane Autogas Tank

Photo of ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-450 courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering a 35-gallon propane autogas fuel tank for medium-duty trucks such as the Ford F-450 and F-550, the Livonia, Mich.-based vehicle modifier has announced.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Fuel Tanks

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Werner Falls 20%, Marten Transport Unchanged

Profit for trucking and logistics provider Werner Enterprises Inc. fell 20% in the first quarter of the year compared to the same time in 2016 while refrigerated carrier Marten Transport Ltd. reported the same earnings as a year ago.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Promotes Christman to President of Operations

Navistar International has promoted Phil Christman to president, operations, responsible for procurement, product development, manufacturing and supply chain.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership, People

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Now Offers 16,000 Pound Front Axle on Pinnacle

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks’ 16,000-pound front axle is now available for order on the Mack Pinnacle Axle Back and Axle Forward models.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Axles, Pinnacle

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