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June 20, 2017 - Industry News

FedEx Delivers Quarterly Profit of More Than $1 Billion

Parcel delivery and trucking company FedEx Corp. on Tuesday reported it turned its finances around dramatically in the most recent quarter as it also wrapped up its fiscal year.

Tags: FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, Fleet Earnings

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA Brake Safety Day Scheduled for September

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced that Brake Safety Day is taking place on Sept. 7 this year across North America.

Tags: FMCSA, Inspections, Brake Safety Week, CVSA, Air Brakes, Brakes

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

Date and Location Set for Pilot Fuel Rebate Fraud Trial

Fleets were allegedly bilked out of rebates, prosecutors say. Photo: Jim Park

A date and location have been set for the trial of former Pilot Flying J executives in a fuel rebate scandal alleging a conspiracy and scheme to defraud customers.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Fuel

June 20, 2017 - Product News

Truck-Lite Components Come Standard on New Cascadia

The 2018 Freightliner Cascadia. Photo courtesy Daimler Trucks North America.

For the 2018 model year, several Truck-Lite components will be standard on Freightliner’s flagship new Cascadia.

Tags: Freightliner, Cascadia, Truck-Lite, LED Lighting, Vehicle Lighting

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Improvements

Truckload linehaul rates showed further stability in May, according to newly released figures, while a separate report shows intermodal rates continue to expand.

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

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Accuride Agrees to Buy German Wheel Supplier

Accuride has entered into an agreement to acquire Mefro Wheels, a privately owned German-based supplier of steel wheels to the commercial vehicle industries in Europe and Asia.

Tags: Wheels, Accuride, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions, Suppliers

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Improved Freight Demand Could Increase Equipment Purchases

Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index showed improving freight demand while ACT Research's For-Hire Trucking Index indicated that fleets were looking to buy new equipment.

Tags: Economy, ACT Research, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Pirelli Names Vitale to Head North American Commercial Tire Brand

Alex Vitale has been named the North American CEO of TP Commercial Solutions, the business unit in charge of marketing and distributing Pirelli brand commercial truck tires in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Leadership, Tires, People, Pirelli

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Southern California Mayors Aim for Zero Emissions at Ports

(Left) Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a joint declaration to set goals for the transition to zero emissions at Southern California ports. Photo: Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, are aiming for zero emissions at the ports or Los Angeles and Long Beach by 2035 as part of their commitment to adopting the Paris Climate Agreement goals in their cities.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Emissions Reduction, Diesel Emissions, Emissions, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Electric Vehicles, California, Drayage

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Port Strike Highlights Pay, Emissions Regulation Struggles

Picketers at XPO Logistics' port operations say port truck drivers should be classified as employees. Photo via Justice4PortDrivers Twitter

Southern California truck drivers and warehouse workers who serve the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach once again went on strike on June 19, protesting poor wages and labor practices.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Department of Labor, Ports, Strikes, Driver Pay, Owner-Operators, Independent Contractors

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Committee Tasked with Picking Rules to Cut

Image: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun to take specific action to comply with President Trump’s Executive Order 13771 requiring agencies relieve businesses of burdensome regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, President Trump

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Mediocre 2016 for U.S. 3PL Activity

Photo: Ryder

Third-party logistics in the U.S. experienced “a mediocre year” in 2016, according to a new report prepared by market-research and consultancy firm Armstrong & Associates Inc.

Tags: 3PL, Trends, Research

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Custom Chassis Touts Fuel Agnosticism

FCCC S2G Flatbed (propane autogas). Image: FCCC

As a company, FCCC is strategically fuel-agnostic, currently building products powered by a range of alternative fuels, including liquified propane gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) as well as traditional diesel and gasoline products.

Tags: UPS, Propane Autogas, CNG, Fuel, Freightliner Custom Chassis

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Kroger Cuts Collision Rate in Half with Video Telematics

Among other benefits, video proved to be a high-value piece of evidence to exonerate Kroger drivers. Photo: Lytx

The Kroger Co. has begun rolling out video telematics to its fleet of more than 1,200 tractor-trailers, and has already seen a significant reduction in collisions, handheld phone use, and unbelted drivers.

Tags: Accident Management, Kroger, Food and Beverage Fleets, Telematics, Lytx, Risk Management, Drivers, Video Event Recorders, Private Fleets

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing, Consumer Confidence Down as Industrial Production Stalls

Political uncertainty could be partially to blame for some less-than-stellar economic reports, with show housing starts dropping, consumer confidence slipping, and industrial production stalled.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Housing Starts, Consumer Sentiment

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

TechSpedite Offers Expedited New-Technician Training

New technicians progress based on what they've learned. Photo: Pro-Mech Learning Systems.

One company has developed a program aimed at tackling the technician shortage, with an expedited training program promising to create work-ready technicians.

Tags: Maintenance, Technician Shortage, Technician Training, Technicians, Maintenance Management

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Tennessee International Dealer Turns Heads With Fuel Efficiency Demo Truck

Cumberland&#39;s C10 LT Series Tractor was developed in close cooperation with International and a host of aftermarket suppliers.<br />Photo: Cumberland International

Taking technology into its own hands, Cumberland International, in Cumberland, Tennessee, has created its very own mpg-optimized truck model with fleet customers in mind.

Tags: International, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Downspeed, Truck Dealers

June 15, 2017 - Product News

Haldex Launches Online Drum-vs.-Disc Brake Calculator

Haldex&#39;s new online calculator allows the fleet to input a number of factors to determine which type of brake is best for its application.<br />Photo: Haldex

Haldex's new web-based calculator was developed to allow fleets to input customized data so they can compare the overall cost of ownership between drum brakes and air disc brakes.

Tags: Driver Safety, Brakes, Total Cost of Ownership, Haldex, Safety, Air Disc Brakes

June 15, 2017 - Product News

Next Trucking Expands Online Freight Shipping Platform

NEXT Trucking bills itself as a&amp;ldquo;unique&amp;rdquo; trucking marketplace which allows truckers to sell their services by posting the routes they want to drive at the pay they want to earn.<br />Photo: NEXT Trucking

The new service is designed to connect small- to medium-sized international shippers with North American truckers and fleets to streamline logistics and provide transparency for both parties.

Tags: Online Booking, Logistics, Mobile Apps, Freight Brokers, Uber for Trucking

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

New President Named for RoadRunner Freight

Roadrunner Transportation Systems has promoted Frank Hurst to president of Roadrunner Freight, the company’s asset-light less-than-truckload business.

Tags: Leadership, Roadrunner Transportation

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

May Trailer Orders Show Sixth Year Over Year Gain

May trailer orders were better than expected, according to preliminary estimates from ACT Research. After a very slow start last fall, orders have been up year over year every month since December.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Ford F-150 Engines Add Power, Efficiency

Photo of 2018 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Ford is revamping its F-150 engine lineup for 2018 to offer a more efficient V-6 and more powerful V-8 in a lineup that will also include a diesel option for the first time, the company has announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Engines, Large Pickups

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Makes Big Electrification Move

In the long term, Cummins officials say electrification will come to every market segment it serves today in one form or another. Photo: Cummins

Cummins announced it will have an all-electric transit powertrain available in 2019 with an extended-range electric vehicle ready in 2020.

Tags: Cummins, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Mass Transit, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Buses

June 15, 2017 - Product News

International Announces Standard Air Disc Brakes For New LT Series Tractor

The ADB22X air disc brake now standard on LT Series tractors features a patented lightweight design that significantly reduces stopping distance and extends brake system life.<br />Photo: International

International Truck is making air disc brakes standard equipment on all axles for all models of the new International LT Series tractor, a move the company says is a first.

Tags: International, Brakes, Safety

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Fed Hikes Interest Rates Again; Retail Sales, Inflation Ease

Despite retail sales falling by the biggest amount in 16 months and a dip in consumer prices, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday for the third consecutive quarter as the central bank signaled its confidence in the U.S. economy.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

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