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September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: FedEx Quarterly Profit Totals $715 Million

Earnings for trucking and package delivery company FedEx Corp. moved up modestly to $715 million, or $2.65 per share, in its fiscal quarter ending Aug 31 that included the cost of integrating another carrier.

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

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

August Sees Boost in Trailer Orders

The final numbers on August net trailer orders show a significant increase over the previous month that still fell slightly below expectations.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, FTR, Trailer Orders

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

California, Cummins to Develop Natural Gas Heavy-Duty Engine

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a $1 million grant to develop a 12-liter natural gas engine for heavy-duty vehicles that produces near-zero nitrogen oxide tailpipe emissions.

Tags: Grant Funding, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Engines, California Energy Commission, State Grants

September 20, 2016 - Product News

ExxonMobil Unveils PC-11 Specification Lineup of Mobil Delvac Oils

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ExxonMobil unveiled its lineup of enhanced Mobil Delvac diesel engine oils that are designed to meet or exceed the CK-4 and FA-4 categories of API Proposed Category 11, known as PC-11, specification.

Tags: Exxon Mobil, PC-11, Engine Oils, Mobil Delvac

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Feds Release Autonomous Vehicle Policy

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx discusses new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles during a Sept. 20 press conference. Screen shot courtesy of U.S. DOT.

The new guidelines include a 15-point safety assessment framework that provides vehicle performance standards for manufacturers and developers.

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

New Orleans Port Offers Incentive to Get Rid of Older Trucks

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The Port of New Orleans has launched its Clean Truck Replacement Incentive Program, providing incentives for local, short-haul truck owners to voluntarily replace 20 Class 8 drayage trucks from model years 1993-2006 with 2012 and newer models.

Tags: Emissions, Vehicle Replacement, Clean Truck Program, Drayage

September 20, 2016 - Product News

Kenworth Adds Set-Forward Option for T880

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Kenworth has expanded the T880 with a set-forward front axle configuration called the T880S, specifically designed for fleet and truck operators in ready-mix, dump and mobile crane applications.

Tags: Kenworth, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Kenworth T880

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Another Carrier Lowers Expectations, Three LTLs Hiking Rates

Forward Air Corp. has become the latest trucking operation to lower expectations ahead of releasing its next earnings report.

Tags: UPS, Old Dominion Freight Line, Forward Air, UPS Freight, Freight Rates, FedEx, FedEx Freight, Fleet Earnings

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Starts Slow, Overall Optimism Remains

Nationwide housing starts fell 5.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.14 million units in August, according to newly released data from the Commerce Department on Tuesday, the latest disappointing economic indicator, but there are still feelings overall economic conditions are improving.

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

September 19, 2016 - Industry News

Average Diesel Prices Fall 1 Cent

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The price of diesel fuel fell by a small amount for the fourth straight week, maintaining a downward trending, but nearly-flat pattern for the past month.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

September 19, 2016 - Industry News

Ford's F-650/F-750 Sales Increase 59%

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Sales of Ford’s medium-duty F-650 and F-750 trucks have increased 59% year-over-year through August, the best year-to-date sales through August since 1997, according to Ford.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, New Vehicle Sales, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Truck Sales

September 19, 2016 - Industry News

Mack to Develop Fleet Management Offerings for Concrete Mixer Fleets

Photo: Tom Berg

Mack Trucks has reached an agreement with WheresMyConcrete to develop future service options for Mack Fleet Management Services.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Mack Trucks, Concrete Mixer Trucks, GuardDog Connect, Vocational Trucks

September 19, 2016 - Product News

Daimler Trucks Taps NorthStar for Pure Lead AGM Batteries

Daimler Trucks North America has chosen the Swedish-American energy storage manufacturer NorthStar Battery Company as the supplier of Ultra High Performance Pure Lead AGM batteries on its next generation Cascadia truck.

Tags: Cascadia, Batteries, Daimler Trucks North America

September 19, 2016 - Industry News

Crete Carrier Chairman Duane Acklie Passes Away at 84

Duane Acklie Photo via Crete Carrier

Duane Acklie, chairman of Crete Carrier has passed away at the age of 84 due to complications related to a number of health problems, according to a report in the Omaha World-Herald.

Tags: Leadership, Obituary, People, Crete Carrier Corp.

September 19, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Tumbling

Measures of both truckload and intermodal rates posted another rounds of declines, according to new figures released by freight payment processor Cass Information Systems.

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

September 16, 2016 - Product News

Truckstop.com’s LoadPay to Integrate with McLeod Software

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Truckstop.com and McLeod Software have announced plans to integrate LoadPay, a secured payment platform that connects carriers, brokers, and shippers, with the McLeod Software system.

Tags: McLeod Software, Truckstop.com, Software Integration, Electronic Payments

September 16, 2016 - Industry News

Southern Pines and Byers Trucking Combine Operations

(Left to Right) Pat Gallagher, David Byers and George Byers. Photo courtesy of Southern Pines

WL Byers and Southern Pines announced that the two trucking companies will combine in an equal partnership under the Southern Pines name offering services in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Tags: Hazardous Materials, Heavy Haul, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oversize Loads

September 16, 2016 - Industry News

FTR: Future Transportation Will Require a Whole New Playbook

FTR's Noël Perry and Larry Gross talk about the future of trucking and other freight transportation modes on the final day of the FTR Transportation Conference in Indiana. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Changes on the way for trucking could be as sweeping as the deregulation of the early 1980s or the invention of the Interstate Highway System, according to analysts with FTR at the company's transportation conference.

Tags: FTR, Intermodal, Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks

September 16, 2016 - Industry News

Intermodal Volume Unexpectedly Weak in July

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index fell more than three points from June to a reading of 0.6 in July, a large drop that nearly brought the ICI into negative territory.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, FTR

September 16, 2016 - Industry News

ARI Names Director of Sales

ARI has added several associates to its sales organization to support its strategic vision and continued growth, including appointing Craig Pierce as director of sales, the fleet management company has announced.

Tags: ARI, Promotions, Fleet Management Companies

September 15, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Hit New Record High Level

New U.S. Transportation Department figures show the amount of for-hire freight rose 1.6% in July from June, the fourth consecutive monthly gain and a new record high.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

September 15, 2016 - Product News

NetraDyne Builds Artificial Intelligence into Camera-Based Safety System

A startup company says it is bringing a new level to camera-based truck safety systems with the help of artificial intelligence.

Tags: Camera System, Netradyne

September 15, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Conference: Digital Disruptions and the Future of Trucking

Steve Sashihara, CEO of Princeton Consultants, talks about digital disruption at FTR's annual conference. Photo: Evan Lockridge

INDIANAPOLIS -- Expect big changes over the years in the way trucking and supply chains are managed, including turning it upside down. That was one of the messages those attending the FTR Transportation Conference heard Thursday morning.

Tags: Information Technology, FTR, Commercial Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Uberization

September 15, 2016 - Industry News

UPS Awarded DOE Funding for Emissions, Electric Vehicle Research

Image courtesy of UPS.

UPS has been awarded two Department of Energy grants that will enable the company to conduct research aimed at reducing emissions and revolutionizing the charging process for electric trucks.

Tags: UPS, Emissions Reduction, U.S. Department of Energy, Electric Vehicles

September 15, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Rates Improve Little Over Past Week, Month

Spot truckload freight rates saw more declines than improvements in both new weekly and monthly figures released by DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

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