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August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Intermodal Recovery Strengthens During Second Quarter

Intermodal service providers again demonstrated clear gains in the intermodal sector. Photo: Jim Park

Total intermodal freight volumes gained 4.5% in the second quarter of the year, the strongest growth in nearly three years, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Freight Expands Reach of Truck Load-Matching App

A new ‘For You’ pack will show personalized recommendations. Photo: Uber Freight

Uber Freight is expanding the geography served beyond its initial focus on Texas and adding personalized load matching to its instant load booking/fast payment system.

Tags: 3PL, Uber, Mobile Apps, Uber for Trucking

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Mobility Conference Debuts for Fleets

Convening Nov. 7-8 at Miami Hilton Downtown, Fleet Forward Conference is designed to bring fleets, fleet suppliers, and technology providers together to provide education and networking on smart mobility concepts and end-user solutions.

Tags: Fleet Forward Conference, Mobility

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Profit Jumps As It Mulls More Acquisitions, USA Truck Losses Grow

XPO Logistics' profit during the second quarter was 11.7% higher than a year ago, as a separate report said the company is looking to greatly expand its business in the next year or two. In contrast, USA Truck saw its second quarter loss more than double as revenue declined.

Tags: XPO Logistics, Fleet Earnings

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Volumes Rise in Late July Push, Rates Move Little

An unusual surge of truckload freight led to higher-than-normal volume on the spot market for the week ending July 29, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, but it failed to turn into any substantial rate increases.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

House Bill Aims to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

Image: FMCSA

A bill newly proposed in the House would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to change the classification of employers and employees. “Currently, it is difficult and overly complicated for businesses to use independent contractors, which limits companies’ growth and individuals’ work,” said Rep. Erik Paulsen, who introduced H.R. 3396.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Independent Contractors, Legislation, Drivers

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Frito-Lay Participates in CNG Station Ribbon-Cutting

Open 24-hours, the fast-fill Fayetteville station has three consumer-friendly dispensers equipped with NGV2 nozzles to optimize the experience for heavy-duty, high-capacity users, as well as NGV1 nozzles for light and medium-duty use.  (Photo courtesy of ANG)

American Natural Gas (ANG) held a ribbon cutting ceremony in collaboration with Tennessee Clean Fuels to unveil its new public compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Fayetteville, Tenn. PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division will be a major customer with its fleet of CNG tractor-trailers.

Tags: Frito-Lay, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Natural Gas Trucks, American Natural Gas, ANG

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI Announces New Focus on Web

The American Transportation Research Institute has a new web address, www.truckingresearch.org, and says it will focus on improving its online presence and promotion of its research efforts.

Tags: Website, Research, ATRI

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Capitol Hill Aide to Lead Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference

American Trucking Associations has named Tyler Rushforth as executive director of the Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference.

Tags: ATA, Intermodal, People, Lobbying

August 2, 2017 - Industry News

Maverick Offers Bonus For Experienced Drivers

Screenshot via Maverick Transportation

Maverick Transportation is offering a $5,000 sign-on bonus to entice experienced drivers to the company.

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

August 1, 2017 - Product News

Freightliner Offers eNow Solar Charging on Cascadia

Photo: eNow

Freightliner Cascadia raised-roof sleeper trucks can now be ordered with the eNow eCharge solar system as a pre-delivery installation.

Tags: Batteries, eNow, Solar Charging, Solar Panel, Idling, Freightliner Cascadia, Freightliner

August 1, 2017 - Product News

BorgWarner Offer Multi-Platform EGR Coolers

Photo: BorgWarner

BorgWarner has developed a new series of multi-platform exhaust gas recirculation coolers that it says offer manufacturers needed durability and flexibility.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, EGR, BorgWarner

August 1, 2017 - Industry News

Kimberly-Clark Partners with TV Show on Truck Safety

Todd Dewey (right), Ice Road truckers TV show personality, partnered with Kimberly-Clark to promote the value of safety glasses and proper use of eye wear. (Source: Todd Dewey Facebook)

After an accident with an exploding logging truck tire, reality TV personality Todd Dewey of Ice Road Truckers has partnered with Kimberly-Clark to spread the word of the importance of safety eye wear.

Tags: Tires, Eye Wear, Safety Glasses, Kimberly-Clark, Ice Road Truckers

August 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Solid, Construction Disappoints

U.S. manufacturing activity in July remained solid, according to two reports issued Tuesday while separate ones showed overall construction activity in the U.S. eased as consumer spending and personal incomes barely improved.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Federal Reserve, Personal Income, Personal Spending, Gross Domestic Product

August 1, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Schneider Profit Rises 5.2%

Trucking, intermodal and logistics services provider Schneider National Inc. on Tuesday reported its second quarter profit increased 5.2% from a year earlier while revenue improved 8.1%.

Tags: Schneider National, Fleet Earnings

August 1, 2017 - Product News

Donlen Partners with J.J. Keller on ELD Solution

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By partnering with J. J. Keller, Donlen is able to offer customers a compliant ELD solution that is simple and flexible for fleets, with ELDs that install quickly and are compatible with all vehicle classes (1-8).

Tags: Regulations, J.J. Keller, Donlen, ELDs, Hours of Service, Fleet Management Companies

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Yokohama to Increase Prices on Commercial Tires

Photo: Yokohama Tire

Yokohama Tire Corp. announced a price increase of up to 4% on all of its commercial and off-the-road tires sold in the U.S., effective Sept. 1.

Tags: Yokohama, Tires

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Starts Production of Electric Truck

Marc Llistosella, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corp., describes production requirements of the new eCanter to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, president of the Portuguese Republic. Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus has announced the start of small-scale series production of its electric medium-duty truck, the Fuso eCanter.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Vehicle Production, Electric Vehicles, eCanter

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Continues to Build New Leadership Team

USA Truck has made another appointment as it continues to build its executive leadership team, naming Allen Lowry as vice president, safety and risk management.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck, Safety

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Breadner Trailer Sales Strikes Canada Deal with Stoughton

Breadner Trailer Sales has been designated as the exclusive dealer of Stoughton brand refrigerated trailers in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

Tags: Canada, Trailers, Trailer Sales, Stoughton Trailers, Refrigerated Trailers, North American Commercial Vehicle Show

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: 4 Mistakes While Driving Near Trucks

Photo by Don Graham (inknife_2000)/flickr.

The Arkansas State Police offers advice on what common mistakes to avoid while driving near semitrailer trucks.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Safety, Semitrailers

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Value of U.S.-NAFTA Freight Rises for 7th Straight Month

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A rise in the value of cross-border trucking freight between the U.S. and the other two North American Free Trade Agreement partner counties helped push total value of commodities higher for the seventh straight month in May, according to a new Transportation Department report.

Tags: Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Railroads, Surface Trade, Freight

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Bestpass Promotes Knowlton to Senior Director of Customer Experience

Alison Knowlton Photo: Bestpass

Bestpass has promoted Alison Knowlton to senior director of customer experience, overseeing the toll payment and management company’s newly created customer experience division.

Tags: Customer Service, People, Marketing, Bestpass

July 28, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Covenant Reports Steep Year-over-Year Earnings Drop

Covenant Transportation Group, Inc. (NASDAQ/GS: CVTI) reported on July 25 second quarter earnings of $0.08 per share, marking. That’s down 60% year over year, but according to analysis by Stifel, that result is “right in line with the Street consensus of $0.06.”

Tags: Earnings, Covenant Transportation Group

July 28, 2017 - Industry News

Carrier Transicold Offers Greener Refrigerant Option

Photo: Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold has announced that it will be offering the more environmentally friendly refrigerant R-452A as an alternative for use in its truck and trailer refrigeration systems later this year.

Tags: Emissions, Refrigerated Truck, EPA, Refrigerated Trailers

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