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June 18, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Moving More to Dimensional Pricing

Package delivery giant UPS on Tuesday said beginning Dec. 29, in the United States, dimensional weight will be used to calculate the billable weight of a shipment on all UPS Ground services and UPS Standard to Canada packages.

Tags: UPS, Freight Rates

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Costs Higher Than a Year Ago

Compared to the same time last year, truckload linehaul costs in May averaged 5.8% higher, an increase that is consistent with those of 5.7% in April and 6% in March, according to the latest Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.

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

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Increases Fiscal Quarterly and Yearly Profits

FedEx has reported its fiscal fourth quarter results showing net income increased to $730 million, or $2.46 per share, compared with $679 million, or $2.13 per share, from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Earnings, FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Van Rates Near Record High

They increased 1.1% during the second week in June compared to the first week, for an average of $2.07 per mile, with it made up of $1.59 per mile for the linehaul charge and 48 cents for the fuel surcharge.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

GM Claims Highest Power Ratings for Midsize Colorado/Canyon

Horsepower and torque ratings announced by General Motors will make its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups the most powerful in the midsized truck segment, the company claims.

Tags: Chevrolet, Pickup Trucks, Colorado, General Motors, GMC, Mid-Size Pickups, Canyon, Light-Duty Trucks, Engines

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Kenworth's Refreshed Cabovers Now Available

Photo of K370 courtesy of Kenworth.

Kenworth has refreshed its K270 Class 6 and K360 Class 7 cabover trucks with an updated exterior, dash and gauge cluster, front air disc brakes, electronic braking module, Allison six-speed transmission, push-button control shifter, and Dana rear axles.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks, Cabovers, Class 6, Class 7

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Sold15 to Focus On Efficient Shop Management

The Sold15 (Service Opportunities Learning Days) conference will open with a workshop led by an internationally recognized expert in shop maintenance and efficiency, conference organizers have announced.

Tags: Managing the Shop, Events

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Isuzu Celebrating 30th Anniversary in U.S. Market With Restored First Truck

The first Isuzu to be sold in the U.S. was featured in the company's first issue of its magazine.

In honor of the 30th anniversary of Isuzu trucks in the U.S. market, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America this year is celebrating with a restoration of the very first Isuzu ever sold in this country.

Tags: Isuzu, Medium-Duty Trucks, Company Anniversaries, Cabovers

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Christenson Transportation Expands to Ohio

Christenson Transportation, Progressive Transportation's agent carrier, has expanded its arrangement with the Florida East Coast Railway to provide more reliable shipping between the Northeast and Florida, according to the company.

Tags: Intermodal

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Inthinc Appoints President, Eyes Expansion

David Muse has joined inthinc Technology Solutions Inc. as president to oversee operations and strategic expansion. Muse, a leading operations technology executive, will help renew the company's focus on strategic growth.

Tags: Information Technology, inthinc, People

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Union Pacific Railroad Adds Premium Intermodal Service

Union Pacific has increased the frequency of two intermodal services: Portland-Chicago and Northern California-Chicago. Both are part of Union Pacific's top-tier "premium" intermodal service, with four-day delivery in the morning.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Union Pacific

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Early Bird Deadline This Week for Fleet Safety Conference

The early-bird registration deadline is this Friday for the Fleet Safety Conference, July 22-23 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill. Sessions aimed at heavy-duty truck fleets will include topics such as what you don't know about truck inspections and an update on hours of service and electronic logs.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Events

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Brenner Tank Production Expands from Wisconsin to Indiana

Brenner DOT 407 Standard Crude Oil Aluminum Tank

Tank trailer products will be built in facilities operated by parent Wabash National in Lafayette, Ind., but Brenner's main plant will remain in Fond du Lac, Wis.

Tags: Wabash National, Tankers, Liquid Tank Trailers, Brenner Tank, Walker Group, Trailers

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Reflects Broad-Based Gains (With Video)

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1% in May and saw its second largest year-over-year increase in 2014 thus far.

Tags: Economy, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Truck Tonnage Index

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

HOS Restart Fight Pending in Senate

The effort to suspend the hours of service restart provision will come to a head on the Senate floor this week, possibly this afternoon.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, CVSA, 34-Hour Restart, Safety, Legislation, Hours of Service

June 17, 2014 - Industry News

Logistics Report Predicts ‘Banner Year’

This is going to be a banner year for the logistics industry, says Rosalyn Wilson in the 25th Annual State of Logistics Report. The economy last year was not stellar and business inventories plummeted in the first period this year as a consequence of bad weather, but freight is gaining now, Wilson says in a Tuesday presentation at the National Press Club.

Tags: Economy, Forecast, Freight, Logistics, Penske

June 16, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Cost Moves Lower for Seventh Week, Oil Near Nine-Month High

On-highway diesel fuel prices. Credit: U.S. DOE

The average price of on-highway diesel has moved lower for the seventh consecutive week, hitting a level not seen since January, according to U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

June 16, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon Logistics to Manage Commercial Vehicle Group’s Supply Chain

Third-party logistics provider, Celadon Logistics, will provide transportation management services to North American operations of the Commercial Vehicle, a supplier of cab related products and systems for the commercial vehicle market, including the heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: 3PL, Commercial Vehicle Group, Celadon Group

June 16, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Thefts Drop 11% March Through May, Average Loss Jumps

In this rolling quarter FreightWatch recorded a total of 183 thefts in the United States, with 80 thefts in March, 55 in April and 48 in May. The average loss value per incident during the period was $242,010. Compared with the previous quarter, thefts decreased by 11%, while the average loss value increased by 89%. Credit: FreightWatch International

The number of truck cargo theft has declined but the value of each heist has increased dramatically, according to a new report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

June 16, 2014 - Industry News

A Good Review for SuperTruck Program

Truck and engine manufacturers report significant efficiency gains as a result of the public-private “SuperTruck” program. An interim assessment of the Energy Department’s collaborative effort says that the concept vehicles are closing in on a 50% improvement in freight efficiency and a 20% improvement in engine efficiency.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, DOE, SuperTruck, Fuel Economy

June 16, 2014 - Industry News

Bruce Stockton Joins Kenan Advantage

In his new role, Stockton will be responsible for the strategic oversight and alignment of KAG’s fleet services to include approximately 6,200 power units and 9,700 trailers. He is also responsible for equipment and parts procurement, building and property acquisition, and general and environmental maintenance.

Tags: People

June 16, 2014 - Industry News

ACT Research Publishes Trailer Market White Paper

The more than 70-page paper and a supporting index and graph package provides analyses, data, insights and forecasts for the major trailer markets in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America and other markets to include Australia and South Africa.

Tags: Research, Trailers, ACT Research

June 16, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Rebounds, Homebuilder Optimism Grows

UPDATED -- U.S. industrial production rose 0.6% in May after having declined 0.3% in April, according to a new Federal Reserve report. The decrease in April was previously reported to have been 0.6%.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Home Building

June 16, 2014 - Industry News

Precision Drilling Sells Trucking Operation

Precision Drilling has signed an agreement to sell certain assets from its trucking operations to fellow Canada-based Aveda Transportation and Energy Services.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

June 13, 2014 - Industry News

Wait Times to be Reduced at Vancouver, Canada Port

The Canadian government said Thursday it is contributing $3 million to reduce trucker wait times by using new technologies to better link operations across Port Metro Vancouver's four terminals.

Tags: Port Trucking

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