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May 17, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Reefer Rates Hit 4-Month High as Vans, Flatbeds Slip

Graphic: DAT

The national average spot rate for refrigerated truckload freight gained 2 cents for the week ending May 13 for $1.99 per mile, the highest weekly average rate in four months, according to new figures released by DAT Solutions and based on its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 17, 2017 - Industry News

NGVAmerica Changes Top Leadership

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NGVAmerica has appointed a new chairman and interim executive director, as well as set up a search committee to find a new president, who resigned in April.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Leadership, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Associations

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Jeffrey Rosen Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Transportation

Jeffrey Rosen Photo via Acus.gov

The Senate has confirmed Jeffrey Rosen as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, serving under Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao

May 16, 2017 - Global News

New EU Rule Aims to Boost Transparency of Truck MPG

Infographic lays out how EU’s Vecto computer simulation tool functions. Image: ACEA

A new European Union procedure for determining emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2 from new trucks has won praise from a key industry group for its expected positive impact on transparency.

Tags: GHG emissions, CO2 Emissions, European Union, Global

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Uber Granted Key Win in Self-Driving Lawsuit

Uber's Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of the autonomous trucking startup Otto, shares video of a truck with no driver. Photo: Evan Lockridge

A federal judge has ruled that Uber is allowed to continue developing its self-driving technology during a legal battle with Waymo over stolen technology – but Anthony Levandowski, who started up an autonomous truck company later bought by Uber, can't be part of it.

Tags: Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Lidar, Lawsuits, Google, Waymo, Otto, Litigation

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Congestion Costing Trucking $63.4 Billion a Year

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportaion

Traffic congestion added more than $63.4 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2015, according to the American Transportation Research Institute's 2017 Cost of Congestion update.

Tags: Operating Costs, ATRI, Congestion, Delivery Delays, Traffic Congestion

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

FedEx Survey Shows Small Business Support of International Trade

Screenshot from FedEx Trade Index

FedEx released the results of its second Trade Index, a national survey of small business leaders, finding that the majority supported more global trade.

Tags: Survey, Free Trade Agreement, FedEx, Small Business, Global

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, E-Commerce Jump; Home Starts Drop

Industrial production in the U.S. rose in April more than expected and by the fastest rate in more than three years, according to a new report issued Tuesday. Meanwhile, separate reports show e-commerce continues to boom but the building of new homes fell for the second straight month.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, E-commerce, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Starts

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Werner Launches Final Mile Solution

The rising tide of e-commerce has prompted Werner Enterprises to launch Werner Final Mile, a logistics solution that will primarily deliver large or heavy items using two uniformed associates operating a straight truck with lift gate.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Delivery Fleets, Last Mile Delivery, E-commerce, Fleet Management

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Michigan Dealer Gives Engine to Vocational College

Presenting the donated engine from Berger Dealer Group are service managers Joe Kook (second from left) and Mike Peters (second from right). Photo courtesy of Baker College.

Baker College’s Auto/Diesel Institute of Michigan has been given a $51,558 Paccar MX-13 diesel truck engine, a donation from Berger Dealer Group of Dearborn, Michigan, to enable engine-specific technician training.

Tags: Diesel Engines, MX-13, Technicians, Technician Training, Truck Dealers, Paccar

May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Third Annual Infrastructure Week Kicks Off

Screenshot via Infrastructure Week

Infrastructure Week is an industry-wide image and education movement, featuring a series of events, education, and advocacy efforts with the goal of improving our nation's infrastructure.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Trucking Moves America Forward

May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Offers Renewable Diesel at San Francisco Facility

Ryder tractor and trailer parked at a Ryder fuel island. Photo: Ryder System

Ryder System is now offering renewable diesel fuel at a San Francisco fueling facility.

Tags: Ryder System, Fueling Facility, Renewable Diesel, Alternative Fuels, California

May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec to Speak at TMW/PeopleNet Conference

Robert Herjavec Photo via in.sight conference

Robert Herjavec of the ABC show Shark Tank and founder of the Herjavec Group will speak at PeopleNet and TMW Systems’ in.sight user conference and expo in August.

Tags: Conference, PeopleNet, TMW Systems, Speakers, Events

May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Falls Despite Positive Environment

Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index fell slightly in March despite positive economic conditions, reversing an upturn from the previous month – but capacity is expected to tighten.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Rates

May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Fontaine Modification Opens Texas Facility

Fontaine Modification Fleet Services has opened a new truck modification center in Laredo, Texas, adjacent to the TruckMovers consolidation and dispatching operation. Photo: Fontaine Modification

Fontaine Modification Fleet Services has moved its Laredo, Texas, modification center to a new location 14 miles down the road.

Tags: Upfitting, New Facility, Fontaine Modification, Vehicle Modifiers

May 12, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Pickups Recalled for Air Bags, Seat Belts

Photo of Ram 1500 truck courtesy of FCA.

The recall, set to begin June 23, covers more than 1 million Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 vehicles.

Tags: Seat Belts, Recalls, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, Air Bags, Ram 3500, NHTSA, Large Pickups, Safety, FCA

May 12, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Trucking Index Shows 7th Straight Positive Reading

Following a three-year high in the previous month, April’s volume grew slower, according to the latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index.

Tags: Economy, Truck Sales, ACT Research

May 12, 2017 - Industry News

NPTC Awards Fleet and Driver Honors

Winners of the Private Fleet Leadership awards. Photos: NPTC

The National Private Truck Council honored the winners of several fleet and personnel awards, including the Private Fleet Leadership awards, Fleet Safety awards, and the Driver Hall of Fame, at its annual conference in Cincinnati.

Tags: NPTC, Awards, Private Fleets

May 12, 2017 - Industry News

Kinedyne Designates May as Cargo Securement Awareness Month

Photo: CVSA

With the CVSA’s annual International Roadcheck less than a month away, cargo-control provider Kinedyne has designated May 2017 as the First International Cargo Securement Awareness Month.

Tags: Kinedyne, Inspections, Cargo Securement, CVSA, International Roadcheck

May 12, 2017 - Industry News

PwC: Global M&A Activity Stayed Stable in First Quarter

Photo: Evan Lockridge

In its Q1 2017 update on M&A activity in the global transportation and logistics space, PricewaterhouseCoopers reports that deal activity in the quarter remained stable.

Tags: Global, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 12, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Expands Chicagoland Last-Mile Network

Photo: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has announced an expansion of its last-mile logistics network in the Chicagoland area, effectively doubling the capacity of the company’s market delivery center in Chicago.

Tags: Chicago, New Facility, XPO Logistics, Last Mile Delivery

May 12, 2017 - Global News

MitFuso Opens Truck Power Charging Station in Japan

The “FUSO EV power charger” consists of eight chargers in two locations, which provide DC 50-500 Volt, 125 Ampere via CHAdeMO, and CHAdeMO Compo charging plugs. (Photo courtesy of FUSO)

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) inaugurated the first public power charging station dedicated to trucks in Japan, directly outside its Kawasaki manufacturing facility.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Electric Trucks, EV Charging Stations, eCanter

May 12, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Bounce Back along with Inflation Pressures

Retail sales in the U.S. bounced back in April after falling the month before as two readings of inflation also rebounded, all raising the prospect that the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates again in June.

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

May 11, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Higher Than Expected as Truckload Volume Dips

A gauge of the spot truckload freight market fell slightly last month but remained above levels from the same time the previous two years.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

May 11, 2017 - Industry News

35th Shell Rotella SuperRigs Starts May 18

Photo: Shell Rotella

The 35th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck beauty competition is set to take place from May 18-20 at the Exchange Center at Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla.

Tags: Competition, Shell Rotella, Contest, Events, Shell SuperRigs

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