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July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: June Retail Sales Move Higher

Retail sales in the United States continue growing, according to new figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department, but not as much as many were hoping.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Second Quarter Revenue and Profit Improves

J.B. Hunt's intermodal segment saw loads grow by 12%.

J.B. Hunt Transport announced second quarter financials, showing better performance from the same time a year ago, driven by growth in its intermodal, dedicated and logistics operations.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Fleet Financials, Intermodal

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

XPO Logistics to Acquire Logistics Provider 3PD

Connecticut-based XPO Logistics has entered into an agreement to acquire 3PD in a transaction valued at approximately $365 million.

Tags: 3PL, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar International Amends Agreements With Two Large Shareholders

Navistar International announced it has amended agreements with Carl Icahn of Icahn Partners and Mark Rachesky of MHR Fund Management, including the opportunity to designate two nominees for election to Navistar’s board of directors at the company's annual meeting in February 2014.

Tags: Navistar

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Maryland Implements New Truck Restriction Along Part of State Route 75

Courtesy Maryland State Highway Administration

In an effort to address what it says is an ongoing problem with trucks getting stuck under a railroad overpass, the Maryland State Highway Administration is implementing a new truck restriction on a section of MD 75 (Green Valley Road) near Monrovia in Frederick County.

Tags: Maryland, Highways

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Georgia Inks New Inland Intermodal Port Agreement

The inland port could reduce the number of trucks bringing intermodal containers into the Savannah port.

A new inland port agreement was signed last week by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Ports Authority and Cordele Intermodal Services to create and expand international markets for regional business.

Tags: Georgia, Intermodal, Ports

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Average Canadian Driver Age Older Than First Thought

New data from the National Household Survey has found that the average age of a Canadian truck driver is 46, higher than the previous age of 44, and significantly higher than the national average of 41.5.

Tags: Canada, Drivers

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Repairs to Closed Arizona Route Could Take More Than Two Years

Cutting back the mountain slope and constructing a gravity buttress wall is part of the proposed solution to repair U.S. 89 near Page, Ariz., which was damaged in a Feb. 20 landslide. The repairs, at an estimated cost of $40 million, could take more than two years to complete.

Tags: Arizona

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Grand Jury Reportedly Looking Into Pilot Flying J

Problems for truckstop operator Pilot Flying J and CEO Jimmy Haslam show no signs of letting up, as an Ohio TV station reports that a federal grand jury is looking into possible indictments.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor Streamlines Global Air Disc Brake Production for Improved Cost, Quality, Safety

Meritor's Cwmbran, Wales, brake manufacturing plant.

Meritor is reinvigorating a 75-year-old brake manufacturing facility in Wales, complete with a state-of-the-art engineering and test center, to meet expected increased demand in North American, European and emerging commercial vehicle markets.

Tags: Meritor, Air Brakes, Brakes, Global

July 12, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Changes Instructions for Off-Duty Time

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has simplified its instructions for driver off-duty time, issuing a new "guidance" regarding the need to get instructions from employers.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

July 12, 2013 - Industry News

Check Out These Stories from the Fleet Safety Conference

A new Truck Track for the second annual Fleet Safety Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., featured speakers and panelists on topics such as CSA, medium-duty trucks, driver health and driver scorecards.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

An Early Take on the Impact of the Hours of Service Changes

It is too soon to measure the full impact of the changes in the hours of service rule, but the carriers that will be most affected are high-output truckload fleets that have drivers out on the road for weeks at a time, says Noel Perry, an economist with FTR Associates.

Tags: HOS, FTR

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Eastbound I-84 in Portland, Ore., Closed This Weekend

The first of three weekend closures of Interstate 84 in Portland, Ore., will begin at 10 p.m. Friday, July 12 and end 5 a.m. Monday, July 15, as the Banfield Freeway paving project moves into high gear.

Tags: Oregon, Highways, I-84

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Inadequate Rates of Return Keeping Fleets from Buying

Many carriers still not seeing adequate rates of return, nor any relief in their ability to renegotiate accessorial charges, according to the 2nd quarter industry survey by Transport Capital Partners.

Tags: HOS, rates, TCP, Freight Rates

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Ryder Opens Two Natural Gas Fueling Stations in California

A Ryder technician fuels a CNG vehicle at Ryder's new natural gas fuel station in Fontana, Calif.

Ryder System has opened the first natural gas fueling stations in its North American network to serve both the general public and Ryder lease and rental customers, located in Orange and Fontana, Calif.

Tags: Natural Gas, California, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ryder System, Liquefied Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Rises in First Quarter

Large-fleet turnover is at its highest since the third quarter of 2012.

In the first quarter of 2013, the turnover rate at both large and small truckload carriers rose due to the improving economy and continued competition for well-trained professional drivers, reports the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Turnover

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Project at Port of Seattle to Demonstrate Diesel-to-Natural Gas Engine Conversion

Omnitek Engineering has been selected by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for a pilot project to demonstrate its diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion technology for drayage trucks serving the Port of Seattle, Wash., in support of the Port's Clean Truck Program.

Tags: Natural Gas, Navistar, Natural Gas Vehicles, Intermodal, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Omnitek, Port of Seattle

July 11, 2013 - Industry News

Carriers Gather for 30th TCA Refrigerated Division Annual Meeting

The Truckload Carriers Association’s Refrigerated Division is hosting its annual meeting this week on issues related to the operation of temperature-controlled trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Events, Reefers, TCA, Truckload, Refrigeration units

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

Import Freight Traffic Expected to be Slow in Summer, Pick up in Fall

Summer typically marks the doldrums of the import freight season, and this one will likely be no exception, but things are expected to pick up big time in the fall, according to the new Port Trucker forecast from the National Retail Federation.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Imports

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight Turns Around in Early July Following Disappointing June

Credit: DAT

Rates on one of the nation’s largest spot freight markets improved the first part of July after trending downward most of last month. DAT reports from June 30 through July 6 the average rate for van and flatbeds moved 3.2% higher, compared to the previous seven days.

Tags: DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

Power Train Service Now Eaton Authorized Rebuilder

Power Train Service, an independent aftermarket parts and service provider, has been named an authorized rebuilder of Eaton transmissions, allowing it to offer a rebuilt transmission with 100% genuine Eaton parts.

Tags: Eaton, Aftermarket, Transmissions, Remanufacturing

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

No Change in FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for May

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for May at 12.4 is unchanged from the previous month, continuing to reflect a positive environment for trucking -- one that, combined with the new hours of service regulations restricting capacity, should result in some higher rates.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Freight Rates

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

North American Fatigue Management Program Now Available

The North American Fatigue Management Program is now available to motor carriers, drivers, government safety administrators and insurance companies. A coalition of Canadian, U.S., and Mexican trucking interests developed the program to provide carriers with a best-practices manual for implementing fatigue management in their operations.

Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service, Fatigue, Fatigue management

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Report Shows Freight Shipments Higher in May Than April

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in May from April, rising after a one-month decline, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Freight Transportation Services Index.

Tags: Economy, TSI, Housing Starts

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