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February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Van, Reefer Rates Soften Over Past Week; Flatbeds Keep Inching Up

A 7.7% gain in spot truckload freight volume and a 2.1% dip in capacity were not enough to buoy spot truckload rates during the week ending Feb. 4, according to DAT Solutions and activity from its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: ArcBest, P.A.M. Transportation Net Incomes Plummet

The parent to less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight and other trucking and logistics operations reported that its fourth quarter net income fell in both the final quarter of 2016 and all of last year.

Tags: Panther, ABF, PAM Transport, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Trucking Index Dips Before Projected Bounce

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions index declined in December, reflecting soft conditions that affected the industry in the second half of 2016.

Tags: NAFTA, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Rise Again, Tying Record High

Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of for-hire freight moved across multiple transportation modes increased 1% in December from the month before, marking the third consecutive monthly gain, according to the Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, For-hire Truck Tonnage, Freight Index

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Expands Military Recruitment Initiative

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Veterans Administration has granted accreditation to U.S. Xpress as part of the Post 9/11 GI Bill Apprenticeship Program that allows eligible veterans to receive educational benefits from the VA while training as a driver or technician for the company.

Tags: Military, Recruiting, Veterans, U.S. Xpress

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Western Star Marking 50th Anniversary

Photo: Western Star

Western Star Trucks is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017 and will mark the milestone with special events throughout the year as well as with truck show appearances and a new website.

Tags: Western Star, Anniversary, Daimler Trucks North America

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Used Medium-Duty Truck Values Declining

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

After the first month of the year, depreciation rates for medium-duty trucks are up and overall orders for the segment are down, according to Black Book’s Feb. 7 Market Insights Report.

Tags: Depreciation, Remarketing, Black Book, Medium-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks

February 7, 2017 - Product News

Mitsubishi Fuso Offers Mobileye Safety System on FE and FG Trucks

Photo: Mobileye

For model year 2017, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America will offer optional Mobileye collision-avoidance systems on its FE and FG Series trucks.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Medium-Duty Trucks, Collision Avoidance Technology, Mobileye

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Inland Kenworth to Auction T680 to Fight Human Trafficking

Photo: Inland Kenworth

Truck dealer group Inland Kenworth has put together a special Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 for auction and will donate the proceeds to Truckers Against Trafficking, a nonprofit devoted to fighting human trafficking.

Tags: Kenworth, Charity, Truckers Against Trafficking, Auctions, Truck Dealers

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Waste Hauler Adds Natural Gas Pipeline for Fleet

Photo courtesy of SoCalGas.

SoCalGas and CR&R estimate that the new pipeline will be operational and bring natural gas to their fleet by June.

Tags: CNG, Refuse Fleets, CNG Fueling Stations, Natural Gas Vehicles

February 7, 2017 - Product News

Mack CK-4 Engine Oil Offers Extended Drain Intervals

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has announced that its newly formulated genuine Mack Engine Oil EOS-4.5 will extend engine oil drain intervals for customers.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Engine Oil, Maintenance Costs, Mack Trucks

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

TCA Launches Accreditation Program to Foster Professional Development

The Truckload Carriers Association has launched an accreditation initiative for truckload carriers to foster professional development to help carriers attract new people and create career paths as a retention tool.

Tags: Recruiting, Education, TCA, Driver Retention, Professional Development

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: YRC Trims Quarterly Loss, USA Truck Moves Into Red

The parent of less-than-truckload carrier YRC Freight and others managed to reduce its losses in the final quarter of 2016 while a truckload carrier reported a loss for both the final three months of last year and all of 2016.

Tags: USA Truck, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight, Fleet Earnings

February 6, 2017 - Global News

Scania Expanding Thailand Operations

Photo: Scania Thailand

Sweden-based truck maker Scania AB is expanding its industrial and commercial operations in Thailand.

Tags: Scania, Global, Thailand

February 6, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall, But Just Barely

For the fourth week in a row, diesel prices fell in the U.S., this time by less than half a cent, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

February 6, 2017 - Industry News

Thompson Truck and Trailer Opens Cedar Rapids HQ

Photo: Thompson Truck and Trailer

Thompson Truck and Trailer has completed construction and opened its headquarters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Tags: New Facility, Dealership, Truck Dealers

February 6, 2017 - Product News

TMW Suite, TruckMate TMS Now Integrate With 123Loadboard

Image via 123Loadboard

TMW Systems has integrated its TMW Suite and TruckMate transportation management software with the 123Loadboard freight-matching service.

Tags: TruckMate, TMW Systems, TMS, Load Board

February 6, 2017 - Industry News

PeopleNet Taps Rodi to Head New Transportation Group

Jim Rodi Photo: PeopleNet

PeopleNet has promoted Jim Rodi to executive vice president and general manager of the company’s newly formed Transportation group.

Tags: Leadership, PeopleNet, People

February 6, 2017 - Product News

Hendrickson Revamps Tiremaax Pro ROI Calculator

Screenshot via Hendrickson

Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems has updated its Tiremaax Pro return-on-investment calculator with a new user-friendly design.

Tags: Hendrickson, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, Return On Investment, Tiremaax Pro

February 6, 2017 - Industry News

Intermodal Shipments Post Fourth-Quarter Gain, Down Last Year

Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Intermodal freight volumes returned to growth in the fourth quarter of 2016, posting a 1% year-over-year increase that tempered volume declines earlier the year, according to the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Port Trucking

February 3, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard After 2 Alcohol-Related Arrests

After Tennessee truck driver Eric Ronald Scott was arrested in for two alcohol-related events, FMCSA ordered him to not operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Alcohol, Imminent Hazard

February 3, 2017 - Product News

Kenworth Predictive Cruise Update Ups Fuel Economy

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has updated its Predictive Cruise Control functionality for T680 and T880 trucks equipped with the 2017 Paccar MX-11, MX-13, and Cummins X15 engines.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Paccar, Fuel Economy, T680, Adaptive Cruise Control

February 3, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Orders Hit 13-Month High in January

With the preliminary numbers rolling in from ACT Research and FTR, it is looking like January was a banner month for both heavy- and medium-duty truck orders.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

February 3, 2017 - Press Release

Kenworth Awarded NJPA Truck Sales Contract

Kenworth T370 dump truck. Photo courtesy of Kenworth

A new contract awarded to Kenworth Truck Company by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) will expand sales opportunities for new Kenworth Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis to more than 50,000 NJPA members.

Tags: Kenworth, Procurement, NJPA, NJPA Contract, Cooperative Procurement

February 3, 2017 - Industry News

Texas Fuel Provider Adds Beaumont Location

Photo courtesy of O'Rourke Petroleum.

Texas fuel and lubricant provider O'Rourke Petroleum has expanded its operations in southeast Texas by adding a facility and seven delivery trucks in Beaumont, the company announced.

Tags: Fuel Suppliers, Lubricants, Texas

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