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February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Electric Truck Maker Developing Drone Deployment System

Photo: AMP

AMP Electric Vehicles' Workhorse E-Gen Truck features an extended-range electric drive, and a number of forward-thinking features, including a drone delivery system.

Tags: Delivery Truck, Commerical Drone, Federal Regulations

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Neptune Orient Sells APL Logistics for $1.2 Billion

Photo: APL Logistics

Singapore’s global container shipping and logistics company Neptune Orient Lines Ltd. has reached an agreement to sell its APL Logistics business for $1.2 billion.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Port Trucking, Intermodal

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Training All Its Technicians on NGV Maintenance

Ryder has CNG and LNG vehicles deployed in customer fleets in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Georgia and Louisiana. Photo courtesy Ryder.

Ryder System has launched an online natural gas vehicle maintenance training program for its North American maintenance network.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Ryder System, Technician Training, CNG, LNG

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Small Carrier Shut Down Due to Safety Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared a small Aurora, Colorado-based trucking company to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered it immediately shut down on Feb. 12, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Tags: FMCSA, Colorado, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Shows Improvements

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for 2013 and 2014. Graphic: FTR

Business conditions in the trucking industry improved dramatically the final month of 2014, according to a new report from the transportation forecasting firm FTR.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Continue Decline as Capacity Rebounds

The amount of freight available to haul declined 4.5% the second week of February compared to the week before while capacity increased 10%, causing rates to slide in the major equipment categories for the third straight week.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

TMC Meeting Attendees Battle Winter Storm

Accumulations of snow in the city core were around 2-3 inches, but that was on top of at least an inch of ice. Photo by Jim Park

A near-record setting winter storm brought below-zero temperatures and 6 inches of snow to Nashville, Tennessee, site of the 2015 Technology & Maintenance Council's Annual Meeting.

Tags: Tennessee, Technology & Maintenance Council, Winter

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Goodyear Quarterly Profit Leaps to More Than $2 Billion

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. on Tuesday announced its net income in the final quarter of 2014 skyrocketed above the level from the same time a year earlier, hitting $2.13 billion.

Tags: Goodyear, Earnings, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Tires

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Previews Inflation System for Tractors

The Meritor booth at the Technology & Maintenance Council's 2015 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition has been humming this week with word of a new inflation system for tractors.

Tags: TMC, Meritor, ATIS

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Rises for Second Straight Week to $2.86

Fuel prices continue to recover from their lowest levels in years, with both diesel and gasoline increasing over the past week, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures released on Tuesday.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

New Report Says Fleets Missing Out on Fuel Savings Through Engine Settings

Photo by Jim Park

Fleets that optimize their electronic engine parameters for fuel economy can expect to see about a 0.5 mpg improvement in fuel economy, according to a new Confidence Report issued by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Engines, NACFE, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 17, 2015 - Product News

ComFreight Announces Back Office Integration

ComFreight has announced a new API which integrates the company's applications with a customer's back office software.

Tags: Freight, API, Mobile Apps, ComFreight

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Penske Adds Three Used-Truck Dealerships

Penske Used Trucks has doubled its commercial truck dealership footprint in North America, introducing centers in Dallas; metro Atlanta; and Ontario, Canada.

Tags: Used Truck Sales, Truck Dealers, Penske, Dealers

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Hyundai Could Bring Commercial Van to U.S.

Hyundai is targeting the European market with the new H350. Photo courtesy Hyundai Motor.

South Korean-based Hyundai announced it's making a big push in the commercial vehicle market, and published reports indicate it plans to introduce a van model into the U.S. market.

Tags: Hyundai, Cargo Vans, Global

February 17, 2015 - Product News

PressurePro Partnership Offers Fleets Remote Tire Monitoring

Image via Advantage PressurePro

Advantage PressurePro and Globe Tracker International ApS are partnering to bring intermodal customers the ability to track cargo and tire pressure information remotely.

Tags: Information Technology, Advantage PressurePro, Asset Tracking, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Homebuilder, Consumer Confidence Ease

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in February fell two points to a level of 55, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released on Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Home Building

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

IdleAir Plans Shifting Into Higher Gear

Photo: IdleAir

One company that provides an alternative to idling big rigs at truckstops and truck terminals has plans for growth, including investing more money to fund a planned expansion.

Tags: Emissions, Truck Drivers, Idle Reduction, Truckstops, IdleAir, Air Pollution

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Announces Medium Duty Dealer of the Year

Kari Rihm recieving the Medium Duty Dealer of the Year award from Kenworth. Photo courtesy of Kenworth

For the third time in four years, Kenworth named Rihm Kenworth the company’s Medium Duty Dealer of the Year for the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks, Dealers, Truck Dealers

February 16, 2015 - Product News

Volvo Trucks Increases Maintenance Intervals for Engine Oil, DPFs

Volvo Trucks’ new recommended maintenance intervals for model year 2011 and newer trucks with Volvo engines could eliminate four to 16 oil drains over a 600,000-mile life of a truck, depending on duty cycle. Photo courtesy Volvo Trucks.

Volvo Trucks in North America extended its recommended maintenance intervals for diesel engine oil and diesel particulate filters on all model year 2011 and newer Volvo trucks equipped with Volvo’s D11, D13 or D16 engines.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Diesel Particulate Filter, Engine Oils, Oil Drain Intervals

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

Radiant Logistics Grows Quarterly Profit

Non-asset based trucking and logistics provider Radiant Logistics Inc. managed to triple its net income during the most recent quarter, but it was still just barely in the black.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Radiant Logistics

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

DAT: Spot Freight Rates, Volume Post Seasonal Decline in January

Volume plummeted 27% compared to the same time in 2014. It was the first year-over-year decline in 19 months for the index that measures spot truckload freight demand and capacity.

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

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

Sentence Handed Down in Household Goods Moving Scheme

A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced by a federal court after pleading guilty earlier to charges of conspiracy to commit extortion in a household good moving scheme.

Tags: FMCSA, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Household Goods Movers

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

FreightWatch Issues Advisory Over Truckstop/Highway Thefts

Over the past several weeks, the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International has received reports of over 40 pilferage events at truckstops and highway pull-offs in one state.

Tags: Arkansas, Truckstops, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime, I-40, I-55

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

Postal Service Seeking Next-Gen Delivery Vehicle

Photo of exising USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Postal Service will meet with automotive manufacturers in Washington, D.C., this week to field questions about its proposal to replace its aging delivery fleet with a next-generation vehicle, according to federal records.

Tags: General Motors, USPS, Delivery Fleets

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

HDT Announces Top 20 Products

Heavy Duty Trucking's editors and a panel of truck fleet executives identified the 20 best new products that appeared in our magazine and website in the past year.

Tags: Equipment, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products, Technology & Maintenance Council

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