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July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Used Truck, Trailer Wholesale Prices Generally Lower

Click to enlarge. Graphic: Black Book

The medium-duty truck market continues its downward trend as wholesale prices continue to decline, according to new figures released from vehicle industry data provider Black Book.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Trailers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Element's PHH Arval Buy Doubles Fleet Portfolio

Element Financial Corp. has finalized its acquisition of PHH Arval for $1.4 billion, a transaction that doubles the size of its managed fleet assets, the Canadian firm has announced.

Tags: Canada, Element Financial, PHH Arval, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Fall Meeting Features Tire and Wheel Failure Analysis

If tire costs give you heartburn, you'll need to be in Orlando in September for the ATA's Technology and Maintenance Council fall meeting. It will feature a special session on tire and wheel failure analysis.

Tags: TMC, TMCSuperTech, Tires and Wheels, Tires, Events

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Optimus Receives First EPA Approval for Advanced Biofuel Conversion

Optimus claims its Vector Vector bi-fuel conversion system can reduce fleet fuel costs up to 25% and lifecycle emissions up to 80% without the prohibitive start-up costs of compressed natural gas (CNG).

Tags: EPA, Biofuels, Optimus Technologies, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Edges Downward Following Increases

After barely moving higher last week, the average cost of on-highway diesel is the U.S. has reversed course over the past week.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Accellos, HighJump Software Announce Merger

Supply chain software companies Accellos, Colorado Springs, and HighJump, Minneapolis, announced July 7 that the two companies would merge operations, creating a company with 11,000 customers in 23 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Tags: Information Technology, Software, Mergers & Acquisitions, Accellos, HighJump Software

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Leap in June to Best Level Since 2005

Graphic: FTR

The freight transportation forecasting firm FTR has released preliminary data showing June 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 26,255 units, an impressive 41% year-over-year increase and the best June since 2005.

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

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Roadrunner Completes Management Team Reorganization

Photo: Via Roadrunner Facebook page.

Asset-light trucking and logistics services provider, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, has appointed a president for each of its three business segments.

Tags: Fleets, Roadrunner Transportation, People

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Los Angeles/Long Beach Port Truckers on Strike

Port truck drivers from three of Los Angeles’ leading drayage firms began indefinite strikes on Monday morning over claims of unfair labor practices at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, California, Port of Long Beach, Fleets, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Ports

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Continues Setting Records

After hitting record high levels for two straight weeks, intermodal rail traffic set another new record during June.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Unveils Long-Term Plan for Autonomous-Driving Trucks

Daimler Trucks' Future Truck 2025, disguised in black and white adhesive foil, obscuring the exterior contours. (PHOTO: Daimler Trucks)

Daimler Trucks on Thursday shared its vision of the future of trucking trucks that can drive themselves, saying they could help solve the driver shortage problem -- but not by taking drivers out of trucks altogether. The autonomous truck project, called Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, was demonstrated on a section of the A14 Autobahn.

Tags: Drivers, Daimler Trucks, global, Future Trucks, Automated Driving

July 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Numbers Signal Strengthening Economy

Employers added 288,000 jobs in June, 17,000 of them in the transportation and warehousing arena, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1%. That's well above the rate of hiring in the first five months of the year, a sign the economy continues to rebound.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment

July 3, 2014 - Industry News

Paccar Parts Offers $4,000 in Loyalty Card Savings

Paccar loyalty card programs provides more ways for commercial truck operators across the United States, Canada and Mexico to save money on parts and service for their vehicle fleet.

Tags: Kenworth, Peterbilt, Paccar Parts, Aftermarket Parts

July 3, 2014 - Industry News

Rumors Say Volkswagen to Bid for Paccar; VW Denies it

Rumors have been around for a while that Volkswagen will try to buy a U.S. truck maker. Earlier rumors centered on International, but the latest is Paccar, with Reuters running a story Thursday about takeover plans and VW denying it.

Tags: Paccar, Volkswagen, global, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

NTB Inc. Offers Drivers 4-cent Raise

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based regional hauler is offering a 4-cent raise to all current and future drivers.

Tags: Driver Pay, NTB, Fleets

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Diesels Claim 33% of On-Highway Market

Since the first clean diesel engines were introduced more than seven years ago, they now represent about one-third of all the trucks registered to operate on U.S. highways. The total population of in-service clean diesel engines now numbers about 2.8 million.

Tags: Diesel Technology Forum, Engines, Emissions, EPA 2010

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Truck-Lite Starts Online Courses on Lighting, Wiring

An online series of technical courses is part of a Truck-Lite Training Institute recently begun by the lighting products manufacturer. A Lighting and Harness module is the first to launch.

Tags: Training, Lighting, Technician Training, Truck-Lite, Wiring

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Bison Transport's Gary de Vos Earns Highway Angel Wings

Gary de Vos, TCA's latest Highway Angel.

Thanks to a hawk-eyed night-driver, one cold and frightened motorist finally got help after sitting by the side of a highway for 45 minutes.

Tags: Bison Transport, TCA Highway Angel

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Stoughton Buys Barrett Trailers

Barrett has been a pioneer in the transportation of hogs.

STI Holdings, the parent company of Stoughton Trailers LLC, announced the acquisition of Barrett Trailers in Purcell, Okla.

Tags: Trailers, Mergers & Acquisitions, Stoughton Trailers

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Carbon Express Ups Driver Pay Amidst Fleet Growth

Carbon Express, Wharton, N.J., has increased driver pay rates effective July 1 by 50 cents an hour and 2 cents per mile.

Tags: Fleets, Driver Pay, Carbon Express

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Independence Day Weekend Spells Opportunity for Cargo Thieves

FreightWatch International is recommending keeping a close eye on your freight this weekend to avoid cargo theft.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Independence Day Holiday Travel Expected to Jump Over Last Year

Expect the highways to be more crowded this Independence Day weekend that they were last year and compared to the recent Memorial Day holiday.

Tags: Economy, AAA, Highways, Holiday Travel

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Warns of Woman Posing as a Doctor Conducting Medical Exams

Joann Elizabeth Wingate -- State police photo.

A woman impersonating a physician conducting false DOT medical exams on truck drivers has been charged by police with fraud and identity theft. Police in Pennsylvania are asking any driver who may have had an exam conducted by Joann Wingate since 2009 to contact them.

Tags: DOT, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

NACFE Releases Confidence Report on Idle Reduction Solutions

Idle-reduction technologies are not always one-size-fits-all. NACFE's Idle Reduction Solution report helps fleets make better technology choices.

A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency helps fleets choose the right idle reduction solution for their operation. NACFE examines the pros and cons of 19 separate technologies, and provides a tool to help fleets compare different solutions.

Tags: Idle Reduction, NACFE

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Up for 13th Month in a Row

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 13th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 61st consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing

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