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June 24, 2010 - Industry News

Capacity Crunch Already Here, Say Logistics Experts

Flatbed capacity was tight this spring, according to speakers at a logistics conference. (Photo by Jim Park)

You'd never guess that economists disagree on the state of the economic recovery based on the capacity crunch being seen by transportation and logistics providers. The capacity crunch was a key topic of concern and conversation at this week's Eyefortransport 8th 3PL Summit in Atlanta

June 24, 2010 - Industry News

Intermodal Traffic Reaches New High

Intermodal volumes are at their highest since November 2008.

Last week, intermodal traffic was up 21.2 percent from last year to 227,985 trailers and containers, a level not reached since November 200

Tags: Intermodal

June 24, 2010 - Industry News

Manufacturers' Orders Slip After Five Months of Growth

After five straight months of increases, new orders for manufactured durable goods were down 1.1 percent, or $2.2 billion, in Ma

Tags: Economy

June 24, 2010 - Industry News

EPA May Ease National Gas Conversion Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposed rulemaking to change the certification requirements for natural gas vehicle aftermarket conversions

June 24, 2010 - Industry News

Volvo Skipper Denny Slagle Sees 2010 as a Game-Changer

North American truck manufacturers have had their fiscal and engineering noses to the grindstone for much of the past decade. Three successive EPA emissions reductions deadlines in a compressed timeframe sucked a lot of resources out of each organization. Then the recession hit. Now the federal government is calling for significant improvements in heavy truck fuel efficiency. Volvo Trucks North America says it has weathered the storm, and it's looking forward to new challenges

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

CSA 2010 Gets Hearing on Hill

One of the issues brought up at the hearing by the trucking industry was crash accountability. (Photo by Ohio State Highway Patrol)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new enforcement program, Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, got its first airing on Capitol Hill yesterday, with the agency's chief, Anne Ferro, explaining and defending the program while industry interests expressed general support and specific concerns

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

Fed Keeps Interest Rate at Record Low on 'Less Supportive' Conditions

The Federal Reserve announced it will keep the federal funds interest rate at zero to 0.25 percent, a record lo

Tags: Economy

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

TSA to Conduct Workshops For Hazmat Carriers, Shippers

The Transportation Security Administration's Highway and Motor Carrier Division is conducting a series of workshops for local hazardous material carriers and shippers, local first responders, as well as any operation involved in the transport of hazardous materials by highway

Tags: Events

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

Energy Expert Points to Benefits of Solar Liquid Fuels

In order to make America more sustainable, we need to take a realistic look at how we use oil and what the alternatives are, according to Gary Dirks, director of LightWorks at Arizona State University and a renewable energy expert

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Cracks Down on Trucks Hauling Waste Water

During a three-day enforcement blitz last week, the Pennsylvania State Police focused on trucks hauling waste water from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operations across the state

Tags: Highways

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

NationaLease Adds Diversified Truck Leasing to Network

Truck leasing organization NationaLease has approved Diversified Truck Leasing as its newest member. Diversified Truck Leasing is headquartered in Billings, Mont

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

Freightliner Dealer Opens New Facility in North Carolina

West Carolina Freightliner has opened a new facility in Connelly Springs, N.C., with a 16-bay service shop, modern parts department and new body shop

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

Detroit Diesel Receives Award For Energy Reduction Efforts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Detroit Diesel's Engine Manufacturing Center in Redford, Mich., as one of the first manufacturing facilities to meet the Energy Star Challenge for Industry

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA to Eliminate Cargo Insurance Requirement

Starting March 21, 2011, for-hire carriers and freight forwarders will no longer be required to maintain a minimum in cargo insurance, according to a final rule issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Tuesda

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

Idle-Reduction Campaign Kicks Off in D.C. Area Next Month

A diesel idle-reduction campaign kicks off July 13 in the metropolitan Washington, D.C.-Baltimore areas

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

Evans Moves Into Freight Brokerage Business

Third-party logistics provider Evans has launched a freight brokerage division, Evans Freight Services, in response to market need

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

GE Capital Fleet Services Establishes Technology Client Advisory Board

GE Capital Fleet Services has established a Technology Client Advisory Board, which will provide feedback on the company's technology roadmap, suggesting opportunities for improvement and providing input into future product development efforts

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

Research and Markets Adds Trucking Report

Research and Markets has added a Trucking report to its offerings

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

California Electric Company Takes Delivery of eStars

The eStar is targeted at operations that currently use gasoline or diesel step vans in city applications.(Photo by Navistar)

Navistar has delivered some of its first eStar all-electric trucks to Pacific Gas and Electric Company in Sacramento, Calif

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

TMW Partners With KSM Transport Advisors

TMW Systems has announced a strategic partnership with KSM Transport Advisors through a long-standing relationship with David Roush, newly appointed vice president for KSMTA

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

New Website to Help Drivers With Health and Wellness

The National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are developing a driver health outreach website, which will feature fatigue and health-related information for commercial truck drivers

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

California Measure to Stop Diversion of Transportation Funds Goes to Ballot

A measure to prevent California from taking, diverting or borrowing local government, transportation and public transit funds will go on the state ballot in November of this yea

June 23, 2010 - Industry News

White House Releases Comprehensive Plan to Address Counterfeiting

The White House released its first-ever Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement this week. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday to review the report and the progress of the intellectual property coordinator, a newly created post that was filled by Victoria Espinel

June 22, 2010 - Industry News

After the Crisis: New Demands on Logistics

One trend faced by 3PLs is an increasing number of responsibilities and tasks customers demand.

Thanks to the trend of volatility that has emerged over the last few years in transportation and logistics, it's nearly impossible to make accurate forecasts based on historical data. One major global logistics supplier told logistics professionals Tuesday that their industry faces four new realities that will have a long-term impact on supply chain management

June 22, 2010 - Industry News

Carriers Report Signs of a Driver Shortage

Two-thirds of carriers are starting to experience a driver shortage, according to Transport Capital Partners Business Expectation Survey for the second quarter

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