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April 29, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: ABF Parent ArcBest Moves to a First Quarter Loss

The parent to less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight moved into the red in the first quarter of the year, according to its earnings report released Friday, as many other companies are also reporting weaker performances compared to a year ago

Tags: Economy, Earnings, ABF, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings

April 29, 2016 - Industry News

Chevrolet Low Cab Forward Pricing Starting at $40K

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet 4500 Low-Cab Forward truck courtesy of General Motors.

The new trucks are offered in regular- and crew-cab body styles, with either a 6.0L V-8 gas engine, 3.0L turbo-diesel engine, or 5.2L turbo-diesel engine, all with 6-speed automatic transmissions.

Tags: Chevrolet, Medium-Duty Trucks, Pricing, General Motors, Cabovers

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan's Gasoline Titan XD Goes On Sale

Endurance gasoline V-8s are made in Tennessee and Titans are assembled in Mississippi.

Nissan's 2016 Titan XD Crew Cab pickups powered by an advanced 5.6L Endurance V-8 gasoline engine went on sale April 15. The Titan XD Gas pickup joins the XD with the Cummins 5.0L Turbo Diesel V-8 released last December.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Titan, Large Pickups

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

Stemco and Ridge Settle Patent Infringement Dispute

Stemco and Ridge have entered into a settlement and patent license agreement, dismissing Stemco’s patent infringement suit against Ridge’s GreenTail aerodynamic device.

Tags: Lawsuits, Patents, ATDynamics, Stemco, TrailerTail, Ridge Corp.

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

Procede Software Names Chief Technology Officer

Procede Software has appointed Robert Stockfleth as its chief technology officer..

Tags: Leadership, Dealers, People, Procede Software

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Slates Roundtable on Broker/Forwarder Financial Responsibility

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host what it calls an “informal roundtable” on the financial responsibility of property brokers and freight forwarders. The meeting is part of the agency’s appeal for public comment on this issue.

Tags: FMCSA, Brokers

April 28, 2016 - Product News

Cummins Connected Diagnostics Available With DriverTech DT4000

Image via Cummins

The Cummins Connected Diagnostics application is now available to customers using DT4000 from DriverTech, an on-board computing system.

Tags: Cummins, Vehicle Diagnostics, Connected Diagnostics, DriverTech

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

Cross-Border Truck Freight Rises, Overall Value Declines

Percent change in the value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: February 2015-2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking was only one of two transportation modes that carried more U.S. freight by value with NAFTA trade partners Canada and Mexico in February than a year ago, increasing 4.7%.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Surface Trade

April 28, 2016 - Product News

Quick Fuel Supports QuickQ Cardless Payment System

Photo: QuickQ

Fuel services provider Quick Fuel will be using QuickQ’s Fuel Purchase System to streamline the fueling process at more than 50 automated fueling locations in the U.S.

Tags: Fueling Station, Quick Fuel, Electronic Payments

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

Wabco to Supply Cummins with Air Compressors Globally

A Wabco air compressor for the Cummins’ ISX diesel engine used in heavy-duty trucks. Photo: Wabco

Wabco has entered into a long-term agreement to manufacture and supply air compressor technology for Cummins in global markets.

Tags: Cummins, Partnership, Wabco, Suppliers, Air Compressors

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: UPS Jumps; YRC Improves; ODFL, Universal Lower

UPDATED -- Another day, another raft of earnings reports on Thursday from the nation’s publicly owned trucking companies. Continuing a trend this first quarter, the companies' numbers are as varied as the services they offer.

Tags: Economy, UPS, Old Dominion Freight Line, Earnings, UPS Freight, Universal Truckload, Fleet Earnings, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Stalls in First Quarter

Feelings that the American economy slowed to a crawl in the first quarter of the year were confirmed on Thursday morning when the Commerce Department released its report showing the gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of just 0.5%.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Gross Domestic Product

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Saia, Patriot, Covenant and Celadon

The wave of first quarter earnings reports from the nation’s publicly owned fleets continued on Wednesday, with three out of four lower than a year earlier due mainly to less freight to move.

Tags: Florida, Economy, Celadon Trucking Services, Celadon Group, Covenant Transport, Earnings, Patriot Transportation, Saia, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

Denso Supplies Diesel Aftertreatment Components to Hino

Photo via Denso Heavy Duty

Denso has entered into an agreement with Hino Trucks to supply all-makes diesel aftertreatment products, including DPFs, to Hino dealers.

Tags: Hino, DPF, Denso, Suppliers

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

Fleet Advantage Launches Quarterly “All-In Costs” Index

Image: Fleet Advantage

Fleet Advantage has released its inaugural quarterly index resource “designed to compare all-in costs of older model year Class 8 trucks and calculate the savings of new model replacements.”

Tags: Fuel Savings, Fleet Advantage, Emissions Reduction, Leasing

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA to Co-Host Listening Sessions on Sleep Apnea

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will co-host three listening sessions to solicit information on the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea in the trucking industry.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

PeopleNet Certifies Zebra Handheld Computer

Image: Zebra Technologies

PeopleNet has announced its certification of Zebra Technologies’ TC70 ruggedized handheld computer to run the company’s software

Tags: PeopleNet, Mobile Devices

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Hardly Budge from Week Before

The number of available spot market loads slipped 2% while posted capacity was flat during the week ending April 23, according to DAT Solutions and it of load boards, leaving rates nearly unchanged.

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

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

A. Duie Pyle Opens N.Y. Service Center

Transportation and supply chain solutions company A. Duie Pyle has opened a new transportation service center in Newburgh, N.Y.

Tags: New Facility, LTL, A. Duie Pyle

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

Wabash National Profit Soars Nearly 163% from Year Ago

Photo: Wabash National

Setting new records in a variety of different categories allowed trailer manufacturer Wabash National Corp. to report more than doubled first quarter profit over a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Trailers, Earnings, Wabash National

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

Port Trucking Company Ordered to Court Over Unfair Labor Practices

Photo via Teamsters Union

In what's being called a historic case, the Los Angeles office of the National Labor Relations Board is looking into whether port trucking company Intermodal Bridge Transport engaged in unfair labor practices toward its drivers by misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Independent Contractors

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Invests $1.6B to Upgrade Truck Production

Photo of the Livonia Transmission Plant courtesy of Ford.

Ford is investing $1.6 billion to upgrade manufacturing facilities in Michigan and Ohio to support production of a new 10-speed transmission for certain F-150 models and Super Duty chassis cab.

Tags: Ford, Assembly Plants, Transmissions, Ford Super Duty, Chassis Cab Trucks

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Hub Group Leaps, C.H. Robinson Gains, Heartland Slips

Three more companies offering trucking and related services issued first quarter earnings reports on Tuesday, with each reporting very different results.

Tags: Economy, Earnings, C.H. Robinson, Hub Group, Fleet Earnings, Heartland Express

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

USA Truck Renames Asset-Light Business

Signaling an increased strategic focus on logistics, USA Truck has re-branded its asset-light logistics business, formerly known as Strategic Capacity Solutions, to USAT Logistics.

Tags: USA Truck, Logistics, Branding

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

Aftermarket Leader Passes Away

Jim Moss. Photo courtesy Moss family

Jim Moss, president of Kona Communications (publisher of Truck Parts & Service and Successful Dealer magazines), passed away on April 20 at his home in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, after a brief illness. Moss was 82.

Tags: Obituary

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