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June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Port Strike Highlights Pay, Emissions Regulation Struggles

Picketers at XPO Logistics' port operations say port truck drivers should be classified as employees. Photo via Justice4PortDrivers Twitter

Southern California truck drivers and warehouse workers who serve the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach once again went on strike on June 19, protesting poor wages and labor practices.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Department of Labor, Ports, Strikes, Driver Pay, Owner-Operators, Independent Contractors

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Committee Tasked with Picking Rules to Cut

Image: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun to take specific action to comply with President Trump’s Executive Order 13771 requiring agencies relieve businesses of burdensome regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, President Trump

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Mediocre 2016 for U.S. 3PL Activity

Photo: Ryder

Third-party logistics in the U.S. experienced “a mediocre year” in 2016, according to a new report prepared by market-research and consultancy firm Armstrong & Associates Inc.

Tags: 3PL, Trends, Research

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Custom Chassis Touts Fuel Agnosticism

FCCC S2G Flatbed (propane autogas). Image: FCCC

As a company, FCCC is strategically fuel-agnostic, currently building products powered by a range of alternative fuels, including liquified propane gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) as well as traditional diesel and gasoline products.

Tags: UPS, Propane Autogas, CNG, Fuel, Freightliner Custom Chassis

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Kroger Cuts Collision Rate in Half with Video Telematics

Among other benefits, video proved to be a high-value piece of evidence to exonerate Kroger drivers. Photo: Lytx

The Kroger Co. has begun rolling out video telematics to its fleet of more than 1,200 tractor-trailers, and has already seen a significant reduction in collisions, handheld phone use, and unbelted drivers.

Tags: Accident Management, Kroger, Food and Beverage Fleets, Telematics, Lytx, Risk Management, Drivers, Video Event Recorders, Private Fleets

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing, Consumer Confidence Down as Industrial Production Stalls

Political uncertainty could be partially to blame for some less-than-stellar economic reports, with show housing starts dropping, consumer confidence slipping, and industrial production stalled.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Housing Starts, Consumer Sentiment

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

TechSpedite Offers Expedited New-Technician Training

New technicians progress based on what they've learned. Photo: Pro-Mech Learning Systems.

One company has developed a program aimed at tackling the technician shortage, with an expedited training program promising to create work-ready technicians.

Tags: Maintenance, Technician Shortage, Technician Training, Technicians, Maintenance Management

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Tennessee International Dealer Turns Heads With Fuel Efficiency Demo Truck

Cumberland&#39;s C10 LT Series Tractor was developed in close cooperation with International and a host of aftermarket suppliers.<br />Photo: Cumberland International

Taking technology into its own hands, Cumberland International, in Cumberland, Tennessee, has created its very own mpg-optimized truck model with fleet customers in mind.

Tags: International, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Downspeed, Truck Dealers

June 15, 2017 - Product News

Haldex Launches Online Drum-vs.-Disc Brake Calculator

Haldex&#39;s new online calculator allows the fleet to input a number of factors to determine which type of brake is best for its application.<br />Photo: Haldex

Haldex's new web-based calculator was developed to allow fleets to input customized data so they can compare the overall cost of ownership between drum brakes and air disc brakes.

Tags: Driver Safety, Brakes, Total Cost of Ownership, Haldex, Safety, Air Disc Brakes

June 15, 2017 - Product News

Next Trucking Expands Online Freight Shipping Platform

NEXT Trucking bills itself as a&amp;ldquo;unique&amp;rdquo; trucking marketplace which allows truckers to sell their services by posting the routes they want to drive at the pay they want to earn.<br />Photo: NEXT Trucking

The new service is designed to connect small- to medium-sized international shippers with North American truckers and fleets to streamline logistics and provide transparency for both parties.

Tags: Online Booking, Logistics, Mobile Apps, Freight Brokers, Uber for Trucking

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

New President Named for RoadRunner Freight

Roadrunner Transportation Systems has promoted Frank Hurst to president of Roadrunner Freight, the company’s asset-light less-than-truckload business.

Tags: Leadership, Roadrunner Transportation

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

May Trailer Orders Show Sixth Year Over Year Gain

May trailer orders were better than expected, according to preliminary estimates from ACT Research. After a very slow start last fall, orders have been up year over year every month since December.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Ford F-150 Engines Add Power, Efficiency

Photo of 2018 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Ford is revamping its F-150 engine lineup for 2018 to offer a more efficient V-6 and more powerful V-8 in a lineup that will also include a diesel option for the first time, the company has announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Engines, Large Pickups

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Makes Big Electrification Move

In the long term, Cummins officials say electrification will come to every market segment it serves today in one form or another. Photo: Cummins

Cummins announced it will have an all-electric transit powertrain available in 2019 with an extended-range electric vehicle ready in 2020.

Tags: Cummins, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Mass Transit, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Buses

June 15, 2017 - Product News

International Announces Standard Air Disc Brakes For New LT Series Tractor

The ADB22X air disc brake now standard on LT Series tractors features a patented lightweight design that significantly reduces stopping distance and extends brake system life.<br />Photo: International

International Truck is making air disc brakes standard equipment on all axles for all models of the new International LT Series tractor, a move the company says is a first.

Tags: International, Brakes, Safety

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Fed Hikes Interest Rates Again; Retail Sales, Inflation Ease

Despite retail sales falling by the biggest amount in 16 months and a dip in consumer prices, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday for the third consecutive quarter as the central bank signaled its confidence in the U.S. economy.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Soar Along With Load-to-Truck Ratios

Graphic: DAT

Average spot truckload freight rates jumped sharply for the second straight week in all three major equipment types while load-to-truck ratios also headed much higher for the week ending June 10, according to new figures from DAT Solutions and based on its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Reveals ‘Wheel with No Air’ Tire Concept

Michelin&#39;s long-term Visionary concept can perhaps be best summed up as a &quot;wheel with no air.&quot; Photo: Michelin

Looking not unlike a lushly blue life form on James Cameron’s cinematic world of Pandora, the prototype of Michelin’s Visionary concept tire glowingly held center stage at the tire maker’s Movin’ On global conference on sustainable transportation.

Tags: Sustainability, Michelin, Tires and Wheels, Movin' On Conference

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Falls for Second Straight Month

Freight Transportation Services Index, April 2012 - April 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of total for-hire freight movements in the U.S. fell for the second straight month in April, according to a report issued Wednesday by Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

June 14, 2017 - Product News

Rolling Strong Offers Mobile Driver Health and Wellness Platform

Rolling Strong has unveiled a new mobile platform aimed at helping drivers to stay healthy. Photo: Rolling Strong

Rolling Strong, a driver wellness focused company, has announced a mobile health and wellness platform to help improve driver health, safety, and retention.

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Wellness, Rolling Strong

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Penske Truck Leasing to Acquire Old Dominion Truck Leasing

Penske expects its deal to acquire Old Dominion Truck Leasing to close in July of this year. Photo: Penske

When completed, the deal will add approximately 1,400 tractors, trucks, and trailers to Penske's fleet.

Tags: Leasing, Penske Truck Leasing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Old Dominion Freight Line

June 14, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Moves into Telematics with NexTraq Acquisition

Michelin&#39;s acquisition of NexTraq will enhance the company&#39;s solutions for driver safety, fuel management and enhancing fleet productivity. Photo: Michelin

Michelin has announced its pending acquisition of NexTraq, an Atlanta-based provider of commercial fleet communications systems.

Tags: FleetCor Technologies, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, NexTraq, Mergers & Acquisitions

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Taking Long View of Sustainable Transportation

Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard (right) welcomes attendees to Movin&amp;rsquo; On conference as Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre looks on. Photo: Michelin

As Ralph Dimenna, chief operating officer of Michelin Americas Truck Tires, sees it, the Movin’ On sustainability conference that the global tire maker is hosting this week aims “to promote free thinking” to help address the various issues now impacting transport mobility.

Tags: Sustainability, Michelin, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, Movin' On Conference

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech Offers Propane Autogas Medium-Duty Engine

Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering a medium-duty engine powered by a propane autogas that's 75% cleaner than the current emissions standard and has been approved for use by regulators, according to the company.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Defense Lands $18.8M Contract for Medium Tactical Vehicles

The $18.8 million contract will go toward 115 International 7000-MV Medium Tactical Vehicles for Iraq. Photo: Navistar Defense

The U.S. Army recently awarded Navistar Defense an $18.8 million foreign military sales contract to provide 115 International 7000-MV Medium Tactical Vehicles to Iraq.

Tags: Iraq, Military Vehicles, Navistar Defense, Global, Navistar

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