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May 19, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Truck Residual Values Rise With Mileage

Photo of 2012 Ford F-250 SuperCrew via Wikimedia.

Diesel-powered pickup trucks sell for more than 30% of their gasoline counterparts after three years of fleet usage and return greater value with higher odometer readings, according to data from ADESA.

Tags: ADESA, Diesel Engines, Ford F-250, Gasoline Engines

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

API Debuts Symbols for Identifying New Diesel Oils

The two donut symbols are designed to help identify the new FA-4 and CK-4 diesel engine oils. Image: API

The American Petroleum Institute is introducing a special Service Symbol Donut designed to help buyers differentiate between the new API FA-4 and CK-4 service categories for diesel-engine oils.

Tags: Oil, American Petroleum Institute, Diesel Engine Oil

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

Groups Offer Free Truck Parking App

The recently formed Truck Parking Leadership Initiative is developing a free app called Park My Truck to locate truck parking information and find available spaces for drivers.

Tags: ATA, ATRI, NATSO, CVSA, Truck Parking, Mobile Apps

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

CARB Certifies Westport's CNG Transit Van

Photo of a CNG-powered Ford Transit van courtesy of Westport.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has certified Westport Innovations’ compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Westport WiNG Power System that is used in the Ford Transit cargo van and passenger wagon, and the F-150 truck for MY- 2016.

Tags: Ford F-150, CARB, Ford Transit, CARB Certification, Westport Innovations, Natural Gas Vehicles

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

Construction Sector Forecast: Positive

SOURCE: NTEA

According to a recent report from NTEA, the U.S. construction sector performed well in 2015 and is expected to keep growing this year, with housing starts projected to rise to 1.24 million in 2016.

Tags: NTEA, Housing Starts, Construction Fleets

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

Fleets Use Profits to Boost April Trailer Orders

Trailer orders increased in the month of April, gaining 15% over the previous month thanks to the dry van and refrigerated trailer markets.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, FTR, Trailer Orders

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth’s Ohio Plant Getting New Parts Storage Facility

Contractors are adding a second story to house the new parts facility. Photo: Tom Berg

The Kenworth plant in Chillicothe, Ohio, is getting a $17 million automated storage facility to bring cab parts inside, out of the weather, and add efficiency to assembly operations, executives said on Wednesday. They also foresee another healthy sales year for Class 8 trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Kenworth T680, Kenworth T880, Vehicle Manufacturing, Ohio

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Startup Says it's Developing Add-On Autonomous Truck Technology

Former employees from Google, Apple and Tesla have jumped into the “self-driving trucks” waters, saying they’ll develop a retrofittable autonomous-driving technology for on-highway commercial heavy trucks.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles

May 17, 2016 - Product News

J.J. Keller Announces Rollout Service for ELD Mandate

J.J. Keller has introduced the Driver DataSense Plus with ELD Rollout Service to help fleets meet the 2017 ELD mandate deadline.

Tags: Regulations, Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Old Dominion Opens Indiana Service Center

An Old Dominion Freight Line service center technician checks diagnostics on a tractor engine. Photo: ODFL

Old Dominion Freight has opened a new service center, located in Brownsburg, Ind., to increase the company’s presence in the Indianapolis Area.

Tags: New Facility, Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Thefts on The Rise

In the first quarter of 2016, the FreightWatch International Supply Chain Intelligence Center recorded a total of 221 cargo thefts in the United States. During this time, 66 of these incidents occurred in January, 90 in February and 65 happened in March. Graphic: FWI

The number of truck cargo thefts in the U.S. increased in the first quarter of the year but the average value of each heist declined, according to a new report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Security, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, Crime

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Inflation, Industrial Production Rebound

Retail prices in the U.S. posted their biggest gain in three years during April, while industrial production increased the most in more than a year, as e-commerce and housing starts remain healthy.

Tags: Economy, E-commerce, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Starts, Consumer Prices, Home Building

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Customer Service, Technology Top Factors in Truck Rental Survey

Record360’s first truck rental customer survey found that most respondents look for a truck rental company with strong customer service and enhanced vehicle condition reporting.

Tags: Customer Service, Vehicle Damage, Truck Rental, Record360

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Another Hike in Diesel Prices, Oil Nears $50 Per Barrel

The average price of diesel fuel increased once again last week continuing a streak of price hikes that began in February.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Radiant Logistics Moves Into the Red

The third party logistics and multi-modal transportation services company Radiant Logistics Inc. reported on Monday afternoon it swung from a profit to a loss in the first quarter of the year despite a 54.2% increase in net revenue.

Tags: Economy, Earnings, Radiant Logistics, Fleet Earnings

May 16, 2016 - Product News

Cummins Filtration Revamps Website Search Tool

Screenshot via CumminsFiltration.com

Cummins Filtration has launched a new website with a faster search tool to make it easier to find Fleetguard filtration solutions for diesel engines, transmissions and industrial applications.

Tags: Cummins, New Website, Filters, Cummins Filtration

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Falter in Weaker Economic Environment

Source: FTR

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index fell by nearly 50% in March as a weak economy during the first quarter of 2016 negatively impacted the freight market.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, Freight Rates

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Rates Well Below Year Earlier Levels

The amount of North America freight shipments and freight spending remain below levels from a year ago despite monthly gains, according to the latest Cass Freight Index report, and there is a concern conditions could get worse.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

ODFL Adds Terminal in North Carolina

Photo: ODFL

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has opened its newest service center, a 61-door facility located just off I-85 in Kings Mountain, N.C.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

PIT Group Expands Energotest Road-Test Program

Photo: PIT Group

PIT Group has expanded its spring 2016 Energotest event with an invitation-only VIP Day for select Canadian and U.S. trucking operations and a Fleet Forum for invited participants and PIT Group fleet members.

Tags: Fuel Economy, PIT Group

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Taps UPS Freight’s McArdle for Board Seat

Rich McArdle Photo: ATRI

The American Transportation Research Institute has appointed UPS Freight President Rich McArdle to the board of the nonprofit research organization.

Tags: ATRI, People, UPS

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Launching Revamped Wi-Fi

Photo: Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J has announced it is rolling out a new and “completely revamped” Wi-Fi network at its travel center locations this month.

Tags: Drivers, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

ACT: Class 8 Supply Still Running High

Chart: ACT Research Co. LLC

The supply of Class 8 trucks continues to rise faster than demand for those trucks, according to the latest ACT For-Hire Trucking Index released by ACT Research Co. LLC.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload, Intermodal Rates Post Drops

A measure of per-mile truckload linehaul rates declined again in April along with a separate gauge of intermodal shipping costs. And there is little to no indication conditions will soon improve.

Tags: Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

May 13, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment Improve; Wholesale Inflation Returns

One of the biggest drivers of the American economy is showing renewed signs of life as consumers seem to be more upbeat following a sluggish first quarter. However, an economic drag on trucking remains stubbornly high as prices at the wholesale level turned slightly higher.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Wholesale Prices, Business Inventories, Producer Prices, Consumer Sentiment

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