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October 29, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Eases Back as Fed Looks to Rate Hike

Economic growth in the U.S. lost a good portion of its momentum in the third quarter of the year, but the performance still may still be strong enough for the Federal Reserve to push interest rates higher before the year is out.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Federal Reserve, Interest Rates, Inventories

October 28, 2015 - Industry News

Trailers Orders See Early Fall Surge

Net trailer orders in September rose nearly 47% over the previous month, hitting almost 36,000 units, according to a report by ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

October 28, 2015 - Product News

Amazon Founder Invests in Launch of On-Demand Trucking Service

Convoy has officially launched after it raised $2.5 million in seed funding from an investment group that included Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The Seattle-based startup company provides an Uber-like service for booking on-demand shipments that also tracks location.

Tags: Information Technology, Amazon.com, Uber, On-Demand

October 28, 2015 - Product News

Continental Expands Retreading Network in Las Vegas

Continental Tire the Americas has partnered with Las Vegas-based tire dealer CMC Tire to offer retread service to the area through a new facility.

Tags: Tires, Las Vegas, Retreads, Continental Tires

October 28, 2015 - Industry News

Port Drivers Strike Again Over Misclassification Issue

Photo: Justice for Port Truck Drivers

This week, truck drivers went on strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach over employee misclassification and wage theft.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Pay, Teamsters, Strikes, Ports, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Intermodal, Labor Unions, Independent Contractors

October 28, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Saia, Heartland Report Lower Profits

One trucking company serving mainly the less-than-truckload market and another in the truckload sector have both reported lower third quarter earnings.

Tags: Economy, Heartland Express, Saia, Fleet Earnings

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Group's New Boss on the Job

Martin Lundstedt and truck technician Patrik Granberg in vivid discussion. Photo: Tommy Holl

Martin Lundstedt, Volvo Group’s new president and CEO, held his first press meeting on his first morning on the new job Oct. 22 – and chose to do it outside of the usual corporate setting.

Tags: Leadership, Global, Volvo Group

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Orders, Consumer Confidence Both Fall

A stretch of recently leaner times for at least one part of the nation’s manufacturing sector could be nearing an end, despite a new report showing lower new orders.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Swift, UPS, PAM, Roadrunner

Some of the nation’s largest fleets have reported mixed financial results or expectations as the freight environment in the third quarter has remained soft.

Tags: UPS, Roadrunner Transportation, Swift Transportation, PAM Transport, Fleet Earnings

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Cummins, Paccar

A major OEM announced it is cutting its workforce even though it’s still well in the black as it released third quarter earnings this week while a truck and engine maker reported continued higher numbers.

Tags: Economy, Kenworth, Cummins, PACCAR, Peterbilt, Earnings, Paccar Financial

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

House Approves Highway-Bill Patch

The House has passed a highway patch that will last until Nov. 20. Senate is expected to follow suit this week .Photo: David Cullen

Playing beat the clock, the House of Representatives today approved by voice vote a three-week extension of transportation funding.

Tags: Railroads, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

Nextran Building NGV Truck Repair Shop in Atlanta

Photo of Jon Pritchett at the ground-breaking ceremony courtesy of Nextran.

Nextran Corp. held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new regional facility in Atlanta that's set to open in the middle of 2016 with a service area for repairs to natural gas vehicles.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Vehicle Repairs, Medium-Duty Trucks, Repair Shops

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

Hino Trucks Offering Standard Telematics in 2017

Hino Trucks vocational truck lineup. (Photo: Hino Trucks)

Hino has expanded its Insight factory telematics platform under a partnership with Telogis, and will offer the telematics, remote diagnostics, and case management as standard equipment on its 2017 model-year medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Telogis, Hino Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, telematics

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

Element Fleet Signs Telematics Deal with Telogis

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Element Fleet Management has signed a strategic global agreement that brings Telogis' connected vehicle technologies and mobile apps to the fleet management company's commercial fleet customers.

Tags: Telogis, Mobile Apps, Element Fleet Management

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

Telogis Updates Apple-Based Mobile Apps for Fleets

Telogis has revamped its iOS mobile apps for Apple devices to improve the user experience through gamification, truck-specific navigation, and greater Hours of Service compliance, the telematics company announced today at its Telogis Latitude business conference.

Tags: Telogis, Smartphones, Mobile Apps, Service Fleets

October 26, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Patch Could Derail Over Train Safety Measure

NTSB investigators at scene of Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on May 12 that killed eight passengers and injured another 200. Photo: NTSB

The latest proposed extension of federal highway funding includes a provision to delay a mandate for automatic-braking equipment on trains that could turn passing the measure into a game of political football.

Tags: Railroads, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund

October 26, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Approach 2015 Lows

Continuing a downward trend, the price of a gallon of diesel gasoline hit near year-low levels last week, according to the latest report from the Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

October 26, 2015 - Industry News

Improving Dealer Service Key Theme at ATA

As fleets work to improve productivity in the face of a shortage of qualified drivers, the last thing they need is to have trucks sitting for days at a dealer waiting for repairs. Truck makers are responding with an array of programs and technologies to address this issue.

Tags: Dealers, Downtime, ATA MC&E, Uptime

October 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Plunge, Manufacturing Rebounds

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell to their lowest level since last November, while a separate report shows the first improvement in the nation’s manufacturing sector in five months.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Manufacturing

October 26, 2015 - Product News

Wabash Launches Line of Dry and Refrigerated Truck Bodies

Photo: Wabash National

Wabash is launching its first line of dry- and refrigerated-truck bodies for Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis, addressing re-urbanization and e-commerce trends.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Refrigerated Truck, Truck Bodies, Wabash National, Dry Van Body

October 26, 2015 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Market Still Experiencing Summer Slowdown

The used Class 8 truck market showed mixed results in September with same-dealer sales inching closer to the six-month volume average, according to a recent ACT Research report.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

October 25, 2015 - Industry News

Could House Highway Bill Hurt Smaller Fleets?

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A letter signed by eight businesses and associations that together represent over 9,500 motor carriers, brokers and shippers has been sent to the House opposing a section of the long-term highway bill because it “could cripple small-business truckers.”

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Small Fleets, Highway Bill, Small Business

October 23, 2015 - Industry News

Silicon Valley Company Offers Low-Cost Telematics Device

Photo courtesy of Voyomotive.

San Francisco-based Voyomotive plans to offer an OBD II controller that can provide an array of vehicle performance and diagnostics data to a user's smartphone as a lower-cost telematics solution.

Tags: Stop-Start, Vehicle Diagnostics, Crowdfunding Platform, OBDII Device, Silicon Valley

October 23, 2015 - Industry News

Trucker Gets Jail Time for Threatening Safety Inspector

Image: DOT

A truck driver who threatened a federal safety inspector has been sentenced to 9 months of incarceration as well as 40 hours community service and 12 months of supervised release.

Tags: FMCSA, Truck Drivers

October 23, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Volvo Doubles, Landstar Sets New Record

One truck maker has reported its third quarter profit doubled and is considering the sale of its used truck business while one of the nation’s largest trucking fleets has reported new records for the period in several areas.

Tags: Economy, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Earnings, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings

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