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November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Walmart Ordered to Pay $54 Million in Driver Pay Lawsuit

Walmart was ordered to pay $54 million by a California court in a driver wage lawsuit alleging that the company was not paying drivers for all required time and work.

Tags: Lawsuit, Walmart, Driver Pay, Western States Trucking Association

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Value of Cross-Border Freight Falls Following One-Month Gain

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight movements between the U.S. and its two next door neighbors moved back into negative territory following the first year-over-year increase since late 2014.

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

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Posts Biggest Jump in 2 Years, Consumer Confidence Soars

Overall U.S. economic growth increased more in the third quarter of the year than first projected, according to a new Commerce Department report, and will likely pave the way for an interest rate hike in December.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Sentiment, Gross Domestic Product

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Launches the Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange

HDT will be hosting the Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange, an intimate event that pairs a select group of innovators in the Class 8 market together with the suppliers, giving them an intimate environment in which to engage in discussions on topics that affect the entire industry.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Events

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Barely Changed Last Week

The average price of diesel fuel in the U.S. was nearly flat during the week of Thanksgiving, according to the latest numbers from the EIA.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Stoughton Trailers Adds Ervin to Dealer Network

Toledo, Ill.-based transportation equipment dealer Ervin has been added to Stoughton Trailers’ network of North American dealers, the company announced.

Tags: Trailers, Dealership, Stoughton Trailers

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Otto to Test Autonomous Rig in Ohio

Otto has tested its self-driving rigs in western states, and this week will begin demonstrations amid midwestern terrain in Ohio. Photo: Otto

A demonstration on Monday, using a 35-mile stretch of U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus, was postponed, but may be rescheduled. Next week, the Otto truck will run on the Ohio Turnpike.

Tags: Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Turnpike, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

2017 Fleet Safety Conference Seeks Presenters

Logo courtesy of Bobit Business Media.

The Fleet Safety Conference planning committee is looking for presenters for the 2017 show to fill out the conference schedule.

Tags: Industry Event, Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

November 28, 2016 - Product News

McLeod Software Updates LoadMaster Enterprise and PowerBroker

McLeod Software is releasing version 16.2 of its Loadmaster Enterprise and PowerBroker products, introducing new automation solutions for carriers and brokers.

Tags: software, LoadMaster, McLeod Software, PowerBroker

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Cass Freight Measures Post First 2016 Gains

Two measures of freight shipping posted their first year-over-year improvements in more than 12 months, indicating there has been more than the usual fall surge in shipment volume.

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

November 28, 2016 - Product News

Carrier Logistics Offers Weighing and Measuring System

Carrier Logistics has partnered with Rice Lake Weighing Systems, a manufacturer and marketer of commercial weighing and measurement equipment, on a weight and measuring solution to help carriers reduce costs and provide accurate rates.

Tags: Carrier Logistics, Truck Weights, Weights and Measures

November 26, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan Recalls Titan XD Diesel Trucks for Fuel Gauge

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

The recall affects more than 12,000 2016-model year pickup trucks that are at a higher risk for running out of fuel.

Tags: Nissan, Recalls, NHTSA, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, Nissan Titan XD

November 24, 2016 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Names Platform Product Manager

East Manufacturing has named Bill Wallace as platform product manager, adding the duties to his current position as Northeast regional sales manager, the company announced.

Tags: Sales, Trailers, People, East Manufacturing

November 23, 2016 - Industry News

Clean Air Plan Encourages Cleaner Vehicles at SoCal Ports

Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have forced out many older, dirtier drayage trucks. Latest plan will encourage more use of newer, cleaner equipment. Photos by Tom Berg.

Operation of zero- and near-zero-emissions trucks, locomotives and container-handling equipment would expand beginning in 2019 and culminate with wide use of electric trucks by 2035, according to the latest San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.

Tags: NOx, Drayage, Emissions Reduction, Regulations

November 23, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar Adds Collision Replacement Parts to Fleetrite Program

Navistar has introduced a new line of Fleetrite collision replacement products designed for a wide variety of heavy-duty truck applications.

Tags: Collision Repair, Navistar, Aftermarket Parts

November 23, 2016 - Industry News

10-4 Systems Licenses MacroPoint’s Tracking Technology

10-4 Systems, a firm that provides end-to-end shipment visibility of the supply chain for Fortune 500 companies, has licensed freight-tracking technology from MacroPoint.

Tags: Macropoint, Supply Chain Management, Asset Tracking

November 23, 2016 - Industry News

Court Enjoins Overtime Rule Change, ATA Applauds Action

Image: USCourts.gov

A federal judge has halted changes to federal overtime rules that would have taken effect on Dec. 1. Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction on Nov. 22 in a lawsuit brought by the National Retailer Federation along with Attorneys General of 21 states and over 50 business lobbies.

Tags: ATA, Department of Labor, Driver Pay, Overtime

November 23, 2016 - Industry News

Used Truck Sales Score Modest Rise

Used Class 8 truck same-dealer sales increased in October, according to ACT Research, offsetting the decline reported in September.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

November 22, 2016 - Industry News

Illinois Kenworth Dealer Opens Full-Service Dealership

Parts and service at Kenworth of Effingham. Photo: Kenworth of Effingham

Kenworth of Effingham has opened a 21,000-square-foot full-service dealership, featuring a 12-bay service shop and a 2,200-square-foot parts department.

Tags: Kenworth, New Facility, Parts and Service, Truck Dealers, Dealers

November 22, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Tightening Capacity

Source: FTR

FTR's September Trucking Conditions Index shows a reading of 5.47, down somewhat from August’s reading.

Tags: Regulations, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, Donald Trump

November 22, 2016 - Industry News

Toyota Eyeing Heavy-Duty Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Technology

Image courtesy of Toyota

Toyota is exploring using hydrogen fuel cell technology in heavy-duty vehicles to create a zero emissions solution for the commercial trucking industry.

Tags: Toyota, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Nikola Motor Company

November 22, 2016 - Industry News

Gulf Coast Volvo/Mack Dealer Doubles in Size

Photo via Old River Truck Sales

Old River Truck Sales, a Volvo and Mack dealer group, has doubled in size with the purchase of three new locations in southern Louisiana.

Tags: Dealership, New Locations, Volvo Trucks North America

November 22, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Down Slightly in October

Source: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index contracted by 0.3% in October, following a 6.3% drop during September.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage, Truck Tonnage Index

November 22, 2016 - Industry News

New API Diesel Engine Oil Categories Arrive Dec. 1

API has developed two visually different API Service Symbol Donuts so that consumers can distinguish between the two new categories of oils. Image: API

The American Petroleum Institute's new diesel engine oil-service categories, API CK-4 and FA-4, will begin appearing in the marketplace on Dec. 1.

Tags: Oil, American Petroleum Institute, Diesel Engine Oil, CK-4, FA-4

November 21, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall, Crude Oil Surges on Putin Remarks

The price of diesel fuel dropped by around two cents last week, the second straight week with declines of over a cent, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

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