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September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Decline, Services Sector Remains Strong

Shipments of manufactured durable goods fell 1.5% from July following a 3.7% increase in July from June. An overall decline of this amount was expected, according to a poll of economists.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

TWNA Reorganizing, Reevaluating Programs After Exec Director Resigns

The group's annual Technical Achievement Award is likely to continue as before, but other programs activities might change, its chairperson said.

Tags: Truck Writers of North America, TWNA Technical Achievement Award

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts, Average Value Decline in Latest Three-Month Period

The darkest areas on this map show where cargo thefts happened the most often in June through August. Graphic: FreightWatch International

The logistics security services provider says it recorded a total of 182 thefts in the U.S. during June through August, with 53 thefts in June, 69 in July, and 60 in August.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Post Solid Gains

Truckload linehaul rates for North America maintained their ongoing climb in August, with the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index gaining a solid 7% over August 2013.

Tags: Economy, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Mid-Size Mercedes-Benz Van Arriving in Late 2015

Mercedes Vito van at IAA. The van is scheduled to come to the U.S. in about a year. Photo: Jim Park

Following on the success of the Sprinter van in the U.S. market, Daimler plans to introduce a mid-size van sometime next year. The van made its debut in Berlin, Germany, in late July, but Daimler execs were coy on an actual release date for the American version of the van, saying only that it would be introduced in the fall 2015 in a MY 2016 designation.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, IAA, Daimler AG, 2016-MY

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Wabco Says New OptiPace Cruise Control is Tuned for Efficiency

Graphic via Wabco.

Wabco introduced its OptiPace predictive cruise control system for trucks and buses, which uses on-board digital maps and proprietary algorithms to anticipate and adapt the vehicle's speed based on the road ahead.

Tags: IAA, Fuel Economy, Driver Assistance Systems, Wabco, Adaptive Cruise Control

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Mark McLean of FedEx Freight Wins TMC SuperTech Again

Mark McLean (right) accepts applause after being named champion at SuperTech luncheon. George Arrants, program chairman, made the announcement.

Mark McLean was declared the winner of the TMC SuperTech National Technicians Skills Competition for the second straight year, helpng FedEx technicians sweep the top three spots in the event.

Tags: ATA, Technicians, TMCSuperTech, FedEx, Technology & Maintenance Council, FedEx Freight

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Speakers and Panels Announced for Management Conference

The ATA announced the panels and speakers for the 2014 Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, Calif. on Oct. 4-7.

Tags: Conference, ATA, Fleets

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Pushing Industry Costs Higher

Operating costs for trucking companies are on the rise again after falling slightly in 2012, according to a new study by ATRI, lead by significant increases in equipment and labor costs.

Tags: Operating Costs, American Transportation Research Institute, ATRI, Fleets, Driver Pay

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Manufacturers Call for Infrastructure Investment

Photo: Oregon DOT via Wikemedia Commons

A new study by the National Association of Manufacturers puts forward the case for infrastructure investment as a stimulus for economic growth. Long-term investment will increase employment and grow Gross Domestic Product by 1.3% over the next five years and almost 3% over the next 15 years, according to the study.

Tags: Infrastructure, Highway Funding, National Assocciation of Manufacturers, Legislation

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Skyrocket to Six-Year High

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Sales of new single-family homes in the U.S. are booming with it hitting its highest level in six years during August and posting the second straight monthly gain.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Dip from a Week Ago

Graphic: DAT

Spot market freight rates have slipped as the number of loads available to haul also fell, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Justice Department Gives OK for Container Chassis Pool in California

The Port of Los Angeles.

The U.S. Department of Justice will not challenge a proposal by Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. and Direct ChassisLink Inc. to enter into a chassis use agreement at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Port Trucking, U.S. Department of Justice

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

EPA's Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Rules Still Unknown

Proposals for Phase 2 of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions regulations are approaching a deadline for publication, but neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor the manufacturers affected know much about what will be in them.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Trailers, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Engine 'Downspeeding' Can Cause Driveline Failures, TMC Attendees Told

Driveline damage from engine torque “spikes” is among the many nuts-and-bolts subjects discussed by fleet managers and supplier representatives this week at a maintenance conference in Florida.

Tags: Downspeed, Spec'ing, Torque, Technology & Maintenance Council, Dana, Detroit Diesel, Meritor, Transmissions, Axles, Drivelines

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Company Comptroller Sentenced in Multi-Million Dollar Theft

The former comptroller for a Missouri carrier has been sentenced after being convicted for stealing $4.9 million from his employer.

Tags: FBI, Theft, Missouri, Crime & Fraud, Fleets, Fraud, Crime

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Certified DOT Physicals to Become Available at Truckstops Nationwide

One company aims to make DOT medical exams available at truckstops. (File photo)

Truck Stop Health Care is planning to make DOT physicals for CDL drivers available at truckstops in all states across the U.S.

Tags: DOT, CDL, Driver Health, Truckstops

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Tennessee Truck Driver Named Highway Angel for Fighting Flames

Highway Angel Jannie Reece. Photo: TCA.

The Truckload Carriers Association has named Jannie Reece a Highway Angel for putting out a fire on an Alabama motorist’s car.

Tags: People, TCA, TCA Highway Angel, I-20, Image

September 24, 2014 - Product News

FMCSA Makes Changes to SMS Website to Improve User Experience

Joseph DeLorenzo, director office of enforcement and compliance, FMCSA, explained change to the agency’s SMS website during a conference at TMW Systems’ annual user conference in Nashville. Photo: Jim Beach

An FMCSA representative offers a guide to the changes in the website that hosts and displays safety information under the government's Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program plus a rules update at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, SMS, CSA, TMW Systems, Hours of Service, Regulations

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Brokers Feel Pinch of Labor Shortage

Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association, details changes and challenges in the third party logistics and freight brokerage business during TMW Systems’ user conference. Photo: Jim Beach

Brokers and third-party logistics providers are feeling the labor squeeze along with the trucking industry, according to Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association.

Tags: 3PL, Brokers, Logistics, TMW Systems, Capacity

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Third-Party Maintenance Growing

Larry Chaplin speaks at TMW's Transforum on the rise of outsourced maintenance. Photo: Master Fleet

Third-party logistics companies set a template in the transportation industry that has guided the rise of third-party maintenance providers, according to Larry Chaplin, president of Master Fleet LLC, at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: Maintenance outsourcing, Outsourcing, TMW Systems, Technicians

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

TruckPro Buys Florida Parts and Service Distributor

Photo via TruckPro.

TruckPro completed the purchase of Palm Beach Spring Company, an independent distributor of heavy-duty truck and trailer products and repair services.

Tags: Florida, Distributors, Mergers & Acquisitions, TruckPro, Parts and Service

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Finds 3PL CEOs Confident About Future Growth in the Industry

The chief executives of third-party logistics providers are confident about the current state and future revenue growth of their companies and regional 3PL industries, according to an annual survey.

Tags: Penske Logistics, Survey, Manufacturing, 3PL, Global

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

New Website Aims to Provide Unbiased Information on Fleet Efficiency Technologies

Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency have officially launched a joint program to drive the adoption of efficiency technologies and double fleet efficiency. The launch was marked with the release of a free, independent, online technology guide to help fleet owners make the best choices for their operations.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Carbon War Room, Aerodynamics, Freight Efficiency, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Commerce Department Rules Chinese Containers Subject to Tariffs

The U.S. Department of Commerce, in a preliminary finding, has determined that the Chinese government is providing unfair and illegal subsidies to producers and exporters of 53-foot dry van containers.

Tags: China, Trailers, Intermodal, Stoughton

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