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April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Saia Improves 7.7%, Universal Logistics Falls 43%

Mainly less-than-truckload carrier Saia Inc. saw its profit move higher in the first quarter of the year while multi-trucking service provider Universal Logistics Holdings Inc. saw lower net income despite more revenue.

Tags: Saia, Fleet Earnings, Universal Logistics Holdings

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Slows, Positive Signs for Trucking Remain

The U.S. economy grew at the weakest rate in three years during the first quarter of 2017, according to an advanced estimate by the Commerce Department, but economists remain optimistic about future performance.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Gross Domestic Product

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Sponsoring 2017 Truck Fleet Innovators Award

Phillips Industries is the exclusive sponsor of the 2017 Truck Fleet Innovators Award. All four winners will be honored in person at the Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange on May 9.

Tags: Phillips Industries, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, HDTX

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Western Star Celebrates a Half Century on and off the Highway

Western Star's newest Model 5700 paint scheme is based on colors and patterns the company used on show trucks in the 1970s. Photos: Jack Roberts

Western Star, the truck OEM that President Kelley Platt likes to tout as "the last of the custom truck builders" has hit the half-century mark. It also unveiled a new, 25-ton, off-highway truck designed to work in construction, mining and quarry applications to reporters in Phoenix.

Tags: Western Star, Anniversary, OOIDA

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking’s Share of Cross-Border Freight Declines

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

Trucking was not a part of the overall increase in the value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners during February, according to new Transportation Department figures.

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

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

SAF-Holland and ACOFAS Team up for Tech Training Program

Photo via ACOFAS Facebook

SAF-Holland is teaming up with the American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists for a technician education program taking place June 27-28 in Muskegon, Mich.

Tags: Technician Training, Technicians, ACOFAS, SAF-Holland

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Dealership Employment Rose 5.6% in 2016

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Employment at truck dealerships hit its highest point in five years, according to a report from American Truck Dealers a division of the National Automobile Dealers Association, as dealers work to improve customer uptime and deal with ever-more-complex equipment.

Tags: ATD, NADA, Truck Sales, Dealership, Employment, Truck Dealers, Uptime

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Denso Taps Brett Lowie for Director of Americas Operations

Denso Products and Services Americas, an affiliate of global automotive supplier Denso Corp., has named Brett Lowie its director of Americas Operations.

Tags: Leadership, Denso, People, Distributors, Parts and Service

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Equipment Spending Solid, New Homes Sales Brisk

New orders for long-lasting durable goods increased less than expected during March, according to a new Commerce Department report, but business investment on equipment appears to be solid following the rut it was in for nearly a couple of years.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Old Dominion, UPS Show First Quarter Improvements

Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. reported better profit and revenue in the first quarter of the year while UPS Inc. reported earnings showing growth across its business segments

Tags: UPS, Old Dominion Freight Line, UPS Freight, Fleet Earnings

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

Registration Open for North American Commercial Vehicle Show

Online registration is now open for the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show, a trucking trade show set to take place from Sep. 25-28 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Tags: Events, North American Commercial Vehicle Show

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Landstar, Forward Air, Hub Group, TFI, Patriot and Echo Global

At a time when many publicly held trucking companies are reporting lower, if not sharply lower, first quarter profits, one stood out among the herd of numbers released Wednesday while another saw a slight improvement in earnings.

Tags: Patriot Transportation, Forward Air, Echo Global Logistics, Hub Group, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings, CFI

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

AFL-CIO Coalition Seeks to Clip Hair Testing

Photo: FMCSA

A coalition of AFL-CIO member unions is urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to deny a petition by several trucking companies to use hair specimens in lieu of federally mandated urine in pre-employment drug tests.

Tags: FMCSA, American Trucking Associations, The Trucking Alliance, Hair Testing, AFL-CIO TTD

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

PrePass InfoRM Tool Aggregates Safety and Inspection Data

Photo: Help Inc.

Help Inc., provider of PrePass, has launched the InfoRM business intelligence system as a value-added tool for carriers to view and leverage their safety data.

Tags: Inspections, Online Tool, Help Inc., PrePass

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

Teletrac Navman's ELD Solution is FMCSA Compliant

Image courtesy of Teletrac Navman.

Teletrac Navman has announced its new Director ELD solution, which meets all currently published technical requirements of FMCSA's Electronic Logging Device mandate.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Teletrac Navman

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

Accuride Acquires Wheel End Supplier KIC

KIC's product range. Photo: KIC

Accuride has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire wheel end component supplier KIC and some of its affiliated entities.

Tags: Accuride, Wheel Ends, Mergers & Acquisitions

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler Doubles First Quarter Profit

Earnings for German truck and auto maker Daimler AG doubled in the first quarter of the year, despite lower sales of its trucks.

Tags: Daimler, Quarterly Earnings

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Steady, Freight Volume Inches Higher

Graphic: DAT

National average spot truckload rates for van, reefer, and flatbed freight all held steady for the week ending April 22, while prices in many major freight markets continued a slow springtime climb, according to DAT Solutions and its network load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Gets Earful on Autonomous Trucks at Atlanta Listening Session

Among the most common concerns at FMCSA's Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session were questions about changes to the Hours of Service rules and how actively engaged drivers should be while a truck is in autonomous driving mode. Photo: Jack Roberts

A listening session on autonomous vehicles drew public comment from law enforcement officers, truck drivers, fleet executives, OEM representatives and new technology developers, such as Uber.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CVSA, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Fights N.Y. over Taxes and Wins $44.4 Million

The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association has won $44.4 million in a class action lawsuit against the State of New York’s Department of Taxation and Finance over unconstitutional registration and decal fees.

Tags: New York, Lawsuits, OOIDA, Fleet Taxes

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Launches Online Marketplace for Shippers and Carriers

Screenshot via Google Play

J.B. Hunt has announced the launch of Marketplace for J.B. Hunt 360, the latest component of its supply chain solution aimed at creating an e-commerce platform for shippers and carriers.

Tags: E-commerce, J.B. Hunt, Online Tool, Load Board

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

Productivity Gains Linked to In-House Maintenance

During a recent survey with trucking fleets, there was a strong indication that fleets with current maintenance capabilities can improve productivity by bringing additional work in house.

Tags: Maintenance, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, In-house Maintenance

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler, Volvo, Paccar Profits All Move Higher

Earnings for truck makers moved higher in the first quarter of the year, with three on Tuesday showing big improvements from the same time in 2016.

Tags: Paccar, Volvo Trucks, Daimler, Quarterly Earnings

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

Element Releases Xcelerate Fleet Management Platform

Screenshot of Xcelerate courtesy of Element.

Element Fleet Management has fully launched its new fleet management platform, Xcelerate, the fleet management company has announced.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Fleet Management Companies, Cloud-Based Technology, Element Fleet Management

April 24, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Swift, Covenant Profits Plummet More Than 80%

Profits for two trucking operations in the first quarter of the year fell dramatically, both saying they battled a tough pricing environment and excess capacity.

Tags: Swift Transportation, Knight Transportation, Fleet Earnings, Knight-Swift, Freight Capacity

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