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October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler AG Aiming to Get More Nimble at Selling Trucks and Cars

Photo: David Cullen

Germany’s Daimler AG has announced that it is considering a new corporate structure that it expects would make the company more responsive to rapidly changing marketplace developments.

Tags: Daimler, Global, Germany, Vehicle Production

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Smithfield Foods Reduces Accidents with SmartDrive

Photo courtesy of Smithfield and SmartDrive

SmartDrive Systems announced that Smithfield Foods, Inc. has deployed the SmartDrive video-based safety program across its entire fleet of nearly 600 Armour and Eckrich branded refrigerated box trucks following a competitive review and pilot program.

Tags: Accident Management, SmartDrive Systems, Food and Beverage Fleets, Smithfield Foods

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt Third Quarter Profit Slips

Profits for multi-modal freight transportation provider J.B. Hunt Transport Services fell a little more than 8% in the third quarter of the year despite increased revenue, with increased driver recruiting and retention costs part of the reason.

Tags: Intermodal, J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Teletrac Navman, Noregon Integrate Vehicle Health, Safety Management Solution

Combining the intelligent fleet management capabilities of Teletrac Navman Director and the advanced vehicle health and safety diagnostics of Noregon TripVision, this integration gives carriers a holistic view of vehicle fitness in real time.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Noregon Systems, Intelligent Transportation, Teletrac Navman, Uptime, Maintenance, Telematics, Diagnostics

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck to Run Routes in California

Toyota Motor North America has announced that its Project Portal Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell truck has completed initial testing and development and will begin regular drayage routes at ports in Southern California starting in late October.

Tags: Toyota, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Drayage

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Court Battle Erupts over Truck Trailers and GHG/MPG Rule

Trailer aerodynamic device include side skirts, pictured here. Photo: Utility Trailer Mfg.

Court filings have begun to pile up that may ultimately determine the fate of the trailer-related provision within the federal Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards.

Tags: Regulations, EDF, Trailers, GHG Phase 2, TTMA

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt's Gansle Named to Used Truck Association Board

Anthony Gansle, Peterbilt’s director of marketing and sales. Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt has announced that Anthony Gansle, director of marketing and sales, has been elected to the Used Truck Association's board of directors.

Tags: Peterbilt, Leadership, People, Used Trucks

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Coca-Cola Adds Lytx DriveCam Video Safety System

Photo: Lytx

Coca-Cola Consolidated implemented the program at three company locations, involving 200 drivers and 115 vehicle assets.

Tags: Coca-Cola, Video Event Recorders, Lytx, In-Vehicle Video

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Jump; Retail Sales and Consumer Sentiment Skyrocket

Retail prices recorded their biggest hike in eight months in September, according to a new report, while separate ones show the best improvement in retail sales in more than two years amid consumer sentiment hitting its highest level since 2004.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Consumer Sentiment

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Drives Another Record-Setting Month in For-Hire Freight Movements

Freight Transportation Services Index, August 2012 - August 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved by U.S. for-hire transportation providers hit an all-time high again in August, according to Transportation Department figures, after breaking the previous record the month before.

Tags: Economy, Freight

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

Bridgestone Names New GCR President

Photo: Bridgestone Americas Inc.

As president, Harmon will drive the strategic growth of GCR commercial tire and service store locations in North America.

Tags: Firestone, Bridgestone, Promotions, Tires, People, Leadership

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Supports President’s Health Insurance Executive Order

Screenshot via WhiteHouse.gov

The American Trucking Associations has praised President Trump for signing an executive order that will allow individuals to purchase health insurance through association health plans.

Tags: Driver Health, Healthcare Costs, Donald Trump

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Adds Independent Director to Board

Amid a financial restructuring and an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Celadon Group has announced the appointment of a new independent director to its board.

Tags: Leadership, Celadon Group, People, Celadon

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates for Vans, Reefers Rise Sharply

Spot truckload rates hit multi-year highs during the week ending Oct. 7, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, as the number of available loads fell.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Solutions

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Executives Look to the Future

Navistar included all its latest models for test drives at an event at its proving grounds outside of New Carlisle, IN, earlier this week.<br />Photo: Jack Roberts

After a tough run earlier this decade, Navistar told trucking reporters it is "back in business," touting its new and improved product line, a booming vocational market and a strong economy.

Tags: Navistar, SCR, EGR, International Trucks, Vocational Trucks

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Volkswagen Truck and Bus Reveals Future Transport Vision

Volkwagen Truck and Bus CEO Andreas Renschler outlines the company&#39;s vision of tuture transporation at it Innovation Day summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: VW

Germany's Volkswagen Truck and Bus Group laid out its long-term plans for shaping the future of transportation this week at its Innovation Day Summit, held in Hamburg, Germany.

Tags: Emissions, Volkswagen, Navistar, Connected Vehicle Technology, International Trucks, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Pressure Systems International Taps Sharkey to Head Sales and Marketing

Sharkey Photo: P.S.I.

Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.) has announced that it has promoted Jim Sharkey to the position of vice president, Global Sales & Marketing.

Tags: Tire Inflation, P.S.I.

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Solar-Powered Reefer Successfully Tested in California

In addition to eliminating emissions, the Rayfrigeration unit is projected to reduce operations costs by up to 90%. Photo: eNow

The eNow-supplied panels cut emissions and kept dairy products properly refrigerated in summer heat, the company said.

Tags: Solar Power, Reefers, Solar Charging, Solar Panel, Trailers

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Reports September Trailer Orders Up 84% from 2016

Preliminary net orders of 21,500 units, up 47% over August, bode well for 2018, the research firm says.

Tags: Trailers, New Vehicle Sales, FTR, Trailer Orders

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week Is Right Around the Bend

Photo: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week, where law enforcement personnel focus on identifying unsafe driving behavior by both truckers and motorists, starts this Sunday, Oct. 15.

Tags: Driver Safety, CVSA, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

DHL to Deploy Electric, Autonomous Delivery Trucks in Germany

Photo courtesy of ZF.

ZF and DHL plan to deploy a fleet of electric, autonomous vehicles as early as next year in real-world delivery operations.

Tags: DHL, ZF, Last Mile Delivery, Autonomous Vehicles, Global, Delivery Fleets, Germany

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Buys Dallas-Based Truck Repair Firm

Photo: Ryder System

Ryder System has completed the acquisition of all outstanding equity of Dallas Service Center, Inc., a truck repair facility located in Dallas, TX.

Tags: Outsourcing, Ryder System, Maintenance Facilities

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

FMSCA to Exempt Short-Term Truck Rentals from ELD Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to announce on Oct. 11 that it will grant an exemption from being required to use an electronic logging device to “all drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles rented for eight days or less, regardless of reason.”

Tags: TRALA, ELD, ELD Mandate

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

NHTSA: Highway Deaths Rise Again, Including Those Involving Trucks

Photo: FMCSA

The latest traffic crash data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in calendar year 2016 – marking a significant increase of 5.6% over the same period in 2015.

Tags: Safety, Highway Safety, Highway Fatalities, NHTSA, Safety & Compliance

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

FDA Offers Sanitary Transportation Rule Training

Photo: USDA

The Food and Drug Administration is offering a free, one-hour training module to assist motor carriers in meeting the requirements of FDA’s Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule, also known as the Sanitary Transportation Rule.

Tags: FDA, Food Safety

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