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While it’s been a challenging year for the trucking industry in some ways, comparisons to the runaway market of 2017-2018 may make it seem worse than it is. In their monthly State of Freight webinar Dec. 12, the transportation intelligence analysts at FTR discussed the top trends affecting freight volumes and rates.

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Daimler Using Technology for Faster Repairs

Daimler Trucks North America launched a new e-commerce platform, is using technology to help dealers make repairs faster – including simplifying the warranty process – and is on the cusp of adding predictive diagnostics to its uptime tools.

Spartan Motors Receives Large Step Van Order

Spartan Motors has received an order for 2,237 Utilimaster step vans from a leading North American online e-commerce and fulfillment company, the Charlotte, Mich.-based upfitter announced.

Cummins Launches Online Store for U.S. Customers

Cummins has launched an online store for customers in the U.S. at www.shopcummins.com, offering more than 200 of the company’s products, from filters and batteries to coolants and engine oils.

Logistics Costs Climb as Supply-Chain Capacity Tightens

With much thanks to the booming economy, logistics costs incurred by U.S. businesses jumped 11.4% last year, reaching $1.64 trillion– or 8% of the $20.5 trillion gross domestic product of the entire United States in 2018.

Amazon Wants Employees to Open Package Delivery Businesses

Amazon announced it will take an active role in helping interested employees launch their own package delivery businesses, expanding its Delivery Service Partner program with some additional incentives to help those employees make the transition.