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Greenbriar Equity Group Invests in Vehicle Telematics Provider Spireon

Greenbriar Equity Group Invests in Vehicle Telematics Provider Spireon

| October 15, 2018

Spireon, a vehicle intelligence company, has selected Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P. (Greenbriar), a New York-based private investment firm, as its new equity partner. With over $3.5 billion in capital and investments in the global transportation and logistics industries, Greenbriar becomes the primary investor in Spireon as a result of the transaction. “Spireon is the leader in vehicle analytics […]

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MiX Telematics Surpasses 700,000 Subscribers

MiX Telematics Surpasses 700,000 Subscribers

| October 12, 2018

MiX Telematics (MIXT: NYSE), a leading provider of fleet and asset mobile management solutions, announced that it has surpassed the 700,000 subscriber mark.  This milestone was achieved by continued growth in its key markets, which saw more than 22,000 net new subscribers added in the second fiscal quarter, ending September 2018. MiX Telematics’s broad product portfolio […]

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Fleet Performance Data Helps  Fleets  Reduce Speeding, Idling, and Harsh Driving

Fleet Performance Data Helps  Fleets  Reduce Speeding, Idling, and Harsh Driving

| October 10, 2018

Companies that actively measure fleet performance can see improvements in driver behavior that can help improve efficiency, profitability and safety – particularly when it comes to speeding, idling and harsh driving.  New analysis of data from more than 27,000 connected commercial vehicles in the United States by Verizon Connect in the 2018 Fleet Connections The Data Driven Fleet […]

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People

GPS Insight Announces Executive Promotions, New CEO

GPS Insight Announces Executive Promotions, New CEO

| October 11, 2018

GPS Insight, a leading provider of tailored fleet management solutions, has  announced the promotion of Gary Fitzgerald to Chief Executive Officer. Former CEO and Founder, Rob Donat, will remain with the company as Chairman of the Board. Wayne Holder, the company’s controller, moves to the Chief Financial Officer role and Jason Walker, VP of Sales, […]

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Finalists for 2018 Influential Woman in Trucking Award Announced

Finalists for 2018 Influential Woman in Trucking Award Announced

| October 5, 2018

Women In Trucking Association (WIT) and Freightliner Trucks announced three finalists for the 2018 Influential Woman in Trucking award. This is the eighth year for the award which was developed in 2010 as a way to honor female leaders and to attract and advance women within the trucking industry. The award highlights the achievements of […]

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Jim Naatz Named VP of Sales at Driving Dynamics

Jim Naatz Named VP of Sales at Driving Dynamics

| October 5, 2018

Driving Dynamics Inc., a provider of driver and safety training to fleet-based organizations throughout North America, announced that Jim Naatz has stepped into the newly created role of vice president, sales, reporting to Art Liggio, Driving Dynamics president and CEO. Naatz comes to Driving Dynamics from Lytx, a San Diego-based video telematics company, where he sold […]

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Fleet Maintenance

National Lift Week, Sponsored by Stertil-Koni, Kicks Off October 8

National Lift Week, Sponsored by Stertil-Koni, Kicks Off October 8

| October 4, 2018

Heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni has announced that the fifth National Lift Week® kicks off Monday, Oct. 8 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 13. The six-day event showcases best practices in vehicle lift safety, service, and performance. As part of the occasion, Stertil-Koni distributors across North America will host a range of activities that […]

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Rural Alberta Taps Enterprise Fleet Management for Savings

Rural Alberta Taps Enterprise Fleet Management for Savings

| September 26, 2018

Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) is partnering with Enterprise Fleet Management, giving its members easier access to the company’s fleet management solutions and subsequent cost savings. In fact, by taking advantage of the partnership with Enterprise, RMA members can save a projected 20 to 25 per cent of the holding cost of their vehicles. RMA’s membership exceeds […]

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William B. Meyer Taps Transervice for Fleet Maintenance Services

William B. Meyer Taps Transervice for Fleet Maintenance Services

| September 19, 2018

Transervice Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of customized transportation solutions, has been selected by William B. Meyer, Inc. to provide maintenance services to a fleet of approximately 100 vehicles, including straight trucks, tractors and trailers.  Jim Lavery, Transervice’s Director of Business Development for New England led the sales effort and will remain the account manager. To […]

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Brakes, Suspensions, Chassis

WABCO Announces Vehicle Control Systems JV in China with FAW Jiefang

WABCO Announces Vehicle Control Systems JV in China with FAW Jiefang

| September 24, 2018

WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC), a leading global supplier of braking control systems and other advanced technologies that are engineered to improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, announced that it has signed an agreement to establish a new joint venture for vehicle control systems with FAW Jiefang Automotive Company. The goal is to advance the […]

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WABCO Debuts Single-Piston Air Disc Brake Technology

WABCO Debuts Single-Piston Air Disc Brake Technology

| September 10, 2018

WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC), a leading global supplier of technologies and services that are engineered to improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, has  announced its first simultaneous release of a complete new generation of high-performance single-piston air disc brakes (ADB) for trucks, buses and trailers world-wide.  Accelerating the industry’s conversion from conventional drum brakes […]

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Tech Talk: Jacobs To Introduce Cylinder  Deactivation Technology

Tech Talk: Jacobs To Introduce Cylinder Deactivation Technology

| September 6, 2018

Jacobs Vehicle Systems®, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engine retarding systems and valve actuation systems, will introduce its new Cylinder Deactivation (CDA) technology to the European market at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 (Hannover, Germany, September 20-27).  CDA uses the proven componentry of Jacobs’ High Power Density® (HPD®) engine brake, but in a new application and for […]

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Fuel & Oil

Gas Prices Inch Up

Gas Prices Inch Up

| October 10, 2018

According to the latest Fleet News, fuel prices moved up again. This week, the price of Regular nationwide was $2.911 vs. $2.857 one month  ago and $2.485 last year at this time. The news in fuel prices for diesel was the similar.  One gallon of Diesel stands at $3.286 vs. $3.179 last month and $2.728 […]

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Gas Prices Move Up

Gas Prices Move Up

| October 3, 2018

According to the latest Fleet News, fuel prices moved up slightly recently. This week, the price of Regular nationwide was $2.902 vs. $2.837 one week ago and up from $2.543 last year at this time. The news in fuel prices for Diesel was similar.  One gallon of Diesel stands at $3.230 vs. $3.166 last week and […]

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Gas Prices Continue Upward

Gas Prices Continue Upward

| September 17, 2018

According to the latest Fleet News, fuel prices moved up again. This week, the price of Regular nationwide was $2.851 vs. $2.847 one week ago and $2.627 last year at this time. The news in fuel prices for Diesel was somewhat similar.  One gallon of Diesel stands at $3.186 up from $3.179 last week and […]

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Green

World’s First Recycled Road Proves Smooth and Clean

World’s First Recycled Road Proves Smooth and Clean

| October 15, 2018

French company Vinci has built the world’s first stretch of motorway made entirely from recycled road materials. The “fully recycled road” is a kilometer long and is part of the A10 motorway between Pons and Saint Aubin in southwest France. It was built by two subsidiaries of Vinci Construction, Eurovia and Vinci Autoroutes. Vinci said that most of resources […]

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Is the U.S. Slipping Behind on Electric Vehicles?

Is the U.S. Slipping Behind on Electric Vehicles?

| October 15, 2018

As the the U.S. approaches a seemingly important “green” milestone — one million electric vehicle sold — the reality may in fact be a bit darker. A number of respected sources, such as Maxine Joselow, E&E News put the development into context. She recently wrote: “The United States started pursuing an EV market in earnest […]

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Advanced Solar Material Seeks to Boost New Power for Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

Advanced Solar Material Seeks to Boost New Power for Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

| October 10, 2018

One company is attempting to re-imagine how vehicles will tap supplemental solar power, given the increasing demands on the vehicles of the future.  So, imagine a technology that could be attached to the car’s surface and could provide additional power to the battery both while the vehicle is parked, and during motion. This is possible […]

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Recent News

Goodyear Revamps Ways Consumers Purchase its Tires

Goodyear Revamps Ways Consumers Purchase its Tires

| October 15, 2018

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber company has launched Roll by Goodyear, a new tire-buying and installation experience, in the Washington, D.C. metro area next week.  The concept is designed to make tire purchase and installation easier and give time back to consumers. With Roll, customers can shop for tires on their phone, tablet, desktop or […]

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Tropos Signs National Auto Fleet Group as Exclusive U.S. Dealer 

Tropos Signs National Auto Fleet Group as Exclusive U.S. Dealer 

| October 15, 2018

Tropos Motors has signed National Auto Fleet Group (NAFG) as its exclusive U.S. dealer to public fleets to sell the entire line of  the Tropos ABLE eCUV line of vehicles and accessories. The company also announced that these public fleets, operated by cities, counties, states, and public colleges and universities, will soon be able to […]

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Duncan & Son Lines Celebrates 75 Years in Trucking

Duncan & Son Lines Celebrates 75 Years in Trucking

| October 15, 2018

Duncan & Son Lines, Inc. is celebrating its 75th year as a  leader in the commercial transportation and trucking industry. The trucking company has been a fixture in the Phoenix community since 1943 and will be commemorating this milestone with company-wide celebrations and a renewed focus on ongoing excellence. “I think that 75 years shows that we’ve not only […]

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DOT Secretary Chao Names Appointees to Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking

DOT Secretary Chao Names Appointees to Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking

| October 12, 2018

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao has announced the appointment of 15 members to DOT’s new Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking. “Members of this committee have extensive experience in combatting human trafficking, and the Department looks forward to receiving their recommendations and reports,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The committee, required by […]

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SmartTruck Receives Award From Oakridge Lab for Class 8 Tractor Trailer Systems

SmartTruck Receives Award From Oakridge Lab for Class 8 Tractor Trailer Systems

| October 12, 2018

SmartTruck has announced it used a discretionary award from the Oakridge National Laboratory to perform computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. SmartTruck has had a relationship with OakRidge since 2009 when it used the OakRidge Leadership Computing Facility to design its initial products which attach to the truck tractor and trailer to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.  In […]

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Love’s Brings 70 New Jobs and Truck Parking to South Carolina

Love’s Brings 70 New Jobs and Truck Parking to South Carolina

| October 12, 2018

Love’s Travel Stops is now serving Customers in Yemassee, South Carolina, thanks to the anticipated opening of a new travel stop. The store, located at 409 Yemassee Hwy off I-95 on exit 38, adds 70 new jobs to Beaufort and Hampton Counties and 68 truck parking spaces. The more than 11,000-square-foot facility is open 24/7 […]

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Growth in China’s Truck Industry Continues

Growth in China’s Truck Industry Continues

| October 12, 2018

Heavy-duty truck sales in China topped one million again this year. This makes China the largest truck market in the world — by far. That said, it has been a difficult year for the motor vehicle industry in China but the truck industry is strong. Over 29 million vehicles were produced and sold by China’s […]

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U.S. Postal Service Raising Prices in 2019

U.S. Postal Service Raising Prices in 2019

| October 11, 2018

The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC)  of price changes to take effect Jan. 27, 2019. The proposed prices, approved by the Governors of the Postal Service, would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 2.5 percent. Shipping Services price increases vary by product. For example, Priority Mail Express will increase […]

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Goodyear Increases Dividend on Common Stock

Goodyear Increases Dividend on Common Stock

| October 10, 2018

  The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) announced that its Board of Directors has approved an increase in the company’s quarterly common stock dividend to 16 cents per share from 14 cents per share. This dividend increase represents an annual rate of 58 cents per share for 2018 and 64 cents per share for 2019. The board declared the increase effective with […]

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Trucking Jobs Tour Launches to Help Address Driver Shortage

Trucking Jobs Tour Launches to Help Address Driver Shortage

| October 10, 2018

To help tackle the wide-ranging impacts of the truck driver shortage, plans are underway to launch the Trucking Jobs Tour, an initiative designed to help promote the many thousands of open truck driver jobs across the U.S. Here’s the context:  As anyone in the fleet business know, it has been widely reported that the country […]

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Vnomics Receives Two New Patents for In-cab Coaching

Vnomics Receives Two New Patents for In-cab Coaching

| October 10, 2018

Vnomics Corp., a provider of onboard fuel optimization solutions that combine real-time driver coaching and fuel efficiency insights, announced it has received two new patents, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including its first patent for in-cab coaching.  “These new patents illustrate the unique and innovative method that Vnomics employs to […]

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Trimble Taps SmartSense for Temperature Data for Food Safety Systems

Trimble Taps SmartSense for Temperature Data for Food Safety Systems

| October 10, 2018

SmartSense by Digi®, a division of Digi International® (NASDAQ: DGII), (www.digi.com) focused on Internet of Things (IoT)-based condition monitoring, announced that Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) is integrating SmartSense continuous temperature monitoring for food safety systems to provide remote, real-time temperature data for their data aggregation and supply chain analytics platform. With this integration, users will have access to data […]

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Carvana Enters Beaumont, Texas Market

Carvana Enters Beaumont, Texas Market

| October 10, 2018

Carvana (NYSE: CVNA), a leading e-commerce platform for buying, financing and selling used cars, launched in Beaumont, Texas, with as-soon-as-next-day vehicle delivery.  Customers can shop more than 10,000 vehicles on Carvana.com, finance, purchase, and even sell their current vehicle to Carvana, then schedule as-soon-as-next-day delivery in as little as 10 minutes. With the ability to shop for […]

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Roadrunner Transportation Receives Warning Notice from NYSE

Roadrunner Transportation Receives Warning Notice from NYSE

| October 10, 2018

Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. (NYSE: RRTS), a leading asset-right transportation and asset-light logistics service provider, announced  that it received notice on October 4, 2018 from the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) that the company had fallen below the NYSE’s continued listing standards relating to minimum average global market capitalization and total stockholders’ investment, which […]

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EpicVue Offers No Contract Satellite TV

EpicVue Offers No Contract Satellite TV

| October 9, 2018

EpicVue, providers of premium in-cab satellite TV packaged exclusively for the trucking industry, announced that carriers can now take advantage of its driver entertainment systems without the need to sign a subscription contract. With the new no contract offer from EpicVue fleets can adopt satellite TV systems for an upfront fee, and can cancel the […]

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New Fleet Management Technology  for Oil and Gas Industry

New Fleet Management Technology  for Oil and Gas Industry

| October 9, 2018

Gorilla Safety, provider of an innovative, proprietary and patented software solution that strives to fully automate  fleet and safety management, announced the release of its new Oil and Gas Product, catering to specific needs of fleet operations engaged in that industry. This bundled functionality added to Gorilla Safety’s award-winning platform fills the gaps for fleets operating […]

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Frito-Lay Recognizes Drivers for  Millions Of Accident-Free Miles Driven

Frito-Lay Recognizes Drivers for Millions Of Accident-Free Miles Driven

| October 9, 2018

Frito-Lay North America, the $15 billion convenient foods division of PepsiCo, recently recognized 72 over-the-road (OTR) drivers in the U.S. and Canada who reached the career milestone of driving more than 1, 2, 3 and 4 million accident-free miles. One driver, George Newman of Killingly, Conn., was recognized for the 4 million milestone for only the second time ever in Frito-Lay history. […]

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Digital Freight Broker Loadsmart Announces $21.6 Million Series A Financing

Digital Freight Broker Loadsmart Announces $21.6 Million Series A Financing

| October 9, 2018

Loadsmart, a digital freight broker, announced it has raised $21.6 million in series A funding led by Maersk Growth, Connor Capital SB and Chromo Invest.  This brings the total investment in Loadsmart to date to $34.7 million following previous seed investment and a convertible notes round. The current investment will be used to scale Loadsmart’s […]

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New Telematics Offering to Use Human Voice Warnings

New Telematics Offering to Use Human Voice Warnings

| October 9, 2018

International automotive technology provider ERM Advanced Telematics, whose products have been installed in more than 5 million vehicles worldwide, is launching two new products aimed at improving driving quality with the use of human voice warnings and visual signals to the driver.  The development of the two products, eVoice and eFlash SF, was completed, and […]

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TBC Corporation Rebrands Remaining Merchant Tire Locations 

TBC Corporation Rebrands Remaining Merchant Tire Locations 

| October 9, 2018

TBC Corporation,  one of North America’s largest marketers of automotive replacement tires, is continuing the rebranding of Merchant’s® Tire & Auto Service Center locations to NTB® Tire & Service Centers.  The remaining Merchant’s locations, 46 stores in Maryland and Virginia, will be rebranded by the end of November 2018. Once complete, NTB will provide automotive maintenance and […]

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New Telematics Platform for Commercial Insurers of Small U.S. Fleets Launched

New Telematics Platform for Commercial Insurers of Small U.S. Fleets Launched

| October 9, 2018

Automotive telematics specialist The Floow has released FloowFleet, a telematics platform specially designed for commercial insurers serving fleets with 25 or fewer light-duty vehicles.  The platform intends to present clear and objective scoring on how well fleet vehicles are being driven on every trip. FloowFleet gives fleet owners, managers and risk professionals transparent access to […]

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Tampa HART Systems Goes to Free Fare in Tourism Boost

Tampa HART Systems Goes to Free Fare in Tourism Boost

| October 9, 2018

In an effort to boost tourism and inner city commerce, the TECO Line Streetcar System in Tampa is going fare-free and launching expanded service hours and increased frequency.  From Ybor City to downtown Tampa, the 2.7-mile, 11-stop Streetcar connects residents and visitors to work, events, restaurants, sporting events, activities, and entertainment. “Our customers wanted a […]

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Continental Expands Commercial Light Truck Tire Portfolio 

Continental Expands Commercial Light Truck Tire Portfolio 

| October 8, 2018

Tire manufacturer Continental has expanded its commercial light truck tire portfolio with the new 16-inch Conti LAR 3.  The all-position tire performs admirably in the high scrub conditions faced by regional delivery drivers, and provides industry-leading miles to removal, with up to 32 percent mileage improvement over competitor products. The Conti LAR 3 is designed to withstand […]

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Finalists Announced for 2018 SEMA Awards

Finalists Announced for 2018 SEMA Awards

| October 8, 2018

SEMA Show exhibitors have cast their votes and selected the finalists for the SEMA Award, presented to automakers to recognize the most accessory friendly vehicles in five categories, including car, truck, 4×4/SUV, sport compact and – for the first time ever – powersports vehicle.  The top three finalists in each category are: SEMA Car of […]

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XL Fleet Customers Top 75 Million Road Miles Driven

XL Fleet Customers Top 75 Million Road Miles Driven

| October 5, 2018

  XL, a leader connected vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, announced that its customers have collectively surpassed 75 million total miles driven with vehicles powered by XL’s hybrid electric (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) systems.  The company estimates that its customers have saved nearly 1.5 million gallons of fuel, reduced CO2 […]

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ATA Salutes DOT Leadership in Unveiling AV 3.0

ATA Salutes DOT Leadership in Unveiling AV 3.0

| October 5, 2018

American Trucking Associations praised the U.S. Department of Transportation’s leadership for its rollout of “AV 3.0,” the Administration’s new policy guidance for the development of automated vehicles technology. “This is a sound and substantive framework that rightly recognizes commercial vehicles are essential to any serious AV policy,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “In reaching out […]

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Hybrid Cars Market Growing at Nearly 17% per Year

Hybrid Cars Market Growing at Nearly 17% per Year

| October 5, 2018

The global hybrid cars market is poised to grow at nearly 17% per year, according to a new research report.  The study depicts the presence of a highly competitive and emerging vendor landscape with a hint of fragmentation, says Transparency Market Research on the basis of a recently published report. And this competition is expected to […]

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2018 SuperTech Grand Champion Awarded

2018 SuperTech Grand Champion Awarded

| October 5, 2018

Mitchell 1 has awarded Phillip Pinter from FedEx Freight in Ida, MI, the Grand Champion of the National Technician Skills Competition — TMC SuperTech 2018 — with a subscription to TruckSeries that will allow him to access all of Mitchell 1’s online service information products for Class 4-8 trucks for a full year. The event […]

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Barr-Nunn Builds New Terminal in Charlotte NC

Barr-Nunn Builds New Terminal in Charlotte NC

| October 5, 2018

Barr-Nunn Transportation, Inc., now celebrating 36 years in business, has another reason to smile.  The company is nearing completion of its new Charlotte, North Carolina terminal — slotted for late this quarter. The new Barr-Nunn Terminal and grounds in Charlotte NC will provide parking for plenty of tractors and/or trailers. The terminal will also have a new 7,200 square -foot shop […]

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MercuryGate Names Dan Graham COO

MercuryGate Names Dan Graham COO

| October 4, 2018

MercuryGate International, Inc., a leading independent provider of SaaS-based transportation management system (TMS) solutions, announced it has promoted Dan Graham to be MercuryGate’s Chief Operating Officer. Graham was previously Chief Financial Officer at MercuryGate and has more than 18 years of experience in supply chain and SaaS software. In the new role, Graham will be […]

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Dupré Logistics Names Amy Armstrong to Lead Houston Dedicated Sales

Dupré Logistics Names Amy Armstrong to Lead Houston Dedicated Sales

| October 4, 2018

Capacity solutions provider Dupré Logistics announced the appointment of Amy Armstrong as Director of Business Development in the company’s Dedicated business group sales team. As part of the company’s five-year accelerated business growth and expansion plan, Armstrong will work out of the Greater Houston area. Armstrong has more than 14 years of professional experience in developing […]

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European “Green” Cars Driving to the Lead

European “Green” Cars Driving to the Lead

| October 4, 2018

Electric vehicles are front and center at the Paris Motor Show with European carmakers showing leadership in technology and their ability to compete with Tesla in the space.  New emission standards in Europe mean there will soon more electric vehicles offered. At the Paris show, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz is showing off the EQC, while Volkswagen’s Audi […]

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Class 8 Orders Fall Sequentially in September, but Still Strong

Class 8 Orders Fall Sequentially in September, but Still Strong

| October 4, 2018

Preliminary North America Class 8 net order data show the industry booked 42,800 units in September, falling moderately after back-to-back record order months.  “Preliminary data indicate that in September, NA Class 8 orders were down 19% from August, but up 90% compared to year-ago September,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s President and Senior Analyst. He continued, […]

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North American Class 8 Orders for September Surge 

North American Class 8 Orders for September Surge 

| October 4, 2018

FTR reports preliminary North American Class 8 orders for September continued to surge, coming in at 42,300 units for the month.  The third quarter 2018 decisively set an all-time record with 146,800 Class 8 orders.  September Class 8 order activity was the 10th best month ever but with most of 2018 hitting all time highs, was […]

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XPO Logistics to Deploy 5,000 Warehouse Robots

XPO Logistics to Deploy 5,000 Warehouse Robots

| October 4, 2018

XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO), a leading global provider of transportation and logistics solutions, announced plans to deploy 5,000 intelligent robots throughout its logistics sites in North America and Europe.  The robots, which are designed to collaborate with humans, will supplement XPO’s existing workforce and support future growth. XPO has a strategic partnership with robotics […]

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