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Connected Fleet News

Fleet’s “Mobility Evolution” to Highlight NAFA’s International Fleet Academy Pre-Conference

Fleet’s “Mobility Evolution” to Highlight NAFA’s International Fleet Academy Pre-Conference

| January 23, 2018

NAFA Fleet Management Association has announces the return of the annual International Fleet Academy (IFA), taking place April 23, in Anaheim, Calif, preceding the Association’s annual conference, the NAFA Institute & Expo (I&E). The  organization notes that the IFA “will provide an engaging forum to discuss questions concerning where the fleet/mobility industry will be 10 […]

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Old Dominion Freight Opts for Truckload Cost info System

Old Dominion Freight Opts for Truckload Cost info System

| January 19, 2018

TCG, an SMC3 company and providers of Activity-Based Costing and Profitability Management Tools™ for truckload and less-than-truckload motor carriers, has announced that Old Dominion Freight Line has decided to implement its Truckload Cost Information System (TL/CIS) for its container drayage operation. “We are already using TCG’s LTL Cost Information System and firmly believe it is […]

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EROAD Debuts Paperless, In-Vehicle Inspection Report

EROAD Debuts Paperless, In-Vehicle Inspection Report

| January 17, 2018

EROAD, a global technology provider of fleet management, electronic tax reporting and ELD compliance solutions, has introduced EROAD Inspect, an in-vehicle Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) reporting tool. “Inspect DVIR uses the same EROAD in-vehicle ELD hardware used to ensure Hours of Service logs compliance to lead drivers through a simple and methodical inspection process,” […]

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People

Mary Ann Burgoon Named President of Performance Friction

Mary Ann Burgoon Named President of Performance Friction

| January 19, 2018

Performance Friction has announced that Mary Ann Burgoon has assumed the role of President of Performance Friction Corporation. In addition, Burgoon will continue the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In her expanded role Burgoon will focus on Production, Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Fulfillment. The company anticipates that the synergies that the organization will gain in […]

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Steven Foster Named VP Sales at Truckstop.com

Steven Foster Named VP Sales at Truckstop.com

| January 18, 2018

Truckstop.com, a leader in transportation technology and load board solutions, has announced the promotion of Steven Foster to Vice President of Small and Medium Business (SMB) Sales. Foster joined Truckstop.com in 2016 as the Director of SMB Sales. His responsibilities now including leading consultative sales to all current and prospective SMB customers. “Truckstop.com serves a […]

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LeasePlan USA Adds Naeem Morris to Truck Division Sales

LeasePlan USA Adds Naeem Morris to Truck Division Sales

| January 18, 2018

LeasePlan USA has announced the appointment of Naeem Morris to the Truck and Equipment Division. In his role of truck sales vice president, he will be responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the LeasePlan truck division in the Midwest. “Naeem is a welcome addition to the truck division,” said John Jaje, executive vice […]

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Fleet Maintenance

New Auto Code Readers from Zurich Automotive

New Auto Code Readers from Zurich Automotive

| January 22, 2018

Zurich, a new line of professional automotive diagnostic tools for the master technician, is now available at Harbor Freight Tools. The Zurich OBD2 Code Readers are engineered to provide precise measurements and readings, making complex vehicle diagnostic systems easy to understand and fix. All Zurich readers diagnose and clear trouble codes and lights on virtually […]

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Continuous Recess in Inground HD Piston Lift Showcased in New Stertil-Koni Video

Continuous Recess in Inground HD Piston Lift Showcased in New Stertil-Koni Video

| January 16, 2018

To dramatically present the safety and performance delivered by an industry first in inground piston lifts in North America – a technology known as “Continuous Recess” – Stertil-Koni, the leader in heavy duty vehicle lifts, recently filmed and produced a video that clearly shows how it works on the company’s highly acclaimed DIAMONDLIFT – a […]

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Pressure Mounts on Fleet Maintenance Facilities in to Go Even Greener

Pressure Mounts on Fleet Maintenance Facilities in to Go Even Greener

| January 2, 2018

As heavy duty trucks and buses increasingly feature cleaner-burning, more fuel-efficient engines, a new industry overview by heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni reveals that the maintenance facilities in which these vehicles are serviced and the equipment used to repair them will also be under even greater pressure to go more green in 2018. On […]

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Training

Driving Dynamics Inks Deal to Offer DriveTech Safety Training in North America

Driving Dynamics Inks Deal to Offer DriveTech Safety Training in North America

| January 22, 2018

Driving Dynamics Inc., a provider of advanced performance driver safety training for fleet-based organizations, has signed an agreement with DriveTech International to join its global training partner network and for reseller rights in North America. DriveTech is the global driver safety management arm of Great Britain’s Automobile Association with a presence in over 95 countries and offering […]

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Is Distracted Driving Putting Your Fleet and Drivers at Risk?

Is Distracted Driving Putting Your Fleet and Drivers at Risk?

| January 18, 2018

If, like most fleets, safety is mission # 1, then it’s certainly worth asking a very pertinent follow-up question: If distracted driving is a contributing cause in 1 out of every 4 vehicle crashes, is there more that can be done to keep your people and your assets safe? The pros at Driving Dynamics have […]

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Online Driver Training Goes Mobile

Online Driver Training Goes Mobile

| November 15, 2017

Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI), providers of driver training solutions for the transportation industry has introduced its new PRO-TREAD Mobile App. “With the PRO-TREAD Mobile App, carriers are able to give drivers options for when, where and how to complete training,” said Aaron Purvis, chief technology officer of ITI. “Custom, compulsory and company specific training from […]

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Fuel & Oil

Gas Prices Up Again

Gas Prices Up Again

| January 23, 2018

According to the latest Fleet News, fuel prices moved up again recently. This week, the price of Regular nationwide was $2.538 vs. $2.529 one month  ago and $2.310 last year at this time. The news in fuel prices for Diesel was a similar.  One gallon of Diesel stands at $2.944 vs. $2.930 last month and […]

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Guest Article: Vehicle Standards Spur Fuel Economy; Rollback Throws Us into Reverse

Guest Article: Vehicle Standards Spur Fuel Economy; Rollback Throws Us into Reverse

| January 22, 2018

By Therese Langer, Transportation Program Director With the threat of a rollback looming, two new reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show that federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles are working. Furthermore, new models, such as those on display at the Detroit Auto Show this week, show that additional gains are […]

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U.S. Chamber Tells President and Congress to Raise Gas Tax: For Real

U.S. Chamber Tells President and Congress to Raise Gas Tax: For Real

| January 19, 2018

In what may appear to be a real head-turner, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is urging President Trump and Congress to raise the federal gas tax. The rationale from the nation’s largest business lobby is that a 25 cent per gallon increase would help pay for infrastructure improvements to U.S. roads, bridges, airports and more. […]

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Green

Volvo Revs Up Electric Truck Business

Volvo Revs Up Electric Truck Business

| January 23, 2018

Volvo is plugging into the electric truck business in a big way and will start selling electric trucks across Europe in 2019, and the first units will be put into operation with select customers in 2018. Here’s the rationale, according to Volvo: “Electric trucks drastically reduce noise and exhaust emissions and create new opportunities to […]

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Guest Article: Vehicle Standards Spur Fuel Economy; Rollback Throws Us into Reverse

Guest Article: Vehicle Standards Spur Fuel Economy; Rollback Throws Us into Reverse

| January 22, 2018

By Therese Langer, Transportation Program Director With the threat of a rollback looming, two new reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show that federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles are working. Furthermore, new models, such as those on display at the Detroit Auto Show this week, show that additional gains are […]

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XL Hybrids Wins CARB Approval for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Ford F-150s in CA

XL Hybrids Wins CARB Approval for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Ford F-150s in CA

| January 16, 2018

Fleet electrification leader XL Hybrids reports that it has received approval for plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Ford F-150 pickup trucks in the Golden State – an industry first. According to Clay Siegert, COO at XL Hybrids, the company “has the most approvals to sell into California – in the form of ‘executive orders,’ or EO’s, issued […]

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Recent News

Insurance Provider Launches Telematics App to Boost Safe Driving

Insurance Provider Launches Telematics App to Boost Safe Driving

| January 23, 2018

In what could be a trend for the insurance industry in general, the Arbella Insurance Group, in partnership with Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), has announced the launch of Wheel Focused™, a telematics-based solution designed to change driver behavior through real-time feedback, personalized data and insights, and gamification. According to the company, participants in similar CMT […]

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Sears Seating Launches New Truck Suspension Seat

Sears Seating Launches New Truck Suspension Seat

| January 23, 2018

Sears Seating, a manufacturer of off-road and over-the-road truck and tractor seating for over 160 years, introduced what it is calling “the next generation of truck suspension seating” with the Atlas II ActiveVRS Suspension Seat. The seat system uses Magneto-Rheological (MR) fluid technology to provide an advanced magnetic ride. Here’s what’s cool: A position sensor […]

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FedEx Earns No. 9 Spot on FORTUNE’s Most Admired Companies

FedEx Earns No. 9 Spot on FORTUNE’s Most Admired Companies

| January 23, 2018

FedEx delivers again —  ranked among the most admired companies in the world, according to a survey published in FORTUNE magazine. The annual “World’s Most Admired Companies” report released today lists the shipping titan as the No. 9 ranked company overall. The survey measures nine attributes related to financial performance and corporate reputation. “FedEx is […]

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FleetPride Opening New Location In Boise

FleetPride Opening New Location In Boise

| January 23, 2018

FleetPride,  the nation’s largest distributor of truck and trailer parts in the independent heavy-duty aftermarket channel, has announced the opening of a new branch in Boise, Idaho. It will be the company’s fourth location in Idaho, joining successful branches in Twin Falls, Pocatello, and Idaho Falls. Noted Mike Harris, FleetPride senior vice president of sales […]

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Smart Fleet Management Market to Grow 7.6% per Year

Smart Fleet Management Market to Grow 7.6% per Year

| January 23, 2018

The global smart fleet management market size is expected to reach $565.1 billion by 2025, according to a study conducted by Grand View Research. What’s more, the market is anticipated to register a CAGR of 7.6% from 2017 to 2025. Multiple factors are at play: Introduction of vehicular communication technologies has increased the adoption of […]

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UNFI Drivers In California Choose Teamsters Local 853

UNFI Drivers In California Choose Teamsters Local 853

| January 23, 2018

Drivers with the largest natural and organic food supplier in the United States, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), have chosen representation by Teamsters Local 853 in Oakland. The 31 drivers based out of Gilroy, Calif., transport supplies for UNFI to major clients like Whole Foods, Amazon, Genentech, Sprouts and Google The drivers are reported to […]

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Stertil-Koni Takes Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics

Stertil-Koni Takes Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics

| January 22, 2018

A dozen Stertil-Koni employees and friends will throw caution to the frigid winds and icy waters to raise money, spirits – and possibly some heart rates – at the 2018 Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge on January 26, during the corporate portion of the 22nd annual event. Heading the intrepid group at vehicle lift […]

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California Van Pool Authority  Taps Vehicle Tracking Solutions for Fleet Management

California Van Pool Authority Taps Vehicle Tracking Solutions for Fleet Management

| January 22, 2018

Vehicle Tracking Solutions (VTS), developers of the Fleet Management GPS and business intelligence platform- Silent Passenger®, announced that the California Van Pool Authority has migrated to Silent Passenger from an older legacy product. Executive Director of California Van Pool Authority, Ron Hughes shared “after seeing Silent Passenger we realized that VTS was innovating in the […]

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Fortune Names XPO Logistics One of World’s Most Admired Companies

Fortune Names XPO Logistics One of World’s Most Admired Companies

| January 22, 2018

XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO), a leading global provider of transport and logistics solutions, has been named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies for 2018, as announced by Fortune magazine. This is the first year that the company has made the list. Bradley Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of XPO Logistics, said, “We’re honored […]

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New Voice-Activated, In-Car Parking Reservations from SpotHero

New Voice-Activated, In-Car Parking Reservations from SpotHero

| January 22, 2018

SpotHero, a top North American parking reservation service, has launched a new integration that enables drivers to book parking with the Google Assistant using voice commands. Here’s how it works: With the Google Assistant’s recent integration into Android Auto, drivers with Android Auto will soon be able use SpotHero and the Google Assistant to find […]

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Volvo Trucks to Show Vocational Trucks at World of Concrete

Volvo Trucks to Show Vocational Trucks at World of Concrete

| January 19, 2018

Volvo Trucks North America will showcase three application-specific Volvo VHD series vocational trucks in its booth (No. C7012) at World of Concrete 2018, January 23-26 at the Las Vegas Conference Center. The VHD 300 mixer, VHD 300 volumetric mixer, and VHD 300 dump models are designed to deliver power, productivity, and versatility to specific concrete […]

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Class 8 Orders Ended 2017 at a 37-month High

Class 8 Orders Ended 2017 at a 37-month High

| January 19, 2018

North American Class 8 orders ended 2017 with a bang, rising to a 37-month high 37,500-plus units, according to ACT Research Co. (ACT). Strong orders since September have boosted Class 8 backlogs, setting the stage for a healthy uptick in Class 8 production in 2018. “The US market was the primary driver of December’s Class […]

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J.B. Hunt 2017 Revenues and EPS Up, Operating Income Down

J.B. Hunt 2017 Revenues and EPS Up, Operating Income Down

| January 19, 2018

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., announced fourth quarter 2017 net earnings of $385.3 million, or diluted earnings per share of $3.48 vs. fourth quarter 2016 net earnings of $117.6 million, or $1.05 per diluted share. Highlights as follows: Fourth quarter 2017 Revenue: $1.99 billion; up 16% Fourth quarter 2017 Operating Income: $146 million; down 25% […]

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SiriusXM to Launch “Women In Trucking” Show

SiriusXM to Launch “Women In Trucking” Show

| January 19, 2018

SiriusXM announced the launch of Women In Trucking, a live, call-in show airing exclusively on SiriusXM Road Dog channel 146.  The weekly, two-hour show will premiere on Saturday, January 20 at 11:00 am ET.  Hosted by Ellen Voie, SiriusXM’s Women In Trucking will feature listener call-ins and interviews with professionals from the trucking industry – […]

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Hertz Equipment Rental Teamsters Ratify Three-Year Contract

Hertz Equipment Rental Teamsters Ratify Three-Year Contract

| January 19, 2018

Teamsters Local 174 members at Hertz Equipment Rental Corp. (HERC) voted overwhelmingly on January 13 to ratify a new 3-year agreement. Local 174 represents 26 heavy equipment rental truck drivers at the company. The new contract comes after several months of negotiating, and a unanimous strike authorization vote on December 16. The new agreement includes […]

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