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J.B. Hunt Reports Revenues, Net Earnings and Earnings Per Share for 2019

J.B. Hunt Reports Revenues, Net Earnings and Earnings Per Share for 2019

| January 17, 2020

Full Year 2019 Revenue: $9.17 billion; up 6% J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT) announced fourth quarter 2019 net earnings of $144.7 million, or diluted earnings per share of $1.35 vs. fourth quarter 2018 net earnings of $88.7 million, or $0.81 per diluted share. Fourth quarter 2018 net earnings included pretax charges of $134.0 […]

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Barr-Nunn Increases Company Driver Bonuses

Barr-Nunn Increases Company Driver Bonuses

| January 17, 2020

Our drivers love the CSA Safety Bonus program Barr-Nunn Transportation, a 15-Year Certified Top Pay Carrier, known for ongoing compensation increases and pay improvements has taken the first step in 2020 to ensure that with Barr-Nunn, safe drivers earn more. One of Barr-Nunn’s cornerstone driver programs is their CSA Safety Bonus that all company drivers are […]

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Freight Forecast Signals Strong Truckload Rates in Q1

Freight Forecast Signals Strong Truckload Rates in Q1

| January 17, 2020

Year-end demand boosts freight rates to 11-month high  DAT Reports that Rates rose to an 11 month high for dry van and refrigerated (“reefer”) equipment on the spot market in December, even though volume declined slightly for spot and contract truckload freight, according to the DAT Truckload Freight Volume Index.  Lower volumes rarely mean lower rates in the last month of the year. Spot rates have increased in December for the past five years, but the 2019 surge was stronger than usual, with van and reefer rates hitting their highest marks since January 2019. “Our rate forecast indicates that van pricing should be flat in the first quarter of 2020 compared to Q4 2019, with upside potential of 3 to 5 percent,” said Ken Adamo, Chief of Analytics at DAT Solutions. “The forecasting model will respond in real time to any disruptions in the timing of weather events, trade tensions, and the spring shipping season. “In the spring we expect year-over-year rate comparisons to turn positive for the first time since September 2018,” he added. The year-end boost in rates was mostly the result of inventory management by e-commerce vendors, who prioritize delivery speed. While they don’t produce the same truckload volumes as the traditional brick-and-mortar retailers that still sell well over 80 percent of holiday merchandise, they do create more urgency on the spot market.  “ECommerce, with its unpredictable schedules, ties up a disproportionate share of truckload capacity throughout November and much of December,” Adamo explained. “Because e-commerce prioritizes delivery speed over efficient asset utilization, it adds extra pressure on spot market rates at the end of the year.” Both van and reefer rates rose 12 cents per mile during the month. Van rates averaged $1.94, while reefers hit $2.30. Flatbed rates averaged $2.17 per mile in December, a 7-cent increase from November but the second-lowest monthly average for the year. Van volume lost only 1.5 percent month over month. Reefer load counts held steady, while flatbed volume declined 2.7 percent. Compared to December 2018, vans gained 14 percent, reefers added 9 percent and flatbed volumes declined by 0.8 percent.

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Geotab Welcomes New Marketplace Partner: Drivewyze

Geotab Welcomes New Marketplace Partner: Drivewyze

| January 17, 2020

Drivewyze PreClear enables fleets to bypass weigh stations to help optimize fleet performance Geotab Connect 2020 – Geotab, a global leader in IoT and connected transportation, announced the availability of the Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass service on the Geotab Marketplace. Announced on-stage during Geotab Connect 2020, Drivewyze PreClear seamlessly integrates with Geotab’s award-winning telematics solution to help […]

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Meritor Acquires TransPower, Advancing its Electrification Expertise

Meritor Acquires TransPower, Advancing its Electrification Expertise

| January 17, 2020

Advanced Technologies Offering to Deliver Differentiated Value Proposition to Customers Meritor, Inc. has acquired all the outstanding common shares of Transportation Power, Inc. (“TransPower”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  “We are excited to welcome TransPower to the Meritor family as we continue providing our customers with sophisticated electric drivetrain solutions,” said Jay Craig, Meritor’s […]

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Love’s Travel Stops Previews 2020 Growth, Customer-experience Initiatives

Love’s Travel Stops Previews 2020 Growth, Customer-experience Initiatives

| January 17, 2020

Company plans to add about 40 stores; 3,000 parking spaces and 2,500 jobs Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, the nation’s industry-leading travel stop network, plans to open up to 40 stores and add about 3,000 parking spots and 2,500 jobs in 2020, it announced Thursday. The announcement follows a banner year in which Love’s […]

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