Sean Kilcarr

Online shopping could drive more global freight

Nearly half of what’s being dubbed “avid” U.S. online shoppers bought items from international retailers this year, driven in part by lower prices and broader merchandise selections, according to the sixth annual UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper study.

On top of that, 81% cited price as the most important factor when searching for and selecting products to buy online, United Parcel Service reported.

AMTs... Yes or no?

John Kingsley knows a thing or two when it comes to driving trucks for a living.

A former owner-operator turned company driver with 22 years of over-the-road experience under his belt, Kingsley followed a path into the industry familiar to many big rig operators — starting right out of the U.S. Army — with his career split between flatbed and dry van operations.

Navistar sees better days ahead

Though Navistar posted a loss for the second quarter this year, largely due to charges to cover losses on its “legacy” used trucks equipped with its old MaxxForce 13-liter exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) only engines, the OEM remains confident its fortunes will improve during the second half of 2017.

“We are on track to deliver on our plan for the year,” noted Troy Clarke, Navistar’s chairman, president and CEO, in a conference call with analysts and reporters.

Heavy duty towing, military style

When a tractor-trailer breaks down in the civilian world, a heavy-duty tow truck is usually dispatched to deal with it. But in the U.S. Army, when M1A2 Abrams main battle tank breaks down – a piece of equipment weighing 62.5 tons – a whole different level of recovery service is called for. That’s when military units such as the 1175th Transportation Company saddle up for work.

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