American Trucker http://trucker.com/rss.xml en Truckstop.com taps Perry to be chief economist http://trucker.com/business/truckstopcom-taps-perry-be-chief-economist <div class="field-deck"> He remains a managing partner with research firm FTR Transportation Intelligence. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>No&euml;l Perry is joining <a href="http://www.truckstop.com/">Truckstop.com</a> as its chief economist, though he will continue to provide independent consulting services and remains a managing partner with research firm FTR Transportation Intelligence.</p> <p>Perry is a 30-year veteran transportation analyst, previously serving in senior research positions at TL carrier Schneider National, Cummins Engine Co., and railroad giant CSX.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/truckstopcom-taps-perry-be-chief-economist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/truckstopcom-taps-perry-be-chief-economist#comments Business News Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:35:00 +0000 21161 at http://trucker.com <p>Perry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master&rsquo;s degree with honors from Harvard University. He&#39;s also a Vietnam War veteran. (<em>Photo: Kevin Jones/American Trucker</em>)</p> Demand for pre-2007 used trucks stays strong http://trucker.com/equipment/demand-pre-2007-used-trucks-stays-strong <div class="field-deck"> Analysis by Arrow Truck Sales indicates the steep repair cost for post-2007 emission systems is driving this trend. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>While the environment for the used truck buyer has been more &ldquo;predictable and stable&rdquo; of late, according to <a href="http://www.arrowtruck.com/docs/index.aspx" target="_blank">Arrow Truck Sales</a> &ndash; generally up a little bit year-over-year in 2017 &ndash; an interesting &ldquo;sub-trend&rdquo; many expected would&rsquo;ve died out by now continues to stay strong: demand for pre-2007 truck models that don&rsquo;t incorporate exhaust aftertreatment systems.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/demand-pre-2007-used-trucks-stays-strong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/demand-pre-2007-used-trucks-stays-strong#comments Equipment News Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:19:00 +0000 21151 at http://trucker.com <p>Many of those seeking pre-2007 model units continue to rebuild the trucks they currently operate to avoid exhaust aftertreatment technology. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Freight seems poised for a rebound http://trucker.com/business/freight-seems-poised-rebound <div class="field-deck"> Truck tonnage jumped up in May and other economic indicators are trending positive, too. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A sharp uptick in the truck tonnage numbers for the month of May, along with a bump-up in home sales for that month as well, are forming a nexus of positive economic indicators for the freight transportation industry.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.trucking.org/">American Trucking Associations</a> (ATA) for-hire truck tonnage index increased 6.5% in May, which followed a 1.5% decline during April. Compared to last year, the tonnage index this May is up 4.8%, which was the largest year-over-year gain since November of 2016, noted Bob Costello, ATA&rsquo;s chief economist.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/freight-seems-poised-rebound" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/freight-seems-poised-rebound#comments Business News Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:10:00 +0000 21141 at http://trucker.com <p>Yet only &ldquo;moderate growth&rdquo; expected for freight volumes going forward, according to ATA&#39;s chief economist. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Omnitracs launches trucker pet contest http://trucker.com/must-reads/omnitracs-launches-trucker-pet-contest <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Its “Big Rig Buddies 2017” contest seeks to highlight the role of animal companions in the trucking industry. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>All sorts of animals offer truck drivers <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-may-be-going-dogs-and-cats-and-fish">companionship while on the road</a>, and fleet management provider <a href="http://www.omnitracs.com/">Omnitracs</a> is launching a contest to highlight pets large and small offer in that role.</p> <p><a href="http://www.omnitracs.com/bigrigbuddies">Big Rig Buddies 2017</a> is a contest that aims to celebrate the pets who serve as trusted companions for truck drivers and how they contribute to helping their owners maintain happier and healthier lives.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/must-reads/omnitracs-launches-trucker-pet-contest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/must-reads/omnitracs-launches-trucker-pet-contest#comments Must Reads News Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:45:00 +0000 21131 at http://trucker.com <p>According to the Harris Poll, 71% of pet owners said they have at least one dog; almost half (49%) have cats, while one in ten have fish (11%) and less than one in ten pet owners has a bird (8%) or some other type of pet (9%). (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Congressman's bill aims to kill the FET http://trucker.com/regulations/congressmans-bill-aims-kill-fet <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> H.R. 2946 seeks to scuttle the 12% federal excise tax (FET) on heavy-duty trucks, tractors, and trailers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>U.S. Representative <a href="https://lamalfa.house.gov/">Doug LaMalfa</a> (R-CA) is seeking to eliminate the 12% federal excise tax or &ldquo;FET&rdquo; levied on most heavy-duty trucks, tractors and commercial trailers &ndash; a tax the <a href="https://www.nada.org/ATD/">American Truck Dealers</a> (ATD) group claims can add anywhere from $12,000 to $22,000 to the sticker prices for such equipment.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/congressmans-bill-aims-kill-fet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/congressmans-bill-aims-kill-fet#comments News Regulations Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:17:00 +0000 21121 at http://trucker.com <p>Over the last six-plus decades, the FET has jumped from 3% to 12%, according to ATD. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> The logistics trends that will impact trucking http://trucker.com/business/logistics-trends-will-impact-trucking <div class="field-deck"> Annual State of Logistics report points to challenges and opportunities ahead for smaller-sized operations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Small fleets and owner-operators take heart; though a lot of change is poised to occur in the logistics world of today and tomorrow, opportunities for growth and profits should develop as well &ndash; if the challenges posed by those changes can be surmounted, of course.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/logistics-trends-will-impact-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/logistics-trends-will-impact-trucking#comments Business News Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:04:00 +0000 21111 at http://trucker.com <p>A.T. Kearney&#39;s Sean Monahan (left) confers with Penske Logistics&#39; Marc Althen about the findings from this year&#39;s <em><u>State of Logistics</u></em> report. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Mobile apps are big business in trucking http://trucker.com/technology/mobile-apps-are-big-business-trucking <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Frost & Sullivan believes the trucking app business will be worth $35.4 billion by 2025. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The mobile application or &ldquo;apps&rdquo; business is expected to be worth some $35.4 billion per year by 2025, according to global consulting firm <a href="http://frost.ly/2u">Frost &amp; Sullivan</a>, with mobile apps also expected to be the &ldquo;biggest disrupter&rdquo; within the North American transportation industry &ndash; an industry worth $700 billion, according to the firm&rsquo;s data.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/mobile-apps-are-big-business-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/mobile-apps-are-big-business-trucking#comments News Technology Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:45:00 +0000 21101 at http://trucker.com <p>Only about 30 of the more than 100 currently available trucking apps in North America are expected to survive until 2020. (<em>Photo Apple</em>)</p> A renewed push for larger trucks? http://trucker.com/equipment/renewed-push-larger-trucks <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Allowing trucks to haul more would reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, according to new report. But negative public opinion remains a roadblock. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new report indicates that &ldquo;mega trucks&rdquo; are being viewed once again as a way to reduce road congestion and exhaust emissions, while also lowering &ldquo;cost per ton&rdquo; calculations for fleets.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/renewed-push-larger-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/renewed-push-larger-trucks#comments Equipment News Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:23:00 +0000 21091 at http://trucker.com <p>While Australia remains the leading market for &quot;mega trucks&quot; like the one seen above, half of the world&#39;s mega trucks sales should occur in North America by 2025, new report says. (<em>Photo: Lubecore</em>)</p> Love’s opens new truck stop and new Trillium CNG site http://trucker.com/fuel/love-s-opens-new-truck-stop-and-new-trillium-cng-site <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Love&rsquo;s Travel Stops recently opened a new truck stop facility in Wisconsin, along with a new public compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station in Pennsylvania; the second such station built by Love&rsquo;s Trillium CNG division in the Keystone state.</p> <p>The new Sheboygan truck stop opened by Love&rsquo;s is located in the Wilson Township area of Sheboygan, WI, on Interstate 43 &ndash; a facility that aims to serve the freight corridor between Green Bay and Milwaukee.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/fuel/love-s-opens-new-truck-stop-and-new-trillium-cng-site" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/fuel/love-s-opens-new-truck-stop-and-new-trillium-cng-site#comments Fuel News Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:41:00 +0000 21081 at http://trucker.com Report: Hacking getting easier thanks to connected technologies http://trucker.com/technology/report-hacking-getting-easier-thanks-connected-technologies <div class="field-deck"> The “Internet of Things” found to be a growing source of cybersecurity weakness. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>If you are worried that the connected technologies being adding to everything from cars to heavy trucks might be vulnerable to hacking, you&rsquo;re not alone. For a recent survey of 139 chief information security officer (CISO) groups from 11 countries around the world found that such &ldquo;hacking&rdquo; is but one of growing worries regarding cybersecurity in the near future.</p> <p>In the <em><u><a href="http://www.wipro.com/microsite/state-of-cyber-security-2017/">State of Cybersecurity Report 2017</a></u></em> compiled by consulting firm</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/report-hacking-getting-easier-thanks-connected-technologies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/report-hacking-getting-easier-thanks-connected-technologies#comments News Technology Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:19:00 +0000 21071 at http://trucker.com <p>The emergence of new Internet of Things (IoT) &ldquo;surfaces&rdquo; like connected cameras, cars, health and industrial automation devices is proving to be a great launch pad for the &ldquo;hacking for hire&rdquo; industry, report found.</p> Online shopping could drive more global freight http://trucker.com/business/online-shopping-could-drive-more-global-freight <div class="field-deck"> UPS study finds online shoppers are more mobile, global, and marketplace driven. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Nearly half of what&rsquo;s being dubbed &ldquo;avid&rdquo; 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 <em><u><a href="https://solutions.ups.com/ups-pulse-of-the-online-shopper-LP.html">UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper</a></u></em> study.</p> <p>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.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/online-shopping-could-drive-more-global-freight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/online-shopping-could-drive-more-global-freight#comments Business News Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:33:00 +0000 21061 at http://trucker.com <p>&ldquo;The lines that separate domestic and international retailers continue to disappear.&rdquo; &mdash;Alan Gershenhorn, chief commercial officer for UPS. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Pilot Flying J aiming to create signature foods http://trucker.com/must-reads/pilot-flying-j-aiming-create-signature-foods <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Partnership with Chef Tim Love aims to develop the truck stop chain’s PJ Fresh Marketplace brand </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new partnership between <a href="https://pilotflyingj.com/" target="_blank">Pilot Flying J</a> and chef and restaurant owner <a href="http://cheftimlove.com/" target="_blank">Tim Love</a> aimed to create what the truck stop chain described as &ldquo;signature food items&rdquo; at all of its 750 locations.</p> <p>&quot;Our mission will be to create nutritious options that are easy to carry and easy to eat &ndash; that criteria tends to be top of mind for most travelers, but hard to come by on the road,&rdquo; said Love in a statement.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/must-reads/pilot-flying-j-aiming-create-signature-foods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/must-reads/pilot-flying-j-aiming-create-signature-foods#comments Must Reads News Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:02:00 +0000 21051 at http://trucker.com <p>Photo: Kitchenland</p> Hauling free food for pets in need http://trucker.com/must-reads/hauling-free-food-pets-need <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> PetSmart in the midst of hauling first 90 tractor-trailer loads of free pet food for pets in need. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Many truck drivers often rely on a variety of pets &ndash; birds, cats, dogs, you name it &ndash; to provide companionship on the road, as <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-may-be-going-dogs-and-cats-and-fish">this story</a> illustrates.</p> <p>So, from that perspective, it&rsquo;s perhaps more than a little appropriate that a new charity endeavor launched by <a href="http://www.petsmart.com/">PetSmart</a> to provide free food for pets in need is relying on tractor-trailers to deliver the goods.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/must-reads/hauling-free-food-pets-need" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/must-reads/hauling-free-food-pets-need#comments Must Reads News Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:46:00 +0000 21041 at http://trucker.com <p>Tractor-trailers are expected to be hauling some 60 million free meals for pets in needs in total through PetSmart&#39;s program. (<em>Photo: PetSmart</em>)</p> Jet trucks put the hammer down http://trucker.com/equipment/jet-trucks-put-hammer-down <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>They blast down runways across the U.S. as star attractions at air shows across the country, screaming down the asphalt at hundreds of miles an hour. But they aren&rsquo;t planes. Rather, they are jet-powered trucks &ndash; unique creations that meld ground-based vehicle chassis with the thunderous power required to push aircraft across the sky. Here&rsquo;s a selection of jet trucks in action from various airshows over the years.</p> </div> http://trucker.com/equipment/jet-trucks-put-hammer-down#comments Equipment News Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:57:00 +0000 21031 at http://trucker.com <p><em>Photo: U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Curt Beach</em></p> Spot rates jump for all truckload types http://trucker.com/must-reads/spot-rates-jump-all-truckload-types <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Dry van ratio reaches its highest point in three years, according to DAT Solutions. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Load-to-truck ratios for spot truckload freight jumped sharply for all three equipment types during the week ending June&nbsp;10, according to data tracked by <a href="http://www.dat.com/trendlines">DAT Solutions</a>, with the van spot-load-ratio reaching its highest point in three years.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/must-reads/spot-rates-jump-all-truckload-types" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/must-reads/spot-rates-jump-all-truckload-types#comments Must Reads News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:04:00 +0000 21001 at http://trucker.com <p>Reefer loads were up 30% for week ending June 10, DAT said. (<em>File photo</em>)</p> AMTs... Yes or no? http://trucker.com/equipment/amts-yes-or-no <div class="field-deck"> Manual shifting skills are rightly prized in the trucking industry. But is it worth trading in manual gearboxes to get better fuel economy? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>John Kingsley knows a thing or two when it comes to driving trucks for a living.</p> <p>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 &mdash; starting right out of the U.S. Army &mdash; with his career split between flatbed and dry van operations.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/amts-yes-or-no" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/amts-yes-or-no#comments Equipment News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:56:00 +0000 21011 at http://trucker.com Protecting Your Investment http://trucker.com/business/protecting-your-investment <div class="field-deck"> How to prepare for and make the right truck insurance decisions </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Whether you are a trucking start-up or a seasoned small carrier, insurance is both a necessity and a nuisance with which to be reckoned.</p> <p><br /> As a licensed transportation insurance agent, I&rsquo;ve found more times than not a carrier&rsquo;s owner isn&rsquo;t as prepared as he/she needs to be with the necessary information required for the lowest insurance quote.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/protecting-your-investment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/protecting-your-investment#comments Business News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:47:00 +0000 20991 at http://trucker.com Spotlight on an American Trucker: June 2017 http://trucker.com/news/spotlight-american-trucker-june-2017 <div class="field-deck"> Amos and Daniel Huey, owners | Huey Farms, Kenton, TN </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>McKinley Huey, top left&nbsp; with sons Daniel, center, and Amos, returned to his home in Kenton, TN, and started Huey Farms at the end of World War II. He had farmed with his father prior to the war, and then in 1976 sons Amos and Daniel joined their father growing corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton. Today, the Hueys farm over 6,000 acres around Kenton, the same area they&rsquo;ve farmed for nearly a hundred years. McKinley passed away this May at age 101.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/news/spotlight-american-trucker-june-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/news/spotlight-american-trucker-june-2017#comments Business News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:35:00 +0000 20981 at http://trucker.com Air disc brakes now standard on LT tractor http://trucker.com/equipment/air-disc-brakes-now-standard-lt-tractor <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> The International LT Series in 6x4, 6x2, and 4x2 configurations will now feature Bendix disc brakes as a standard offering on all axles. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.internationaltrucks.com/">International Truck</a>, a division of <a href="http://www.navistar.com/">Navistar Inc.</a>, is making Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes standard on all axles of its International LT Series tractor in 6x4, 6x2, and 4x2 configurations.</p> <p>Navistar said the ADB22X from Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC features a patented lightweight design that significantly reduces stopping distance and extends brake system life.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/air-disc-brakes-now-standard-lt-tractor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/air-disc-brakes-now-standard-lt-tractor#comments Equipment News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:26:00 +0000 20971 at http://trucker.com <p>Straight, stable stops and greater reliability the key benefits of air disc brakes, said International. (<em>Photo: Kevin Jones/American Trucker</em>)</p> Cummins aims to offer electrified powertrain in two years http://trucker.com/equipment/cummins-aims-offer-electrified-powertrain-two-years <div class="field-byline"> Michael Catarevas </div> <div class="field-deck"> City buses will likely be the first vehicles equipped with this new technology, according to the OEM. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Engine maker <a href="http://www.cummins.com/">Cummins</a> expects to start building and selling electric powertrains for transit bus applications in 2019, with a &ldquo;longer-range version&rdquo; available by 2020, as the OEM believes electricity will become a key commercial vehicle power source in the near future.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/cummins-aims-offer-electrified-powertrain-two-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/cummins-aims-offer-electrified-powertrain-two-years#comments Equipment News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:39:00 +0000 20961 at http://trucker.com <p>The global engine maker expects to start building and selling electric powertrains for transit bus applications in 2019, with a &ldquo;longer-range version&rdquo; available for other commercial vehicle applications by 2020. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> June 2017 Issue http://trucker.com/node/21021 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body"><p>The June issue of American Trucker features multiple pages of Shell Rotella’s SuperRigs truck competition in Tulsa last month, in which owner-operators vied for cash and prizes in excess of $25,000. In the Business of Trucking we delve into how to make the right truck insurance decisions, while the main feature focuses on AMTs, and whether their fuel savings are worth trading in manual gearboxes. And as always, the American Trucker Marketplace features the latest truck, trailer and equipment offerings from dealers around the country.</p> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The June issue of <strong><em>American Trucker</em></strong> features multiple pages of Shell Rotella&rsquo;s SuperRigs truck competition in Tulsa last month, in which owner-operators vied for cash and prizes in excess of $25,000. In the Business of Trucking we delve into how to make the right truck insurance decisions, while the main feature focuses on AMTs, and whether their fuel savings are worth trading in manual gearboxes. And as always, the <strong><em>American Trucker Marketplace</em></strong> features the latest truck, trailer and equipment offerings from dealers around the country.</p> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/equipment/amts-yes-or-no">AMTs... Yes or no?</a> <a href="/business/protecting-your-investment">Protecting Your Investment</a> <a href="/news/spotlight-american-trucker-june-2017">Spotlight on an American Trucker: June 2017</a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/node/21021" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0000 21021 at http://trucker.com Omnitracs launches Roadnet Anywhere v4.5 http://trucker.com/technology/omnitracs-launches-roadnet-anywhere-v45 <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> This latest software update incorporates advanced vehicle overview features, the company says. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Omnitracs announced the availability of <a href="http://www.omnitracs.com/solutions/planning-delivery">Roadnet Anywhere v4.5</a>. The latest software update incorporates advanced vehicle overview features, allowing managers to view the status of their entire fleet while also enhancing workflow configurations on the ground, according to the company.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/omnitracs-launches-roadnet-anywhere-v45" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/omnitracs-launches-roadnet-anywhere-v45#comments News Technology Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:54:00 +0000 20951 at http://trucker.com <p>The company added Roadnet Mobile, the Roadnet Anywhere mobile application, allows users to access all fleet data from a smartphone, tablet, heavy-duty handheld or basic phone. <em>(Photo: Omnitracs</em>)</p> PacLease unveils new website http://trucker.com/technology/paclease-unveils-new-website <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> New webssite offers simpler navigation with more information on full-service lease programs, commercial truck rental, and customized solutions. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.PacLease.com">PacLease has unveiled a new website</a>, which provides information on PacLease&rsquo;s full-service leasing, rental and contract maintenance programs. PacLease offers medium- and heavy-duty Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks through its franchise network, which consists of more than 450 locations throughout the United States and Canada.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/paclease-unveils-new-website" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/paclease-unveils-new-website#comments News Technology Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:46:00 +0000 20941 at http://trucker.com <p>New functionality takes advantage of smartphone features, allowing users to tap on listed phone numbers or addresses for a smartphone&rsquo;s navigation app. (<em>Photo: Paclease</em>)</p> One family's trucking story http://trucker.com/news/one-familys-trucking-story <div class="field-byline"> Charles White, vice president, RoadPro Family of Brands </div> <div class="field-deck"> As a special Father's Day tribute, we take a look inside one Pennsylvania family's long history in the trucking industry. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>The RoadPro Family of Brands has been a supplier of travel-related and general merchandise for over 50 years with some of its products, ranging from citizen&rsquo;s band or &ldquo;CB&rdquo; radios to modern-day Bluetooth headsets. The company&rsquo;s close connection to everyday life in trucking also gives it a unique perspective on the family ties that still bind a large portion of this industry together.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/news/one-familys-trucking-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/news/one-familys-trucking-story#comments News Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:58:00 +0000 20931 at http://trucker.com <p>Left to right: Richard Smith, Kevin Smith, Robbie Smith, and Dick Smith. (<em>Photo: Art Gentile/The Intelligencer</em>)</p> New mobile health platform from Rolling Strong http://trucker.com/safety/new-mobile-health-platform-rolling-strong <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker Staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Company seeks to create a “tangible program” to fully support driver health and wellness needs while out on the road via mobile devices. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.rollingstrong.com/">Rolling Strong</a>, a provider of wellness programs for fleets, company drivers, and owner-operators, recently&nbsp;unveiled a new mobile health and wellness &ldquo;platform&rdquo; designed to be accessed via Apple and Android mobile devices, as well as in-cab computing systems.</p> <p>The company said in a statement that its new mobile health and wellness platform provides drivers with guidance and real-time tracking of meals, exercise, sleep and much more.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/safety/new-mobile-health-platform-rolling-strong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/safety/new-mobile-health-platform-rolling-strong#comments News Safety Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:43:00 +0000 20921 at http://trucker.com <p>Rolling Strong is providing truck drivers with a mobile platform for getting a variety of health and wellness information while on the road. (<em>File photo</em>)</p> NTP offers express inspection service for trucks http://trucker.com/equipment/ntp-offers-express-inspection-service-trucks <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker Staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Program purports to reduce truck inspection review and approval time to “record setting times,” firm says. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.ntpwarranty.com">National Truck Protection Inc.</a> (NTP), an independent provider of extended service contracts to trucking fleets, is launching a new fast-response inspection process for used trucks called &ldquo;Express.&rdquo;</p> <p>This new &ldquo;Express&rdquo; process reduces inspection review and approval time to within 15 minutes. During this time, the NTP inspection analyst will review all of the required inspection data, make a qualification determination and respond back.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/ntp-offers-express-inspection-service-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/ntp-offers-express-inspection-service-trucks#comments Equipment News Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:28:00 +0000 20911 at http://trucker.com <p>NTP says approval time can take as little as 15 minutes. (<em>File photo</em>)</p> Report: Manufacturing and logistics trends should fuel freight revival http://trucker.com/must-reads/report-manufacturing-and-logistics-trends-should-fuel-freight-revival <div class="field-deck"> Contrary to public perception, U.S. manufacturing and logistics experienced “dramatic growth” over the past generation, according to Ball State University research. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The purportedly slow demise of the manufacturing and logistics sectors of the U.S. economy since the start of the 21<sup>st</sup> century may not only be greatly exaggerated but may in fact be wholly inaccurate, if new analysis conducted by researchers at Ball State University is to be believed.</p> <p>That could be trucking companies &ndash; especially small operators &ndash; on much surer freight footing than they may think, if the conclusions of the school&rsquo;s study is correct.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/must-reads/report-manufacturing-and-logistics-trends-should-fuel-freight-revival" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/must-reads/report-manufacturing-and-logistics-trends-should-fuel-freight-revival#comments Must Reads News Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:15:00 +0000 20901 at http://trucker.com <p>Freight volumes could thrive if the &quot;cyclical upswing&quot; indicated by economic data, which should help boost manufacturing activity, continues.</p> New long haul drive from Pirelli http://trucker.com/equipment/new-long-haul-drive-pirelli <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker Staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> This is the first truck tire from Pirelli’s new Pentathlon line. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The new Pentathlon D premium long-haul drive tire is the first model being rolled out from the new Pentathlon product family introduced by <a href="http://www.pirelli.com/commercial/us">TP Commercial Solutions</a>, a North American industrial business unit of Italian tire maker Pirelli.</p> <p>After what the company called a &ldquo;successful pilot phase&rdquo; of extensive testing, research and development, the Pentathlon D aims to deliver extremely high mileage, and fuel savings, and low emission benefits as a SmartWay verified tire with &ldquo;EcoImpact&rdquo; features.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/new-long-haul-drive-pirelli" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/new-long-haul-drive-pirelli#comments Equipment News Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:07:00 +0000 20891 at http://trucker.com Reconditioned military trucks to enter civilian world http://trucker.com/equipment/reconditioned-military-trucks-enter-civilian-world <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker Staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> The new Monterra is a “new” line of extreme-duty 4x4 and 6x6 heavy-duty vocational trucks </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The <a href="http://www.acelatruck.com/">Acela Truck Company</a> is rolling out a &ldquo;new&rdquo; line of what it calls &ldquo;extreme-duty&rdquo; 4x4 and 6x6 trucks aimed at heavy-duty commercial markets such as oil and gas, mining, pipeline construction and forestry, where a typical truck chassis simply cannot perform.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/reconditioned-military-trucks-enter-civilian-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/reconditioned-military-trucks-enter-civilian-world#comments Equipment News Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:44:00 +0000 20881 at http://trucker.com <p>Acela&#39;s new Monterra truck is a commercialized version of &quot;reconditioned&quot; U.S. Army FMTV military chassis. (<em>Photo: Acela</em>)</p> Supreme Court nixes ELD review http://trucker.com/regulations/supreme-court-nixes-eld-review <div class="field-byline"> Neil Abt </div> <div class="field-deck"> Declines to hear legal challenge to ELD mandate proffered by OOIDA. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge to the federal government&rsquo;s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, making it a near certainty the rule will take effect this December.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.ooida.com/">Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association</a> (OOIDA) had sought a review by the high court on numerous grounds, including that electronic logs&nbsp;violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/supreme-court-nixes-eld-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/supreme-court-nixes-eld-review#comments News Regulations Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:29:00 +0000 20871 at http://trucker.com <p>Decision keeps Dec. 18 ELD compliance deadline intact. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p>