News en taps Perry to 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=""></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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business News Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:35:00 +0000 21161 at <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 <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="" 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:19:00 +0000 21151 at <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 <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="">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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business News Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:10:00 +0000 21141 at <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 <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="">companionship while on the road</a>, and fleet management provider <a href="">Omnitracs</a> is launching a contest to highlight pets large and small offer in that role.</p> <p><a href="">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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Must Reads News Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:45:00 +0000 21131 at <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 <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="">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="">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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:17:00 +0000 21121 at <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 <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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business News Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:04:00 +0000 21111 at <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 <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="">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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Technology Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:45:00 +0000 21101 at <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? <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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:23:00 +0000 21091 at <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 <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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fuel News Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:41:00 +0000 21081 at Report: Hacking getting easier thanks to 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="">State of Cybersecurity Report 2017</a></u></em> compiled by consulting firm</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Technology Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:19:00 +0000 21071 at <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>