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ArcBest awarded Samsara’s 2020 Top Fleet award for Fleet Innovator

FORT SMITH, Ark. — ArcBest, a provider of supply-chain logistics solutions, has received a 2020 Top Fleet award for Fleet Innovator from Samsara, a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. The Fleet Innovator award is given to a fleet that offers technology-forward solutions using telematics and API (application programming interface) integrations to improve operations. Companies receiving this recognition must demonstrate the use of at least two different Samsara products to leverage real-time data and make a quantifiable impact on business operations. “At ArcBest, we have a focus on technology, data, processes and efficiency, as well as using tech to...
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U.S. Xpress’ second-quarter report shows $8.6 million increase in operating revenue over same time...

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — U.S. Xpress Enterprises Inc. reported overall improvements for the second quarter of 2020, according to a report released July 28. “I am very pleased with our second-quarter results, as we are beginning to see the tangible, financial benefits of our strategic initiatives focused on utilizing technology to improve our processes, accelerate the velocity of our business, improve our customers’ and drivers’ satisfaction, and lower our costs,” said Eric Fuller, the company’s president and CEO. “The approximate 500 basis points of sequential margin improvement we achieved exceeded normal seasonality,” he continued. “The successful launch of our digital fleet, ongoing success...
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Economy, commercial-vehicle markets recovering but path forward will be choppy, ACT says

COLUMBUS, Ind. — More people and politicians are taking the threat of COVID-19 more seriously is resulting in a “choppy” economic path forward, according to the Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest released by ACT Research July 27. The monthly report, which combines ACT’s proprietary data analysis from a variety of industry sources, paints a comprehensive picture of trends that impact the transportation and commercial-vehicle markets. The report includes a high-level forecast summary, complete with transportation insights, and reviews top-level considerations such as for-hire indices, freight, heavy- and medium-duty truck segments, the total U.S. trailer market, used truck sales information and a...

T.J. O’Connor named chief operating officer of YRC Worldwide

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — YRC Worldwide has promoted T.J. O’Connor to chief operating officer effective immediately. O’Connor will report to YRC Worldwide Chief Executive Officer Darren Hawkins and will continue to serve as president of YRC Freight. “T.J. has a strong track record of delivering operational results throughout his career at Roadway Express, Reddaway and YRC Freight,” Hawkins said. “With our network optimization initiative, combined with the recently ratified five-year labor agreement that offers new operational flexibilities, this is the time to bring T.J. into the role of COO. His new position will help us drive performance objectives through enterprise-wide...
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USA Truck notes some losses, balanced by modest improvements, during second quarter of 2020

VAN BUREN, Ark. — USA Truck Inc. (USAT) reported a consolidated operated revenue of $123.7 million for the second quarter of 2020 compared to $133.6 million for the second quarter of 2019, according to a report released by the company July 27. The company’s base revenue, which excludes fuel surcharge revenue, was $113.2 million compared to $116.7 million for the 2019 period. A net loss of $0.9 million, or 11 cents per diluted share for the second quarter of 2020 and an adjusted net loss of $0.5 million, or 6 cents per diluted share, was reported. During the same quarter in 2019,...
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Major OEMs’ second-quarter reports reflect continued impact of COVID-19

Financial reports for the second quarter of 2020 (April-June) recently released by four major OEMs — Daimler, Navistar, PACCAR and Volvo — reflect the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on commercial-vehicle sales. DAIMLER TRUCKS Daimler, a German manufacturer of passenger vehicles, buses, and light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, reported in a July 23 statement that the group’s total unit sales for all categories saw a 34% drop compared to the second quarter of 2019. In addition to the Freightliner and Western Star commercial trucks that are commonly used in North America, Daimler produces Mercedes-Benz, FUSO and BharatBenz trucks; Mercedes-Benz and Smart...
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OOIDA pushes Congress to temporarily waive HVUT in next COVID-19 relief package

WASHINGTON — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has asked Congress to provide economic relief to struggling small-business truckers by suspending the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) for one year as part of the next COVID-19 response package. “Truckers are still on the front lines, filling store shelves and supplying hospitals,” said Todd Spencer, president of OOIDA. “Suspending the HVUT is a way that Congress could easily offer fast, direct relief to all motor carriers. And believe me, they need it, much more than just a ‘thank you.’” On July 30, OOIDA sent a letter to both House and Senate leadership,...
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New COVID-19 cases threaten economic, commercial-vehicle recovery, ACT says

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The tug of war between positive and negative influences on the business environment and trucking industry reached a pivotal juncture at the end of June, but a sharp escalation in new COVID-19 cases since mid-June threatens to abort the fledgling recovery. That’s according to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest. “The sudden shock of the COVID-19 recession pushed the market off the edge of the cliff in March and April, but almost as swift and sharp was the rebound in the economy and in freight in May and June,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s president and senior Analyst. The...
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XPO Logistics appoints LaQuenta Jacobs as chief diversity officer

GREENWICH, Conn. — XPO Logistics, Inc.  has appointed LaQuenta Jacobs to the newly created position of chief diversity officer, effective August 3, 2020. Jacobs will provide cultural leadership and strategic direction as an advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusion at XPO. She will report directly to the chief executive officer. According to a news release from XPO, Jacobs is a progressive human resources executive with 23 years of experience leading organizational development initiatives for global public companies. She joined XPO in 2018 as head of human resources for the company’s last mile business unit, with responsibility for HR and recruiting operations in the United...
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June saw improvement in ATA’s Truck Tonnage Index, but numbers lag 1.3% behind 2019

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 8.7% in June after falling 1% in May. In June, the index equaled 115.3 (2015=100) compared with 106.1 in May. “Not surprisingly, as more states lifted restrictions in June, truck tonnage was robust,” said Bob Costello, chief economist for ATA. “While the gain in June was the single best month since January 2013, the solid gain was not enough to put tonnage back to pre-pandemic levels, but it is close,” he continued. “I am hearing good anecdotal freight reports for July, but I am concerned that...
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Old Dominion reports decreased second-quarter earnings but says overall financial results ‘solid’

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Last week Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. (ODFL) released financial results for the three- and six-month periods ending June 30. Prior-period share and per share data in the report has been adjusted to reflect the company’s March 2020 three-for-two stock split. “The second quarter of 2020 was one of the most difficult periods we have experienced, although our ream responded quickly to efficiently manage our operations in this environment,” said Greg Gantt, president and CEO of ODFL, referring to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on the company. “Given the circumstances with the domestic economy, the decrease in...
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June sees rise in Class 8 truck production, but sales still lag behind

June U.S. sales of new Class 8 trucks rose 42.7% over dismal May sales figures but didn’t come close to matching June 2019 numbers. According to ACT Research, 13,567 Class 8 trucks were sold on the U.S. market in June, far behind (43.2%) the 23,900 sold in June 2019. Kenny Vieth, ACT Research’s president and senior analyst, credits the increase to production levels. “April, with only 2,504 trucks built, was the lowest production month since we started keeping records in 1979,” he told The Trucker. That number represents trucks built throughout North America, not just in the U.S. Manufacturing closures and slowdowns,...
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Werner Enterprises granted temporary exemption on recordkeeping portion of FMCSA’s hours-of-service requirements

OMAHA, Neb. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted a temporary exemption to Omaha, Nebraska-based Werner Enterprises on part of the agency’s hours-of-service (HOS) rules under 80 FR 78292 established Dec. 16, 2015. The exemption was finalized in a document published in the Federal Register July 7. The exemption, valid from July 7, 2020 through July 7, 2021, applies to the requirement that specific information fields be included in electronic records of duty status (RODS) on drivers’ electronic logging devices (ELDs). Werner requested the exemption, which applies to five elements required in RODS files, because of incompatibility...
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Alabama-based carrier acquires Arkansas’ Diamond State Trucking

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — PS Holdco LLC (PS Logistics) announced July 21 that it has acquired substantially all assets of Diamond State Trucking Inc., RDA Tractor LLC and RDA Trailer LLC (collectively, Diamond State Trucking). Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Diamond State Trucking, headquartered in Malvern, Arkansas, was founded in 1928 and has an exemplary safety record. The company has established a base of long-term customers and has a goal of delivering personalized and professional cost-saving service to those customers. Diamond State Trucking operates a state-of-the-art, well maintained fleet, allowing for reduced downtime and better fuel economy. The...

February Class 8 U.S. sales up 15.4 percent

With sales of 4,403 year-to-date compared with 2,599 for the same period last year, International sales are up 69.4 percent this year. Pictured is the International LT series. (Courtesy: NAVISTAR)   Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by THE TRUCKER STAFF   Class 8 truck sales in the United States continued a strong upward trend in February. According to WardsAuto, 16,687 Class 8 units were sold in February compared with 14,458 in January, an increase of 15.4 percent. More impressive, however, is the fact that year-to-date, sales are up a whopping 40.6 percent over the same two months of 2017. A total of 31,145 units were sold during the...
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Freight volumes, rates climbing back up, but progress is moving slowly

As expected, May freight level reports were mixed, with some showing improvement over April and some remaining near April’s dismal levels. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) For-Hire-Trucking Index actually fell a percentage point in May, following a 10.3% drop in April. The May Index was 106.1. The ATA calculates its index using data from 2015 as a baseline. A score of 106.1 means freight levels reported by ATA members were 6.1% higher than the 2015 average. While that would appear to be a good thing, it’s important to note that the May index for 2020 was 9.6% lower than what was...
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Find out how to become an owner-operator through OOIDA’s ‘Truck to Success’ online business...

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Interested in the ins and outs of being an owner-operator? The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has scheduled an online training series to help those interested in starting a small trucking business. “Truck to Success,” scheduled for Oct. 26-28, offers three days of intensive training classes to help professional drivers take their first steps toward becoming an owner-operator. The live video conferences will feature participant interaction with trucking experts who are dedicated to helping drivers become successful business owners. “For a variety of reasons, many businesses tend to fail within the first year of operating,” a July...
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Roadrunner Freight to expand network with three new service centers

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Roadrunner Freight, a national less-than-truckload (LTL) provider, plans to expand its network in August with the opening of three new service centers in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Riverside, California. The new facilities will add 169 dock doors to the carrier’s network. “These network changes are part of a broader effort within Roadrunner Freight to significantly invest in service,” said Frank Hurst, president of Roadrunner Freight. “We have seen a surge in demand since beginning our ‘Ship It Like You Own It’ commitment in October last year, and we are excited to continue growing our network to benefit...
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Spot rates peak, then plummet as COVID-19 impacts trucking industry

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has reached trucking rates, too. What the total impact will be is anyone’s guess, but it’s improbable that so many businesses could shut down without a disruption in the supply-and-demand chain that guides the trucking industry. At first the impact was good for trucking. “Recent rate increases have been driven by aberrant consumer behavior,” explained Ken Adamo, chief of analytics at DAT. “Water, toilet paper and other supplies have caused a huge influx of demand,” he told The Trucker. “It’s primarily due to social distancing.” Products have been flying off the shelves and retailers can’t restock...
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The Trucker News Channel Episode #103

In this episode... - Freight brokers - $2 million in cash inside cab - Try logging on and then off - Cat Scale Rig of the Week