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Roland Bolduc Captures NTDC Crown for a Second Time

Roland Bolduc of FedEx Express celebrates news of being named NTDC Grand Champion a second time

INDIANAPOLIS — For the second time in his career, Roland Bolduc is the grand champion at the National Truck Driving Championships.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 19, 2022
Business, Logistics

Can Grocery Stores Save the American Mall?

grocery store

Between movie theaters, fitness centers and full-on amusement parks, American shopping malls have scrambled for years to attract new visitors to counter plummeting foot traffic. Even before the coronavirus struck, the concept of the mall — once so central to suburban life — was increasingly viewed...

Allison Smith | Bloomberg News
August 19, 2022
Business, Equipment

July Trailer Orders Blow Past 2021’s Low; 2023 Orders Awaken

Stoughton employees working on a trailer

U.S. trailer orders in July roared ahead compared with a year earlier but slumped compared with earlier months this year, ACT Research reported, citing trailer makers’ final data

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
August 19, 2022
Business, Logistics

Walmart, DoorDash to End Delivery Partnership

Walmart grocery

Walmart Inc. and DoorDash Inc. are ending their four-year delivery partnership.

August 19, 2022
Safety

NTDC Finals Have a Familiar Feel

Alphonso Lewis celebrates advancing to 5-axle finals at 2022 NTDC

INDIANAPOLIS — Former grand champions Roland Bolduc, Jeff Langenhahn, Alphonso Lewis and Mike White are headlining the final round at the National Truck Driving Championships.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 19, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Port of L.A. Breaks Another Monthly Cargo Record

Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles had its best-ever July, officials announced Aug. 17, outpacing the same month last year, which was the previous record, by 5%.

Kristy Hitchings | Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif. 
August 19, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Rivian Cancels Least Expensive Version of Electric Pickup Truck

Rivian R1T

Rivian Automotive Inc. eliminated the least expensive trim of its R1T electric pickup truck, the company confirmed via email, effectively raising the price of its entry-level model.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
August 19, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Rail Union Says Plan for Contract Deal Doesn’t Address Concerns

Norfolk Southern train

OMAHA, Neb. — The head of the nation’s largest railroad union says the report designed to help resolve stalled contract talks with freight railroads doesn’t do enough to address concerns about working conditions, even though it suggests 24% raises.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
August 19, 2022
Government

Wisconsin, Minnesota Governors Seek Grant to Rebuild Twin Ports Bridge

John A. Blatnik Bridge

The governors of Minnesota and Wisconsin have teamed to seek $889.5 million in federal infrastructure funds on a joint project to rebuild the John A. Blatnik Bridge.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
August 18, 2022
Business, Safety

Families Couldn’t Be More Proud of NTDC Competitors

Trina Quall (left) and Jacki Harren

Professional drivers will tell you they don't make it to the National Truck Driving Championships on their own. They are bolstered by the support of friends, colleagues and families, many of whom have traveled to the Indiana Convention Center to personally cheer on their favorite driver.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 18, 2022
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Autopilot Probe Casts Eye on Role of In-Car Camera

Tesla

U.S. auto safety regulators are scrutinizing Tesla Inc.’s in-car camera systems as part of a recently expanded investigation into whether the company’s automated driving technology is defective.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
August 18, 2022
Business, Logistics, For-Hire

PS Logistics Subsidiary Acquires Noble

DMT Trucking announced Aug. 9 that it has completed its acquisition of the Scottsboro, Ala.-based Noble family of transportation businesses.

August 18, 2022
Safety

Being at NTDC ‘Feels Like Trucking Is Back’

XPO Logistics driver Ina Daly

INDIANAPOLIS — Among those taking the course in the second day of driving at the National Truck Driving Championships was the 2013 national champion in the tanker class. The degree of difficulty was just what Ina Daly expected.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 18, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Gas-Powered Muscle Cars to Turn Electric

muscle car

PONTIAC, Mich. — Thundering gas-powered muscle cars, for decades a fixture of American culture, will be closing in on their final Saturday-night cruises in the coming years as automakers begin replacing them with super-fast cars that run on batteries.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
August 18, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Thompson Distribution Acquires Landmark Trucks Dealership

Landmark

Thompson Distribution announced it acquired Landmark Trucks of Knoxville, Tenn. Terms were not disclosed.

August 18, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Daimler Truck Executive to Lead Torc Robotics

Peter Vaughan Schmidt

Daimler Truck announced a leadership change for Torc Robotics, the autonomous technology developer it acquired in 2019.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
August 18, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Flotilla of Diesel Ships Heads to Europe Amid Energy Crisis

Flotilla

A fleet of ships carrying diesel, one of the world’s most important fuels, is heading for European markets facing energy-security threats from high temperatures, soaring gas prices and Russian disruption.

Elizabeth Low | Bloomberg News
August 18, 2022
Government, Fuel

Minnesota Governor Extends Driving Hours for Fuel Transportation

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz

With lower fuel inventories and harvest season expected to increase demand, Minnesota’s governor extended for another month an order enabling more driving hours to transport fuel.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
August 18, 2022
Safety

Rick Cates, NTDC’s ‘Senator,’ Celebrates 50 Years

Rick Cates

INDIANAPOLIS — For the National Truck Driving Championships to function well, organizers must be dedicated to planning and executing. In Rick Cates, the NTDC’s organizing committee found a workhorse who has adapted to changes and updates industrywide for 50 years.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 17, 2022
Business, Equipment

Atlantic Great Dane President Acquires Dealership

Atlantic Great Dane logo

Atlantic Great Dane announced Gene Masteller acquired the company after serving there for more than 30 years, most recently as president.

August 17, 2022