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Business, Technology, Equipment

Daimler Truck Q1 Net Income Tumbles, Revenue Climbs


Daimler Truck reported net income tumbled 81% and revenue increased 17% in the first quarter as it faced persistent supply chain bottlenecks and passed along rising costs amid increased demand.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 17, 2022

Senate Confirms Senior USDOT Officials

U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters

Nominees to fill senior roles at the U.S. Department of Transportation recently were confirmed by the Senate. John Putnam was approved to serve as general counsel, and Vicky Wassmer was approved as chief financial officer.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 17, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel

Maker of Smaller, Lighter Electric Motors Attracts Investors

Infinitum Electric's IEm series motor

Infinitum Electric, an electric motor maker based in Texas, has attracted $80 million in investment from several major energy-focused firms, enabling it to boost production.

Eric Roston | Bloomberg News
May 17, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Acting FMCSA Chief Robin Hutcheson Says Truck Parking a Top Issue

Robin Hutcheson

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The acting head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said her agency and trucking are in alignment on top issues confronting the industry, and pledged to work collaboratively with fleets to address them.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 17, 2022

Nearly 43,000 Deaths on US Roads in 2021, NHTSA Says


DETROIT — Nearly 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the highways after the pandemic forced many to stay at home.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
May 17, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Ford-Backed Argo Goes Driverless in Miami, Austin

An Argo AI modified Ford Motor Co. Fusion autonomous vehicle

Argo AI, the driverless startup backed by Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG, has started testing self-driving vehicles in Miami and Austin, Texas, without a human behind the wheel.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
May 17, 2022
Business, Fuel

Gas Tops $4 a Gallon in Every State for the First Time

Customer pumps gas

Gasoline pump prices have risen above $4 a gallon in all states in the U.S. for the first time ever as the last holdouts — Kansas, Oklahoma and Georgia — saw prices rise overnight, according to auto club AAA.

Chunzi Xu | Bloomberg News
May 17, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics

Ryder Expands Last-Mile Delivery Network With Boise Hub


Ryder System Inc. opened a facility in Caldwell, Idaho, as part of a strategic expansion of its last-mile network, the company announced May 17.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
May 17, 2022
Government, Business, Technology

Secretary Walsh Touts Truck Drivers Amid Automation Advances

Transport Topics' Dan Ronan and Eugene Mulero with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh

Truck drivers will continue to provide key contributions to the freight industry as automation is steadily adopted throughout the transportation landscape, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh said recently.

Dan Ronan and Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporters
May 17, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Cities Find Easier Access to Infrastructure Funds

Vince Williams, LaToya Cantrell

While local communities have more access to federal infrastructure funds to improve transportation, rising project costs are creating difficulties.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
May 17, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Hydrogen Likely to Be Next Fuel for Trucking, Panelists Say

Hydrogen fuel cell panelists at 2022 Act Expo

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Hydrogen fuel cells are being adopted in transit fleets, and trucking is poised to be the second mover with the fuel — and ultimately see a price at production comparable to diesel, experts said at ACT Expo.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 17, 2022
Business, Logistics

Home Depot Overcomes Slow Start to Year, Rising Home Prices

Home Depot

Home Depot’s first-quarter sales improved despite a slow spring start, and the home improvement chain raised its full-year guidance.

Michelle Chapman | Associated Press
May 17, 2022
Business, Private

Walmart Profit Drags as Inflation Takes a Bite


NEW YORK — Walmart reported stronger sales for the first quarter, but its profit took a beating as the nation’s largest retailer grappled with surging inflation on food and fuel and higher costs from a snarled global supply chain.

Anne D’Innocenzio | Associated Press
May 17, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Retail Sales Show Consumers Standing Firm in Face of Inflation


U.S. retail sales grew at a solid pace in April, reflecting broad-based gains and suggesting demand for merchandise remains resilient despite rampant inflation.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
May 17, 2022
Government, Business

Alabama Trucking Association Creates TV Ad Backing Governor’s Re-Election

Kay Ivey

The Alabama Trucking Association aims to elevate the industry’s visibility in the state’s current election cycle with an ad campaign backing incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey, a candidate the group said has been a key supporter of trucking.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
May 17, 2022
Business, Equipment, Fuel

Rivian Dispute With Seat Supplier Could Delay Production of Amazon Vans

An Amazon Rivian electric delivery van at the company's manufacturing facility in Normal, Ill.

Rivian Automotive Inc. fell almost 7% May 16 on word the electric vehicle startup is in a dispute with a key seat supplier that could jeopardize its delivery van contract with patron Inc.

Sean O'Kane | Bloomberg News
May 16, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

Region Results Mixed, Leading to 1¢ Diesel Drop Nationwide

Fueling station

The national average price of diesel dipped after a two-week surge, dropping 1 cent to $5.613 a gallon, the Energy Information Administration reported May 16.

May 16, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

ATRI Unveils Top Five Research Areas for 2022

Truck on highway

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The American Transportation Research Institute unveiled its top five research areas for 2022 at American Trucking Associations’ annual Mid-Year Management Conference May 16.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 16, 2022
Business, Logistics, TCA

Icebreaker Shortage Freezes Up Supply Chain on Great Lakes

A Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker vessel

CLEVELAND — More than 1.6 million tons of cargo ship carrying capacity was delayed for 28 days due to ice conditions on Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and in Green Bay. A lack of Coast Guard icebreakers hampered efforts to meet the needs of commerce.

The Star Beach | Ashtabula, Ohio
May 16, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Gary McCartney Named CFO for Mack Trucks, VTNA

Gary McCartney was named chief financial officer for Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks, Volvo Group announced May 16.

May 16, 2022