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Business, Logistics

XPO Logistics Considers Sale of Freight-Forwarding Unit

An XPO Logistics LTL truck at company headquarters in Greenwich, Conn.

XPO Logistics Inc. is considering a sale of its freight-forwarding unit as it continues to pursue divestitures, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

May 13, 2022
Government, Business, Technology

Transport Topics Collects Three National Azbee Awards

2022 ASBPE Azbee Awards

Transport Topics has received three national awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, honoring TT’s “Wheels of Justice” series for the second year in a row.

May 13, 2022
Equipment, Safety

Qualifying for Nationals Requires Well-Rounded Performance, Chairman Says

Tanker truck on the course at the 2019 National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburgh

There’s more to a state qualifier than showcasing one’s safety driving skills in a bid to advance to the National Truck Driving Championships.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 13, 2022
Business, Equipment

Trailer Orders Tumble to Year’s Low Point

trailer

U.S. trailer orders in April rose slightly compared with 2021, but plunged compared with March to settle at the lowest point since October, ACT Research reported, citing trailer makers’ preliminary data.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 13, 2022
Business, Logistics

Bill Gates Sells $940 Million of CN Rail Stock

Bill Gates

Bill Gates sold about $940 million of Canadian National Railway Co. shares, trimming one of the largest holdings of the investment firm that controls his $117 billion personal fortune.

Scott Carpenter | Bloomberg News
May 13, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel, Gas Refining Capacity Too Low to Meet Demand

Fuel prices at a gas station in Seattle

From record gasoline prices to higher airfares to fears of diesel rationing ahead, America’s runaway energy market is disquieting both U.S. travelers and the wider economy. But the chief driver isn’t high crude prices or even the rebound in demand: It’s simply too few refineries turning oil into...

May 13, 2022
Government, Safety

States Await Details on Seven Elements Added to Freight Plans

Parked trucks

Details are emerging about seven new elements mandated under the White House’s infrastructure act that states must include in their comprehensive freight plans.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
May 13, 2022
Business, Logistics

Ryder Gets $4.4 Billion Takeover Offer From HG Vora

A Ryder truck

Ryder System Inc. shares jumped after HG Vora Capital Management offered to buy the trucking company in a deal valued at about $4.4 billion.

Catherine Larkin | Bloomberg News
May 13, 2022
Government, Business

Mass. Bill to Repeal Rolling Stock Tax Would Aid Trucking Firms

Truck driving on the Boston Turnpike

A bill introduced in the Massachusetts Legislature aims to eliminate a tax on vehicles owned by motor carriers in the state.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
May 13, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Hyundai Expected to Announce $7 Billion EV Plant in Georgia

Hyundai marque

ATLANTA — South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Group is expected to announce next week that it is building an electric vehicle plant near Savannah, Ga., according to a U.S. official familiar with the anticipated announcement.

Jeff Amy and Aamer Madhani | Associated Press
May 13, 2022
Business, Logistics, For-Hire, TCA

U.S. Xpress Cuts 70 Corporate, IT Jobs

U.S. XPress truck

After reporting a first-quarter loss of more than $8.9 million May 5, U.S. Xpress Enterprises confirmed May 12 it laid off about 70 of its corporate and information technology staff in response to less-than-anticipated growth in the company’s trucking business.

Dave Flessner | Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press
May 13, 2022
Business

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May 13, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Bridgestone Introduces New Tire Tread With Improved Wear Life

Bridgestone

Bridgestone Americas announced the launch of a new drive tire tread that is engineered to increase retread value for fleets.

May 12, 2022
Business

Instacart CEO Courts Investors, Skeptics Ahead of IPO

Fidji Simo, chief executive officer of Instacart Inc.

Instacart Inc., a 10-year-old grocery delivery startup that was once one of the most highly valued of its gig-economy generation, is preparing to go public. CEO Fidji Simo now must convince investors that Instacart’s explosive growth during the COVID-19 lockdowns won’t fade along with the virus.

Jackie Davalos | Bloomberg News
May 12, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

More Steps Needed to Reach Zero-Emission Future, Executives Say

Neandross, Voorhoeve, Robinson, Vallely, and Rose.

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Top executives at some of the largest companies in trucking said many factors must come together before the industry can fully advance toward a zero-emission future.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 12, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Congress Kicks Off Final Negotiations on Supply Chain, Semiconductor Bill

Cantwell

Congressional policymakers formally kicked off negotiations on comprehensive legislation meant to facilitate domestic production of semiconductors and improve the movement of freight at ports.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 12, 2022
Business, Logistics, For-Hire

Trucking Continues to See Robust M&A Market

Hirshbach truck

Trucking and logistics continue to see strong merger and acquisition activity, a trend that goes back more than a year.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
May 12, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Developers Take Varied Paths to Autonomous Trucking

Autonomous

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Autonomous trucking is branching into multiple approaches and each has a different route to commercialization.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 12, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Are Drivers Quitting After Positive Marijuana Tests?

Getty Image of failed drug test

The legalization of marijuana in several states and the post-pandemic economy have left the trucking industry with a bit of a perplexing, yet-to-be-solved mystery.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 12, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

Ban on ‘Excessive’ Gas Prices Heading for House Vote

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference at the Capitol May 12, 2022.

The U.S. president would have the authority to declare an emergency that would make the sale of gasoline at “excessive” prices illegal under legislation House Democrats plan to bring to the floor next week.

May 12, 2022