Dan Ronan

Dan Ronan

Associate News Editor

Dan Ronan is the Associate News Editor Print and Multimedia for Transport Topics, the leading online and print publication covering the trucking, freight and logistics industry.


Business, Top 100

FedEx Announces 2020 Rate Increases

FedEx will raise rates in January of 2020 FedEx Express and Ground rates will increase 4.9%; FedEx Freight will increase 5.9%. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

FedEx Corp. said on Sept. 16 that its customers will see shipping rate increases and surcharges effective Jan. 6, 2020.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 16, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Sees Slight Price Increase as Analysts Study Impact of Saudi Damage

Trucker pumping diesel into purple truck The price of diesel rose for the first time in 10 weeks. (Thinkstock Images)

Even while oil industry analysts are assessing the damage to Saudi Arabia’s oil field from an aerial attack Sept. 14, the nationwide price of diesel fuel climbed by 1.6 cents to $2.987 per gallon, according to the U.S. Department of Energy report Sept. 16.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 16, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

DHL Opens Chicago Innovation Center

DHL worker at Chicago Innovation Center Using Google Glass, a DHL worker remotely operates a Crown Rider Double Pallet Jack at the new Innovation Center in Chicago. (Dan Ronan/Transport Topics)

CHICAGO — Chicago’s long history as a transportation and logistics hub is one of the reasons DHL North America selected the city for its third Innovation Center worldwide. The Americas Innovation Center, which opened Sept. 12, showcases technologies that already have provided significant productivity increases.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 12, 2019
Business

Employees of Closed Carrier LME Are Losing Hope They'll Get Paid

LME employees may never receive back pay. LME trucks. (LME Inc.)

Two months after less-than-truckload carrier LME of New Brighton, Minn., abruptly shut down, former employees told Transport Topics that they have not received back pay and bonuses they were promised, and fear they may never see this money.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 11, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Energy Experts Fear Price of Diesel to Spike Because of New Shipping Fuel Mandate

Smoke emitting from ship Heavy, thick bunker fuel has been used for years by the shipping industry. (Getty Images)

Trucking executives fear sharp hikes in the cost of diesel, and perhaps a shortage, as the industry competes for fuel with ocean carriers, which have a mandate to sharply reduce pollution in fewer than 90 days.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 5, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Ryan Meppelink Wins Bronze Medal and Best of Nation Award at WorldSkills in Russia

Ryan Meppelink with WorldSkills competitors Medalists in the heavy machinery competition, with bronze medalist Ryan Meppelink on the right, celebrate and show their pride by displaying their countries' flags. (Himal Reece)

Ryan Meppelink, a college student and deft diesel mechanic from Zeeland, Mich., won the bronze medal for Heavy Vehicle Technology at the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
August 28, 2019
Government, Business

Most of the Nation’s Ports Report Strong July

Containers at Port of Los Angeles Cargo containers are stacked on a ship at the Port of Los Angeles. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Most of the nation’s largest seaports are reporting record cargo volume amid stalled trade negotiations between the United States and China.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
August 22, 2019
Business, Safety

New Report Points to Ways Truck Companies Can Operate Safer

Truck driver puts on seat belt TT File Photo

A study that focused on nine motor carriers’ efforts to improve the safety of their operations found that a company’s overall safety culture — from the boardroom to the truck cab — was a crucial element for success.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
August 22, 2019
Business, Safety

Rookies, Vets Keep Their Focus on Taking Top Honors

5-Axle competitors at NTDC conduct a course walk-through 5-Axle competitors conduct a course walk-through. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

PITTSBURGH — One former national Grand Champion and one rookie were among the 5-Axle drivers taking the course Aug. 15 at the 82nd annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships. Their perspectives differed, but in unlikely ways.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
August 15, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

North American Inspectors Championship Kicks Off

North American Inspectors Championship begins Aug. 14 in Pittsburgh. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration acting Associate Administrator and Chief Safety Officer Jack Van Steenburg speaks to the crowd. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

PITTSBURGH — The 51 commercial vehicle inspectors from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico received a rousing start to the beginning of the North American Inspectors Championship, held in conjunction with the National Truck Driving Championships.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
August 14, 2019

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