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.

Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Trucking Industry Experts Optimistic About 2021, Once COVID Is Over

Truck on snowy road vitpho/Getty Images

The trucking industry stands poised for a solid start in 2021, building on an unprecedented 2020 during which the U.S. economy relied heavily on truckers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 29, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Trucking Industry's Great Work in 2020 Will Pay Dividends in 2021, ATA’s Spear Says

Chris Spear ATA President Chris Spear testifies on Capitol Hill last February. In a recent interview with Transport Topics Radio, Spear said 2020 was a defining year for trucking. (Ways & Means Committee via YouTube)

The trucking industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a boost in public perception that will endure for years to come, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear told Transport Topics.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 28, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Wreaths Across America Day Takes Place With Help of Trucking Industry

Girl kneels next to stone during Wreaths Across America Day 2020 A girl kneels next to a tombstone at Arlington National Cemetery during Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 19, 2020. (Susan Patton/Wreaths Across America)

The final resting places of 1.7 million American veterans were adorned with holiday wreaths this year as organizers of the annual Wreaths Across America Day worked to ensure the nation’s fallen received this honor despite challenges presented by the pandemic.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 22, 2020
Business, Logistics, Breaking News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Slides 3.8% in November

Trucks on the road in autumn When measured month-to-month, tonnage increased 3.7%. ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said the rise was fueled by a rush in e-commerce sales. (Willowpix/Getty Images)

Truck tonnage in November declined a seasonally adjusted 3.8%, marking the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year declines, American Trucking Associations said Dec. 22. However, the ATA For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 3.7% in November after falling 5% in October when measured month-to-month.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 22, 2020
Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

FedEx Reports Record FY Q2 Net Sales of $20.5 Billion

FedEx truck A FedEx Ground truck drives through Chicago on Nov. 30. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg)

The global surge in e-commerce brought on by the coronavirus pandemic combined with online holiday shopping sent net quarterly sales for FedEx Corp. above $20 billion for the first time in its history, and led to an increase in net income as well, the company reported Dec. 17.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 17, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Trucks Carry First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine to Hospitals Across the US

UPS truck leaves Pfizer A UPS truck loaded with COVID-19 vaccine leaves the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant on Dec. 13. (Morry Gash/Pool/Associated Press)

As the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine begin to ship, trucking experts on the ground level of the distribution effort said the logistical elements are in place for a successful rollout of an estimated 50 million doses of the vaccine between now and the end of January.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 15, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Rises 3.3¢ in Sixth Straight Increase

California gas station (Richard Vogel/Associated Press) A masked pedestrian passes a Shell station in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles Dec. 6. (Richard Vogel/Associated Press)

The average price of diesel increased by 3.3 cents a gallon nationwide to $2.559, according to weekly data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Dec. 14. Still, trucking’s primary fuel costs 48.7 cents less than it did a year ago.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 14, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Federal Maritime Commission Worries About Delays at Ports

Port of New York Port Jersey Marine Terminal in 2018 by Craig Warga/Bloomberg News

The leadership of the Federal Maritime Commission says it is becoming worried that ocean carriers may be assessing unfair detention and demurrage charges at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., as well as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 14, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

US Trucking, Logistics Sectors Ready to Mobilize for Vaccine Distribution

Vaccine A medical worker draws the COVID-19 vaccine from a vial at a vaccination center in Cardiff, U.K. (Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Bloomberg News)

For the trucking and logistics industry, the challenges of COVID-19 vaccine distribution are just beginning. Hundreds of millions of doses will need to be shipped around the world and in the United States, and the process is just now getting underway.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 10, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

AM Radio Transmitter Sites Now Valuable Real Estate for Logistics Industry

Radio tower Shauni/Getty Images

Sites that for decades housed AM radio towers today command top dollar as e-commerce fuels rising demand for new warehouses and logistics centers.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 8, 2020