Rip Watson

Business, Technology

LTL Carriers Boost Dimensioner Use to Improve Pricing Accuracy, Profits

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Less-than-truckload carriers have more than quadrupled the use of dimensioner technology to improve pricing accuracy and profitability, experts said.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
April 4, 2016
Business

February Tonnage Sets Record

Truck tonnage jumped 8.6% in February, posting an all-time record that was helped by freight that moved later due to January storms, American Trucking Associations reported last week.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
March 28, 2016
Business

Volvo Debuts Updated Powertrain, Claims Additional Fuel Efficiency

Volvo's John Moore, photo by Rip Watson/Transport Topics

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Volvo Trucks North America last week introduced a suite of new products, including 2017 engines and powertrain enhancements, with the common goals of enhancing fuel efficiency and driver experience.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
March 28, 2016
Business

Volvo Starts Interim Repair Process for 15,835 Recalled Trucks

Kristian Helgesen/Bloomberg News

Volvo Trucks North America has begun distributing interim repair information to address the recall of 15,835 of its 2016 and 2017 models in the United States for a steering shaft defect that has prompted both the manufacturer and the U.S. government to urge that the units be taken out of service immediately.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
March 23, 2016
Business

Volvo Introduces New Engine, Powertrain Enhancements

D13 with turbo compounding/Volvo Trucks North America

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Volvo Trucks North America introduced a suite of new products, including 2017 engines as well as powertrain enhancements with the common goals of enhancing customers’ fuel efficiency and driver experience.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
March 22, 2016
Business

UPS Expands, Renames Earliest Delivery Service to Next Day Air Early

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

UPS Inc. has expanded its earliest small-package delivery service and renamed the offering Next Day Air Early.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
March 21, 2016
Business

High-Profile Accidents Prompt Insurers to Cut Truck Coverage

Costly, high-profile accident losses are transforming the trucking insurance market, potentially raising costs and tightening pressure on fleets to improve safety and reduce risk, industry experts said.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
March 21, 2016
Business

FedEx’s Profits Increase 18% On Growth at Express Unit

John Sommers II for TT

FedEx Corp. last week said its fiscal third-quarter net income rose 18% to $692 million, or $2.51 per share, excluding one-time costs and powered solely by higher profits at its Express unit.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
March 21, 2016
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

TCA Changes Weight Policy, Breaking With ATA on Issue

Stubbs by Linda Q Photography for TCA

LAS VEGAS — The Truckload Carriers Association has changed its truck weight policy, breaking with American Trucking Associations on the issue and putting the groups at loggerheads for the second time in several months.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
March 14, 2016
Business, Autonomous

E-Logging Mandate Will Tighten Capacity, Prompt More Shipper-Fleet Cooperation

Linda Quackenboss/Linda Q Photography

LAS VEGAS — Shippers that capitalize on today’s looser capacity environment by insisting on rate reductions instead of maintaining long-term carrier relationships can expect difficulty finding trucks when electronic logging devices become mandatory late next year, industry experts said.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
March 14, 2016

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