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Schneider Acquires Watkins & Shepard

Watkins & Shepard

Truckload carrier Schneider last week announced the acquisition of less-than-truckload specialist Watkins & Shepard Trucking and final-mile delivery carrier Lodeso Inc. to capitalize on trucking opportunities related to fast-growing e-commerce.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
June 6, 2016
Business, Government, Safety

Democrats Press McConnell to Fix Pensions

Senate Democrats are pressuring Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to take up pension legislation for truckers and miners before the summer recess that begins in six weeks.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
June 6, 2016
Business, Equipment, Government, Autonomous

Used-Truck Prices Dip; Inventories Stabilize

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The price of a used Class 8 truck sold in April fell compared with a year earlier, but inventories stabilized after rising for the past year, analysts said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 6, 2016
Business, Safety, Technology

Increases in Driver Pay Grind to Halt on Lower Freight Rates, Demand

Klemp, Hindes

Downward pressure on truckload rates and a weak freight market this year have almost eliminated driver pay increases that were widespread as recently as early 2015, according to an industry official who tracks compensation trends.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
June 6, 2016
Perspective, Business

Opinion: FSMA Regulations to Drive Change

The Food and Drug Administration’s new rules on sanitary transportation of human and animal food products have many third-party logistics providers concerned about liability. With the rules defining brokers as shippers, many 3PLs may soon become responsible for requirements tied to equipment, training and record keeping — all things they haven’t been accountable for in the past.

May 30, 2016
Business

FedEx Begins Integrating TNT After Purchase

TNT Express

FedEx Corp. announced last week that it would begin integration of TNT Express assets immediately after completing the $4.9 billion deal, its largest-ever acquisition.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
May 30, 2016
Business

April Trailer Orders Decrease; Factory Backlogs Still Strong

Great Dane via YouTube

U.S. trailer orders slipped in April from a year earlier as purchasers turned a bit more cautious, while manufacturers continued to work off their backlogs, analysts said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 30, 2016
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

New Overtime Threshold Could Disrupt Payrolls, Revamp Job Classifications, Trucking Execs Warn

Across the trucking industry, companies should be prepared for some type of financial disruption due to the new Department of Labor rule on overtime pay, a senior official with American Truck Dealers told Transport Topics.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 30, 2016
Perspective, Business

Opinion: How to Improve Dedicated Fleet Management

While it is true that even the best dedicated-carrier fleets have been late at one time or another, most quality fleets deliver high-quality performance over time. The quality of the service is generally not the key reason that severs ties between buyers and sellers. For this text, we’ll just focus on three drivers for change.

May 23, 2016
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Kenworth Boosts Automation at Manufacturing Facility

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Gridiron rises on the roof of Kenworth Truck Co.’s assembly plant here as a new structure takes shape to automate the storage and retrieval of painted truck cabs, sleepers and hoods awaiting trim, while down below the company continues building trucks — but at a reduced rate since last year.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 23, 2016

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