Business, Equipment

American Trailer Rental Group Expands in Columbus, Ohio

FITS trailer First in Trailer Service is part of the American Trailer Rental Group. (American Trailer Rental Group)

American Trailer Rental Group announced it opened a First in Trailer Service location in Columbus, Ohio, citing economic expansion as well as the rich manufacturing and distribution history of the greater Columbus area.

September 4, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Demand for Rental, Lease Trailers at Historic Highs

Trailer A driver secures a trailer door. (Allison)

The utilization rate of rental and lease trailers continues at historic highs amid industry consolidation and a shift to more rentals and away from long-term leases, according to an industry survey released in August.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 2, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Trailer-Tracking Unit Furthers VHub Telematics Integration

Francis Roy Francis Roy by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Digital asset-sharing platform vHub announced that its integration of telematics offerings now includes the TrackLight taillamp GPS trailer-tracking solution from Anytrek and the 4W Telematics trailer tracking system.

July 27, 2020
Technology, Equipment

Trailer Technology Moves Forward

Change is the fuel that spurs innovation, whether social or industrial. Technology for trailer management is no different.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
July 17, 2020
Business, Equipment

Whiting Door Manufacturing Co-Founder Lauren Whiting Dies at 95

Whiting Door Manufacturing co-founder Lauren Whiting died Jan. 25 at the age of 95, according to the company.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 28, 2020
Business, Equipment

October Trailer Orders Move Sharply Higher

Strick trailer on assembly line A Strick trailer on the assembly line at a manufacturing plant. U.S. trailers orders in October reached their highest volume since November 2018. (Strick via Facebook)

Net U.S. trailer orders in October surged to 31,786 units, reaching the highest volume since November 2018 despite an overall slowing freight market, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
November 18, 2019
Technology, Equipment

The Tractor-to-Trailer Interface

Tractor-to-trailer connections Tractor-to-trailer air and electrical connections (Technology & Maintenance Council)

Ever since digital antilock braking systems were mandated in the mid-1990s, an ever-increasing array of electrically powered, data-networked technologies have placed increased demands on the tractor electrical system and databus.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
October 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Trucking Relies on Consumers, but Recession Fears Loom, Experts Say

Trailer market Eric Starks, chairman and CEO of Freight Transportation Research, speaks about the trailer market. (Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics)

PALM BEACH, Fla. — A leading consultant and top executives at three fleets outlined the state of the trucking industry and overall economy to trailer dealers and suppliers during a meeting here, with discussion focused on changing conditions and persistent concerns about softening demand.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 17, 2019
Business, Equipment

Refocus on Customers as Trailer Orders Slow, Expert Says

Allen Phibbs Allen Phibbs by Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the market slows, trailer dealers need to pay closer attention to customer relations, inventory management, accounts receivables and employees, an industry consultant said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Trailer Orders Fall for Fourth Straight Month

Trailer orders fall for the fourth straight month. An employee installs a support for a wind skirt beneath a trailer at Wabash National Corp. in Lafayette, Ind. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

U.S. trailer orders in August bounced along below 11,000 units for the fourth consecutive month and were 72% lower than a year earlier, according to ACT Research, amid near-record factory inventories of undelivered trailers, plus plentiful cancellations.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 26, 2019