Government

Government, Business

Consumer Spirits Rise to 18-Year High

Consumer Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence rose again this month, hitting a new 18-year high. The Conference Board said Oct. 30 that its consumer confidence index climbed to 137.9 in October from 135.3 in September. Both readings are the highest since September 2000.

Paul Wiseman | AP Economics Writer
October 30, 2018
Government, Business

Home Price Gains Weaken for Fifth Straight Month

For sale sign David Zalubowski/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — U.S. home price gains slowed for the fifth straight month in August as higher mortgage rates have lowered home sales. The deceleration reflects a broader weakening in the nation’s housing market. Sales of existing homes have dropped for six straight months, and sales of new homes have fallen for the past four.

Christopher Rugaber | AP Economics Writer
October 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business

Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam Defines the Qualified Candidate for Truckers

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Haslam by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

AUSTIN, Texas ­— Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam had some advice for truckers on the type of candidate to vote for in the midterm elections — but he didn’t name any names.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 30, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line Perform for Trucking Execs at Freightliner Dinner

Carrie Underwood at the Freighliner dinner Country superstar Carrie Underwood performs at the Freightliner customer appreciation dinner at Austin City Limits. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — Country music superstars Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line performed back-to-back sets at the legendary music venue Austin City Limits to cap off the 2018 Freightliner Trucks customer appreciation dinner.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 30, 2018
Government, Business

Trucking U Introduces Students to Career Opportunities

Trucking U students at MCE College students, who participate in American Trucking Associations' Trucking U program, attend MCE to learn about career opportunities in the industry. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — The trucking industry presents more career opportunities for young people than college and high school graduates may realize, university students said here during an educational program held at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
October 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Blockchain Not Yet Mature, but Digital Ledger Holds Promise for Transportation

Blockchain Taylor (left) and Craig. (Joe Terry/Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — Blockchain has been the subject of extensive hype and much confusion, but this distributed general ledger technology holds the potential to boost efficiency and visibility in the transportation sector as the initial excitement gives way to real business cases, according to trucking technology experts.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 29, 2018
Government, Business

More China Tariffs Planned if Xi Meeting Fails

President Xi and Trump President Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. is preparing to announce by early December tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports if November talks between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping fail to ease the trade war, three people familiar with the matter said.

Jenny Leonard and Jennifer Jacobs | Bloomberg News
October 29, 2018
Government, Business

ATA Honors Four With Mike Russell Awards for Industry Efforts

2018 Mike Russell Award winners 2018 Mike Russell Award winners by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

AUSTIN, Texas — American Trucking Associations recognized a motor carrier, a trucking organization, a travel center operator and a professional driver with Mike Russell Trucking Image Awards on Oct. 29.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

ATA's Chris Spear Calls for Unity, Collaboration Going Forward

ATA President Chris Spear Spear delivers his state of the industry speech at MCE 2018. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear delivered a message of unity, partnership and the importance of representation at the Management Conference & Exhibition on Oct. 29.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business

ENGS Commercial Finance to Be Acquired by Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp.

Stockholders of ENGS Commercial Finance have agreed to sell the business to Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Co., an affiliate of Mitsubishi Corp. in Japan, for an undisclosed amount.

Transport Topics
October 29, 2018

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