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Commercial freight transportation businesses rely on data, intelligence, and novel solutions for operational efficiency. Transport Topics technology coverage investigates available technologies, real-world applications of business solutions, and the strategies necessary for advancement. News topics focus on the latest applied science, and issues range from autonomous vehicle and robotics innovations to management software, tracking and transparency, data analytics, blockchain, and the internet of things.

Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

As Freight on Trucks Becomes More Valuable, Thieves Get Creative in Their Attempts to Steal It

Parked trailer Cargo theft is an ever-evolving threat for motor carriers. (Getty Images)

Cargo theft is an ever-evolving threat to motor carriers. Keeping cargo safe means defending against not only traditional methods but recognizing and overcoming emerging new tactics and techniques increasingly employed by the bad guys.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
November 15, 2018

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Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 1 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "How Does Congress Say Trucking," is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Ruckit Unveils Platform for Heavy Construction, Bulk Materials Industry

Transportation software service provider Ruckit has announced a collaborative logistics platform for bulk-materials producers, trucking companies and general contractors.

Transport Topics
November 15, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Meritor Posts Mixed 4Q Results Amid Market Strength

Meritor A Meritor booth at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Tier 1 supplier Meritor Inc. posted lower net income and higher revenue in its fourth-quarter and fiscal-year periods as its markets improved, but separate financial issues cut earnings.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 14, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Nashville Chosen for Amazon Operations Hub

Amazon operations hub An Amazon Prime truck. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Amazon will build a $230 million operations hub in Nashville, Tenn., that will house 5,000 employees over the next 10 years.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
November 14, 2018
Business, Technology

Newest Startup in On-Demand Warehousing Is a Trucking Company

Vlad Gasnikov and Igor Volchenko OLIMP founder Vlad Gasnikov (left) and CTO Igor Volchenko at a web summit in Portugal. (OLIMP)

The newest entrant in the nascent market for on-demand warehousing is the owner of a Chicago-based trucking company who said he wants to use technology to help reduce the time that drivers spend waiting for freight to be loaded and unloaded. Vlad Gasnikov, CEO of Business Lines of America Corp., is currently beta testing an online platform called OLIMP.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
November 14, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Medium-Duty Sales Increase in October

Isuzu Isuzu trucks. (TT File Photo)

U.S. retail sales of medium-duty trucks increased 11.1% to 20,631 in October, with double-digit gains coming in most weight classes, reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 14, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Electric Vehicle Revolution Goes Underground in Sweden With Mine Truck

Underground Mining Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg News

Swedish mining equipment maker Epiroc AB on Nov. 14 launched a new range, including what it says is the largest battery-powered vehicle for mining below the Earth’s surface: a 42 ton-capacity truck that can haul blasted rock through narrow tunnels.

Niclas Rolander | Bloomberg News
November 14, 2018
Business, Technology, Opinion

Opinion: The FOMO Effect on Blockchain

Don't let FOMO, or fear of missing out, push your business into blockchain technology, advises Ken Craig of McLeod Software.

Ken Craig | Vice President of Special Projects, McLeod Software
November 14, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Ford, Walmart to Test Self-Driving Grocery Delivery Service

ford and walmart Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. is teaming with Walmart Inc., the world’s largest retailer, to lay the groundwork for a driverless grocery delivery service.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
November 14, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 50

DHL Opens Another Bay Area Facility

DHL neon sign Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

DHL has opened a $12 million, 39,000-square-foot service center facility in Sunnyvale, Calif., a move the company said it made to serve shipping needs of the region’s startups and global technology companies.

Transport Topics
November 14, 2018