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Business, Technology

FoodMaven Secures $10 Million Funding Round

vegetables closeup TT file photo

FoodMaven, which provides an online marketplace for oversupplied, out-of-spec and local food, has closed a $10 million round of funding, the Colorado Springs, Colo., startup said.

January 29, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 2 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "Is Trucking Charging Toward an Electric Reality?" is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
January 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 100

FedEx Introduces Way for Retailers to Outrace Amazon in Delivery

FedEx Truck Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News

FedEx Corp., looking beyond Inc. for growth in e-commerce, is introducing a new late-night shipping option for retailers who want to speedily send orders directly to online customers.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
January 29, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Infrastructure Missing in Talks Between Trump, Hill Leaders

Sen. Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) by C-SPAN via YouTube

Talks between President Donald Trump and congressional leaders seem to be lacking one key ingredient: infrastructure. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 28, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Infrastructure Bill a Priority in 2019, Rep. Drew Ferguson Says

Rep. Drew Ferguson Rep. Drew Ferguson (Mike Gibson Versatile Photography)

ATLANTA — A major new infrastructure bill is doable in 2019, despite the lack of new federal revenue to fund it, said U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.), speaking at the 28th annual meeting of SMC3 Jump Start on Jan. 28.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 28, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Paccar CEO Outlines Path Toward Zero-Emission Trucks, Automated Driving

Ron Armstrong Paccar CEO Ron Armstrong discusses emerging truck technologies at the ATD Show. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

SAN FRANCISCO — Paccar Inc. CEO Ron Armstrong said the trucking industry is moving toward ever-cleaner and more energy-efficient vehicles and will adopt increasingly advanced automated driving technology to assist drivers.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 28, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

ATD Announces Coalition to Repeal Federal Excise Tax on Heavy-Duty Trucks

Jodie Teuton ATD Chairwoman Jodie Teuton says repealing the federal excise tax on heavy-duty trucks would promote deployment of new vehicles that are cleaner and safer than older models. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

SAN FRANCISCO — American Truck Dealers announced a new industry coalition to push for the repeal of the 12% federal excise tax on heavy-duty trucks.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 28, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Straightening the Sheet Metal

Semi Wreck Getty Images

So, you just got the call that your brand-new “was-­supposed-to-last-for-a-decade” Class 8 tractor slid off into the ditch. The decisions that you make during the repair cycle for that truck may be just as important as those you made in buying it.

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

Ford CEO Jim Hackett, Tesla’s Elon Musk Urge Workers to Help Boost Profits

Ford An employee performs a final inspection on a truck at the Ford Motor Co. Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich. (Sean Proctor/Bloomberg News)

Ford Motor Co.’s Jim Hackett and Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk are rallying the troops with similar appeals to make more money.

Alexandra Semenova and Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
January 25, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Diesel Engine, Drivetrain Spec’ing Prove Crucial

Careful attention to diesel engine and drivetrain spec’ing is essential to ensure that Class 8 trucks have the highest productivity and lowest cost per mile for their specific applications.

John Baxter | Special to Transport Topics
January 25, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

The Savings of Truck Safety Technology

The rising cost of maintenance for Class 8 trucks needs to be weighed against safety and operational benefits, according to a recent study by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
January 25, 2019