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Trucking company J.B. Hunt reserves Tesla trucks

Trucking company J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc said on Friday it placed a reservation to purchase Tesla Inc’s Semi trucks.

Tesla said on Thursday that production of the truck would begin in 2019.

“Reserving Tesla trucks marks an important step in our efforts to implement industry-changing technology,” said Chief Executive John Roberts.

via www.reuters.com

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FTR's Trucking Condition Index begins expected upward trend in September

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for September, at a reading of 3.5, increased more than two points from the previous month. A coming spike in the index will primarily be related to Hurricane recovery efforts. Going forward, the strong demand for truck freight should keep this index in solidly positive territory through 2018.

Although this recovery’s economic growth has been the weakest on record, trucking has grown at a better than 3% clip - consistent with stronger economics. If the economy maintains its current strength, FTR expects that the index has a good chance for upside potential in the coming months.

via www.trailer-bodybuilders.com

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CCJ Solutions Summit: The power, importance of storytelling

At the CCJ Solutions Summit, Nov. 13, in Palm Springs, Calif., fleet executives and managers received some timely advice from the former CEO of Starbucks, Pathmark Supermarkets and Extended Stay Hotels.

“Our workforce is changing and it’s changing quickly,” said Jim Donald, who lead turnaround efforts at these companies by using creative methods to engage employees in the work.

Referencing a 2015 study from Microsoft, Donald said that a goldfish now has a longer attention span than the average human. A goldfish patiently waits for nine seconds as food flakes fall in a fishbowl. By comparison, the attention span of the average human is eight seconds. More concerning is that the attention span has dropped four seconds since 2012.

via www.ccjdigital.com

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South Carolina, Georgia ports working on solution to aging chassis pool

The normally competitive ports authorities in South Carolina and Georgia are teaming up to find a solution to the aging and often poorly maintained chassis pool many truckers must use to haul containers to and from maritime terminals in their states.

"Our objective is to improve the quality of the existing chassis fleet," Jim Newsome, president and CEO of South Carolina's State Ports Authority, said of his ongoing discussions with Griff Lynch, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority.

Each of the more than 1.2 million cargo boxes that moved across the Port of Charleston's terminals in fiscal 2017 either arrived or left affixed to a chassis.

via www.postandcourier.com

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XStream Trucking's tractor-trailer gap aero device

XStream Trucking’s TruckWings is an active-aerodynamic device that deploys automatically at highway speeds to cover the tractor-trailer gap and eliminate turbulence caused by movement and high winds, leading to streamlined aerodynamics, fuel saving, lower carbon emissions and smoother rides due to less lane drift. As the gap is needed for low-speed maneuverability, TruckWings’ patented design is devised to work at highway speeds, automatically deploying large panels to cover the sides and top of the gap. The panels, made of high-impact glass-reinforced composites, create a continuous connection between the truck and trailer that allows the air to flow smoothly over the entire length of the truck. When the truck slows down, the panels retract without driver intervention, providing clearance for turns at any angle.

via www.ccjdigital.com

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Women veterans would make excellent truckers, according to data

There are two groups of truck drivers that have fewer accidents, drive more miles and stay in the same job longer: veterans and women. And thanks to federal initiatives to help veterans get jobs in transportation, we should start seeing more women vets piloting trucks on American roads.

Based on data it has been compiling for a decade, Omnitracs says women veterans would make for excellent truck drivers. And those women could find higher pay than the average salary garnered by the average female veterans in the private sector.

“Although women and veterans make up a smaller population in trucking, they are great truckers,” Lauren Domnick, Omnitracs’ director of data and analytics, told American Trucker this week.

via www.trucker.com

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U.S. said to seek NAFTA restrictions on Mexican trucking

The U.S. has proposed another difficult change to the North American Free Trade Agreement that could eventually restrict long-haul Mexican truckers from operating in the country, according to people familiar with the discussions.

American negotiators asked to remove Mexico’s long-haul industry from a NAFTA chapter on cross-border services, according to an industry official familiar with the proposal who isn’t authorized to speak publicly. That could open the door to restrictions on truckers, as losing NAFTA trade protections and advantages would make it harder for Mexico to challenge any future U.S. requirements on trucks such as new safety checks.

via www.nwherald.com

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Indicators: Trucking employment flat in October

Shippers in a tight spot on rate negotiations: Rising rates and climbing fuel prices prompted FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index to plunge in August, FTR reported last week. With spot market rates soaring in recent months, pressure is mounting in the contract market, FTR notes, with carriers expected to force rate increases on shippers through this year and into 2018.  

“Shippers are in a tough position right now,” says FTR’s Jonathan Starks, chief operating officer. “We have known for some time that the trucking industry has been operating with very little excess capacity. However, the weak pricing environment masked that phenomenon for the last year. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma exposed shippers to this new reality. There just wasn’t enough excess capacity to deal with spikes, and the result was a significant spot market pricing gain that persisted through early October.”

“When you couple the Hurricane impacts with increased freight demand and the fast approaching ELD implementation, there’s a real fear that loads won’t get delivered. This is already beginning to show up in the contract markets. Spot prices were the canary in the coal mine. Contract pricing is likely to show significant gains through most of 2018.”

Trucking employment nearly unchanged in October: Total employment in the for-hire trucking industry fell by 100 jobs in October, according to the Department of Labor’s monthly Employment Situation Report.

via www.ccjdigital.com

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Jurors to go inside Pilot Flying J corrupt sales division

Jurors in a Chattanooga courtroom will be going inside what the nation’s largest diesel fuel retailer concedes was a corrupt sales division where fraud was taught and celebrated.

“(Expletive) them early and (expletive) them often,” jurors will hear former Pilot Flying J Vice President of Sales John “Stick” Freeman say in a secretly recorded staff meeting. “I mean, (expletive), sell it to them the way they wanna buy.”

They’ll also hear Freeman in person.

via www.knoxnews.com

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