David Cullen

Executive Editor

David Cullen offers his take on how actions taken by government agencies, industry suppliers and other trucking stakeholders impact truck fleet owners.

Wangler: TMW in step with freight industry's “fundamental shifts”

NASHVILLE. What’s now driving forward every development at TMW Systems is the technology provider’s “recognition of fundamental shifts” that are redrawing the freight-transportation spectrum, company president David Wangler told a standing-room-only crowd here at the TMW TransForum User Conference.

States making little headway against broken highways

More funding is being directed to state highways and bridges, yet “very little progress” has been made in improving their condition, according to the 21st Annual Highway Report released today by the nonpartisan Reason Foundation. 

Stifels’ Larkin: Driver shortage is - and will stay - trucking’s top challenge

Financial analyst John Larkin, managing director & head of Transportation Capital Markets Research Stifel, puts the driver shortage square at the top of his list of the “the ten largest factors likely to shape transportation and logistics in the future.” And he contends the shortage will only be “magnified” over time.

Trailer market on the high road into 2015 

INDIANAPOLIS.  Presenting next year’s trailer outlook here at the FTR Transportation Conference, Don Ake, vp-- Commercial Vehicles for FTR, began by detailing how hot the market is right now.

 “The trailer market in 2014 is very strong,” he stated, “with market growth the result of both fleet expansion [to add capacity] and pent-up demand [to replace aging equipment

Trucking overcomes modest economic growth

INDIANAPOLIS. Barring unforeseeable events, it appears pretty solid that the U.S. economy-- and freight along with it-- will head through 2015 at roughly the same level of positive, if modest,  growth witnessed so far this year.

That's the upshot of the many economic indicators and indices as well as freight-specific risk factors discussed by economists and analysts here during the first day of the annual FTR Transportation Conference.

FTR, Internet Truckstop team up to offer new data-rich solutions 

INDIANAPOLIS. FTR and Internet Truckstop announced that they have formed a “strategic industry partnership” here tonight at the outset of FTR’s Annual Transportation Conference.

Executives with the two firms explained that ,by working together, they will produce new business tools that will bring “unprecedented market analysis and specificity for both the contract and spot freight segments by region and by trailer type.”

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