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.

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.”

School daze 

Maverick Transportation recently held a grand opening to celebrate the gleamingly modern, 13,000-sq.-ft. expansion of its driver-training center.

The Little Rock, AR-based carrier said the $4 million expansion brings the training center’s total classrooms to seven and its training bays to eight—enabling it to train 210 drivers at any one time.  Maverick noted that inside the training bays, drivers live-load all products hauled and are trained in the rigorous securement techniques for which the carrier is known.

Tires: From black to green 

“Green is the new black” is a snappy catchphrase.  Too bad it doesn’t capture all the thinking being poured into enhancing original-equipment truck tires. To be sure, there’s no getting around the seemingly endless fade to green. Truck tires are increasingly being designed to save the environment and fuel dollars. But could they get so green that their other money-saving attributes get squeezed enough to spurt red ink?

Hot-dogging: Mack Trucks chief accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

When Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North American Sales & Marketing, accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge put to him by colleague Göran Nyberg, Volvo Trucks' president of North American Sales & Marketing, he was quic

Navistar scores ‘important financial milestone’ 

While plainly stating what it must further accomplish, Navistar International Corp. (NYSE: NAV) also had some solidly positive news to relay in its Q3 earnings report.

'Nice and cool': Volvo Trucks chief accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

With a Carolina summer day standing in for the sojourn in a sauna that might have served as his warmup had he accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while visiting his native Sweden, Göran Nyberg, Volvo Trucks' president of North American Sales & Marketing, swiftly completes his charitable deed outside the OEM's Greensboro headquarters.

Unflinched by the icy experience, he remarks that it was "Nice and cool" before throwing down the bracing gauntlet to colleague Stephen Roy, Mack Trucks' president of North American Sales & Marketing.

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