Fleet Owner Staff

Fleet Owner Staff
Truck tonnage increased in October, ATA says

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) said its for-hire truck tonnage index increased 1.9% in October, following a decrease of 0.7% during September.

Compared with October 2014, the index increased 2%; slightly above the year-over-year increase of 1.6% in September. However, the group stressed that October’s year-over-year gain was well below the year-to-date figure through October, compared to 3% during the same period last year.

Mack’s Macungie plant marks 40 year anniversary

Mack Trucks noted that its Lehigh Valley Operations manufacturing facility Mack, located in Lower Macungie Township, PA, crossed the four-decade mark on Nov. 19 this year.

Site preparation for the one million square-foot facility began in May 1974, with construction completed in less than one year. The plant’s layout was designed in-house by Mack employees, without the help of outside consultants, to maximize manufacturing efficiency and flexibility.

FusoFirst support program introduced

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America (MFTA) is rolling out what it calls a “comprehensive” nationwide product support program called “FusoFirst” for owners and operators of its medium-duty truck models.

The program includes 24/7 roadside assistance, a dedicated website and mobile application, ongoing operator training, and nationwide links to Fuso dealers for parts and service needs, noted Jecka Glasman, MFTA's president and CEO, in a statement.

Analysts: Freight is falling for trucking

A mix of poor data – from falling shipments to softening rates – is posing concerns for the trucking industry, according to a variety of analysts.

ACT Research Co. characterized the October freight data tracked by its For-Hire Trucking Index as “disappointing” and indicated “softer freight conditions” are developing.

Ryder launches Veteran Buddy Program

Ryder System, Inc. is launching a new initiative dubbed the “Veteran Buddy Program,” designed to pair current Ryder employees who are military veterans with new veteran employees so as to help ease their transition from military to civilian life.

New Diamond Edge label for high-performing Navistar dealers

Navistar’s International Truck division, in collaboration with its dealer network, is unveiling a new Diamond Edge Certified Program that aims to recognize dealers for their commitment to customer vehicle uptime high-performing service levels.

“The will recognize dealers with the highest-performing service departments in our network,” noted Mark Reiter, VP of customer support at Navistar.  

Finding real value in DVIRs

CSA violations and fines continue to have a significant impact on fleet operating costs. While there is considerable and justifiable focus on drivers and areas like cargo securement, what you might not know is that over the last two years the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC category has accounted for more than 64% of all CSA violations.

Putting the brakes on violations

Fewer commercial vehicles were placed out of service (OOS) this year during the annual Brake Safety Week, held as part of the Operation Airbrake Program sponsored by CVSA in partnership with FMCSA and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA).

Democracy in business:Telogis flings wide the informational door

“This year’s focus is really on democratizing planning by making optimization tools easier to use and more accessible throughout the enterprise, enabling customers to become true ‘learning enterprises,’”  Newth Morris, Telogis founder and president, Telogis Route and Navigation, told Latitude conference attendees today in Dana Point, CA.

Cost Control: Look Beyond the Obvious

While there is generally a focus in fleet operations on top line revenue, fleet executives know that the only way to boost profitability is to improve the bottom line through cost savings.

Telogis moves telematics into the wearable space

At its annual user group meeting, telematics firm Telogis announced that it is one of several companies partnering with Apple to bring telematics capability to wearable devices such as the Apple Watch in order to more closely connect vehicles, equipment and people.

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