Monthly Archives: April 2012

How Automated Pre-Tripping of Trailers Could Help Fleets with CSA

Instead of a traditional look-and-touch routine, a driver’s pre-trip inspection would be faster and better if key components had sensors wired to transponders that would broadcast their status. By Tom Berg, Senior Editor There always have been a lot of reasons for drivers to do effective pre- and post-trip inspections on trailers and power units. [...]

Consumer Confidence Reaches Highest in a Year

4/27/2012 10:10:00 AM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Consumer confidence rose in April to the highest level in a year, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index released Friday. The final index for the month rose to reading of 76.4, from 76.2 in March. Economists had predicted [...]

Costco “Hot Fuel” Settlement Approved

In an approved settlement for a lawsuit over hot fuel, Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to convert gas pumps in some states during the next five years to automatically compensate for expansion in fuel due to changing temperatures, reports the Kansas City Business Journal. The term "hot fuel" refers to the expansion of gas or [...]

Arkansas Best’s 1Q Loss Widens

4/27/2012 11:45:00 AM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Arkansas Best Corp. on Friday said its first-quarter loss widened from a year ago, in part due to a low corporate tax benefit rate, high workers’ compensation costs and investments in sales, customer service and information technology. The company’s loss was $18.2 [...]

Volvo Sees Promising Future for Bio-DME as a Vehicle Fuel

Ten Volvo Bio-DME (Di-Methyl-Ether) trucks have now been in regular operation since last autumn. Volvo's European Bio-DME project, which aims to assess whether there is a market for Bio-DME (Di-Methyl-Ether) for commercial vehicles, shows promise, the company says. Halfway through the two-year project, the preliminary results show that Bio-DME already functions in daily commercial operations. [...]

TransForce Earnings, Revenue Improve

4/27/2012 12:00:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Canadian transportation firm TransForce Inc. said its first-quarter profit improved, boosted by acquisitions. Net income rose to C$30.2 million, or 31 cents per share, from C$14.9 million, or 15 cents, a year earlier. Revenue jumped 40% to C$788.2 million, the Montreal-based trucking [...]

The successful salesperson

Are your salespeople really listening to customer wants and needs -- beyond price? All That's Trucking blog by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief Is selling in the trucking industry nothing more than pricing? Absolutely not, says Andy Ahern of Ahern Associates, a transportation management consulting firm in Phoenix, Ariz. "If all you have to sell [...]

Echo Global Logistics’ 1Q Income Rises

4/26/2012 5:00:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Echo Global Logistics said its first-quarter profit rose as revenue climbed to a record high. Net income improved to $3.3 million, or 15 cents per share, from $2.2 million, or 10 cents, a year ago. Revenue climbed 30.2% to $168.6 million, the [...]

Hardwood forests are healthy and growing in Appalachia, trade group says

Hardwood forests now cover 65.7 million acres in 12 states in the eastern U.S., an increase of 300,000 acres since 2007. Trailer Talk blog by Tom Berg, Senior Editor "Save a tree," environmentalists preach. That's not an option when you're building anything with wood, like a hardwood-composite floor for a van trailer. And as we [...]

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