Trucking Logistics

A software company that provides information on truck stops, weigh stations and other on-the-road services to U.S. truckers is now offering a free beta test of its freight marketplace platform to the public.

The development of "connected" trucks by partners such as Zonar and Daimler Trucks North America has big implications for visibility into global supply chains. In the future, the truck is likely to be the basic node of information in interlocking supply chain networks, generating and sharing information.

After five years of hiring gains and substantial pay raises, U.S. trucking companies finally employ more workers than they did before the Great Recession. But they’re far from end of the road.

Daseke Inc., the fastest growing U.S. trucking company, is merging with Bulldog Hiway Express, an open-deck and flatbed carrier with extensive port drayage operations in the Southeast.

Jon Poelma has been promoted to senior vice president and chief operating officer of Consolidated Chassis Management. CCM manages six regional chassis pools containing more than 140,000 intermodal chassis at 240 U.S. rail and port intermodal locations.

The Michigan-based truckload carrier expects lower second quarter revenue than a year ago but better revenue than in the first quarter as the freight economy slowly expands.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is under renewed pressure to overhaul its key truck safety initiative after a 2014 study only recently made public found the program’s safety metrics don’t always align with the real risk of accidents on the road.

The value of the goods shipped between the U.S. and Canada dropped 12.5 percent in April, thanks to low oil prices, a strong U.S. dollar and a shrinking Canadian economy.

Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska wants a study on whether 18- to 20-year-olds should be allowed to drive heavy trucks across state lines, a step trucking concerns short of qualified drivers increasingly support. Current federal rules restrict interstate CDLs to drivers at least 21 years of age.

Mobility has become the latest technological catchphrase, especially in transportation, as wave after wave of t