Panther Premium Logistics has released the Panther Fleet Mobile App, designed to streamline workflow and reduce paperwork for owner-operators. The free app is available for iPhone and Android users....More
From the spotless floor of its North Texas assembly facility to evaluating multiple designs for a part as seemingly routine as a hood latch, members of the Peterbilt team were emphatic: To be a premium brand—to back up the “Class Pays” tagline that accompanies the iconic red oval—means every detail counts....More
In this week’s round-up of this and that from the wide world of trucking, the main stream media tackles truck fuel efficiency; driver wages; Walmart’s coming delivery service; Amazon’s ongoing push into supply chain efficiency; some really hazardous shipments; and a review of where the port driver labor issues are headed in Southern California....More
The wide world of trucking is surprisingly small. If you get out at all in public, and if you own up to a connection to the trucking industry, you’re going to run into folks. Almost always, you're going to learn something new....More
Roadcheck, billed as the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, takes place this Tuesday through Thursday. The emphasis will be on cargo securement, and a “checklist for drivers” is available for download from CVSA. Even better, we’ve got some inside tips from a long-time inspector—and some driver reaction to those tips.
A cooperative research project led by Auburn University and the American Transportation Research Institute(ATRI) finds tractor-trailers could experience fuel savings of 5% to 10% if they were controlled by platooning technology....More
In the American Trucker Money Roll this week, we’ll work our way from the big economic picture down to some trucking specifics: First quarter GDP has been revised downward; NAFTA freight volume has slowed; trailer orders crashed; the spot market is still stagnant and rail traffic continues to slip, though intermodal loads were up some last week.
Accuride Corp. reports that it recently signed a multi-year agreement with Daimler Trucks North America to supply its American-cast-and-machined Gunite brake drums to Daimler’s aftermarket parts group, one of the leading all-makes parts brands in the commercial transportation industry....More
TINAJA HILLS, AZ. Caterpillar introduced the third model of its CT vocational truck line – the CT680 – here at its training and proving grounds just outside of Tucson, AZ; a 124-in. BBC vehicle that will be available in both truck and tractor configuration when it goes into full production this July....More
Caterpillar introduced the third model in its CT line of vocational trucks - the set-forward-axle CT680 - during a special ride and drive event at its Tinaja Hills, AZ, proving grounds. Though only two tractor configurations of the new CT680 were available for testing - the gray one equipped with an 18-speed manual and a red one spec'd with Caterpillar's CX31 automatic transmission - company executives stressed that the Class 8 CT680 is also available as a straight truck chassis model, too.
A new system designed to inflate tires automatically while drivers fuel offers also aims to offer a way to stay on the road longer by catching potential problems before they occur: Love’s TirePass is now available at 75 Love’s Travel Stop locations across the country....More