From our corporate cousins over at FleetOwner.com, here’s a sampling of the week’s headlines from the trucking industry. Click the link for the full story:
Trucking is confronting a new era of logistics uncertainty, according to an annual report being released today; one where e-commerce, new technologies and business tactics, plus more regional and last-mile freight demand could upend the industry’s economics for years to come.
MONTREAL, QUE. Is the heavy trucking industry the poster child for automation or the problem child? It’s a question that moderator Peter Sweatman, a co-founding principal at CAVita, posed to a panel of transportation experts discussing platooning and autonomous trucking here at Michelin’s Movin’On Conference on sustainable mobility.
A new global survey by research firm IHS Markit of 5,000 vehicle owners in five countries -- the U.S., Canada, China, Germany and the United Kingdom (U.K.) – finds that while they “desire” more advanced technologies, such as telematics, in-car wireless network or “Wi-Fi” capability, and navigation systems, few seem willing to pay significantly extra to obtain them.
QUEENS, NY. The rapid shift from traditional retail store shopping to the purchase of products over the internet is driving major changes to delivery networks as well – including changes to the capabilities of the trucks tasked with making those deliveries.
Ram Truck is touting that it's the industry's most improved truck brand with more than a 24% improvement in initial quality, as judged by J.D. Power, compared with last year's scoring.
Lightweight materials, new engines and a newly available 10-speed automatic transmission up the ante for the 2018 Ford F-150 on performance, capability and efficiency, according to Ford Motor Co.
Promoting e-commerce and more use of technology to speed border crossings were among the recommendations freight stakeholders offered the Trump administration as it looks toward a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer received 12,450 comments ahead of a June 27 hearing on NAFTA modernization. Most were from individuals, who shared a range of opinions on the 23-year-old pact.
Seven fleets have agreed to have one of their trucks and drivers participate in Run on Less, a cross-country roadshow planned for later this year to showcase advancements in fuel efficiency.
A new report from FTR Transportation Intelligence said allowing twin 33-foot trailers on the nation’s highways could lower costs as much as 10%, while having minimal disruption on the operations of the overall trucking industry.