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Omnitracs to Acquire Onboard Video Firm SmartDrive

Article written by Seth Clevenger The Omnitracs booth at the 2019 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics) Trucking technology supplier Omnitracs has agreed to acquire SmartDrive Systems, one of the transportation industry’s largest providers of onboard cameras and video-based safety systems. Omnitracs said it expects the deal […]

Freight Market Could Be Shifting in Favor of Carriers

Article written by Connor D. Wolf RichLegg/Getty Images The freight market could be shifting toward carriers after favoring shippers the past two years. Shippers have faced increasingly tighter capacity throughout this year while consumer spending has increased after a precipitous drop in the second quarter. The coronavirus pandemic likely played a role in both trends. […]

Fleets Face Increasing Cybersecurity Threats, Experts Say

Article written by Connor D. Wolf dusanpetkovic/Getty Images Trucking companies that are becoming more technological are at risk of increased vulnerability, but there are steps they can take to mitigate such threats. “As the industry gets more dependent on computers in terms of the different ways in which routes are scheduled, things are run, more […]

Contract Rates Nearing Possible Jump Amid Rising Spot Prices

Trucks on Interstate 15 outside of Las Vegas. FTR Transportation Intelligence’s latest report found spot rates increased 0.6% to $2.33 from $2.32 during the week ending Aug. 21. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics) The trucking industry could soon see a jump in contract rates if the current environment holds steady, experts said. While the […]

Trimble Aims to Streamline Supply-Chain Collaboration

Article written by Seth Clevenger Company Works to Connect Shippers, Carriers, 3PLs James Langley, senior vice president of Trimble Transportation, speaks during the opening session at the company’s virtual user conference Aug. 24, 2020. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics) [Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.] Trimble Transportation has set out to create a […]

Black Horse Carriers Joins Penske’s Electric Vehicle Program

Penske Truck Leasing [Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.] Penske Truck Leasing announced that dedicated fleet services company Black Horse Carriers has joined its electric vehicle program. Penske and Daimler have worked together to put more electric trucks on the road, and the Freightliner eCascadia is a fully battery-electric Class 8 […]

Trucking Fares Better Than Overall Economy, Experts Say

Getty Images [Ensure you have all the info you need in these unprecedented times. Subscribe now.] The trucking and freight economy appears to be doing better than the overall U.S. economy as fleets adjust to contend with supply chain changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello said the jobs report, […]

Geotab Updates App to Help Drivers Navigate Pandemic

Geotab [Ensure you have all the info you need in these unprecedented times. Subscribe now.] Geotab launched a free add-in to its driver mobile app to help truckers navigate the coronavirus landscape, the company announced Aug. 6. COVID Guardian helps drivers by featuring information related to the pandemic in one place. That includes where drivers can […]

Why Digital Freight Marketplaces Matter Now More Than Ever

You have probably heard the words “Digital Freight Marketplace,” or DFM, used across our industry, but we’d like to offer a primer on what makes a DFM different than a Digital Freight Brokerage, or an online brokerage that connects freight shippers with carriers via apps and the internet – in most cases inefficiently. DFMs are […]