Government, Business, Logistics

NAFTA Bickering Begins Again

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NAFTA talks are set to pick up Nov. 15 for round five where they left off a month ago: with tension and animosity in the air.

Josh Wingrove Eric Martin and Andrew Mayeda | Bloomberg News
November 15, 2017

Gain in Retail Sales Last Month Signals Steady Demand

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U.S. retail sales increased last month after a bigger September advance than previously estimated, indicating resilient demand heading into the holiday shopping season, according to Commerce Department figures released Nov. 15.

Sho Chandra | Bloomberg News
November 15, 2017

SoCal Port Turn Times Fall 7 Minutes in October

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The average time it took a truck driver to enter and exit the major Southern California ports fell 7 minutes in October on a year-over-year basis, according to monthly data from the Harbor Trucking Association.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
November 15, 2017
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Analysis: What Tesla's Big Rig Must Do to Seduce Truckers

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has promised to unveil an electric semi-truck on Nov. 16 that will drive like a sports car and beat its diesel counterpart in a tug of war. “This will blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension,” he wrote on Twitter this week. But none of that really matters.

Tom Randall | Bloomberg News
November 15, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Ryder Teams With Embark, Frigidaire for Autonomous Truck Test

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Ryder System Inc. teamed with autonomous technology developer Embark and consumer products manufacturer Frigidaire to run a series of autonomous-driving technology tests in October, carrying Frigidaire refrigerators 650 miles at a time, the three partners said in a statement.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
November 15, 2017
Business, Fuel, TCA

Tape of Subordinate Accusing Haslam, Hazelwood Played in Pilot Flying J Trial

Jim Haslam John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam not only knew one of his vice presidents was ripping off truckers but “loved it,” jurors heard a subordinate claim Nov. 14 in a secret recording.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
November 15, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Uber Plans Self-Driving, Longhaul Trucks on the Road ‘In the Near Future’


Uber is working on a fleet of self-driving semi-trucks, but it won’t completely replace traditional drivers, the company said.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
November 14, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Container Shipping Returns to Portland, Ore., on a Limited Basis

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Container ships will resume calls to Portland,Ore., in January, though on an extremely limited basis

Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.)
November 14, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Safety Belt Use Increased Since 2007 Among Truck Drivers, New Survey Says

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The number of truck drivers wearing safety belts increased by more than 20% since 2007, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 14, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Miles Traveled Don't Give Complete Picture of Highway Fatalities, Deborah Hersman Says

SMC Deborah Hersman Eric Miller/Transport Topics

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —An improving economy and higher number of vehicle miles traveled “don’t tell the whole story” for continuing increases in the number of fatalities on U.S. highways, National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman told executives attending a safety meeting here.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 14, 2017