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- Deere to Raise Prices as Raw Materials, Tight Capacity Push Costs Higher
Deere & Co. plans to raise prices as the world’s biggest farm-machinery manufacturer is buffeted by rising costs for freight and raw materials.
- Trump Wanted to Double Amazon Postal Rates, Washington Post Says
President Donald Trump pushed U.S. Postal Service officials to double package delivery rates paid by Amazon.com Inc. and other companies, the Washington Post reported, highlighting that his beef with the e-commerce giant and founder Jeff Bezos goes beyond tweets.
- DTNA Adds Parts Distribution Center in Iowa
Daimler Trucks North America announced the opening of its newest parts distribution center in Grimes, Iowa, intended to provide faster service to customers located in the Midwest.
- Jacobs Launches Less Complex Engine Brake
Jacobs Vehicle Systems announced its 1.5 Stroke HPD, a new variation of the innovative high power density engine brake that the company introduced on a demonstration truck in 2016.
- International Launches Industry Forum
International Truck, a unit of Navistar Inc., announced it is creating an industry forum, UPNEXT, to discuss emerging trends and topics that are driving industry change.
- Meritor Tire Inflation System Available on Vanguard, CIMC Trailers
Meritor Inc. announced its tire inflation system with ThermALERT is a standard/preferred option on Vanguard dry van and CIMC refrigerated trailers.
- Supply Chain Survey Shows Job Satisfaction High, but Women Earn Less
The average salary for supply chain professionals in 2017 was $85,210, and nearly all say they are highly satisfied with their jobs, according to a salary survey by APICS, the association for supply chain management.
- VW’s MAN to Become Leaner as Parent Weighs Split, Truck IPO
MAN SE will take steps to become more profitable as owner Volkswagen AG prepares to split the 260- year-old German industrial conglomerate and potentially sell a stake in its commercial vehicles division to outside investors.
- FedEx Express Driver Mark Brundage Takes Home Top Prize in Virginia Championships
Virginia is for lovers, and Mark Brundage loves the 4-axle. Finishing first in the class, Brundage earned the best-in-show trophy at the state’s annual truck driving championships.
- Georgia Technical College Unveils Transportation Academy
During a recent forum focusing on the region’s workforce, Southern Ag Carriers President Hugh Nall lamented that finding qualified CDL drivers was a difficult task for the company.
- Planning Board Wants Virginia to Study Tax Based on Miles Driven
With the rise of electric and other fuel-efficient vehicles, the state Virginia association of metropolitan planners is asking state Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine to take a look at a new way to pay for roads.
- US Dashes Hopes for Quick NAFTA Deal Amid ‘Gaping’ Differences
President Donald Trump’s chief NAFTA negotiator said the United States, Canada and Mexico are “nowhere near close to a deal” to update the region’s 24-year-old free-trade pact as U.S. lawmakers warn that time is almost up to reach a agreement that can pass the current Congress.
- American Roadtrippers to Face $3 a Gallon Gas This Summer
U.S. drivers might be feeling flush after getting tax cuts amid a growing economy as they embark on the summer driving season, but road trips will cost more this year.
- Judge Rejects Fired UPS Manager’s Sex Bias Lawsuit
A former UPS Inc. manager couldn’t show he was treated differently from similarly situated employees, so a federal judge on May 11 left his sex bias lawsuit at the door.
- XPO Logistics Favored by Hedge Funds, Filings Show
XPO Logistics Inc. is so popular among hedge funds that 10 of them have more than 5% of their disclosed equity investments in the stock.
- Industry Leaders Lament Infrastructure Delays at Roundtable
WASHINGTON — If the prevailing wisdom seems to be in favor of getting on with repairing old and building new U.S. infrastructure, why does the nation seem to be in a state of inertia in getting the job done?
- Trailer Orders Continue to Mount, and So Does Pressure on Trailer Makers
U.S. trailer orders continued to mount in April, tightening the pressure on trailer makers to secure the components and labor needed to boost production amid the rising cost of materials.
- TransForce Buys Online Trainer SafetyServe
Trucking industry staff recruitment and training provider TransForce purchased SafetyServe, which provides online safety training courses for companies, government agencies and insurance companies.
- Municipalities Tasked With Climate-Resilient Infrastructure, FEMA Says
WASHINGTON — Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said although the agency takes into account rising seas when preparing for disasters, advancing resilient infrastructure projects begins at municipalities.
- Lawmakers Stress Highway Funding, but an Infrastructure Bill Remains Months Away
WASHINGTON — An infrastructure package will probably take a back seat to bills relating to the Federal Aviation Administration, farming and water resources, which will continue to dominate Congress’ attention in the coming months, according to Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.).
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