Transportation Times

NTDC Finalists Maneuver Through Tricky Course

PITTSBURGH — Finalists encountered a creative, fast-paced course during the last competitive event of the National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships. ... Continue Reading

Amazon Tests ‘Top Brand’ Label for Some Big-Name Fashion Sellers Inc. is designating products sold by certain companies as “top brands,” a test that if widely implemented could ease tension between the online retail giant and big-name companies used to favorable positioning at brick-and-mortar retailers. ... Continue Reading

USDOT Appoints Mala Parker Acting Deputy Administrator of FHWA

Mala Parker’s portfolio at the Federal Highway Administration will include the role of acting deputy administrator, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Aug. 15. ... Continue Reading

China Ramps Up Brazil Soybean Imports, Rebuffing US Crops

China is stepping up its soybean buying in Brazil as growers in Argentina continue to hoard and the Asian nation avoids American oilseed after an escalation in trade tensions between Washington and Beijing. ... Continue Reading

Cass: Freight Shipments Down 5.9% in July, and GDP Could Be Next

A nationwide economic contraction, not just a freight recession, could arrive soon, according to Cass Information Systems’ July freight report. ... Continue Reading

NTDC Day 2: Course Hard, but Spirits High

PITTSBURGH — The second day of regular competition at the National Truck Driving Championships, which presented drivers with a demanding course, wound to a close Aug. 16. ... Continue Reading

Convoy Partners With TMS Provider BluJay

Convoy, a nationwide digital freight network, announced a partnership with BluJay Solutions, a leading supply chain software and service provider. ... Continue Reading

Mack, Noregon Partner on Dynamic Maintenance Service

Mack Trucks announced a new service called dynamic maintenance for connected vehicles. ... Continue Reading

Expansion Needed to Keep up With Growth at Port Manatee

PORT MANATEE, Fla. — It may cost as much as $127 million over the next five years, and $500 million over the next 20 years, to build the facilities to keep up with growth at Port Manatee. ... Continue Reading

Kriete Truck Centers Invests $6 Million in Expansion

Mack Trucks announced dealer Kriete Truck Centers invested $6 million in a new building at its Racine, Wis., location, doubling the amount of service bays at the facility. ... Continue Reading

Fed Survey Finds Tariffs Pushing Up Prices, Pinching Profits

A new survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found a growing conviction among businesses that President Donald Trump’s tariffs were hitting their bottom line. ... Continue Reading

Economic Concerns Send US Consumer Mood to Seven-Month Low

U.S. consumer sentiment plummeted to a seven-month low in August on growing concerns about the economy even as the labor market shows few signs of weakening from robust levels. ... Continue Reading

Lyft Shares Rise Ahead of Insiders’ First Chance to Sell Stock

Some early investors in Lyft Inc., one of the most anticipated yet disappointing IPOs of the year, will get their first opportunity to sell shares Aug. 19. ... Continue Reading

Race Is on to Build Offshore Oil Export Terminals

A glut of oil is headed to the Gulf Coast. That development is triggering a race among a growing number of entrants to build deepwater crude export terminals in the Gulf of Mexico to ship most of that oil to foreign markets. ... Continue Reading

Home Construction Fell 4% in July

WASHINGTON — U.S. housing starts fell 4% in July, driven by a decline in the construction of apartment buildings. ... Continue Reading

Deere Cuts Outlook for the Year Due to Flooding, Trade War

Deere & Co. cut its profit expectations for the year as beleaguered farmers and an escalating trade war with China cut into sales. ... Continue Reading

UPS Invests in TuSimple to Pursue Self-Driving Trucks

UPS Inc. announced its venture capital arm, UPS Ventures, has made a minority investment in autonomous driving company TuSimple to test self-driving tractor-trailers on a route in Arizona to determine whether the vehicles can improve service and efficiency in the UPS network. ... Continue Reading

Rookies, Vets Keep Their Focus on Taking Top Honors

PITTSBURGH — One former national Grand Champion and one rookie were among the 5-Axle drivers taking the course Aug. 15 at the 82nd annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships. Their perspectives differed, but in unlikely ways. ... Continue Reading

Cummins Is Top Overall Supplier of Class 8 Engines in First Half of 2019

Independent engine maker Cummins Inc. supplied a leading 35.8% of the diesel engines used in the first half of 2019, amid an expanding market, reported, based on data that differed from the prior year. ... Continue Reading

Colorado Revs Toward an Electric Car Future

Faced with more people driving Colorado’s increasingly clogged roads and fouling air that’s flunking federal standards, state health officials this week embraced an alternative vision — that hundreds of thousands of drivers soon, if given options, will shift to zippier electric vehicles that don’t pollute and roll 300 miles on a charge. ... Continue Reading