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    Recession risks growing: ACT Research

    There’s about a 50/50 chance of a recession in the U.S., but truck makers will benefit from pent-up demand and trucking company profitability, ACT Research reports. “With the current head of steam that includes healthy consumer and business balance sheets, strong employment demand, and pent-up manufacturing sector activity, this inflation-driven economic slowdown is on one hand somewhat unique,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s president and senior analyst. (Illustration: iStock) “On the other, traditional recession predictors are in play: [U.S. Federal Reserve interest] rate hikes, high energy prices, negative exogenous events and falling equity valuations come to mind. Some have called the current period of turbulence unprecedented, and there is a growing…

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    Keeping More of Your Income

    A Former 30 Year Owner/Operator Builds Financial Wealth with a Driver’s Perspective James Patterson As a former Owner/Operator with 3 decades of experience I have learned a few things – some, okay maybe most, the hard way. Early in 1988 I decided to take the leap and buy a truck. I was 21, full of energy, and eager to get out in the world and explore. I was going to stake my claim and make the big money. I had saved up $20,000 for a down payment on a brand-new truck. Nothing but the best, I went 1st class all the way. After hours of tough negotiations, I wrestled the…

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    Simard Suspensions names Kidd as regional sales manager

    Simard Suspensions has appointed Christopher Kidd as regional sales manager for the Ontario and Maritimes markets. Kidd has 10 years experience in the heavy vehicle and transport industry. He worked as a sales representative before joining Baie Saint Paul, Que.-based Simard Suspensions in 2018 for the business development of the DRAMIS division. For the past three years, Kidd has also acted as a parts and aftermarket sales support specialist. “Christopher has very relevant experience within our company to take up the challenge in these markets,” said David Tremblay, CEO of Simard Suspensions. Christopher Kidd (Photo: Simard Suspensions) Software transportes 3000

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    Transflo’s executive team grows

    Transflo has appointed Mario Duckett as senior vice-president of growth and Scott Gray as vice-president of IT and infrastructure. “It’s an exciting time at Transflo as we continue to expand the organization with top talent,” said Transflo CEO Renee Krug. Mario Duckett (Photo: Transflo) Duckett comes to Transflo after 23 years with tech company MetaSource. His work there carried into the trucking industry, where he worked with both carriers and freight brokers – helping to build out document acquisition, driver payroll, and customer billing workflows, according to the company. Scott Gray (Photo: Transflo) Gray previously worked for 13 years at Nielson, a data management company. He directed global operations, architecture,…

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    Shippers see improving conditions

    U.S. shippers saw business conditions improve in April to the best conditions since September 2020, according to industry analyst FTR. Its Shipper Conditions Index improved to a reading of -1.7 in April. That comes on the heels of the toughest conditions ever just a month earlier. Shippers saw relief from more stable diesel prices and loosening capacity utilization and rates. “Even though the Shippers Conditions Index rebounded in April, shippers will continue to face headwinds over the balance of the year from strong fuel prices and carriers seeking to limit congestion on their routes as the peak season ramps up in the months ahead,” said Todd Tranausky, vice-president of rail…

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    El mandato de vacunación para conductores de camiones está vigente hasta al menos septiembre. 30

    El mandato de vacunación de Canadá para los conductores de camiones que cruzan la frontera permanecerá vigente hasta al menos septiembre. 30, extendiendo las restricciones que han estado vigentes desde enero. 15. Las reglas se mantienen incluso cuando se han suspendido los requisitos de vacunación obligatorios para los trabajadores en los sectores aéreo, ferroviario y marítimo regulados por el gobierno federal, así como para los viajeros aéreos nacionales e internacionales, señala la Canadian Trucking Alliance. (Foto: istock) Estados Unidos tiene desde enero. en primer lugar, 22 impidieron que los camioneros canadienses no vacunados cruzaran la frontera. “A medida que avanzamos hacia la siguiente fase de nuestra respuesta al Covid-19, es…

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    Connecticut most pet-friendly state, Trucker Path says

    Connecticut is the most pet-friendly state for truck drivers and the I-95 the best trucking lane for truckers with dogs, Trucker Path has found. The app celebrated Bring Your Dog to Work Day on June 24 by asking app users to name the best spots in the U.S. for drivers with dogs. The criteria were the presence of pet-friendly truck stops and hotels. The most pet-friendly states for truckers were Connecticut, California, Montana, Virginia and Oregon. Felix Winkler hauls loads for Keystone Western and travels with his dog Rose. (Photo: Leo Barros) The most pet-friendly regions were Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and West. The most pet-friendly trucking lanes were I-95,…

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    Box trucks ideal for electrification: NACFE

    Every box truck in North America could be electrified today, according to the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE). It has based its findings on results from its Run on Less – Electric program last year, which included a Day & Ross Class 6 Lion6 electric box truck. While it says 100% of the market segment could be electrified, it admits some applications will be more challenging than others. The simple box truck market represents 380,000 trucks in the U.S. and Canada. (File photo: NACFE) “Electrification should happen fast for the simple trucks, and the industry should prioritize the other applications with regard to benefits and difficulty to bring…

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    6 ways to lower driver turnover

    The trucking industry is notorious for having high driver turnover rates, often above 100%. However, those fleets that reduce driver turnover have enjoyed benefits such as improved safety records, reduced recruiting costs, and lower insurance claims. We caught up with Ray Haight, former retention coach with the Truckload Carriers Association and now executive performance impact coach with carrier JLE Industries, to discuss driver retention. The 375-truck flatdeck fleet went from an annualized driver turnover rate of 250% just two years ago to 22% today. How’d they do it? (Photo: istock) 1. It starts with pay It’s not all about the money, but money is certainly a factor in why drivers…

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    Trail King promotes Menz to VP of engineering

    Trail King Industries, manufacturer of open deck and materials hauling trailers, announced the promotion of Kelly Menz to vice-president of engineering. Kelly Menz (Photo: Trail King Industries) Menz will step into the role as John Rust retires at the end of June. Menz joined Trail King in 1999 and has overseen material hauling product development efforts as manager of the West Fargo engineering team. For the past few years, he has also led the Yankton engineering team. Menz has been involved in the design and development of products, including live bottom, lightweight bottom dump, all-aluminum step deck and composite grain trailers. Software transportes 3000