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The Shift to Automated Transmissions

You’ve likely heard us talk about the Volvo I Shift and the Mack Mdrive™. The Volvo I-Shift continuously monitors grade, speed, weight, and engine load, shifting when necessary or holding a gear-whichever saves more fuel. While the mDRIVE is an automated manual transmission built for Mack Pinnacle™ tractors. Both are trending! Volvo Trucks North America reports an AMT share of about 93% for all of the transmissions it now manufactures.

This shift in transmissions used in Class 8 trucks has skyrocketed over the past few years. Manual transmissions now represent a minority.

Read More Here: Transport Topics

Trucking Jobs on the Rise

New data just released by the Department of Labor appears to be good news for trucking. Employment in the for-hire trucking industry totaled 1.519 million in June — a gain of 36,800 jobs from the same month last year.

The news is also good for other sectors. The U.S. economy as a whole added 224,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate climbed just a tenth of a percent to 3.7 percent.

Read More Here: Commercial Carrier Journal

Spring Surge

After a weak February and March, tonnage saw a big surge in April. February and March were particularly weak months, as evidenced by the 3.5% dip in tonnage due to weather and other factors, so some of the gain was a catch-up effect.

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Rising to Meet the Demand of the Online Shopper

In a world where online shopping continues to grow, so does the need for delivery companies to get products in the hands of consumers faster and faster. That means delivery truck demand continues to grow and the work they do in the final mile becomes more and more important. It’s also why we’re seeing explosive growth in our Hino line of medium duty trucks.

Read more about how transportation companies are working with retailers to find solutions: Transport Topics

Innovations for the Future

Government emissions standards continue to evolve, so the technology in each and every truck on the road also needs to evolve./p>

Diesel engines need new components, including hybrid-electric powertrains and natural gas engines (which we are proud to be testing as part of an innovative program with Mack and our friends at Pitt Ohio).

Read more about some of the advanced technology being tested here: Commercial Carrier Journal

Minimizing Downtime in 2019

It’s never good news when there’s a truck in your fleet that’s down for repairs.

Due to the strong freight market and the federal electronic logging device mandate, fleets have even more incentive to make repairs quickly and get their trucks back on the road no matter the time of day. Minimizing downtime and keeping your fleet up and running is key to performance.

Some fleets have resorted to starting their own 24-hour service centers, while maintenance shops like TransEdge has focused on working for and achieving Certified Uptime Center certifications. We’ve invested in improvements designed to get you in, get your repair done in a timely way, and get you back on the road faster. You can learn more about our efforts in this video: Watch Here

Learn more about the national trends here: Transport Topics

All Eyes on Manufacturing

U.S. factory production ended 2018 stronger than expected, thanks to a surge in motor-vehicle output and gains across a range of other goods.

These results indicate manufacturing remains healthy, helped by lower taxes and a strong job market. Economists are closely following 2019 results, as many key reports have been delayed by the partial federal shutdown.

Read more: Bloomberg

All Eyes on Manufacturing

U.S. factory production ended 2018 stronger than expected, thanks to a surge in motor-vehicle output and gains across a range of other goods.

These results indicate manufacturing remains healthy, helped by lower taxes and a strong job market. Economists are closely following 2019 results, as many key reports have been delayed by the partial federal shutdown.

Read more: Bloomberg

Top 10 Issues in Trucking

Each year, the American Transportation Research Institute updates its annual Top 10 report, listing the big issues for trucking. The driver shortage continues to dominate the survey results from motor carriers, while drivers rank hours of service as their top concern.

The need to train and hire more qualified drivers is not new. The shortage has been a top-three issue in 12 of the 14 years ATRI has compiled its survey.

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Improvements in Collision Mitigation Systems

Anyone who drives a truck will tell you that collision mitigation systems are evolving. At first, false positives plagued these systems, causing false activations and unnecessary emergency braking. Now with refinements, collision mitigation systems are becoming increasingly popular.

Volvo Trucks became the first North American manufacturer to embrace this safety feature, by making the Bendix Wingman Fusion a factory-built standard on its highway models. More on Volvo’s experience and other vendors at this link:

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