XPO to Buy Con-way for $3 Billion
XPO Logistics said it has agreed to acquire Con-way Inc. for $3 billion to broaden its supply chain offerings into less-than-truckload and U.S. truckload freight and create a company with annual revenue of $15 billion.

Spot Van, Refrigerated Rates Rebound Slightly
Spot truckload van and refrigerated freight rates finally recovered a little last week after a period of higher demand and declining fuel surcharges, while flatbeds continued to lose ground, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Secretary Foxx: Congress ‘Can Achieve a Bipartisan Bill’ (with video) 
WASHINGTON – With about a week to go before a House transportation panel takes up a multiyear highway bill, the country’s top transportation officer said the timing is right for both chambers of Congress to finally approve such legislation.

TCA Seeks Best Fleets to Drive For Nominations 
The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge are seeking nominations from professional truck drivers for the annual Best Fleets to Drive For contest.

How Startups are Using Big Data to Manage the Holiday Cargo Rush 
Several startups have sprung up to help manage the complicated flow of data involved with the movement of goods.

FHWA Seeking Comment on Truck Size and Weight Study
The Federal Highway Administration is seeking comments through Oct. 13 on its June technical report on the agency’s congressionally mandated Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study.

Dicom Acquires Eastern Connection
Private-equity investment firm Wind Point Partners said its Dicom Transportation Group, a business-to-business expedited transportation service based in Montreal, acquired Eastern Connection, a regional overnight parcel business that operates in the northeastern United States.

US Diesel Average Increases for 1st Time in 14 Weeks
Labor Day marked the end of the 14-week price holiday for diesel, as the U.S. average retail price rose by 2 cents a gallon to $2.534, the first such increase since Memorial Day.

Ryder Destroys Volvo Truck in Demo, Challenges Technicians to Fix in 24 Hours
Ryder challenged a team of its technicians to repair a tractor that had run over a spike strip, drove through an exploding debris field and was hit with a 2-ton wrecking ball as part of its “Project Rebirth.”

Ryder Is Hiring Truck Drivers NATIONWIDE!
We are currently seeking drivers in your area. If you are ready to take the next step in your career, we invite you to apply today!

UPS Adds 125 Hybrid Step Vans
UPS has purchased 125 Workhorse E-Gen gasoline-electric hybrid step vans to reduce operating costs and save fuel, the Atlanta-based parcel delivery company announced. The E-Gen trucks will be replacing gasoline-powered vehicles.

18 Ways to Improve the Upfit Planning Process
A “dream team” of 18 fleet truck experts was assembled to discuss ways to optimize the upfitting process. These subject-matter experts reveal how to avoid common upfitting mistakes. It all starts with proper planning.

Commercial Truck Registrations Rise 12 Percent
Commercial and government fleets added 350,837 trucks in classes 3-8 through the first half of 2015 for a 12.1 percent increase from the comparable period a year ago, according to IHS Automotive’s second quarter commercial vehicle report.

Truck Fleets Support Higher Fuel Efficiency Standards
A high percentage of fleet operators recently surveyed by the California clean transportation consortium CALSTART generally support higher national fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, reported Natural Gas Intelligence.

Good News on Trust Fund Is Not Necessarily Good News for Highway Bill
Transportation-policy consultant Ken Orski argues in his latest Innovation NewsBrief update that the urgency to pass a long-term highway bill has “largely vanished” thanks to the Dept. of Transportation revealing that the Highway Trust Fund isn’t in imminent danger of running dry.

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