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Trucker Tools, J.J. Keller form strategic partnership

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RESTON, Va. and NEENAH, Wis. — Trucker Tools and J.J. Keller & Associates have formed a strategic partnership the two companies say will provide faster, more accurate and comprehensive shipment location information to freight brokers and shippers from independent truckers and fleet operators.

The companies have launched a platform integration that allows J.J. Keller Encompass customers the option to share load-specific truck location data from their J.J. Keller electronic logging devices with the Trucker Tools Load Track automated shipment tracking software.

Additionally, J.J. Keller’s customers will gain access to timely information about available loads from the Trucker Tools broker community via the Smart Capacity portal, or through the Trucker Tools Mobile Driver App, according to Tom Reader, senior director of marketing at J.J. Keller & Associates.  Both access points will enable users to quickly locate available loads from participating brokers and securely bid on them, he said.

Trucker Tools has dozens of freight brokerage firms utilizing its Load Track automated shipment tracking software, as well as its Smart Capacity visibility, predictive freight-matching and carrier relationship management platform.  The software is integrated with the GPS-enabled, smart-phone-based Trucker Tools Mobile Driver App, which has been downloaded by more than 550,000 truckers and is actively used by 110,000 small fleet operators. J.J. Keller has over 600,000 customers using its safety and regulatory compliance products and services, backed by 66 years of knowledge and expertise in the transportation market.

“Pursuing this strategic initiative with Trucker Tools allows our ELog customers the option to share their truck location data with potential brokers and 3PLs to secure available loads in a timely and accurate manner – which translates to additional revenue opportunity for them,” Reader said. “It’s a win-win for shippers, brokers and drivers across the industry who are exploring more efficient ways to secure and move freight.”

Prasad Gollapalli, founder and CEO of Trucker Tools, said as well that integrating with J.J. Keller’s ELD products deepens the pool of shipment visibility data for Trucker Tools Load Track users.

“Connecting with a proven, real-time ELD platform like J.J. Keller adds to our system another resource for in-transit shipment information, providing a more complete picture of a truck’s precise location and progress to destination,” he said. “That gives our broker-customers a more accurate view of when and where trucks become available, so they can make faster, more informed decisions matching available trucks with loads. And for truck operators, it eliminates manual work such as ‘check calls’ into brokers; location updates are done automatically.”

Trucker Tools, based in Reston, Virginia, is a provider of trip planning, shipment visibility and freight matching solutions for the transportation industry.

Its ground-breaking Smart Capacity platform uses accurate, real-time data and powerful algorithms to optimally match freight by predicting when and where capacity will become available, days in advance. The company’s popular driver smartphone app has been downloaded by over 550,000 owner operators and small-carrier drivers to access information and services conveniently while on the road. Load Track is a robust feature in the app that connects drivers with carriers and freight brokers to eliminate manual check calls.

For more information visit or contact the company directly at [email protected].

Since its beginning as a one-man consulting firm in 1953, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has grown to become the most respected name in safety and regulatory compliance. Now over 1,400 associates strong, J.J. Keller serves over 600,000 customers — including over 90 percent of the Fortune 1000 companies.

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Freight moved among U.S., Canada, Mexico down in April from March

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Trucks moved $65.1 billion of freight among the U.S., Canada and Mexico in April 2019 compared with $67.4 billion in March 2019. (The Trucker file photo)

WASHINGTON — Total freight transported between the United States, Mexico and Canada totaled $104.5 billion in April, according to the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

The figure represents an increase of 1.8% compared to April 2018, but a 2.5% decrease from March 2019 when $107.2 billion was moved among the countries.

The most used mode of transportation was trucking, which moved $65.1 billion of freight, down 1% compared to April 2018 and down 3.4% from the $67.4 billion moved in March 2019.

The second most used mode was rail, which moved $15.6 billion of freight, up 6.3% compared to April 2018, but down .04% from March 2019’s $16.2 billion of rail freight..

Trucks moved 62.3% of all transborder freight, broken down as follows:

  • U.S.-Canada: $28.8 billion (55.5% of all northern border freight)
  • U.S.-Mexico: $36.3 billion (68.9% of all southern border freight)

Trucks moved $67.4 billion in March 2019.

Compared to April 2018, U.S.-Canada freight was down 3.3%, U.S.-Mexico freight was up 1%.

The three busiest truck border ports (43.3% of total transborder truck freight) included Laredo, Texas ($15.3 billion), Detroit ($8.6 billion) and El Paso, Texas ($5.3 billion).

The top three truck commodities (48.9% of total transborder truck freight) included:

  • Computers and parts, $13.6 billion
  • Motor vehicles and parts, $9.9 billion
  • Electrical machinery, $9.5 billion

Those three categories also were the top three categories in March 2019.

 

 

 

Dwight Bassett named president of Boyd Companies

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The Boyd Companies include Boyd Bros. Transportation, WTI Transport, Mid Seven Transportation and Boyd Logistics. (Courtesy: BOYD BROS. TRANSPORTATION)

CLAYTON, Ala. — Dwight Bassett has been named president of the Boyd Companies.

Prior to this role, Bassett served as the  chief operations officer and chief financial officer for the Boyd Companies.

Bassett has an extensive background as a leader in the trucking industry.

DWIGHT BASSETT

Before joining the Boyd Companies, he served as the chief operations officer for Builder’s Transportation. In this role, he helped redesign the company’s information system which greatly improved productivity and accountability.

Prior to Builder’s, Bassett worked for M.S. Carriers for 16 years. During his tenure, he held various roles within the organization such as dispatcher, controller, vice president of operations, and chief accounting officer. Under his leadership, the company’s fleet grew tremendously from 300 trucks to 4,000 trucks.

“It is an honor to be named the president of the Boyd Companies,” Bassett said. “The people at Boyd make the difference. There is a mutual respect and admiration among all of us that is not easily replicated.”

Chris Cooper, CEO of the Boyd Companies, said, “Dwight’s leadership will be important to the Boyd Companies and the Daseke organization moving forward. Dwight has a unique, intuitive and tactical mind for transportation and logistics. This has been shown in his leadership over the past six years as CFO and COO of the Boyd Companies.”

The Boyd Companies include Boyd Bros. Transportation, WTI Transport, Mid Seven Transportation and Boyd Logistics.

The Boyd Companies is part of Daseke Inc., the largest flatbed and specialized transportation and logistics company in North America.

Boyd Bros. Transportation is the largest carrier in the Boyd Companies and is a flatbed truckload carrier that operates throughout the eastern two-thirds of the United States, hauling primarily steel products and building materials.

For more information about Boyd Companies or career opportunities at Boyd Bros. Transportation, visit or call 888-485-8717.

Trailer orders down in May; June seen as pivotal month

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An FTR executive said trailer orders should rise in June as OEMs begin taking orders for 2020, adding that June orders will be a good indication of how the larger fleets view the freight market for next year. (Courtesy: GREAT DANE) 

The two companies that collect, analyze and publish data pertaining to the commercial vehicle market reported what might be called a significant decline in trailer orders for May.

FTR reported preliminary orders for 11,700 units, the lowest total since May 2016.

ACT Research reported preliminary new U.S. trailer orders of 15,500, down 16% month-over-month, but after accounting for cancellations, said net orders slid to 10.5k units, down 28% from April.

FTR said orders for 2019 production have basically come to a halt, as most build slots for the year are already filled.  Trailer builds were hefty for the third straight month and should remain elevated in the short-term.

However, production numbers in the second half will likely moderate due to expected slower economic and freight growth. The flatbed segment is already showing signs of weakening due to easing in manufacturing and industrial activity.  Trailers orders for the past 12 months now total 356,000 units.

“Orders should rise in June as OEMs begin taking orders for 2020,” said Don Ake, FTR vice president of commercial vehicles. “June orders will be a good indication of how the larger fleets view the freight market for next year.  Carriers may be cautious as long as the tariff situation is disrupting freight flows and creating significant business uncertainty.”

ACT Research said year-to-date, net orders are 40% below last year, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailer Report. Near-record backlogs have filled 2019 build slots for many OEMs, and there continues to be resistance toward booking orders into next year, resulting in the order volume contraction.

“We’re now running into very difficult year-over-year comparisons, as OEMs are generally unwilling to accept orders for 2020,” said Frank Maly, director–CV Transportation analysis and research. “We hear that some OEMs may open their 2020 orderboards in June; if so, expect better comparisons in the months ahead.

“However, given market pressures of strong capacity growth in the face of a slowing economy and tariff uncertainties, the anticipated order surge may not be as robust as many may assume.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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