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Trailer orders continue to improve in October

According to the latest numbers from both FTR and ACT Research Co., trailer orders continued to improve in October. According to ACT Research, after sinking to the lowest point in history in April, net trailer orders have continued to improve throughout the summer and into fall. “Recent trailer order patterns have continued to favor both

Thermo King, Envirotainer develop secure, temperature-controlled containers for COVID-19 vaccine

Thermo King and Envirotainer say they have designed active containers for the exacting requirements of the pharmaceutical industry. “When a vaccine is ready, the challenge for the pharmaceutical market will be getting it to the patient as fast as possible by maintaining the integrity of the cold chain,” said Francesco Incalza, president of Thermo King

Market outlook: Where the trucking industry stands in 2020 and beyond

As we are all aware, this has been a very bumpy, uneven year for the truck market, full of unexpected twists and turns. How your fleet has done largely depends on what kind of applications you run, and how much they were, or continue to be, affected by the pandemic and the related shutdowns. So

Samsara: Commercial transportation data shows shift from bigger to smaller cities

Samsara recently looked at commercial transportation data from three industries that closely reflect consumer mobility—food and beverage, wholesale and retail, and transportation and warehousing—to see which cities have experienced a decrease or increase in activity. For this analysis, Samsara compared trip share per month from September 2019 to September 2020 for the top 200 cities

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Thermo King launches cold storage solutions for vaccine distribution

Thermo King has expanded its portfolio of temporary storage solutions that can meet the unique requirements of global pharmaceutical companies developing COVID-19 vaccines. The company says pharmaceutical companies in final-stage clinical trials anticipate they will require strict temperature controls to safeguard their products—down to temperatures as low as -70 degrees Celsius. According to the World

Used truck market strong throughout 2020, Fleet Advantage reports

Fleet Advantage says it has been active in the sales of off-lease used trucks this year, with total units sold exceeding 400 units in its fiscal first quarter ending Sept. 30, with sales in excess of $10 million. The company says there has been more buying and selling activity of new and used heavy-duty trucks

FTR Reports Preliminary September U.S. net trailer orders hit 52,000 units

FTR reports that preliminary U.S. net trailer orders for September exploded to the third-highest month ever, at 52,000 units. September’s orders were 23,500 units above August and 33,400 more than September 2019. With this latest activity, trailer orders for the last 12 months now equal 224,100 units, FTR says. The great majority of the September

Don’t ‘yada yada yada’ the OTA engine reprogramming details

What’s the deal with over-the-air engine reprogramming? That’s no Seinfeld bit – it’s what OEMs are starting to hear from customers every day. Most manufacturers who offer it say OTA reprogramming had already been steadily gaining traction pre-pandemic among fleets looking for a boost in engine effectiveness and reliability. Today, the contactless nature of this

FTR’s July Shippers Conditions Index falls to negative territory

The FTR Shippers Conditions Index fell into negative territory for the first time since August 2018, with a -0.36 reading. FTR says after a huge positive spike as COVID-19 impacted freight movement, the SCI now reflects a continued weakening of shippers’ market conditions. Freight volume and utilization were actually more favorable to shippers in July,

Putting the right truck equipment, service practices in place during a pandemic

Fleets thrive on predictability. Uptime and asset utilization are improved when you can see what’s coming. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 anything but predictable. Shifting applications, duty cycles and equipment needs continue to impact all trucking segments in unique ways; a fact that is felt by Penske Truck Leasing as it helps

Truck orders reach eight-month high

According to the latest numbers from both ACT Research and FTR, Class 8 truck orders hit an eight-month high in August. ACT reports that preliminary North American Class 8 net orders in August were 19,500 units, down 4% from July, but up 75% from last August. The N.A. Classes 5-7 market saw orders at a

Used truck sales strong in July, ACT reports

According to the latest numbers from ACT Research, used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes were up 13% year-to-date against the first seven months of 2019, with average price, miles and age all below July 2019 year-to-date rates, down 15%, 1%, and 8%, respectively. Near term, the report also indicated that used Class 8 sales