Intermodal

OSHA-based or IBC stairs: clearing up a warehouse controversy

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

For anyone working in an industrial or warehouse environment, where cost, space, efficient material handling and worker safety are vital, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-based stairs are often preferred over IBC stairs due to  their smaller footprint, better fit, and lower cost.  RMI-compliant OSHA-based stairs permit open risers, integration of the handrail as the top of the guard, and a greater stair pitch. Read More »

Old Dominion Freight Line announces senior management changes

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. has announced that Greg C. Gantt, the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer. David S. Congdon will remain the Company's Chief Executive Officer and will assume the new responsibilities of Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. J. Wes Frye, the Company's Senior Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer, has announced his plans to retire from the Company effective December 31, 2015. Adam N. Satterfield, the Company's Vice President - Treasurer, will become the Company's Chief Financial Officer effective upon Mr. Frye's retirement. Read More »

AAR says oil-by-rail volumes dropped almost 12% in first quarter

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

Crude oil shipments by top U.S. railroads fell nearly 12 percent in the first quarter of this year from the previous three months, the American Association of Railroads said, a drop likely tied to refinery work on coastal plants. Read More »

German train strike suspended as two sides agree arbitration

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

A German train strike that has disrupted passenger and commercial services and threatened to clip economic growth was suspended after both sides agreed to non-binding arbitration in the 10-month old dispute. Read More »

Southeastern Freight Lines promotes Arrington to Service Center Manager in Fredericksburg

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has announced that Terry Arrington has been promoted to service center manager of its facility in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Read More »

TQL introduces first mobile app for trucking industry with speak-and-search capability

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Voice search is fast, convenient and helps alleviate typos on small mobile device screens. And now it’s available to truck drivers on the road searching for loads to haul.  Read More »

Copying Alibaba, India e-tailers woo small sellers for growth

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Indian e-commerce firms are offering funding help and tech support to woo small retailers, emulating a strategy used by Chinese online retail giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to expand into the towns and villages home to the majority of consumers. Read More »

CenterPoint Properties announces 315,810 SF speculative facility at CIC-Savannah

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

CenterPoint Properties has announced a new 315,810 SF speculative building within the CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Savannah. The facility will be located on 26 acres of the transportation and logistics park, offering direct access to the Georgia Port Authority, the NS Dillard Yard and direct rail service from Norfolk Southern. John Neely of Colliers will have direct responsibilities for marketing the facility. Read More »

CenterPoint announces built-to-suit wheeled storage yard at CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Joliet,

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

CenterPoint Properties has announced the development of an 8.67-acre build-to-suit wheeled storage yard for California Multimodal, LLC (“CMI”), a full service 3PL that provides warehousing and trucking services nationwide, at CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Joliet. Adam Roth of NAI Hiffman worked diligently with CenterPoint on the transaction. Read More »

Transportation Research Board Releases First National Cooperative Rail Research Program Project

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

This Guidebook provides a “toolbox” of ways to pay for rail projects with a funding shortfall. The TRB release includes both a report summary and the full Guidebook. Read More »

Nine high school students, two adults dead in Mexico truck accident

Reuters | May 20, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Eleven people, including nine high school students, died on a highway in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi after their vehicle collided with a freight truck's trailer. Read More »

UK freight association says illegal stowaways threaten future of cross channel freight

AJOT | May 20, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

The trade association that represents companies responsible for handling much of the UK’s visible trade is warning that a significant recent increase in would-be illegal immigrants attempting to stowaway on trucks passing through the Calais Eurotunnel terminal and ferry port is causing major problems and threatening the future of cross channel trailer services. Read More »

U.S. House passes transportation spending extension

Reuters | May 19, 2015 | Intermodal

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed on Tuesday a two-month extension of federal spending authority on transportation projects, delaying decisions over longer-term funding until the Highway Trust Fund is depleted in July. Read More »

EU rules German minimum wage law on foreign truckers is illegal

Reuters | May 19, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

A German law ordering foreign truck drivers be paid the German minimum wage for any hours spent driving across the country is illegal, the European Commission said. Read More »

ATA truck tonnage index fell 3% in April

AJOT | May 19, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 3% in April, following a revised gain of 0.4% during the previous month. In April, the index equaled 128.6 (2000=100), which was the lowest level since April 2014. The all-time high is 135.8, reached in January 2015. Read More »

Tesoro building crude railcars stronger than new US rules require

Reuters | May 18, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

U.S. refiner Tesoro Corp has ordered new crude oil railcars with features that surpass safety standards that federal regulators set this month, executives told Reuters. Read More »

New open-ended strike to hit German railways this week, union says

Reuters | May 18, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

German train drivers' union GDL announced its ninth strike in an ongoing dispute with railway operator Deutsche Bahn which will stop freight trains from Tuesday and passenger trains from Wednesday - with no date given for the strike to end. Read More »

JD.com in online pharmacy tie-up with Shanghai Pharma

Reuters | May 18, 2015 | Intermodal

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc has tied up with leading Chinese drugmaker Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co Ltd to develop its online healthcare business, the drugmaker said in a filing. Read More »

Open-ended strike to bring German trains to a halt again this week

Reuters | May 18, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

German train drivers announced on Monday their ninth strike in an ongoing dispute with rail operator Deutsche Bahn, which will bring freight trains to a standstill from Tuesday and passenger trains on Wednesday - with no date given for the strike to end. Read More »

Opinion: Trucking Needs Better Roads to Keep Our Country Moving

PR Newswire | May 18, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

At the conclusion of Infrastructure Week, an op-ed from American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves calls for Congress to move quickly to address our burgeoning infrastructure crisis Read More »