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Fleets changing routes to attract drivers: survey

November 8, 2017 by elizabeth

COLUMBUS, OH – With a strong freight market and tight labor market expected to continue into 2018, fleets are adjusting their business models to compensate, according to CK Commercial Vehicle Research (CKCVR).
The firm conducted a survey of 50 fleets in October, and found companies are shortening the average length of hauls, and implementing more regional hauls, in order to be more attractive to drivers.
The shorter hauls allow drivers to be home each night, a major item on the wish lists of many, and fleets are hoping the changes will mean increased driver recruitment and retention according to CKCVR.

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Long haul share shrinks, automation grows: Volvo

June 28, 2016 by John Smith

SHIPPENSBURG, PA – Volvo Trucks North America expects long haulers to account for a shrinking portion of the truck market in coming years, as the industry responds to pressures including a driver shortage and recent upgrades to the Panama Canal.

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Layoffs Continue at Daimler Truck Plants

February 17, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

CLEVELAND, NC – Daimler has announced that it’s cutting 1,250 jobs in North America this spring as demand for commercial trucks continues to slip.

The company says the layoffs will directly impact two Freightliner truck plants in North Carolina, including 700 workers at its Mount Holly plant, and another 550 at its Cleveland facility, the location where 900 jobs were also slashed in January.

In a news release, Daimler said its Cleveland plant will now have a single shift of 1,600 people, while Mount Holly will have two shifts with 1,450 total employees. Just two months ago, the Cleveland plant’s employment was near 3,000 workers.

Production of heavy-duty trucks in 2016 is expected to be down 10% to 20% from 2015.

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Class 8 Truck Orders Hit Fifth Best Month Ever This Nov.

December 3, 2014 by TEONA Baetu

COLUMBUS, IN – North American truckers ordered 583,200 Class 5 -to-8 vehicles over the past 12 months, making the past 12-month period the strongest since December 2006, according to industry data.

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Used Truck Market Makes Few Gains in October

December 2, 2014 by TEONA Baetu

COLUMBUS, IN – North American truckers bought about the same number of used trucks in October as they had in September, according to ACT Research. Class 8 used truck sales rose one percent in October compared to September 2014.

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Uncertainty, overcapacity issues like a ‘falling knife’: Analysts

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Forecasting firm FTR Associates painted a picture of a challenging 2009 economic environment, with many uncertainties affecting predictions for the end of this recessio

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Uncertainty, overcapacity issues like a ‘falling knife’: Analysts

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Forecasting firm FTR Associates painted a picture of a challenging 2009 economic environment, with many uncertainties affecting predictions for the end of this recessio