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Tennessee trucking company closes after nearly 70 years

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Story by: Clarissa Hawes and FreightWaves   Family-owned Howard Baer Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee, ceased operations Jan. 31, citing government regulations, the ongoing struggle to find qualified drivers and soaring insurance costs as the main reasons behind the company’s decision to close after 69 years. Owner Greg Baer told FreightWaves he made the decision to […]

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Waiting on the Tesla Electric Semi Truck

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Story by: Linda Baker, Staff Writer at FreightWaves   Tesla (TSLA)  plans to put “limited volumes” of its heavy-duty truck on the road in 2020, CEO Elon Musk said during the company’s earnings call last week, but faster production requires a massive ramping up in battery power. “That’s part of the reason why we have […]

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Major winter storm developing in the Rockies

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Story by: Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist at FreightWaves   Another winter storm is about to slam the Rockies mountains of the Western U.S. just a few days after dumping record snowfall in Utah. On Monday, Salt Lake City received a daily record 8.6 inches of snowfall, breaking the old record […]

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Federally funded autonomous electric shuttles show up in Ohio

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Story by: Vishnu Rajamanickam at FreigtWaves   Linden LEAP, an autonomous electric shuttle funded by the federal government, is taking to the streets of Columbus, Ohio, providing residents in the South Linden neighborhood of the city access to the rest of Columbus. Data collected during this project will be analyzed to make services incrementally better, […]

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WEX identifies cause of fuel card problems: Too much data

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Story by: Brian Straight at FreightWaves   In a statement to customers this afternoon, WEX (NYSE: WEX) said issues with its fuel cards, including its EFS and FleetOne cards, were due to an unknown data limit issue within its IBM Informix system. The company sent the following message to its customers this afternoon: “Last night […]

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EFS fuel cards suffer outage, drivers unable to pay for fuel

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Story by: Brian Straight at FreightWaves   A systems failure with EFS fuel cards has led to truck drivers unable to fuel their vehicles in various locations, according to multiple reports. Social media users first identified the problem early Wednesday morning, and since then media reports indicate that WEX, the parent company of EFS, has confirmed the issue. […]

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Cold Carriers is shutting down despite Chapter 11 reorganization efforts

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Story by: Clarissa Hawes at FreightWaves   Despite its efforts to reorganize, Cold Carriers Logistics and its entities will cease operations on Feb. 21 after failing to secure a new buyer, according to a source familiar with the bankruptcy case. Private equity firm KJM Capital Transportation Fund LLC, which owns Cold Carriers Logistics and six other […]

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Under-21 driver proposals get pushback at U.S. Senate hearing

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Story by: John Gallagher, Washington Correspondent at FreightWaves   Republican lawmakers would like to see the next highway bill reauthorization include a provision allowing under-21 truck drivers to haul freight across state lines, but safety advocates and small-business truckers are urging Congress to resist that effort. The Drive Safe Act, which was strongly opposed by […]

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The impact of coronavirus on China supply chains

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Story by: Vishnu Rajamanickam / FreightWaves   As China struggles to contain the Wuhan-centered coronavirus outbreak, the resulting shutdown of factories and logistics hubs in the country is slowly constricting the global supply chain pipeline. The Wuhan coronavirus belongs to the same family of coronaviruses as SARS and MERS. Though not as deadly as those […]

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