02 Jul

ECONOMIC WATCH: Shippers enjoyed most favorable conditions ever in April

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The FTR Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) soared to an unprecedented 41.3 reading in April, reflecting the best ever conditions for shippers. A positive reading is favorable for shippers, and in April the index was more than double March’s 19.7 reading. FTR expects April to represent the peak for shippers. Shippers’ revenues were […]

30 Jun

Purolator to add 1,100 jobs

TORONTO, Ont. – Purolator says it will add more than 1,100 new jobs as the Canadian economy recovers from the pandemic. One year ago, it announced its $1-billion-plus, five-year Delivering the Future growth strategy. Home deliveries have risen 30% over the past three months, while retail e-commerce sales surged by up to 120%. Purolator said […]

30 Jun

Becoming an owner-operator in the age of Covid-19

TORONTO, Ont. – When Roger Mansfield turned 40 last year, he decided the time was right to pursue his dream of becoming an owner-operator. In January, he got the ball rolling, incorporating his business, doing a business name search, and assembling the paperwork. He was ready to launch his career as an owner-operator this Spring. […]

29 Jun

Edward Fuels joins McDougall Energy

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – McDougall Energy has acquired Edward Fuels and its associated companies, including Manitoulin Fuels and Petroline Petroleums. The new divisions will operate under their existing names and management, but as a division of McDougall Energy. The deal closed June 26. “This is an exciting opportunity for us to grow the McDougall […]

29 Jun

TFI picks up Comcar’s MCT Transportation

MONTREAL, Que. – TFI International has purchased the assets of MCT Transportation, a refrigerated and dry van subsidiary of Comcar Industries. TFI paid US$9.6 million for the assets, including accounts receivables, as well as $2.8 million for two real estate properties located in Florida and Arkansas. Comcar and its subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy […]

25 Jun

Trucking is managing Covid-19 well, but a new threat looms

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The trucking industry has done better than the broader population at avoiding Covid-19, but there are still frightening health-related concerns on the horizon. An update on how trucking businesses were coping with the Covid-19 pandemic was given during the Truckload Carriers Association’s Virtual Safety and Security Meeting June 24. “We have seen […]

25 Jun

Four ways to improve your fleet’s safety culture

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – There’s no magic wand for creating a safety culture within your trucking organization, but two fleets shared their own secrets to success June 24, during the Truckload Carriers Association’s Virtual Safety and Security Meeting. Give drivers the tools they need to succeed At Boyle Transportation, drivers are given “a small library” of […]

22 Jun

Speedy’s latest graffiti trailers take aim at racism

TORONTO, Ont. – As racial tensions mount south of the border, a Canadian fleet is using two trailers to deliver a message of solidarity. Speedy Transport’s Everyone vs. Racism graffiti project will see two trailers decorated by artist Jessey Pacho, which will condemn racism and promote unity. They’ll be pulled by specially decorated tractors sporting […]

22 Jun

ECONOMIC WATCH: Canadian spot market load volumes recovering

TORONTO, Ont. – TransCore Link Logistics has reported spot market load volumes increased 5% in May, but were still 42% off May 2019 volumes. With the overall uptick in load performance, “Carriers that performed better than this in May, are ahead of the market,” said Claudia Milicevic, senior director and general manager of Loadlink Technologies. […]

16 Jun

Aevitas buys Fast Lane Freight Services

WINNIPEG, Man. – Fast Lane Freight Services has been acquired by Aevitas, an environmental services company with 10 locations in the U.S. and Canada. The deal closed June 1. Fast Lane Freight Services is an open deck carrier and third-party logistics provider operating across North America. It was founded in 2002. Darren Lane, general manager […]