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Monday May 22, 2017
Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence eases further in May
Monday May 22, 2017
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) releases the May 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry(MCI-EFI) today. Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of both ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending May 13, 2017
Monday May 22, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 13, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 526,970 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.7 percent compared with the same week last year. ...
Tuesday May 16, 2017
Infrastructure week: America counts on freight rail
Tuesday May 16, 2017
With Infrastructure Week underway, millions of Americans are learning about the challenges that a failing infrastructure poses to the nation's economy. However, one industry stands above because of its ability to privately invest in maintaining their ...
Monday May 15, 2017
Material Handling Education Foundation 2017 Scholarship awards announced
Monday May 15, 2017
The Board of Directors of the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) recently announced its 2017 Scholarship Winners. A total of 45 scholarships, (31 undergraduate, 7 masters and 7 PhD's) worth $146,100 were issued. For over 40 years, ...
Holland named Ravago Americas 2016 LTL Partner of the Year
Monday May 15, 2017
Holland , provider of Central and Southeastern next-day delivery, has been named 2016 LTL Partner of the Year by Ravago Americas , a leading global manufacturer and distributor of plastics, rubber and chemicals. The selection process was based ...
Thursday May 11, 2017
AAR and  AND GoRail honor Senators with Railroad Achievement Award
Thursday May 11, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR), in partnership with grassroots advocacy organization GoRail , honored Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) with the first-ever Railroad Achievement Award. Recognized for their consistent, ...
Wednesday May 10, 2017
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for April and week ending May 6, 2017
Wednesday May 10, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 6, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 515,305 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.6 percent compared with the same week last year. ...
Tuesday May 9, 2017
Changes to lessees’ financial statements under the new lease accounting standard
Tuesday May 9, 2017
By Ralph Petta President and CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association With the approval of new rules for lease accounting by the Financial Accounting Standards Board in 2016, lessees are considering how the new standard will affect them. Many ...
Monday May 8, 2017
DHL Supply Chain named a leader in Magic Quadrant for third-party logistics providers, North America 
Monday May 8, 2017
DHL Supply Chain , part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc., a research and advisory firm, as a Leader in its May 2017 Magic Quadrant for third-party Logistics, North America report. This Magic Quadrant evaluates ...
Manufacturing technology orders make a jump in March
Monday May 8, 2017
Manufacturing technology orders continued to make gains in March, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology . Orders were up 34.8 percent compared to February, ...
Thursday May 4, 2017
North American robotics market surges
Thursday May 4, 2017
North American robotics companies posted the strongest ever first-quarter results, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group. Both robot orders and shipments achieved record levels. An all-time high ...
Wednesday May 3, 2017
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for April and week ending April 29, 2017
Wednesday May 3, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 29, 2017, as well as volumes for April 2017. U.S. railroads originated 1,023,300 carloads in April 2017, up 8.4 percent, or 78,949 carloads, over April ...
Wednesday April 26, 2017
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending April 22, 2017
Wednesday April 26, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 22, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 515,131 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.7 percent compared with the same week last year. ...
ELFA’s survey of economic activity: March 2017 leasing and finance index
Wednesday April 26, 2017
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) , which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, showed their overall ...
IWLA recognizes innovative warehouse provider partners
Wednesday April 26, 2017
IWLA , the resource for warehouse logistics, congratulates Nulogy, Southeast Solutions, and Zethcon, winners of the 2017 IWLA Innovation Contest. Attendees at the International Warehouse Logistics Association Convention & Expo in Palm Springs, ...
Toronto-based SaaS provider named IWLA Innovator
Wednesday April 26, 2017
IWLA , the resource for warehouse logistics, named Nulogy Corp.  winner of the 2017 IWLA Innovation Contest. Attendees of the International Warehouse Logistics Association Convention & Expo in Palm Springs, Calif., selected the company as ...
Thursday April 20, 2017
Sunbelt Industrial Trucks of Dallas, TX announces the sale of Houston operations
Thursday April 20, 2017
Sunbelt Industrial Trucks of Dallas, TX announces the sale of its Houston operations to Miner Material Handling.  The sale was closed on the 23rd of March. Miner acquired Dallas based CE-DFW Warehouse Solutions in April 2016. CE-DFW is an ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending April 15, 2017
Thursday April 20, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 15, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 519,318 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.9 percent compared with the same week last ...
Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence eases in April
Thursday April 20, 2017
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) releases the April 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) today. Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of both ...
Monday April 17, 2017
Reddaway presented with Echo Global Logistics 2016 Regional LTL Carriers' Platinum Award
Monday April 17, 2017
Reddaway , a premier less-than-truckload (LTL) service provider in the western United States and western Canada, has been honored with a 2016 Regional LTL Carriers' Platinum Award by Echo Global Logistics (Echo), a leading transportation management ...
Thursday April 13, 2017
BTS statistics release: February 2017 freight Transportation Services Index (TSI)
Thursday April 13, 2017
The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 1.5 percent in February from January, rising after remaining unchanged in January from December, according ...
Q2 economic outlook forecasts 2.8% growth in equipment and software investment in 2017
Thursday April 13, 2017
Investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 2.8 percent in 2017, according to the Q2 update to the 2017 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released today by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation . The Foundation ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending April 8, 2017
Thursday April 13, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 8, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 513,022 carloads and intermodal units, up 7.1 percent compared with the same week last year. ...
IWLA convention shines light on warehousing’s economic impact and leadership in e-fulfillment
Thursday April 13, 2017
Members and friends of the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA), the resource for warehouse logistics, gathered March 19-21, 2017, in Palm Springs for the IWLA Convention & Expo. While the theme focused on Leadership that Inspires, ...
YRC Freight recognized as NASSTRAC 2016 LTL Carrier of the Year
Thursday April 13, 2017
The National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC) presented its 2016 LTL Carrier of the Year award to YRC Freight , a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc., at its annual Logistics Conference & Expo. YRC Freight ...
Monday April 10, 2017
U.S. manufacturing technology orders headed for strong recovery
Monday April 10, 2017
U.S. manufacturing technology orders increased more than expected in February, up 19.6 percent from January, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Orders were ...
Thursday April 6, 2017
Plug Power and Amazon sign agreement for multi-site GenKey deployments
Thursday April 6, 2017
Plug Power Inc. , provider of energy solutions that change the way the world moves, announced that it has reached an agreement with Amazon to utilize Plug Power fuel cells and hydrogen technology in its fulfillment network. At select fulfillment center ...
AAR reports rail traffic for March and week ending April 1, 2017
Thursday April 6, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 1, 2017, as well as volumes for March 2017. U.S. railroads originated 1,283,489 carloads in March 2017, up 7.3 percent, or 87,183 carloads, over March ...
Wednesday April 5, 2017
Yale showcases Virtual Reality Reach Truck Simulator at ProMat 2017
Wednesday April 5, 2017
As today’s warehousing operations face demanding delivery expectations for speed and accuracy, maximizing workforce productivity is critical. At ProMat booth #S1003 , Yale Materials Handling Corporation offers an interactive demonstration of ...
Tuesday April 4, 2017
OTTO Motors makes Three Game-Changing announcements at ProMat 2017
Tuesday April 4, 2017
OTTO™ Motors , a division of Clearpath™ Robotics Inc., and provider of self-driving vehicle technology and services, is excited to announce three significant advancements to the OTTO™ platform and customer experience at ProMat 2017 ...
Innovative Yale Robotic Lift Truck wins Gold Product of the Year Award
Tuesday April 4, 2017
Some of the best and brightest in manufacturing and engineering attended the Engineering Awards in Manufacturing ceremony on April 3. The Yale ® MPE080VG end rider Driven by Balyo emerged a winner, taking home the gold Plant Engineering Product ...
Monday April 3, 2017
Toyota Industries partners with Shoppa's to launch ecommerce forklift site
Monday April 3, 2017
Toyota Industries Commercial Finance, Inc. (TICF), a subsidiary of Toyota Industries Global Commercial Finance, Inc. based in Dallas, Texas, has partnered with the local DFW Toyota Forklift dealer, Shoppa’s Material Handling, to create a National ...
AMT elects new board of directors and officers
Monday April 3, 2017
The Association For Manufacturing Technology has elected its 2017-2018 officers and directors. The 2017-2018 board year begins April 1, 2017. The AMT board of directors, which represents more than 600 builders and distributors of machine tools, manufacturing ...
Wednesday March 29, 2017
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending March 25, 2017
Wednesday March 29, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 25, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 526,471 carloads and intermodal units, up 12 percent compared with the same week last year. ...
Tuesday March 28, 2017
Terex announces sale of Terex Equipment Private Limited to Manitou BF
Tuesday March 28, 2017
Terex Corporation announced that it has agreed to sell its India-based compact construction business to Manitou BF (Manitou). Manitou is a leader in all terrain material handling products. Terex Equipment Private Limited (TEPL) manufactures and sells ...
Monday March 27, 2017
OptoForce brings sense of touch to U.S. Robots
Monday March 27, 2017
Robotics company OptoForce opened a U.S. office missioned with bringing a much-needed sense of touch for robots. Already used successfully in medical and service sectors and other difficult-to-automate assembly tasks throughout Western Europe and ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending March 18, 2017
Monday March 27, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 18, 2017.  For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 495,281 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.4 percent compared with the same week last ...
Thursday March 23, 2017
Rail industry sets new safety record
Thursday March 23, 2017
U.S. railroads had the lowest train accident rate on record in 2016, according to data from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Derailment rates, which declined 10 percent in 2016 from 2015, as well as track-caused accident rates, are also both ...
BTS statistics release: January 2017 North American freight numbers
Thursday March 23, 2017
U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $88.0 billion in current dollars as all five major transportation modes carried more freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in January 2017 compared to January 2016, according ...
Global automated guided vehicles market analysis & trends - industry forecast to 2025
Thursday March 23, 2017
The Global Automated Guided Vehicles Market is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 8.9% over the next decade to reach approximately $6.7 billion by 2025. Some of the prominent trends that the market is witnessing include rising utilization of robotics ...
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s survey of economic activity: Monthly Leasing and Finance Index
Thursday March 23, 2017
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s  (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, showed their ...
Friday March 17, 2017
Caterpillar closes Iowa facility
Friday March 17, 2017
International manufacturing company Caterpillar Inc. will close its Elkader, IA facility by the end of this year.  In a statement released this afternoon, company officials announced plans to consolidate the plant's operations with a location ...
Wednesday March 15, 2017
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending March 11, 2017
Wednesday March 15, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 11, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 510,638 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.4 percent compared with the same week last ...
Monday March 13, 2017
Dematic announces Egemin Automation integration plan
Plan will create world's leading provider of automated guided vehicle technology
Monday March 13, 2017
Following the acquisition by the KION Group, Dematic , supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain, announced plans for integrating Egemin Automation into its organization. The integration, which ...
Manufacturing technology orders dropped in January
Monday March 13, 2017
U.S. manufacturing technology orders declined in January, dropping 40.7 percent compared to December and 11.4 percent compared to January 2016, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report fromAMT – The Association For ...
Wednesday March 8, 2017
BTS statistical release: 2016 North American freight numbers
Wednesday March 8, 2017
Four out of five major transportation modes – truck, pipeline, vessel and air – carried less U.S. freight and with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico by value in 2016 than in 2015. Rail is the only major ...
A3 announces finalists in Automate Launch Pad Startup competition
Wednesday March 8, 2017
The Association for Advancing Automation (A3),  global advocate for the benefits of automating and producers of Automate 2017, announced the eight finalists in the Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition. The competition highlights the industry’s ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending March 4, 2017
Wednesday March 8, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR)  reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 4, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 521,607 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.8 percent compared with the same week last ...
Barcoding advises on 2017’s top supply chain trends 
Wednesday March 8, 2017
Barcoding, Inc. , provider of supply chain efficiency, accuracy, and connectivity, predicts the top supply chain trends to affect the market in 2017. Chase Sowden, head of Supply Chain Architecture by Barcoding, believes traceability, technology adoption ...
2017 MHI Innovation Award finalists announced
Wednesday March 8, 2017
MHI just released the list of finalists for the 2017 MHI Innovation Award. After receiving a record 153 submissions for this years awards, seven judges comprised of professionals from the material handling and supply chain industry completed the initial ...


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