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Truck orders, sales in change period

LOUISVILLE, KY. After a robust showing in 2015, truck orders and sales have taken a little bit of a struck up until now in 2016. Eric Starks, president of FTR Transport Intelligence, informed guests at the Fleet Online forum on Wednesday at the Kentucky Exposition Center ahead of the Mid-America Trucking Program, that the dip is not too worrying at the minute. “ & ldquo; [Orders] are” relatively weak, & rdquo; he stated. & ldquo; They have actually been down at the lowest levels we & rsquo; ve seen considering that 2012, but we are still in replacement [mode]” & rdquo; Initial data showed February 2016 North American Class 8 truck net orders holding stable at 17,650 systems, FTR reported, down 2 % month over month and 43 % year over year. Orders have balanced 21,000 systems the last 3 months and the exact same average over the last 12 months. Total orders over the last 12 months have actually been 254,000, close to the FTR 2016 construct forecast, the company stated. Popular NowWhy driver video cameras are critical: One fleet’s viewDoomsday is not coming for truckingWorld’s worst traffic– and 2 dozen things being done about it With orders dropping, numerous OEMs announced labor force decreases in the past few months. That has actually led to a reduction in the build activity, Starks said, although he said backlogs are “& ldquo; still reasonably healthy.” “& rdquo; & ldquo; Fleets that desire trucks,” can get trucks, & rdquo; he said. Right now, that backlog is about 70,000 devices, up from 50,000 about a year back. Starks noted that the decrease in production becomes part of an “& ldquo; adjustment level as OEMs get inventories in line.” “& rdquo; & ldquo; This backlog today is somewhat elongated relative to exactly what we’& rsquo; ve seen in the” past, & rdquo; Starks stayed. On the flip side, though, are retail sales, which have actually stayed strong. “& ldquo; It & rsquo; s right in line with what we’& rsquo; ve seen [historically],” & rdquo; Starks stated, at about 17,000 to 18,000 systems in both January and February. Orders are fairly weak, noted Starks; down at the lowest levels seen because 2012 …
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It’s Everything about Individuals Power for HDT’s Truck Fleet Innovators

LOUISVILLE, KY —– When you think of development, you may immediately think of technology. But a panel of HDT’& rsquo; s Truck Fleet Innovators Wednesday revealed that in many cases, it’& rsquo; s truly everything about people. The panel conversation became part of the Mid-America Trucking Show Fleet Online forum, held the day before MATS opened in combination with Heavy Duty Trucking and Fleet Owner magazines. These forward-thinking executives were honored for their work in areas such as driver recruiting and retention and equipment specification’& rsquo; ing and upkeep, at business with fleet size ranging from 60 trucks to 6,000. Moderated by HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park, the discussion took a look at the panelists’ & rsquo; insights into industry problems such as obstacles to growth, electronic logs and other regulations, and fuel efficiency. Much of the conversation focused on recruiting, training, and maintaining motorists and technicians. Joyce Brenny, for instance, president and CEO of Brenny Transportation in St. Cloud, Minn., was honored for her innovative training and mentoring program to bring younger drivers on board. Finding the right motorists, she said, is essential not only from a security perspective, “& ldquo; however to keep our culture undamaged.” & rdquo; They have an extensive screening process when working with, including personality testing, and turn away most likely 75 % of candidates since it’& rsquo; s not the right fit. At the same time, at expedited carrier V3 Transport, a mix of various kinds of devices permits them to bring brand-new younger people into the industry by starting them out in Sprinter or cargo vans, described CEO Bob Poulos (sitting in for his colleague John Sliter, who couldn’& rsquo; t exist). From there, they will spend for them to obtain a business motorist’& rsquo; s license and gradually move them into bigger pieces of equipment. “& ldquo; On the flip side, we’& rsquo; ve had great success with older drivers who might be at threat to leave the market, and we’& rsquo; re able to put them in a smaller sized, …
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