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UPS Braces for Biggest Return Day of the Year

With the holiday season now finished, UPS is bracing for National Returns Day on Jan. 5, when return packages sent back to retailers are projected to hit their peak.

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Bendix Launches Online Trucking Industry Resource

Bendix has launched a new center of commercial vehicle information at its website safertrucks.com, centered around a new multimedia center called the Knowledge Dock.

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Ford Sells More than 26M F-Series Trucks

Ford is celebrating a major milestone as F-Series now reigns as the top-selling truck in the country for 40 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle for 35 years, selling more than 26 million F-Series trucks since January 1977.

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Spartan Motors Acquires Fire Apparatus Manufacturer

Spartan Motors, Inc. announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, Spartan Motors USA, Inc., has completed the previously announced acquisition of Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. and its subsidiaries effective Jan. 1, 2017.

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Honda Recalls Ridgeline Trucks for Wiring Harness

The recall covers more than 9,000 AWD pickup trucks in the 2017 model year.

Diesel Prices Rise in Last Week of Year

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. increased again, capping off a rally in fuel prices that began more than a month ago, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo of 2016-MY Isuzu NPR Diesel courtesy of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

Lightweight, Advanced Tech Demo Trucks at WTS17

Two vehicles — a Ford F-350 Aluminum cab chassis and an Isuzu NPR with 13,000 pounds GVWR — will be upfitted with the selected components/technology as part of the Lightweight and Advanced Technology Demo Trucks Display at the 2017 Work Truck Show.

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Best in 2 Years, Construction Highest in 10 Years

Manufacturing in the U.S. ended 2016 on a high note, hitting its best level since 2014, according to two new reports, while separate data reveals construction spending in the country hit its highest level in a little more than a decade.

FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling and professional driver Stephanie Klang. Photo via Women in Trucking

Women In Trucking Seeks to Accurately Count Women in Trucking

The Women In Trucking Association has created the WIT Index in an effort to more accurately track the number of women working in the trucking industry.

Ford has announced that the F-150 will be electrified by 2020. Pictured is a gasoline powered 2017 F-150 XLT courtesy of Ford.

Ford Looking to Electrify F-150, Transit Custom Van by 2020

Ford announced seven global electrified vehicles that it plans to introduce in the next five years, which includes hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van.

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Raybestos Unveils New Website

Raybestos launched a new website at www.raybestos.com. The new website outlines the complete Raybestos product line offering and features the latest news

Photo of Frito-Lay electric truck charging at Clipper Creek charging station, courtesy of Clipper Creek

Worldwide Annual Electric Truck Sales May Reach 332,000 by 2026

Global annual electrified powertrain medium- and heavy-duty truck sales are expected to grow from about 31,000 vehicles in 2016 to nearly 332,000 by 2026.

Two Weeks Left to Vote for Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

Cast your ballot today for Work Truck's 2017 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award, time is running out! There are fewer than two weeks left to be sure your vote is included for this prestigious award.

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LeasePlan's Pitcher Announces Retirement

LeasePlan USA President and CEO Mike Pitcher has announced that he is retiring from the fleet management company (FMC).

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SoCalGas Completes More Than 700,000 Safety Inspections

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has conducted more than 700,000 comprehensive safety inspection of meter set assemblies, which connect a natural gas pipeline from the street to the customer's gas line.

Safety Tip: Lane Markings Translated

Here's a quick review on what some common lane markings mean, provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Hawaii Utilities Hope to Boost EV Adoption

Eight key organizations have agreed to collaborate on electrification of ground transportation in Hawaii as an essential part of achieving the state’s clean energy goals.

Greensboro's Transition to Electric Buses Gets $450,000 Boost from Duke Energy

A $450,000 grant from Duke Energy will help Greensboro's Department of Transportation (GDOT) install an electric charging station for the future influx of all-electric buses in the city.

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Utility Replaces Bucket Trucks with Drones

Westar Energy is deploying unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones, to improve the way it conducts inspections. The Kansas-based utility is replacing bucket trucks to prevent major outages before they happen and cut costs.

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FirstEnergy Fleet Prepares for Winter

With winter comes storms, and utilities across the country are preparing for snow. Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy completed maintenance on its equipment and infrastructure before the beginning of winter.

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Is Amazon Planning a Flying Warehouse?

An Amazon patent filing surfaced on Dec. 28 describing an airborne fulfillment center for the company’s drone delivery system, according to a report by CNBC.

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Ford Powers Heaviest Rose Parade Float with Lucy Pet Products

The record-breaking float, powered by a 6.8L V-10 engine, is more than 125 feet long and 137,000 pounds.

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PacLease Opens 10 New Locations in North America

PacLease expanded in 2016 by adding 10 new locations in the U.S. and Canada, offering the full line of Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks.

Work Truck's Top 10 Articles in 2016

The 2016 calendar-year brought about more new-vehicle launches, an increased interest in upfitting and truck spec'ing, continued concerns about controlling fuel costs, and new technology and features on trucks than ever before.

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Utility Employees Found Using Fleet Vehicles for Personal Use

Several San Diego utility workers used fleet vehicles for personal use, according to a new report from the City Auditor's office. The investigation began after the Office of the City Auditor received two anonymous reports that a Public Utilities Department employee was using a city vehicle for personal purposes.

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