The Daily Dash: YRC looking at equipment buy; C.H. Robinson adds new shipping tools; and an HOS exemption ruling

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, YRC could be spending millions on new equipment, C.H. Robinson adds new options to make shipping with its Freightquote tool easier and FMCSA tells a turf haulers group it doesn’t need an hours-of-service exemption because it doesn’t need to follow HOS.  

Buying spree?

With a $400 million government loan fresh in hand, YRC is planning some big equipment purchases. Speaking on the second-quarter earnings call, executives laid out a plan to start replacing older tractors and trailers.

Todd Maiden details how much savings YRC expects from the plan: YRC ready to use ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ loan to replenish fleet

A helping hand

C.H. Robinson has added several enhancements to its Freightquote by C.H. Robinson tool that are designed to assist small shipping companies. One of those is an integration with TaskRabbit that will allow shippers to easily summon outside assistance for packaging goods for safe transport.

Brian Straight has details on what other services C.H. Robinson has added: TaskRabbit integration, small parcel shipping part of Freightquote by C.H. Robinson enhancements

Did we forget to tell you?

An application for an exemption from the hours-of-service regulations has led the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to rule that carriers hauling turfgrass didn’t need an exemption because they were already exempt. They just didn’t know it.

John Gallagher has more on the saga: FMCSA: Turfgrass haulers were eligible for HOS exemption all along

The Home Depot finds new homes

Home improvement giant The Home Depot has inked deals to add three more distribution centers in the Atlanta area as it continues to grow its logistics footprint.

Mark Solomon has the story: Home Depot adds three DCs in Atlanta area

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Did you miss this?

Electrification is all the rage, but as commercial vehicles turn to electric power, what will happen to diesel? We may soon find out.

Vishnu Rajamanickam has the details: Electrification could come at expense of internal combustion vehicles

Hammer down, everyone.

Brian Straight

Managing Editor

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