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Denso Names Director of Sales, Marketing, Strategic Planning for Americas

Denso Products and Services Americas has promoted David Williams to director of original equipment sales, marketing, and strategic planning, the Denso Corp., affiliate announced.

Williams is tasked with overseeing all aspects of Denso's original equipment service sales, product development, and original equipment service parts while continuing to manage the company's Marketing and Strategic Planning departments.

“David Williams is a dynamic executive who has been instrumental in driving the sales growth of Denso's automotive aftermarket and commercial products,” said Joseph Mejaly, senior vice president of operations, sales, strategic planning and marketing for Denso Products and Services Americas. “His keen sense of the market and thorough knowledge of our products and the automotive industry have strengthened our company, and we look forward to his leadership in promoting our original equipment service product lines.”

Williams joined Denso in 2013 as the manager of the strategic planning department. He was hired shortly after Denso Corp., completed the reorganization that formed the affiliate Denso Products and Services Americas.

He was promoted in 2015 to senior manager of marketing and strategic planning, with oversight of the marketing department for the company's independent aftermarket and non-automotive groups added to his duties. His recent promotion to director took effect on Oct. 24.

Williams came to Denso with 15 years of management experience in the automotive industry. Previously, he served as global business unit manager at Barksdale Controls, Inc., a subsidiary of Crane Co. Prior to working at Crane, Williams served as the truck product marketing manager at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

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Analysis: The Uncertainty of a New President

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After an uncertain first half of the year in which economic growth and trucking slowed, leaving many wondering where things were headed, we finally got the economic news that we had been hoping for with third-quarter GDP. But no sooner were we breathing sighs of relief, everything becomes uncertain…again.

Government numbers released in October show the U.S. economy put on its best show so far in 2016, with the gross domestic product expanding at an annual pace of 2.9% during the third quarter. This is far better than the rate of barely more than 1% in the first half of the year and was even better than many analysts were expecting. Then November happened…

Specifically, the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Amid reactions ranging from great joy to deep anger, there was also a return to uneasiness about what his administration means to the economy.

For starters, don't expect an immediate, significant effect, either positive or negative, when Trump takes office in January, according to analysis from FTR. Part of the reason is he “has little experience in quickly moving legislation through a skeptical (Republican) and hostile (Democratic) Congress.”

FTR analysts believe a Trump presidency will have little effect for much of next year, with the federal budget already in place and policies set until late in 2017. However, after that things could get interesting.

During this time, Trump, his advisors, and the Republican-controlled Congress will be looking at changing policies and regulations and passing new laws that could have a big long-term economic effect. Two of the areas most likely to affect trucking are infrastructure and trade.

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Morrison Express Expands Cross-Border Services in El Paso

Logistics, transportation and supply chain management provider Morrison Express is expanding its offering in El Paso, Texas, providing improved cross-border capabilities and logistics.

“We have developed a streamlined shipping and communication process which has delivered an improved and expedited experience for our clients," said Mona Lopez, Morrison Express El Paso operations manager. “As an example, loads reach our facility and cross the border with on-site, bilingual staff who handle the inbound process at origin while communicating in Chinese and see shipments through to pre-inspection by customs in Mexico in Spanish.”

Morrison serves a manufacturing base in Juarez and other cities, moving products like lightweight automotive materials and skins, tablet and technology components, synthetic rubber, and specialized polymers.

The company said manufacturers that have employed American and Mexican back-shoring programs allow suppliers in North America and Asia to cross the border for light assembly or manufacturing using Morrison's Free Trade Zone operations, transportation, logistics and customs experience.

Morrison Express also offers Return Merchandise Authorization to manufacturers that are diagnosing issues, performing testing and quality control —while using certified OEM processes—and returning materials from U.S. retailers across the border and back to plants in Mexico.

"For large electronics manufacturers, Morrison Express offers clients an expedited 2-3 day express service from Korea, Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong via LAX trans-load and cross dock to feed full containers into our El Paso facility," said Eduardo Vargas, Morrison Express director of logistics and customer solutions. “An FTZ operation grants clients numerous benefits including duty deferment until export, unlimited storage time, electronic admission, and the ability to manipulate cargo stateside.”

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OPEC Deal Sends Diesel, Crude Oil Prices Upward

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On the heels of a major agreement between oil producing countries to cut oil production, diesel fuel prices saw a significant increase last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

The average price of on-highway diesel fuel increased 6 cents last week, hitting $2.48 per gallon at the pump. The price is now 10 cents more expensive than it was in the same week of 2015.

Prices were up in all regions of the U.S. with the largest increase hitting the Midwest with a 7.5-cent jump for the week. The smallest change was in the Rocky Mountain region where prices increased 0.7 cents.

Gasoline prices were also up last week with the average price increasing 5.4 cents to $2.208 per gallon at the pump. The price is now 15.5 cents more expensive than it was in the same week a year ago.

The largest increase in prices occurred in the Lower Atlantic region with an 8-cent increase for the week. The largest decrease in prices was in the Rocky Mountain region, where prices fell 2.6 cents.

Crude oil prices have risen to the highest levels since summer of 2015 as a deal between OPEC members to reduce oil production has increased the market value of oil, according to a MarketWatch report.

Rumors of a deal to cut or freeze oil production have been around for a few month, but until last week's agreement, crude oil prices had remained at low levels due to weaker global demand.

Now, with a cut in production, coupled with the onset of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and other smaller factors, prices seem to be poised for a rebound.

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