Transportation Archive

Little Rock's Replacement Parts Inc. Bumping Century Mark

by George Waldon 5/26/2014 12:00 am

Replacement Parts Inc. of Little Rock has gone about its business quietly growing into a regional concern. The venture's wholesale and retail subsidiaries generated combined revenue of $215 million in 2013, its 94th year of operations.

E-Z Mart Pursuing Upgrades to Stores, Products

by Jan Cottingham 5/26/2014 12:00 am

Sonja Hubbard describes herself as a “fixer.” And as a fixer, the CEO of E-Z Mart Inc. is searching for just the right mix of products and services for the company's 302 convenience stores.

Convenience Stores Head Up Energy List

by Luke Jones 5/26/2014 12:00 am

Convenience stores still top the list of the state's largest private companies in the energy sector, with one more added this year. This year, Flash Market Inc. of West Memphis, a convenience store chain and fuel retailer, remained at the top of the list.

Some Retailers See Surge in Revenue in 2013

by Mark Friedman 5/26/2014 12:00 am

About half of the retailers on this year's list of Arkansas' largest private companies enjoyed increased revenue in 2013. Of the 17 retailers among the 75 largest private companies, eight reported increases over 2012 figures, four remained flat and five reported lower revenue.

Driver Shortage Costing Trucking Companies

by Marty Cook 5/26/2014 12:00 am

Sure, Williams' Maverick USA Inc. of North Little Rock reported 2013 revenue of $315 million, an increase of nearly 10 percent from 2012, to hold onto its place as the second-largest private transportation company in Arkansas. But, if Williams had a few more — or a lot more — drivers, he could have used them.

Your Brain on Lists (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/26/2014 12:00 am

There is something in the human brain that likes to see data organized in lists. In our newsroom, we know that our weekly lists are primarily used for sales leads — that's a service to our audience that we are happy to perform.

I've Got a Tip for You (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/26/2014 12:00 am

Every other year since 2000, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners has issued a big, thick study that it calls, ominously, “Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud.” The eighth Report to the Nations was released this month, and it came to the same conclusion as earlier ones: A typical organization loses 5 percent of revenue each year to fraud.

Incoming LR Port Director Bryan Day on Its Role Keeping the Economy Afloat

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/26/2014 12:00 am

Bryan Day will assume the executive director's position at the Little Rock Port on June 23. He succeeds Paul Latture, who had been in the position since 1999 and announced his retirement earlier this year.

Teamsters Appealing to Gov. Beebe to Save ABF Jobs in NLR

by Marty Cook 5/23/2014 03:11 pm

The president of the Teamsters local in North Little Rock says he will meet with Gov. Mike Beebe next week as the union tries to keep ABF Freight Systems from moving its distribution center — and most of its 300-plus jobs — to Memphis.

UPDATE: USA Truck Expands Board of Directors for Largest Shareholders

by Marty Cook 5/23/2014 01:33 pm

USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren expanded its board of directors to make room for representatives from its largest shareholders. Stone House Capital and Baker Street, that formed United Shareholders for the Benefit of USAK, now own nearly 3 million shares, or 28 percent in the trucking firm.

Export Awards Honor Arkansas Steel, Triangle Engineering, SweepScrub, Harris International, POM

by Mark Carter 5/22/2014 02:11 pm

Five Arkansas companies that do business overseas were honored at the fifth annual Governor's Award for Excellence in Global Trade awards luncheon.

5 Arkansas Airports to Get $3M From FAA

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/22/2014 11:16 am

U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin on Thursday say five Arkansas airports will receive more than $2.9 million from the Federal Aviation Administration for airport facility upgrades and improvements.

Arkansas Business to Honor 21st 40 Under 40 Class

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/20/2014 10:24 am

For the 21st consecutive year, Arkansas Business will honor the state's outstanding young professionals at a luncheon for its 40 Under 40 class.

Trucking Firm ArcBest Opens Its Own Clinic as Antidote to Rising Health Care Costs

by Marty Cook 5/19/2014 12:00 am

A few years ago, ArcBest, formerly known as Arkansas Best Corp., began to research how to control rising health care costs and handle the effects of the federal Affordable Care Act. Discussions kept returning to the idea of an employee-dedicated clinic that would be free to all workers on the company's health care plan.

Retailers Walmart, Amazon Rolling Out Same-Day Deliveries

by Mark Friedman 5/19/2014 12:00 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and Amazon.com Inc. of Seattle recently expanded their pilot programs to offer same-day service to customers in select cities. Both companies in some cases are using their own trucks and drivers to deliver the items, which can range from groceries to televisions.

Pleasant Valley Roundabout Project Highlights Civic Politics

by George Waldon 5/19/2014 12:00 am

A vocal minority in Pleasant Valley set a $600,000 street improvement project in motion nearly two years ago to slow traffic near Fulbright Elementary School. But another vocal minority, led by a federal judge, managed to derail the project last month.

$30M Airport Intended to Spur Conway Economy

by Luke Jones 5/19/2014 12:00 am

Conway officials say the $30 million airport project will bring economic development to the city by attracting corporate customers, and it will solve serious safety issues present at the current site.

J.B. Hunt Overtakes FedEx Freight on Largest Trucking List

by Marty Cook 5/19/2014 12:00 am

Another strong year was all it took to put J.B. Hunt Transport Services of Lowell on top of the list of largest trucking companies doing business in Arkansas.

Decision-Making in an Uncertain Environment (Karen Moustafa Leonard Expert Advice)

by Karen Moustafa Leonard 5/19/2014 12:00 am

We all make decisions every day. But in uncertain external and internal business environments, organizational decision-making is becoming a more complicated art. Both environments offer unique challenges for every leader.

USA Truck Falls, Dillard's Rises in Friday Trading

by Lance Turner 5/16/2014 02:46 pm

A tale of two stocks on Friday, as Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock has resumes its bull run and shares of USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren sink after a shareholder sells some of its holdings.