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FTR Shippers Conditions Index for January reflects short term positive indicators

Posted 03/25 · 09:20 AM · LM Editorial
FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for January rose to a positive 2.6 reading, reflecting a one month reaction to fuel price reductions and adjustment for reversal of the 2013 Hours of Service changes.
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FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index remains in solid territory for carriers

Posted 03/13 · 09:41 AM · LM Editorial
The most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR continued to reflect how current market conditions are translating into solid overall momentum for motor carriers.
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Message to Presidents and CEOs: Chaos at the West Coast Ports Equals Chaos for Your Supply Chain

Posted 02/18 · 04:02 PM · LM Editorial
In 2002, I spoke at a supply chain forum for Presidents and CEOs. Since there was a labor dispute going on at the ports on the west coast at the time, I asked a hypothetical question: “What would happen if the west coast ports shut down, and you were not able to get products delivered in a timely manner?” Thirteen years later, this hypothetical question has become a reality for many companies.

Cass and Avondale data points to truckload and intermodal rate hikes in December

Posted 01/29 · 10:53 AM · LM Editorial
Truckload and intermodal pricing was up on an annual basis, according to the December edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Indexes from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners.

Trucking freight volumes look good going into 2015

Posted 01/20 · 08:27 PM · LM Editorial
American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index was unchanged in December, following a jump of 3.5% during the previous month. In December, the index equaled 136.8 (2000=100), which tied November as the all-time high.
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FTR Trucking Conditions Index reiterates strong market conditions for motor carriers

Posted 01/12 · 09:25 AM · LM Editorial
Aided by the rapid decline in fuel prices, the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR continued to point to favorable market conditions for motor carriers.
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2015 Rate Outlook: Rates to keep pace with U.S. growth

Posted 01/01 · 09:00 PM · LM Editorial
The global economic recovery moves sluggishly forward, while the domestic picture has brightened considerably. Our leading market analysts explain how shippers should ready themselves for sustainable demand and plan for incremental rate hikes.

Amendment to suspend part of HOS regulations is approved by House and Senate

Posted 12/15 · 10:04 AM · LM Editorial
Trucking sector warmly endorses move to suspend two consecutive 1 a.m.-5 a.m.rest periods during 34-hour restart period.
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ATA makes its case for suspension of HOS 34-hour restart in appropriations bill

Posted 12/08 · 11:36 AM · LM Editorial
Late last week, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) said it has called on members of Congress in an effort to cast off what it described as “misinformation” over truck safety while asking Congress to sign off on an appropriations bill that would provide regulatory relief for the trucking sector, specifically focusing on truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) regulations.
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ATA’s Graves: “A few brave souls” in Congress wanted to step up on infrastructure spending

Posted 11/12 · 11:55 AM · LM Editorial
There is a short window for Congress to sufficiently increase investment in U.S. infrastructure investment before early 2016 presidential campaigns squash any hope of raising taxes to pay for the estimated additional $100 billion needed over the next five years. That’s the word from Bill Graves, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations. He spoke at the 28th annual meeting of the North American Transportation Employee Relations Association (NATERA).
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