Current news, information and trends in the commercial motor freight industry covering trucking, freight lines and carriers, logistics and classification.

Futher capacity tightness and rate hikes remain in the cards for the truckload market, says FTR

Posted 09/08 · 09:53 AM · LM Editorial
Market conditions continue to favor trucking carriers, due in large part to tight capacity, according to the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR.
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PierPass continues to ease container throughput at LA/Long Beach

Posted 09/05 · 09:52 AM · LM Editorial
PierPass Inc. recently announced that its OffPeak program has reached a major milestone, diverting its 30 millionth truck trip from weekday, daytime traffic in Los Angeles and Long Beach since the program began in July 2005.

Accept or Reject Loads? A Decision Tool for Truck Transportation

Posted 08/19 · 09:10 AM · SCMR Editorial
MIT research shows that demand probabilities determined by historical demand patterns should be considered by companies with private fleets when deciding whether or not to accept orders under capacity constraints.

FTR Trucking Conditions Index points to carriers gaining increased traction in market

Posted 08/15 · 07:36 AM · LM Editorial
On the heels of slight decreases over the prior two months, the trucking market displayed some positive momentum, according to the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR.
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Despite dip from June, Cass report says freight transportation market conditions are solid

Posted 08/13 · 09:58 AM · LM Editorial
Coming off of a particularly strong June, freight transportation market conditions tapered off somewhat in July, according to the most recent edition of the Cass Freight Index Report from Cass Information Systems that was issued this week.

Truckload: Leading the way in long-haul

Posted 08/01 · 08:57 PM · LM Editorial
Despite mounting operational pressures, LM readers tell us that the following 38 TL carriers continue to offer top service.

Special Trucking Report: Collaboration is the game

Posted 08/01 · 04:00 PM · LM Editorial
Carriers are enjoying a solid 2014, but warn of a pending capacity crunch as driver availability worsens amid tighter federal regulations. Bottom line: Shippers who choose not to collaborate with their carriers and streamline operations will most certainly be hit with higher rates.

CarrierDirect report points to bright outlook for freight flows for the rest of 2014

Posted 07/30 · 09:02 AM · LM Editorial
The report, entitled “Outlook for the Domestic Transport and Logistics Market in 2H14 and Beyond,” takes the view that strong freight levels in the second quarter have left trucking companies in a good position: one in which they need to come up with new plans to handle rising demand. But even with that positive momentum afloat, the report observes that there are some familiar challenges intact, such as a lack of qualified drivers and the regulatory drag from the new…

Trucking thorn Ferro says she’s leaving FMCSA top safety post

Posted 07/28 · 10:25 AM · LM Editorial
Anne Ferro, a ferocious advocate for greater truck safety and a constant thorn to truck drivers and some unsafe trucking fleets, says she is leaving as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. No successor has been immediately named.
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June truck volumes are modest, reports ATA

Posted 07/23 · 08:23 AM · LM Editorial
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in June dropped 0.8 percent on the heels of a revised 0.9 percent (from 1.0 percent) increase in May and was up 2.3 percent annually.
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