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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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Trucking growth remains in the cards, ATA says in new report

Posted 07/21 · 11:10 AM · LM Editorial
Amid the talk and coverage about things negatively impacting the trucking industry like increasing regulations, tight capacity, and equipment-related issues and challenges, there is one thing to always remember about the sector: it moves a lot of freight, make that more than a lot, actually.
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Trucking conditions see slight moderation, according to FTR data

Posted 07/14 · 10:16 AM · LM Editorial
While overall market conditions are not dire, there is a confluence of factors working together that need to be monitored in the trucking sector, according to the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR.
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Teamsters rank and file digging in against possible pension benefit cuts

Posted 07/10 · 08:25 AM · LM Editorial
Teamsters retirees from the trucking industry currently enjoy some of the most generous pensions in America—up to $3,500 a month for 30 years of service from any unionized trucking company that contributed to multiemployer pension plans that once covered the industry like a warm fuzzy financial security blanket. But those pension plans, once thought to be the “Cadillac” of all retirement plans, are in deep financial trouble. And there doesn’t appear to be any bailout coming from Washington.
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U.S. shippers may opt for air cargo alternatives on West Coast

Posted 07/08 · 05:46 PM · LM Editorial
A sharp spike in air cargo demand has been evident ever since the ILWU and PMA began negotiating a new contract several months ago.

25th Annual State of Logistics: It’s complicated

Posted 07/01 · 09:00 PM · LM Editorial
Rollercoaster demand levels and uneven freight volumes in 2013 created havoc in one of the more complicated years on record. In 2014, shippers will need to manage with all the savvy and experience that they can muster to get the capacity they need at a rate that’s fair.

2014 State of Logistics: Less-than-truckload’s welcomed rebound

Posted 07/01 · 08:55 PM · LM Editorial
The $35 billion less-than-truckload (LTL) market, benefitting from a rebound in the U.S. industrial sector, is enjoying a renaissance after five lean years. And leading LTL executives say it’s about time.

2014 State of Logistics: Truckload—capacity tight and drivers needed

Posted 07/01 · 08:50 PM · LM Editorial
The $300 billion for-hire truckload (TL) sector is enjoying a fairly busy 2014, with most carriers reporting a balanced picture of tighter-than-average capacity against decent if not spectacular demand levels.

Exclusive Transportation Study: The HOS rule change and trucking operations

Posted 07/01 · 08:00 PM · LM Editorial
Varying estimates from positive to pragmatic existed before the new rule became effective in July 2013. However, the grim reality is that trucking stakeholders are now experiencing substantial losses in productivity due to the change—and in many cases it’s much worse than was predicted.

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