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ATA, shippers applaud FMCSA proposal for electronic logging devices in trucks

Posted 03/14 · 11:14 AM · LM Editorial
Large trucking companies and shippers are welcoming a government proposal to require electronic logging devices in heavy trucks as a way to bolster trucking safety.
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FTR reports market conditions remain strong for motor carriers

Posted 03/13 · 09:28 AM · LM Editorial
FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for January, the most recent month for which data is available, was 8.82 and is up 2.8 points from December, with FTR explaining that gain is indicative of what it described as belated improvement in truckload rates that started to take hold last July, when changes to driver Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations commenced.
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DAT reports gains in spot market loads and rates

Posted 03/12 · 10:31 AM · LM Editorial
Data recently issued by Portland, Oregon-based freight marketplace platform and information provider DAT showed a host of annual gains for spot market loads and capacity in February.
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What to expect from air freight forwarders this year: part I

Posted 03/11 · 03:07 PM · LM Editorial
When the Air Freight Forwarder’s Association (AfA) stages its annual conference later this month, the focus will be “closing the deal.” Here, in a two-part exclusive interview with AfA president Brandon Fried, logistics managers are given an overview of some of the main issues on the agenda
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Moore on Pricing: What is the shipper’s role in driver safety?

Posted 03/01 · 08:00 AM · LM Editorial
In a recent speech to shippers and carriers, Anne Ferro, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), said: “We need a real change in our transportation culture to recognize that safety means more than complying with safety rules. It means changing work/rest schedules that contribute to fatigue.”

Market conditions for shippers remain difficult, says FTR

Posted 02/28 · 09:20 AM · LM Editorial
Three months of mediocre growth regarding the market environment for shippers came to a halt in December, based on the most recent edition of the Shipper Conditions Index (SCI) from freight transportation consultancy FTR.

NLRB proposal for ‘quickie’ elections a ‘great concern’ to non-union truckers

Posted 02/26 · 09:12 AM · LM Editorial
The federal board that oversees labor relations is proposing a sweeping change to the way union elections are held, much to the chagrin of non-union trucking companies who say their ability to fight back will be compromised.
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A winter like no other

Posted 02/20 · 03:13 AM · LM Editorial
The impact of this once in a lifetime winter simply cannot be understated when viewing how it has impacted myriad facets of daily life and freight transportation operations, too, of course. What Old Man Winter has wrought early in the year looking at metrics like sluggish retail sales and declining truck tonnage is obvious to say the least. And while it will not last forever, its impact remains intact for now anyway.
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January truck tonnage takes a weather-influenced step back, reports ATA

Posted 02/19 · 08:02 AM · LM Editorial
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) truck tonnage in January dropped 4.3 percent, following a 0.8 percent drop in December, and the not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before any seasonal adjustment was 122.3 in January.
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White House calls for further heavy-duty truck fuel efficiency standards

Posted 02/19 · 03:36 AM · LM Editorial
Following steps taken in 2011 to mandate new heavy-duty truck fuel efficiency standards going into effect this year and running through 2018, President Barack Obama said this week he is again upping the ante for further fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks that will head into next decade.
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