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Greater use of longer combination vehicles top trucking’s legislative wish list

Posted 05/15 · 10:07 AM · LM Editorial
The trucking industry would like to see greater use of longer combination vehicles, specifically 33-foot twin trailers instead of the currently legal 28-foot “pups” that dot the major interstates right now.
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FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index leaves room for improvement in coming months

Posted 05/12 · 08:25 AM · LM Editorial
A combination of market factors contributed to sustained level of market softness in the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR.
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ATA reports trucking industry revenue tops $700 billion in 2014

Posted 05/11 · 11:27 AM · LM Editorial
According to the ATA, total 2014 trucking industry revenue was $700.4 billion, which alone is a staggering number, but making it all the more impressive is that it represents the first time annual industry revenue has topped $700 billion.
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Private Fleets: Finding the right blend

Posted 05/01 · 09:00 PM · LM Editorial
Well-run private fleets continue to set the gold standard for service, safety, and accountability. However, operating a highly efficient fleet takes work—and money. Increasingly, private fleet managers are operating a “blended” operation, alternating between their own trucks and for-hire options to help mitigate costs.

Moore on Pricing: Time to turn up the CNG distribution network

Posted 05/01 · 09:00 AM · LM Editorial
The announcement by “big brown” that they’re adding 1,400 more compressed natural gas (CNG) powered trucks to their fleet should be interpreted by others as a signal to start getting in gear on alternative fleet fuel system reviews.

March trucking tonnage sees gains, reports ATA

Posted 04/24 · 12:11 PM · LM Editorial
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in March was up 1.1 percent on the heels of a revised 2.8 percent (from 3.1 percent) February decline, with the SA index at 133.5 (2000=100). This is off 0.3 percent from the all-time high for the SA of 135.8 from January 2015 and is up 5 percent annually.
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Ocean cargo shippers to carriers: It’s about time

Posted 04/21 · 08:24 AM · LM Editorial
Ocean cargo carrier service reliability across the three core East-West trades hit a five-month peak in March with an aggregate on-time performance of 64 percent, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.
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Truckers urging Congress, FMCSA to hasten fix on CSA data

Posted 04/07 · 10:10 AM · LM Editorial
Trucking interests are asking Congress and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to make changes in the way the five-year-old Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program uses data collection involving truck accidents to rate fleets on their overall safety.
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Top 50 in Trucking: Great management, even better operations

Posted 04/01 · 10:00 AM · LM Editorial
Analysts say our annual listing reflects the management teams that are willing to get their hands dirty in order to compete in the cutthroat world of deregulated trucking. Here are the carriers that are leverage rolling assets and technology to post the most impressive financial numbers.

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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